Have you lost one or more teeth? Has your dentist recommend that you visit a periodontist for a dental implant consultation? When a tooth is lost in adulthood, it is important for patients to seek treatment quickly. Tooth loss can have devastating effects on your oral health, and even your overall health. Our periodontal team offers insight on how dental implants can help restore your appearance and health.
The Scoop on Dental Implants
Dental implants are the most life-like option for replacing missing teeth. These prosthetics also promote oral health by preserving bone mass and preventing further tooth loss. Implants differ from traditional prosthetics in their design and construction. Rather than resting on top of the gums like bridges and dentures, dental implants go below the surface. A titanium post is embedded into the jawbone by a surgical procedure performed by our periodontist. Titanium is a biocompatible metal that the bone will eventually fuse to because the body recognizes titanium like it would a mineralized structure. Essentially, once the bone has fused to the post, the post will function like a tooth’s root.
Once the implant has stabilized into the jawbone, a manmade crown is attached to an abutment on the implant. The crown is a tooth-shaped prosthetic that is made for just for you. A crown will fill in the missing portion of your tooth above the gum line so that you can chew food efficiently and smile with confidence.
Oral Health Advantages with Dental Implants
After losing a tooth, it is important to consult with a dental professional to develop a treatment plan. Once a tooth is lost, patients are at risk for losing more teeth. This is because empty tooth sockets cannot support nearby teeth and these teeth eventually shift out of place or collapse into empty sockets. Once a tooth is gone, the body may also resorb bone mass where the root once was. Bone atrophy can affect your appearance and the health of other teeth as well.
To reserve a dental implant consultation with our periodontist, Dr. Amit Patel, call 972-242-7603 today.