Dental implants not only improve your smile, but also offer several other important benefits. Drs. Tiberiu Oancea and Jeromy Thornton, your Houston, TX, dentists at Today's Dental, are here to explain how you can benefit from dental implants.
After the loss of a tooth, you may no longer feel like laughing or smiling because you feel self-conscious about the way you look. A dental implant offers a simple way to restore your smile and your self-confidence.
A whole new tooth
When you replace lost teeth with a dental implant, you receive a new tooth from root to crown. Dentures and bridges, the other tooth replacement options, only replace the tooth above the gum line. During the first step in the implant process, your dentist places a tiny titanium post in the space once occupied by your natural tooth roots.
During the next three to six months, your jawbone grows around the post and anchors it in place. When the implant fuses completely to the bone, your Houston dentist will attach the crown that will replace your tooth above your gum line. You'll have a new tooth that's just as strong as the one you lost when the process is complete.
Better oral health
Losing a tooth can affect the health of your remaining teeth. After tooth loss, the teeth on either side of the gap try to fill the space by leaning toward it. This drifting sets off a domino effect, and eventually, your teeth may begin to overlap. It's often impossible to remove plaque from overlapping areas, which may increase your risk of tooth decay. When you choose a dental implant, your surrounding teeth remain upright.
Excellent biting power
Dentures restore your smile, but reduce your biting power. If you opt for this tooth replacement option, it will be difficult or impossible to eat hard foods. Dental implants don't affect your biting power because they're firmly anchored in your jaw. When you choose implant-supported dentures, a entire row of teeth can be supported by just four to six implants.
Whether you need to replace one tooth or all of them, dental implants offer an excellent solution to tooth loss. Call Drs. Oancea and Thornton, your Houston, TX, dentists at Today's Dental, at (281) 580-0770 to schedule an appointment to discuss your tooth replacement options. Restore your smile with dental implants!