When you lose an adult tooth, it doesn’t just impact your smile visibly. Without the root to stimulate its growth, the jaw bone begins to deteriorate and change shape, appearing saggy and older. Over time, the jaw bone weakens, which potentially leads to more tooth loss. Traditional replacement methods don’t address these problems, but dental implants do! By restoring the entire tooth structure, Dr. Lee can use dental implants in North Dallas, TX to stop these negative outcomes of tooth loss and help you regain a smile that you’ll be proud to show in any situation. Contact us to get started today!
Like a natural tooth, a dental implant runs deeper than the gums’ surface. The post acts as a root and promotes new bone growth in the jaw to surround the implant. On top, a porcelain dental prosthetic replaces the missing crown portion, helping the tooth appear and function just as it did before. Basically, when it comes to tooth replacement, no other option is as comprehensive and effective as dental implants.
Dental implants closely resemble natural teeth. As a result, they can provide advantages that traditional bridges and dentures can’t. For example, with the post firmly embedded in the jaw bone, the replacement tooth restores significantly more of your natural biting strength, enabling you to eat a nutritious diet. In addition, this provides added security and confidence, removing the worry that your artificial teeth could slip or come out when you don’t want them to. Perhaps one of the best benefits of dental implants is their longevity. While dentures and bridges need replacement after 10 years at most, dental implants can keep going even after 30 years!
In order to qualify for dental implants, you need to have a healthy mouth in general and enough jaw bone to support the implant. Your eligibility, however, does not depend on how many teeth you’ve lost. Whether your smile is missing just one tooth or an entire arch, we can adapt implant treatment to meet your unique needs. During your consultation, Dr. Lee will closely examine you and explain your options and the implant process.
Replacing one lost tooth entails using one implant post and one prosthetic dental crown. The post is surgically placed into the socket and jaw bone and then allowed to heal before the crown is placed. The implant stands independent of the teeth around it, meaning that these teeth don’t have to be reduced or used for support, such as with a bridge.
For two or more missing teeth, you have a couple of replacement options. Using just a couple of implants in strategic spots, we can hold a partial denture in place without having to clasp onto the surrounding teeth. Patients with consecutive missing teeth can anchor a dental bridge to implants to fill in the gaps.
Have you suffered total tooth loss? No problem! Dr. Lee can certainly replace an entire arch of missing teeth with only four to six implant posts to hold a full denture firmly in place. With the implants providing a healthy foundation, your full dentures can last significantly longer and give you up to 70 percent of the biting power you used to enjoy.
Other dental offices in North Dallas only handle the restoration stage of the dental implant process, sending patients to specialists for the implant placement. On the other hand, Dr. Lee has the skills and advanced training to perform every step in our dental office, which means that you don’t have to waste time traveling to different dental offices. You can get all the care you’ll need right here in one location with the same friendly, knowledgeable dental team.
Many factors can impact the price of dental implant treatment, such as the number and location of the implants as well as the kind of restoration that is attached on top. That is why you need to have a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Lee. She can evaluate your unique situation and provide an accurate estimate for treatment. To be honest, the cost of implants is higher in terms of initial cost than traditional bridges and dentures, but if you add in the costs associated with replacing these restorations on a frequent basis, dental implants often clearly come out as the smartest financial choice in the long term.