Whether you are missing just one tooth or several and regardless of how long you’ve been dealing with tooth loss, dental implants can be the perfect solution. Unlike other tooth replacement options—removable dentures or a crown and bridge—that only rest on top of your gums, implants also replace the root of a tooth. In this way, they look, feel and perform exactly like your natural teeth. Dr. Dandois uses dental implants in Carrollton to rebuild smiles that are healthy and attractive.
The Consequences of Tooth Loss
The most obvious consequence of tooth loss is that noticeable gap in your smile. That in and of itself is problematic, of course, often resulting in embarrassment and social anxiety. But in addition, there may also be oral and general health ramifications. Did you know that having only one missing tooth increases your risk of tooth decay in other teeth, periodontal disease and bite misalignment? Those risks multiply with additional missing teeth. As far as your general health, tooth loss is often a factor in malnutrition. And if periodontal disease should develop, then you are more prone to diabetes, high blood pressure and respiratory illnesses.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Aside from looking great in your smile and feeling absolutely no different than natural teeth, dental implants offer benefits that are invisible. Below the gum line, the implant is acting just like a tooth root, holding your new tooth restoration firmly in place. Furthermore, the implant stimulates your jaw every time you bite and chew. This action encourages healthy new bone tissue growth and prevents resorption that can lead to a sunken facial appearance. Bone resorption can happen whether you are missing teeth or you are wearing a prosthetic that sits on gum tissue.
The Dental Implant Process
Receiving one or more dental implants can take anywhere from three to six months. The process is divided into two phases. During the first, Dr. Dandois places one or more implants along your jaw. A small incision is made in your gums and the implant is surgically positioned in the bone. As you heal, the implant and bone osseointegrate (osseo=bone and integrate=fuse) to form a solid anchor for your eventual tooth restoration. After a certain amount of time, you’ll return to the office so your Carrollton dentist can place the abutment that links the implant and restoration. Finally, a porcelain crown, bridge or denture is secured to the implants.
Contact Our Office Today
Don’t put off tooth replacement. The consequences to your oral and general health can be serious. Instead, speak to Dr. Dandois about dental implants. Call our office to schedule a consultation.