For most people, missing a single tooth may not seem like a big deal. In fact, many people would be tempted to simply live without the tooth. But that is actually not a good idea at all. If you’re missing even a single tooth, your remaining teeth will shift in place over time, attempting to fill in the gap left behind by that tooth. When your teeth shift, it can lead to many other problems. One option for replacing one or more missing teeth is dental implants. We are pleased to provide this service to our patients from throughout the Bulverde, Spring Branch, Timberwood Park, Canyon Lake and San Marcos, TX areas.
Frequently Asked Questions on Dental Implants
When you lose a tooth, it can be a traumatic experience. In the aftermath, you may have functional difficulties with eating and maintaining oral hygiene, and you may suffer from a lack of confidence when you smile. There are several treatment options to consider, including partial dentures, bridgework, or simply living with a missing tooth.
People choose dental implants because they are the most effective and natural looking option to replace a missing tooth. Dental implants are permanent and durable, and they restore both the function of your bite and the appearance of your smile.
Dental implants are permanent, artificial teeth. A dental implant consists of a crown, or a custom replacement tooth, attached to a titanium post implanted in the jaw to act in place of the root and stabilize the artificial tooth.
Unlike dentures, they do not need to be removed for cleaning, and unlike bridges, they are not cemented to surrounding teeth. Dental implants provide the closest approximation of natural teeth in both function and appearance.
In order to be a good candidate for dental implants, your mouth must be healthy and free of infection and your jaw must be strong enough to support the implant. You may need to undergo preliminary procedures in preparation for a dental implant, depending on the cause of tooth loss.
When you are ready, a titanium post will be implanted in your jaw, where it will fuse with the bone. A custom crown will be created to replace the lost tooth and fit seamlessly with your natural teeth. When the implant heals, or fully bonds with the jaw, a connector will be attached to the post and the crown will be permanently affixed atop it.
With proper care and good oral health, your dental implant could last a lifetime. The crown portion of the implant may need replacement within about 10-15 years, although crowns have been known to last up to 25 years, depending on placement and care.
This is a question only you can answer. If you are considering a dental implant, speak to a trusted dental professional at Bulverde North Family Dental that can provide you with information and advice.
Dental implants infer many benefits on patients suffering tooth loss, including the ability to eat, brush, floss, and smile normally and with confidence. They tend to be more comfortable and convenient than some other options, they are durable and long-lasting, and they help to maintain the jawbone and position of other teeth.
Dental implants are considered the gold standard of tooth replacement, but it’s always best to explore all of your options in order to make an informed decision.
Why You Should Visit Bulverde North Family Dental for Dental Implants
- Many patients choose to have a dental implant because it really is like getting a brand new tooth
- Dental implants can resolve many of the issues that often arise when a missing tooth is not replaced
- Dr. Frei has years of experience in fitting his patients with dental implants
The Advantages of Dental Implants
If you are missing even a single tooth and decide not to replace it, your other teeth will shift in place to fill in the gap. Once that happens, it can negatively impact your bite (or the way your teeth fit together). That, in turn can affect the way you chew food or even the way you speak. In some cases, even the shape of your face can change over time if you choose to live with missing teeth.
While it’s true that there are several options to choose from when deciding how to replace one or more missing teeth, many patients prefer dental implants because they are truly a permanent solution. Unlike other dental appliances – some of which can be removed by the patient – dental implants are equipped with artificial roots that are implanted into the patient’s jaw. After the roots are fused to the bone – usually many months later — an artificial tooth is then affixed to the roots. So an implant is as close to getting a brand new tooth as current dental technology will allow!
Contact Our Office Today
For more information about dental implants, or to schedule an appointment with your dentist, contact our office today. We are pleased to serve patients from throughout the Bulverde, Spring Branch, Timberwood Park, Canyon Lake and San Marcos, TX areas.