Tooth loss can be a serious concern for your oral health, because it can cause multiple problems, such as additional tooth loss, deterioration of the jawbone, and crooked teeth. These problems become worse depending on how many teeth you have lost. Although there are multiple solutions for tooth loss, dental implants are the only choice which can prevent jawbone deterioration. If you’ve lost all of your teeth on one or both dental ridges, then we can combine implants with dentures, which replace an entire row of teeth, to give you a stable, more permanent solution.
What are Implants?
When you lose a tooth, the roots that carry nutrients from the body to the tooth are lost. The body will then stop sending nutrients to that area of your jaw at all, because the body believes that the jawbone’s purpose is mostly to provide nutrients for your teeth. However, the lack of vitamins and minerals can weaken your jawbone in that area, which can lead to tooth loss, malocclusion (crooked teeth), and more.
Dental implants are posts inserted into your gums and jaw that take the place of your missing teeth roots. They are made from biocompatible titanium, which means that your jawbone will grow around the post, and your body will continue to send vital nutrients to the jawbone. The gums and jaw will take some time to heal, and the treatment is generally permanent because of the fusion between jawbone and post (known as osseointegration).
The Purpose of Implant Dentures
Implants can replace as many teeth as needed. If you have lost a significant amount of teeth, we can determine how many implants you need (you will not need one per lost tooth, typically). After you’ve recovered from implant surgery, we can attach a denture or partial denture to replace a row or partial row of teeth. With anchors supporting your dentures, they won’t grow loose and shift and conventional dentures often do.
ABOUT YOUR SOUTHLAKE FAMILY DENTISTS:
As a native Texan, Gregory Wright, DDS, opened his private practice in Southlake, TX in 1992. He and Dr. Victoria Heron are happily accepting new patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and all surrounding communities. To learn more, call our office today at (817) 481-7999.