Missing teeth happen for one of two general reasons: injury, and disease. In the vast majority of cases, disease (in particular gum disease) is the cause, and it happens mostly because of negligence of your oral hygiene.
Whatever caused you to lose your teeth doesn’t matter now. Those natural teeth, the teeth you were born with, are gone. What matters now is what you do about it!
A smile with missing teeth is more than unattractive, it’s unhealthy. If you have missing teeth, the longer you put off addressing it, the worse your situation will become.
At Precise Dental of Houston, we offer an alternative to the conventional solutions for missing teeth (bridges and dentures): dental implants. Dental implants are lightyears better than bridges or dentals because they are permanent, require no changes to your lifestyle, are as easy to maintain as natural teeth, and they function and look in virtually exactly the same way as your natural teeth!
If you’re looking to repair your smile and your oral health, and you want a no-compromises solution, dental implants are your best choice.
The worst thing you can do is wait on doing something about teeth that are missing. Missing teeth make it more difficult to talk and chew, cause remaining teeth to move out of place (throwing off your jaw’s alignment, which results in damage to your teeth), and makes your face sag and look unhealthy and sunken.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
Dental Implants are surgically installed where a tooth once was. They are embedded directly into the jawbone, and over time, their hold only gets stronger.
Dental implants have three key components:
The anchor, which is placed in your jawbone. It resembles a screw (it is threaded). Once your implant is in, it’s in. Over time, as the bone heals, the bone will actually fuse with the anchor, undergoing a process called osseointegration. Your implant almost literally becomes part of your body!
The abutment, which connects the anchor to the visible part of the implant:
The crown, an artificial tooth that is just as strong and looks almost exactly like a natural tooth!
Dental Implants Aren’t For Everyone
Unfortunately, dental implants aren’t a good fit for everyone. There are some requirements that must be fulfilled before you can think about getting implants placed.
Good Oral Health:
This means you’re free of oral diseases (such as gum disease) and your jaw has sufficient bone density to hold the implant.
Good General Health:
Diseases like diabetes, arthritis, and immune system disorders can cause complications with dental implants, increasing the risk of implant failure.
You Must Be an Adult:
Implants are not a solution for children or adolescents because their teeth and jaws are still growing. An implant needs to be placed in a mouth that has already done all its growing and will stay in basically the same shape.
You Must Be Able to Tolerate Anesthesia:
Because getting implants is a surgical procedure, you’ll need to undergo anesthesia to get them. Some people have difficulty with anesthesia, and it could have disastrous side effects for your health if this describes you.
Keep in mind that not meeting these requirements doesn’t necessarily automatically disqualify you from getting implants. Because each person is different, you and your dentist will work together to make the best decision for your oral health. One more thing:
Don’t smoke if you want dental implants. Smoking (besides the laundry list of other terrible things it does to your body) increases your chance of developing gum disease. As we’ve stated before, gum disease can disqualify you from getting dental implants, or at the very least delay it while it is treated. In addition, smoking will slow down and even disrupt your body’s healing process, which is absolutely critical to the long-term success of your implant.
We repeat: if you want to be able to get dental implants, the best possible replacement for missing teeth, you need to quit smoking. Dental implants will change your life for the better, and those improvements will last the rest of your life. That makes planning on getting dental implants a great time to quit smoking!
Don’t Let Gaps In Your Teeth Torment You Any Longer!
Dental implants can save your smile, your oral health, and improve your life to a degree that is almost unbelievable, but it’s true!
Dental implants will get you the teeth you’ve always wanted, the smile you’ve always wanted, and the confidence you deserve, bottom line.
If it turns out you don’t qualify for dental implants but you still need to do something about your missing teeth, we can help you out there as well. We offer dental bridges. Dental bridges are less invasive, and they are a reliable, time-tested solution for missing teeth.
Damaged teeth don’t get better on their own; they only get worse! Take action today and save the teeth you have left!