Dental Implants: No Other Tooth Replacement Option Functions or Looks More Like Natural Teeth

When you think about missing teeth, your initial thoughts are probably about your smile. But, your teeth play a bigger role than that. If you’ve lost one or more of your teeth, Lance Jue, DDS, at A Beautiful Smile at Lake Pointe recommends replacing them with dental implants. Why? Because no other solution comes closer to natural teeth.

How your teeth work

Your teeth do far more than help you eat and look good when you smile. 

On average, adults have 32 teeth. The part of your tooth that’s above your gumline is known as the dental crown. Hidden beneath your gum is your tooth’s root. This root penetrates deep into your jawbone, stimulating bone production in the area. Losing even a single tooth can throw off the structural integrity of your mouth and endanger your oral health. 

Common problems that can develop when you lose teeth include:

On top of these issues, missing teeth can also lead to bone loss in your jaw. Without your tooth and its root to provide stimulation, your jawbone in that area can diminish.

Preserving your oral health and confidence with implants

There are several options available for replacing missing teeth, but many only address your missing dental crown. Unfortunately, these temporary solutions — such as dental bridges and dentures — can slide around, and they don’t address bone loss in your jaw. That’s why Dr. Jue usually recommends more permanent solutions, such as dental implants, whenever possible.

When you get a dental implant, Dr. Jue anchors a metal post in your jawbone to replace your missing tooth root. Because it fuses into your jawbone, it restores structural stability to the area and also provides a strong anchor for your replacement crown. Your custom-made crown sits securely above your gumline, matching the shape and color of your surrounding teeth.

The benefits of dental implants include:

Dental implants also offer a natural-looking appearance that can increase your self-confidence. 

What to expect from implants

The implant process usually takes 6-12 months. But, once in place, they can last a lifetime.

During your first procedure, Dr. Jue administers local anesthesia and anchors your new tooth root — called the implant — into your jaw. Then, you wait 3-6 months until it properly fuses with your bone.

When your implant is secure, Dr. Jue takes impressions of your teeth to create a new crown. After securing your crown, you take care of your new tooth just like your other teeth with regular brushing, flossing, and professional cleanings.

To learn more about dental implants, book an appointment online or over the phone with A Beautiful Smile at Lake Pointe today.

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