If you have a lost a tooth, whether from advanced decay, infection, accident, or injury, you may feel a void in your smile. Even if the missing tooth is in a spot where even you cannot see it, it still needs to be replaced. A missing tooth leaves room for potential problems to develop, such as bone loss in your jaw and instability for your remaining teeth. A dental implant helps to prevent that potential bone loss and creates stability for a replacement prosthetic as well as your remaining natural teeth.
Implant posts are made of titanium and replace the roots of your missing tooth. The titanium is biocompatible with the bone and tissue of your jaw. Over time, the jawbone fuses to the titanium post creating a stable foundation for the dental prosthetic, such as a crown, dentures, or bridge. Depending on how many teeth you have lost, All-On-4® can help fully restore your smile. The implants support the prosthetic, while also keeping the natural teeth in place. Without an implant, natural teeth may shift. Barring complications, a dental implant can last a lifetime providing permanent support.
When you eat at a restaurant and you have left the table, the waiter may come to clear away your plates and food. When a tooth leaves your mouth, your body may start to take away the nutrients away from that area of the bone. This process of demineralization is referred to as bone resorption. A missing tooth can cause bone resorption, which cause a softening of the jawbone. The jaw may change shape and create a loose foundation for the surviving teeth. A dental implant can create stimulation to the bone that will cause the body to keep mineralizing the area. The implant is your friend who you ask to stay at your table and watch your french fries so that the waiter does not clear the table.
Schedule a consultation at Austin Prosthodontics to discuss dental implants or prosthetic options, call 512-250-9444. We also proudly welcome patients from Cedar Park, Round Rock, Pflugerville, Leander, and all surrounding Texas communities.