Dental implants have quickly become the preferred method for adult tooth replacement. Due to complications and need for tooth replacement with traditional methods, such as dental fixed bridges and removable partial dentures, dental implants may end up as being more cost effective in the long run. Arlington Periodontics can determine if you are a candidate for a dental implant procedure in Arlington, TX.
Dental implants look and function like your natural teeth and can be an ideal tooth replacement option for one missing tooth or many missing teeth. When a tooth is lost, the jaw bone will start to deteriorate without the root to stimulate the bone. Once this bone is lost, it does not grow back on its own, and the bone loss can begin to affect adjacent teeth, as well as the aesthetic appearance of the adjacent teeth..
A dental implant has three important parts. A titanium post, that does not decay, is placed in the jaw bone. The post will attach to the jaw bone in a process called osseointegration, stabilizing and preserving the surrounding bone. An abutment is placed in the post, and finally, a dental crown that looks just like a natural tooth is secured to the abutment.
Dental fixed bridges require adjacent healthy teeth to be filed down to accommodate the bridge and may often need repair or replacement. There are similar issues with dentures. Also, these traditional tooth replacement procedures do not preserve your jaw bone. If you should decide to get dental implants at a later time, you might need to have an additional bone grafting procedure to replace the bone that you have lost in the interim time period.
With successful dental implants, you can speak confidently, eat whatever foods you like, preserve your teeth and jaw bone, and enjoy a beautiful, natural looking smile. To find out more about your options for tooth replacement with dental implants in Arlington, TX, call Arlington Periodontics and schedule your consultation today!