If you have lost one tooth, or potentially several, then you need a prosthetic to protect your smile and enjoy good oral health again. Not to mention, the ability to smile without hesitation! For a long-lasting solution to tooth loss, your Sheridan, WY, dentist could use dental implants, which can last for decades to come or possibly even a lifetime!
The Impact on Your Jaw
When we lose our natural teeth, the body will respond by suspending or diverting the flow of calcium and phosphorus to the jawbone around the missing root. Without these nutrients, the bone tissue begins to break down and the jaw loses mass and density. You then suffer additional missing teeth and could develop an aged appearance as well! While other options like traditional bridges and removable dentures can address tooth loss, these don’t help strengthen the jaw. But dental implants can do that and preserve your youthful facial features!
Securing Your New Biocompatible Roots
The implant portion is a biocompatible titanium post that is screw-like in appearance. When inserted into the jawbone, the body sees this as a natural root structure, and the flow of calcium and phosphorus resumes, preserving the jaw and preventing further tooth loss. The new tooth can stay in place for decades to complete, possibly a lifetime, and can use one for an individual missing tooth, or several to secure a bridge or even a fixed set of dentures, so you can obtain a full smile again.
Crowns and Dentures
For an individual option, we will attach an abutment to the post that extends above the gum line, allowing us to connect a custom-made dental crown, one that looks natural and provides proper bite balance, and provides a durable chewing surface too. If you have multiple missing teeth, then multiple posts and abutments could be used to secure a bridge or even a full set of dentures. With implant dentures, there is never slippage when you eat or speak, and so no need to remove them for cleaning or soaking, instead they look and act as natural teeth. You can eat your favorite foods again and smile with confidence, and you care for your dental implants as you would your natural teeth.
If you suffer from tooth loss, whether minor or severe, then don’t wait for your smile to break down. Instead, talk to our team about replacement with one or more dental implants. We want to help you enjoy your best smile again, one that can last for years to come.
Talk to Our Team About Addressing Tooth Loss
We would like to make sure you can smile with confidence and eat your favorite foods again. Reach out to Grinnell Street Dental in Sheridan, WY at 307-672-7567 to start your journey to a full smile again.