It is not uncommon for people to lose a tooth at some point during their lifetime. This may occur as a result of an accident, tooth decay, or even oral disease. There are several options for fixing this, including the use of a tooth implant. At Lovett Dental West U, we offer comprehensive dental implant services that can help many see improvement in situations like these.
How Does a Tooth Implant Restore a Smile?
After a tooth is lost, an opening is created. An implant is placed into the jawbone at this position. Once in place, the jawbone starts to grow around it. That’s what helps to make it very strong. Over time, healing takes place, and a fixture is added to the top of the implant. This allows for a crown to be placed on top and secured into place. The crown is colored just like the rest of the teeth (a cosmetic dentist may help with this). Once in place, the single-tooth implant works very well to function just like the natural tooth or better.
There are numerous benefits to using a tooth implant:
- It is a stronger option than other solutions creating a better ability to bite and chew.
- Most implants are long-lasting – lasting for decades with proper care.
- The implant fills in that gap created by the missing tooth. This helps to reduce the risk of other teeth crowding into the space. Crowding leads to other teeth becoming weakly held in place.
- Dental implants are a good-looking option. They tend to look just like natural teeth if placed by a specialized provider.
- Implants may also help to reduce the risk of gum disease compared to the space being left open.
Is a Single-Tooth Implant the Best Option for Restoring a Smile?
There are other ways to fill in that space. The most common alternative is to use a bridge. A bridge is a device anchored into each of the teeth on either side of the gap. A crown is placed in between. The bridge helps to hold the crown in place, creating that strong bite. This option can work, but it does not create the same durability and strength as an implant. It also may need maintenance over time more often than implants.
Who Qualifies for Dental Implants?
A dental implant is placed during a surgical procedure. As a result, a person has to be healthy enough to do well during the procedure. In addition, there is also the need to ensure the gums and jawbone themselves are healthy. If there are concerns about this, your dentist may require additional care and treatment, including the placement of bone from another area of the body into the jaw to give it the support it needs to heal.
At Lovett Dental West U, we offer all of the services you need to get dental implants in place in our office. This makes it easy for you to get the care you need leading up to the procedure as well as ongoing support after you have your single-tooth implant placed. Over the course of a few weeks, you can have a beautiful new smile.
Seek Help from Lovett Dental West U
Among the many services we provide at Lovett Dental West U, you will find:
To learn more about these or find out if a tooth implant can help restore your smile, schedule a consultation with our team of specialists today. There are many opportunities to improve your smile at Lovett Dental West U. We can answer all of your questions during your consultation and show you what implants look like and how they work. Call us at 832-617-5530 or reach out to us online for help.