WHY SHOULD MISSING TEETH BE REPLACED?
The simple answer to this question would be to maintain the shape of our face, to have a great smile, or to improve one’s self-esteem.
The more in-depth answer is that a missing tooth or teeth can actually affect your overall health and the health of your mouth. One or more missing teeth will affect the way the rest of your teeth fit together. Teeth adjacent to missing teeth may shift or tilt into the vacant area. Teeth opposite a missing tooth loosen opposing contact and may drift into that location. Remaining teeth can also become loose, start gum problems, and/or cause headaches due to the change in bite forces.
A gradual decline in the bone will also occur over time when a tooth is lost. The bone that used to support that tooth starts to resorb and will deteriorate without something in the place of the tooth to stimulate bone growth. This makes tooth replacement essential to the continued health and appearance of your mouth.
ARE YOU A CANDIDATE FOR DENTAL IMPLANTS?
In short, almost certainly! Nearly anyone can benefit from them. In fact, we offer small diameter dental implants
at our Fort Worth practice because they make it possible for individuals to enjoy the benefits of teeth implants when they might otherwise not be able to. Small diameter implants are less invasive than traditional implants. They require less bone and gum tissue for surgery, which allows for faster healing time and makes you more likely to qualify for them. They are also less expensive than traditional implants, since they are composed of fewer materials and parts. Small diameter implants can be ideal when you’re:
- Missing a tooth or multiple teeth
- Have damaged or decayed teeth that need to be removed
- Interested in dentures or bridges
The choice is clear. If you’re wondering whether you’re a candidate for teeth implants, don’t worry. Thanks to the revolution of small diameter implants, virtually anyone can benefit from this treatment. For more information on small diameter implants, check out this article from Dentistry Today
PLACING DENTAL IMPLANTS
A dental implant requires a surgical procedure for placement into bone. The placement procedure for a traditional dental implant is a multi-step process that involves multiple invasive procedures, including bone grafting in many cases. To place small diameter teeth implants, only a small pilot hole is necessary. The difference is quite substantial – the procedure is quicker, easier, less invasive, allows for quicker recovery, and in most instances, immediate loading of the dental restoration. In some cases, patients can have teeth implants placed and leave with a dental prosthetic – be it a crown, bridge, or denture – on the same day!
To place a small diameter dental implant, Dr. Steve Brown
makes a small pilot hole into the gum and bone tissue. The implant, less then 3 mm in diameter, is then inserted into the pilot hole so that it can be anchored to the underlying jawbone. Because the implants are so small, prosthetics can often be immediately placed atop the implant. With traditional implants, osseointegration must first take place – a process that can last up to six months – before the permanent prosthetics can be used to restore the implant.
ENJOY RENEWED ORAL HEALTH AND A BEAUTIFUL SMILE
Receiving implants can be life-changing. If you’ve lived with missing teeth or severely decayed teeth for years, implants can give you a new lease on life. Many patients come to accept the condition of their oral health as normal, not realizing what they’re missing out on. Having healthy, functional, beautiful teeth can have a huge impact on a person’s quality of life however. Patients who have a dental implant placed at our Fort Worth practice smile more, feel better about themselves, are more social, and are able to enjoy all of their favorite foods, knowing that their teeth will be their when they need them. If you suffer from poor oral health, don’t settle! Renew your smile, and kick start your life, with dental implants.
LEARN MORE ABOUT DENTAL IMPLANTS – CONTACT DR. STEVE BROWN
We encourage you to contact the Dental Implant Place in Fort Worth today
to arrange a consultation. Our team provides respectful, honest treatment and will give you the information you need to make an educated decision. With nearly a decade of experience placing and restoring teeth implants, Dr. Brown is the person you want to help restore your oral health.
For more information on dental implants, you can read this ADA sponsored article about them at mouthhealthy.org