What is the best replacement option for missing teeth?
- Posted on: Aug 15 2020
Missing teeth can affect many aspects of your daily life. Without all your teeth, it can be more difficult to enjoy your favorite foods or properly digest them because you cannot chew properly. Patients who have teeth missing near the front of the smile may also feel incredibly self-conscious about their appearance and avoid smiling or speaking with others. Additionally, changes can occur to the smile after tooth loss, including shifting and movement that results in unwanted gaps and spaces elsewhere in the dental arch. Patients with missing teeth are strongly encouraged to work with a dentist in the Pasadena, TX area to discuss their options, which may include replacement with dental implants.
What is a dental implant?
Dr. Paul Covell describes the dental implant as a titanium post that replaces the roots of a natural tooth. The implant, which looks like a small hardware screw, is placed into the bone of the jaw during oral surgery. The dentist can then restore the top of the implant, known as the abutment, in a number of different ways. A single tooth can be replaced with a dental crown over the implant, while several teeth may be replaced with a dental bridge or a denture over the implants. The method of restoration will vary from patient to patient based on their unique needs.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
There are several reasons why a patient may choose dental implants to replace missing teeth. These restorations are:
- Easy to care for
- Best for maintaining bone
During a visit with our dental team, patients can learn more about the advantages of using dental implants within the smile after tooth loss. Patients who book an appointment with Dr. Paul Covell will often ask questions about this treatment to decide if it is right for their unique needs.
Am I a good candidate for a dental implant?
If you are considering ways to restore your smile after tooth loss or extraction, Dr. Paul Covell and his team in Pasadena, TX invite you to schedule a consultation visit at 4010 Vista Road to discuss solutions. The office can be reached by calling (713) 943-9832.
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