One of the most frequent problems faced by people in the United States is permanent tooth loss. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), at least 7 percent of adults lost one of their teeth by the age of 17, and the average number lost is 12 by the age of 50.
Living with a smile full of gaps is possible, but it often leaves patients feeling conflicted. They are more prone to oral health problems like gum disease and have to cope with the stigma of having lost their teeth. As we have discovered at Pleasure Dental in Royse City, patients missing one or more teeth have lower self-confidence and esteem than their counterparts and are less likely to engage in behaviors like speaking in public.
If you live in Royse City and are seeking a solution that will help you regain your smile, we have the answer: Restoration with dental implants.
Dental implants are synthetic teeth that are composed of two separate sections: a titanium root and a composite resin crown. The root is installed directly into the jawbone, which will heal around the metal to form a solid base. On top of the root is a screw base, to which the crown is attached. When installed properly, the implant looks, feels, and functions like a regular tooth.
At Pleasure Dental in Royse City, every procedure for a dental implant begins with a regular appointment. Our knowledgeable dentist will take the time to perform a thorough inspection of your mouth to see if you are a candidate for one or multiple implants. Our office takes x-rays to examine your jawbones at this point to see if they are thick enough to support the root. If they are not, we can perform a bone graft.
If you settle on an implant, then installation takes as little as a single appointment but is a surgical procedure. Pleasure Dental uses the latest techniques and technology to ensure you are sedated and won’t feel installation, which requires drilling into the bone. Afterward, there is some slight swelling, but it dissipates in two to three days. You can then use your teeth like normal.
When you have lost a tooth, it has an immediate effect not only on your behavior but also on the health of your mouth and facial structure. The human jaw was designed to have the pressure of the teeth pushing on the bone, helping keep it strong and in use. When a tooth is lost, the jawbone can start to thin and weaken. If multiple teeth are gone, the soft tissues of the face can also sag and sink in something called facial collapse. This creates premature aging and puts you at risk for developing problems like periodontal disease and even poor nutrition from a lack of eating.
Receiving dental implants prevents these problems from happening. The implant exerts the required amount of pressure on the jawbone, supports your cheeks, and also helps you participate in regular behaviors like eating, chewing, and smiling.
The glory of an implant is that each one is permanent and designed to look and function like a regular tooth. No one will know you have one unless you tell them, and you can restore the beauty of your smile while still being able to do things you love, like having dinner with loved ones at a favorite restaurant.
When you want to have dental implants installed to restore your smile, you will need to take care of your oral health and wellness. The procedure requires that a patient have no preexisting conditions like periodontal disease or jawbone thinning because the implant will not sit properly.
Before beginning any procedure, it’s important to consult a dentist for a thorough exam. If you have any preexisting health problems, then our dentist will be able to develop a customized treatment plan to help your oral state improve. Afterward, you will be ready for implant installation and can show your smile with proud.
The entire procedure takes as little as two appointments and provides an excellent way for individuals to regain their smile and confidence in a painless and efficient way. Our comfortable office in Royse City features a knowledgeable staff with years of experience that are glad to help patients of Pleasure Dental have a gleaming smile once more.