When you have a missing tooth, or if you have lost several, then you need dental implants to restore the gaps and not only that, but also preserve your jaw and avoid complications with your facial structure. In today’s blog, your Celina, TX, dentist talks about how our team places dental implants to handle tooth loss both minor and severe.
The Factors Behind Tooth Loss
Why do we suffer from tooth loss? For some, this could be due to an injury or accident. A severe case of tooth decay or dental infection could cause a tooth to be lost or require removal to protect the rest of your smile. But the most common reason we lose our teeth is due to periodontitis, the advanced stage of gum disease. When we lose our teeth, this could lead to serious trouble for our quality of life and overall oral health, which is why implant dentistry is so important. Even if you have severe tooth loss and years have passed, we can still help you regain a complete smile!
Complications for Your Smile
Gaps in your smile could cause misalignment to develop, which in turn not only changes your smile’s appearance, but leads to a greater risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Strain on your joints due to missing teeth could lead to painful disorders like TMD or bruxism (teeth grinding). You could have trouble eating your favorite foods, or even speaking clearly. You could also have a weakened smile, as the body will stop the flow of calcium and phosphates to the area around the lost roots. The gradual breakdown that follows could lead to additional missing teeth, and older appearance, and the inability for your jaw to support dental implants.
Bone Grafting and Sinus Lifts
If you see us and we find that tooth loss has led to a weakened jaw, then we can conduct treatments to rebuild your smile. For the lower portion, we could recommend bone grafting, in which we apply new tissues to the weakened areas to fortify them and allow them to support dental implants. The tissue could be taken from other parts of your body, like the rear of your jaw, your hip, or from your knee bone. We could also employ a synthetic source as well. For the upper jaw, we will offer a sinus lift, in which we essentially raise the sinus floor to uncover new tissues that can support dental implants and prepare your smile for new teeth. Don’t let the weakened state of your smile prevent you from obtaining a full one again, we can help with oral surgery. To keep you comfortable, we will administer a local anesthetic and also choose the right sedation for you too!
Dental implants can replace your lost teeth. But unlike traditional bridge or removable dentures, these are actually inserted directly into your jaw, where the body accepts them as natural roots. Being made from biocompatible titanium means they bond with the jaw, and can allow your new teeth to stay in place for decades to come or even a lifetime in some cases. Our team will carefully plan the placement process with digital x-rays and surgical guides, so we can insert them at the right angles and positions to bond with the jaw, stimulating the growth of jawbone tissues, and support a crown or even a denture if needed. This prevents the jaw from losing mass and density, and protects your youthful facial features.
If you have lost most or all of your teeth, then we can offer a set of dentures that is fixed in place, never slipping when you eat or speak, and never requiring removal for soaking or cleaning. We insert multiple dental implants per arch, and then attach a denture to them. These are custom-made to look natural and restore your ability to eat your favorite foods and speak without complication. We can also discuss partials if you still have a significant number of natural teeth in place.
If you have any questions about how our team will treat missing teeth with dental implants, or about using bone grafting or sinus lifts to rebuild your jaw and prepare it for implant placement, then contact our team today. We want to help you enjoy a full smile again, one that can last for years to come and restore beauty, function, and health to your smile.
Contact Us About Implant Dentistry Today
Don’t live with the impact of tooth loss, talk to our team about dental implants today. Schedule a consultation with us today at Celina Family Dentistry at 214-851-0130.