If you have suffered the loss of a tooth, or even several, then you know all too well how frustrating it can be trying to cope with an incomplete smile. Embarrassment and insecurity are just some of the emotions adults often must deal with when they have lost a tooth or had to have one extracted. 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 So, if you are ready to address your incomplete smile or an outdated or ill-fitting prostheses, why not talk to your restorative dentist about how a dental implant might be able to help?
What Caused Your Tooth Loss?
The first step in addressing tooth loss is determining the cause of it, since some causes can lead to loss of additional teeth, if left unaddressed. Tooth infections, for instance, can spread to other parts of the mouth, potentially leading to additional losses, as well as pain. That said, gum disease is actually the leading cause of tooth loss amongst adults. If it is left to progress it can lead to total loss of teeth, while periodontal treatment can help to prevent this and other issues that can come along with gum disease.
What Are You Hopes for Your Smile?
Once your overall oral health has been restored, if necessary, 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 piece that is meant to mimic a healthy tooth root, in order to create 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.
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.