Missing teeth can take the confidence out of your smile, but it can also have other consequences for your health. Dr. Ryan Thompson and the team at Thompson Dental in McKinney, TX, offer various artificial teeth, including dental implants.
Benefits of dental implants
Missing teeth can add stress to your jaw, as well as increase your risk of fracture because of the uneven bite force. When there is an empty spot in your arch, the remaining teeth will also shift out of position, making them harder to care for, and your jawbone will eventually start to shrink. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement choice that replicates your tooth’s entire structure to prevent all of these issues.
While receiving dental implants takes longer than other replacement options, the benefits they provide are well worth the wait. Dental implants can support a crown for replacing a single tooth or dental bridges and dentures to replace multiple missing teeth. Dental implants integrate fully with your jawbone to provide stimulation that can keep your bone strong and prevent the hollowed cheeks and shrunken jaw associated with dentures. Once in place, dental implants can last a lifetime with proper care.
The implant process
Dental implants are a small, screw-shaped rod placed directly into your jawbone during oral surgery, typically after your gums have had time to heal from extraction or tooth loss. Dental bridges are generally placed on two implants, while as few as four implants placed during a single procedure can support dentures. Dr. Thompson will evaluate your gums and jaw to determine if you are a suitable candidate for implants, and in some cases, they may recommend bone or tissue grafts to reduce the risk of complications.
Once an implant is placed, you will need time to recover and allow the implant to fuse to your jawbone, and then you can come into the office to have the abutment placed. Dr. Thompson will take an impression of your mouth to send to the dental lab, where they will craft a realistic-looking prosthetic with a comfortable fit. Once your replacement tooth is attached, you’ll have full functionality with your teeth, and our team will continue to work with you to prevent future issues. To learn more about how we can help, contact our office in McKinney, TX, today at (972) 366-7743 to schedule your consultation.