If you’ve suffered mild to severe tooth loss, either from infection, an injury sustained during a contact sport, or any other reason, you should consult with your dentist as soon as possible. When left untreated, your other teeth can begin wear down and shift due to uneven distribution of pressure from your bite. Your dentist can provide you with several options to replace your lost teeth. One way to treat this issue is with dental implants. Here is how dental implants work to restore your smile.
Dental implants are an advanced treatment that replaces the entire structure of the lost tooth, down to the root. The procedure starts with your dentist placing a titanium post into your jawbone. The post is made of titanium, which is a biocompatible material that can fuse to your jawbone as it heals. This fusing process allows the post to mimic and replace the supportive root system that your lost tooth had.
After the implant post has successfully fused to your jaw bone, a dental crown is then attached to the top of the post. This dental crown is formed by your dentist to both appear and function like a natural tooth would. Replacing your lost tooth as soon as possible with a dental implant is vital to prevent the wearing down of your teeth and jaw bone.
Dental implants are used for a number of other dental treatments, such as All-On-4 dentures, which use strategically placed implant posts to provide the dentures with structure and stability while requiring a minimal amount of surgery. Your teeth’s appearance and effectiveness can be restored thanks to dental implants.
Our dentists have a number of restorative dentistry techniques at their disposal to give you a healthy and attractive smile. Contact us at our local Austin, TX office at 512-250-9444.