So You Have Lost a Tooth? Now What? Part Two

Losing a tooth can be particularly frustrating as an adult. And unfortunately, if left unaddressed, it can lead to even more significant problems than embarrassment. Many adults that have lost teeth struggle with chewing, which can contribute to poor nutrition. It can also cause the jaw to shrink, over time, eventually leading to a drastically different smile and even facial structure. Remaining teeth can shift out of alignment, as well, causing a host of dental problems like excessive wear, bruxism, and more. So it’s clear that tooth loss needs to be treated by some form of prosthetic dentistry. But which is right for you?

Dental implants are often the best solution

Dentures remain popular, and they have benefits. For instance, they are often the most affordable and fastest option. Dental bridges can also be helpful, as they provide more stability than dentures, alone.

But dental implants have become the most recommended form of smile restoration, because of how comprehensively they address tooth loss. In fact, dental implants are the only option that help to replace a missing tooth root, in addition to the tooth itself. And while the tooth is what causes the most cosmetic concern, the root is what provides the jaw with the nutrients it needs to remain strong and stable.

An implant uses a highly biocompatible titanium post to anchor a replacement tooth. This helps nourish the jaw when you chew, not to mention makes the replacement tooth secure. Perhaps best of all, a single implant can be used to support several replacement teeth, including partial dentures and dental bridges, so that a patient can get the benefit of the implant’s post, without the cost of needing several implants to replace many missing teeth.

About Your Spring, TX Dental Experts:

At Stephens, Gatewood, & Associates, located in Spring, TX, we proudly deliver modern, quality dental care in a welcoming, comfortable environment to patients and families throughout the community. Though we are located in Spring, we also welcome patients from Houston, The Woodlands, Tomball, Cypress, and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation with one of our experts, call Stephens, Gatewood, & Associates today at 281-320-2000.