Trauma, gum disease and tooth decay are just a few of the many things that can cause tooth loss. If you have missing teeth, then you may be a candidate for dental implants. Dental implants are synthetic roots that hold dentures, bridges or crowns in place. Most people who are non-smokers and have good supporting bone structure are considered good candidates for dental implants. However, you should consult with Dr. Hoard if you think that you will be a good candidate for dental implants. He will perform an assessment in order to ensure that dental implants are the right choice for you.
Dental implants are more expensive than many other restorative dental procedures. However, the money that you invest in dental implants will be well worth it. Dental implants can last anywhere from 10 to 20 years. They also allow you to save more of your natural teeth. Furthermore, dental implants are natural-looking. No one will be able to tell that you are wearing them.
There are multiple steps involved in placing dental implants. Dr. Hoard will work alongside an orthodontist and periodontist in order to develop the right treatment plan for you. Your dental implant will be placed by a periodontist. It will take three to six months for the implant to heal.
If you will be getting one tooth replaced, then a crown will be placed after the implant is healed. Dentures or bridges can be used to replace multiple teeth.
It is very important for you to get a missing tooth replaced. The bone begins to deteriorate as soon as a tooth is lost. This also exposes gum tissue and increases the risk of gum disease. Additionally, the adjacent teeth can shift, and this can lead to TMJ disorder. There are several options available for replacing missing teeth, but none of those options can match the long-term success of dental implants.
Missing teeth can lead to other dental and general health problems- if you have a missing tooth, contact Dr. Hoard to schedule a consultation and discuss your options.