Did you know dental implants do more than just fill the gap in your smile? They help preserve facial structure for patients in Urbandale, IA, and offer a host of other benefits. Today’s blog is all about the dental implant process and the benefits this strong and lifelike tooth replacement option offers our patients. Let’s discuss implant dentistry and look at when patients should consider one.
The Impact of Tooth Loss on Facial Structure
Did you know losing a tooth can lead to an older appearance? When we lose a tooth, the body stops sending doses of nutrients to the jawbone around the missing tooth. Without doses of key nutrients, such a calcium and phosphorus, the bone tissue begins to break down. Losing your jawbone density increases the risk of further tooth loss, as well as signs of aging, such as sunken cheeks and a ptotic chin. As a result, your entire facial structure changes. However, there is an option to address your tooth loss and preserve your facial structure.
Placing Dental Implants
Dental implants don’t require crowns or clasps to stay in place. Instead, through oral surgery we insert them into the jawbone. Being made from biocompatible titanium means they actually bond with the jawbone like a tooth root, a process known as osseintegration. After the area heals, which takes three to four months, your dental pant will act like a new tooth root, stimulating the growth of jawbone tissue and preserving your smile’s structure! While bridges last up to 15 years and dentures require replacement after 10 years, an implant can last for decades with proper care and attention!
Creating Lifelike Restorations
But what about the visible part of your tooth, the part people see when you smile? After osseintegration, we add an abutment to the dental implant. The abutment holds a custom-made dental crown in place. The crown will be made from a durable material known as ceramic. With ceramic, we have a strong restoration that also contains stain-resistant properties and can be shaded to match the rest of your smile. No one will be able to tell you have a replacement tooth, and you won’t develop the serious complications of untreated tooth loss. If you have any questions about addressing missing teeth, or if you want to discuss your implant candidacy, then please contact our team today. Let’s talk about the best possible solutions to your tooth loss!
Have You Lost A Tooth?
Dr. Lawson and our team want to address tooth loss with a lifelike and durable prosthetic. To learn more about our dental prosthetics, schedule a consultation by calling our dentistry office in Urbandale, IA, at 515-278-4366. We also serve residents of Waukee, Grimes, Johnston, and Clive, IA.