Living with one or multiple missing teeth can have a devastating effect not only on your daily life, but also on your oral health.
You may find that you feel embarrassed about smiling or talking in front of others. Chewing and eating the foods you normally enjoy also becomes difficult. Missing teeth take a toll on your nutrition, health, and confidence.
Did you know that you’re also at a greater risk for losing more teeth?
Without replacement, your healthy teeth will begin to shift into the open space left by your missing tooth. This puts them at risk for periodontal disease, fractures, and other damage.
There's another major concern, as well. Without the tooth root, your jawbone will begin to deteriorate, or lose density. Not only does this change the appearance of your face, it also puts your remaining teeth at risk for further loss due to the absence of bone support.
The good news is that dental implants may be the solution you’ve been looking for, and Dr. Boren offers comprehensive implant care. He can guide you through the entire process of replacing your missing teeth with dental implants.
What Is a Dental Implant?
Using a biocompatible titanium post to replace your root creates a secure foundation for replacing your tooth with a porcelain crown. The key to the success of dental implants lies in the fact that they replace both your tooth and your root, which ensures the health of your bone and keeps your healthy teeth from shifting.
An implant closely mimics your natural tooth, so you’ll enjoy optimum function and be able to talk, chew, and eat as you did before. Implants are a very reliable treatment, boasting a 95% success rate. They also provide great longevity as they can potentially last a lifetime with great home care and regular dental check-ups.
Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Dental implants do require a few key elements to be in place in order to be successful. First, it’s best if the patient is a non-smoker and in good overall health. Next, it’s important that the patient has enough healthy bone structure to support the dental implant.
Dr. Boren can determine if dental implants will work well for your needs with a thorough examination and x-rays. At Rowlett Smiles, we have advanced 3-D technology that allows us to better evaluate your bone and determine the most accurate placement of your implant.
If you don’t have enough bone structure to support an implant, Dr. Boren can perform a bone grafting procedure that will help to build and enhance your bone structure. After the appropriate healing time has passed, your natural bone will integrate with the graft and be ready for implant placement. This procedure makes implants accessible to patients who may not have been good candidates for implants in the past.
If you’ve lived with one or more missing teeth, it’s time to reclaim your confidence, health, and your smile! We know you’ll appreciate the personalized care you receive from Dr. Boren throughout the entire dental implant process. Contact us today to learn more.