Tooth loss has numerous consequences for your appearance and your oral health, and you have various options on how to address this problem.
The different available treatments have different characteristics, and it’s important to consider the long-term ramifications of each one when choosing which intervention is best for you.
One possible treatment is dental implants, which can be used to fill in for one tooth, a small grouping of teeth or to support a denture replacing an entire arch of teeth. This method replaces the entire structure of the absent tooth, including both its root and crown. The dental implant, which is made of titanium, fuses with the bone and becomes a permanent structure in the mouth.
Implant dentistry improves on earlier methods like bridges and dentures, which only replace the crown portion of the tooth. Although the root is unseen, it performs an important function. The roots of the teeth hold the jaw in place. When the root is missing, the jawbone erodes.
Having an oral surgeon place dental implants will give you a long-lasting solution for your tooth loss. If you choose a bridge, partial or full denture instead of dental implants, the jawbone will continue to wear away. Your appliance will need to be refitted periodically and possibly even replaced. Dental implants remain more stable over time, though.
For edentulous patients—those without any teeth—the effects are even more dramatic. The jawbone essentially shrinks over time, creating the pinched look that we often associate with senior citizens. This is why denture wearers have to visit the dentist occasionally to have their devices relined.
The jawbone loss that occurs with the alternatives to dental implants isn’t just inconvenient. It also can affect the health of your remaining teeth, which can also be lost if the jawbone in the area is compromised.
Avoid the negative ongoing consequences of tooth loss with dental implants. Talk to our team at Dallas Oral Surgery Associates to learn more about the benefits of this treatment option.