Permanent Replacement Teeth Held By Your Jaw
Choosing to replace missing teeth offers significant benefits. Modern prosthetics mimic the appearance of a natural tooth so well that no one will suspect they are false. While you are certainly aware of the esthetic problems that dental loss provides, the functional problems of an incomplete bite can be even worse. When you lose a tooth, you lose the crown and root system that transfers the force of your bite to the jawbone below. This healthy stimulation signals the body that the bone is in use, but when the signal goes missing, the body no longer feeds the bone. This leads to degradation that can destabilize the roots of remaining teeth and other unpleasant problems. While certain prosthetics can return the look and feel of a tooth above your gumline, an implant post recreates the root system that transfers the force of your bite.
A dental implant is the most secure choice for replacing your missing tooth, but it requires a healthy enough jawbone to hold it securely. We can examine your oral structures to determine if this option is right for you. Furthermore, placing your implant requires healthy enough gum tissue to form a seal after your surgery. If you are currently experiencing periodontal health concerns, we will need to address them first before moving forward with your prosthetic.
When you are missing a single tooth, we suggest attaching a dental crown to your implant to complete your prosthesis. However, implants can be just as valuable for treating more advanced forms of tooth loss. We can combine an implant with a dental bridge or set of dentures to hold them more securely in your jaw. This can prevent the need for dental crowns connected to a bridge and stop the common slippage issues that come with securing dentures through adhesives.
Whether you have lost most or all of your teeth, we can provide a partial or complete set of dentures that help restore your smile. To learn more about the steps we take to combat tooth loss, talk to a member of our team at Healthy Smiles Family Dentistry in Houston, TX, at (281) 974-4494 and schedule a visit today.