If you’re dealing with missing teeth every day, then you’re probably very familiar with the variety of problems they can cause. Simple things like talking, eating, and even smiling can be awkward and uncomfortable, and they can constantly make you feel self-conscious as well. Unfortunately, did you know that missing teeth can also be a serious problem for your oral health? People with missing teeth are much more vulnerable to developing gum disease, which in itself is the leading cause of tooth loss!
To prevent all of these problems and fully restore your confidence, the best thing to do is replace your teeth, and you surely want to do it the best possible way. You want a treatment that provides security, longevity, and it should look completely natural as well. Fortunately, Dr. Rana Lee and Serene Family Dental have this exact kind of solution. We can provide you with the most advanced tooth-replacement solution available today: dental implants.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are special because they are able to rebuild a missing tooth from the root up, unlike other treatments that only replace it above the gum line. This not only provides your new teeth with unrivaled stability, but it also restores essential support for your jaw.
You see, your jaw relies on the roots of your teeth to stay strong and full, which is why people with many missing teeth have a sunken, sallow look to their face. This is because the jaw has shrunken due to a lack of support. With dental implants, however, your jaw will remain as strong and full as ever.
A dental implant is actually a small titanium post that is placed directly into the jawbone via a minor surgical procedure. Unlike many other local dentists, Dr. Lee can perform this part of the implant procedure herself, saving you from having to run all over town to see a specialist. It can typically be completed in just one visit, and most patients only require local anesthesia for it to be entirely painless.
Afterward, you’ll be given 4-6 months to heal, during which time the posts will bond directly to the surrounding bone, very similar to your natural teeth. Once you are completely healed, you’ll return to Serene Family Dental to get your final replacement teeth.
How Many Teeth Can Dental Implants Replace?
Dental implants are extremely versatile, and they can be used to replace everything from a single tooth to an entire mouthful of teeth.
For a single tooth, an all-porcelain crown will be attached to a post using a connector called an abutment. Dental porcelain is one of the most advanced materials used in all of dentistry, and it is able to mimic a real tooth in every possible way, including shape, size, color, strength, and even feel.
If you have a few missing teeth in a row, this kind of implant-retained crown can be attached to other prosthetic teeth to help form a fixed-bridge.
For patients who are missing multiple teeth throughout their mouth or an entire arch, dental implants can also be used to support a set of dentures. Implant-retained partial and full dentures look just as natural as traditional ones, but they typically stay in place much better, maintain their fit for longer, and provide a much stronger bite force.
In fact, there is even a specific kind of implant-retained denture simply called All-on-4, which is ideal for patients who have been missing a lot of teeth for some time. With this treatment, Dr. Lee can support an entire full denture using just 4 implant posts, and she can often place the posts AND the denture in just one day. This means that a person can wake up with no teeth that morning and go to bed with a complete smile that night.
How To Start Getting Them
If you’re sick and tired of dealing with your missing teeth, then we can help you say goodbye to the gaps in your smile forever. With the proper oral hygiene, dental implants have been shown to last for 30 years or more, providing you the kind of results that will deliver a lifetime of daily benefits.
To see if dental implants are right for you, please contact us today for a consultation. In addition to McKinney, we are also happy to serve patients from Stonebridge Ranch, Prosper, and New Hope.