If you are missing even a single tooth, it’s important to have it replaced. If you wait too long, your other remaining teeth will shift in place to try to fill in the gap left behind by the missing tooth. Although there are many ways to replace missing teeth, one method that is growing in popularity are dental implants. Once you learn more about these dental appliances, you’ll see why so many patients prefer to replace missing teeth using this method – because it really is like getting a brand new natural tooth. We are pleased to provide dental implants as one of the many services we offer to our patients from throughout the Taylor, TX, area.
Important Information about Dental Implants
An implant consists of an artificial tooth root and a porcelain crown. The root is surgically implanted into the patient’s jawbone. Once the root has fused to the bone – a process that typically takes several months – a connector is placed on top of the root, and the porcelain crown is attached to that connector. This is the most permanent solution to replacing a missing tooth. Implants are extremely durable. In fact, in most instances, implants will last for the lifetime of the patient.
How to Know if an Implant is Right for You
While there are some exceptions, most people who are missing teeth are good candidates for implants. Those exceptions include children (dental implants are only used to replace permanent, adult teeth) and people without sufficient bone structure to hold the implant. But if you are an adult with a healthy jawbone, an implant may be the right choice for you.
In addition to replacing missing teeth, implants are also used as anchors for dentures. It’s quite common for people with dentures to experience slippage, making it difficult to chew certain foods and sometimes affecting the person’s speech. In some cases, implants can be an effective means of holding dentures in place for these patients.
Contact Our Office Today
For more information about dental implants, or to schedule an appointment with our friendly doctors, call our Taylor, TX, office today.