Dental implants have revolutionized the way that dentists address and treat tooth loss. Tooth loss has such far-reaching effects on oral health, and the effectiveness and longevity of traditional prosthetics are limited. That is why dental implants today have become the go-to method for replacing missing teeth.
The dental team at Artistic Smiles understands the devastating effects that having an incomplete smile has on your life. We know that having missing teeth is embarrassing and troublesome. Dr. Gonzalez is committed to offering tooth replacement with dental implants at our Nassau Bay, TX dental office in a compassionate and worry-free environment.
How Dental Implants Work
Dental implants may be used to support several prosthetics, including crowns, bridges, and dentures. Unlike bridges or dentures, dental implants replace the roots of teeth, which are an overlooked part of tooth structure.
A dental implant resembles a screw and is constructed from titanium. It is surgically embedded into your jawbone where the roots of the missing tooth once where. Once the implant has stabilized, a permanent prosthetic is attached.
The action that stabilizes an implant is a process called osseointegration, where bone fuses to and around the implant. This integration of bone and metal is possible because the body treats titanium as if it were natural mineralized structure. Titanium is used to replace bones and joints throughout the body, such as the knee or hip.
After osseointegration is complete, you will receive your custom prosthetic. The prosthetic, whether it be a bridge or a crown, will provide a stable biting surface for oral function, fill in the gaps of a smile, and provide support to adjacent teeth.
Benefits of Dental Implants
The most obvious benefit to dental implants is the fact that they restore complete oral function. And since the implant is held in place by the jawbone, the prosthetics attached to it will not slide or move during eating and speaking as dentures tend to do.
Moreover, by replacing the lost roots of teeth, the body will not absorb bone mass that leads to the breakdown of the jaw bone. This is important for supporting your facial structure and stably retaining natural teeth. Another benefit to having implant-supported prosthetic teeth is the fact that they are low maintenance. You can brush and floss just as you would your natural teeth.
Call Us to Arrange a Dental Appointment
If you’re looking for a solution to replace missing teeth in Nassau Bay, TX, dental implants are an option worth considering. Start by calling Artistic Smiles to arrange an appointment with Dr. Gonzalez so she can explain how dental implants work and also describe your other tooth replacement options.
We look forward to helping you regain healthy, comfortable oral function and a restored quality of life with dental implants.