As an adult, tooth loss is never a pleasant experience, but it doesn’t have to be a permanent hindrance to your oral health. Even if you eventually grow used to having a gap in your smile, your other teeth and their supportive structures may never fully get over the loss. Unless, however, you replace the lost tooth with a dental implant, which offers the most lifelike restoration for patients who are missing one or more teeth.
Why Tooth Loss Is So Worrisome
For thousands of years throughout the history of dentistry, humans have sought to replace lost teeth using a variety of materials and techniques. Today’s methods, including modern dental bridges and dentures, can offer surprisingly realistic cosmetic results for rebuilding your smile. However, such restorations do not include the roots that support your natural teeth. It is these roots, which are embedded in your jawbone, that can make tooth loss so worrisome, as missing teeth roots could deprive your jawbone of nutrients and lead to gradual jawbone deterioration.
Dental Implants and Your Continued Dental Health
To replace lost teeth roots, dental implants are surgically placed into the jawbone, allowing your jawbone to heal and fuse to the implant post. After about 4-6 months, your jawbone should be completely healed, and we can attach an abutment and your appropriate dental prosthetic, such as a dental crown, partial denture, or full denture. In addition to supporting your new teeth, implants also help maintain a healthy flow of nutrients to the jawbone. By reestablishing this stimulation, your dental implant-supported prosthetic will significantly reduce your future risks of tooth loss.
ABOUT YOUR FT. WORTH DENTIST:
Dr. Bob Jing has served patients and their families across Dallas/Ft. Worth for many years. Together with his caring, compassionate, and highly-skilled team at 7 Day Dental, Dr. Jing is dedicated to making good dental health available to as many people as possible. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation or appointment, contact our office closest to you at 817-405-2001 on Jacksboro Highway, or at 817-405-0195 on Seminary Drive.