If you have suffered the loss of a tooth, or even several, then you know all too well how frustrating coping with an incomplete smile can be. Embarrassment and insecurity are just some of the emotions adults often must deal with when they have lost one or more teeth. Fortunately, modern dental prostheses are designed to help patients cope with incomplete smiles, with beautiful and functional results. So, if you are ready to address your incomplete smile or an outdated/ill-fitting prostheses, why not talk to your restorative dentist about dental implants?
What Caused Your Tooth Loss?
The first step in addressing tooth loss is determining the cause, since an underlying issue can often continue to increase the rate of tooth loss. Tooth infections, for instance, can spread to other parts of the mouth, potentially leading to additional losses, as well as pain. Gum disease is actually the leading cause of tooth loss among adults. Without treatment, gum disease can lead to substantial tooth loss. Fortunately, we have periodontal treatment options to address any underlying issues before we place a prosthetic.
What Are You Hopes for Your Smile?
Once your overall oral health has been restored, your restorative dentist can talk to you about whether you would make a good candidate for a dental implant. Implants involve surgically placing a biocompatible titanium implant that is meant to mimic a healthy tooth root, creating a stable base on which a replacement tooth can be affixed.
These mimic roots are designed to last a lifetime, making dental implants one of the longest-lasting and most stable ways to complete a smile. After the implant area heals, we complete the tooth with a restoration, which replaces the visible portion of the tooth with a lifelike dental crown. We can also use multiple dental implants to secure a bridge, partial, or even a full set of dentures.
Are You In Need of Prosthetic Dental Treatment?
Prosthetic dentistry makes it possible to complete the smile after tooth loss or extraction. You can schedule your prosthetic consultation with Dr. Steven Huffstutler in Ft. Worth, TX, today by calling 817-577-1444.