Understanding dental implants for replacement teeth in Austin, TX
We’d like to believe that our permanent teeth are just that – permanent. However, accidents like a fall or a stray ball at a baseball game, or oral health issues like tooth decay or gum disease can cause an adult to lose a tooth. When that happens, adults often hide their smile.
When adults in Austin, TX, lose a tooth, they have several options for replacement teeth. Implants, bridge and crown units are all common solutions for lost teeth.
A dental implant is surgically inserted into the jawbone and serves as a replacement tooth root. The bone requires some time to heal and grow around the implant post. Once it has healed, a replacement tooth is created and attached to the post. With dental implants, patients can enjoy their favorite foods, speak clearly, and laugh with confidence, knowing that people are only noticing them, and not a gap where their tooth used to be.
While the procedure involves several trips to the dentist’s office, it provides patients with a great long-term solution. Because the post is inserted into the jawbone, it is sturdy and secure. The tooth then fits securely to the post which doesn’t cause irritation to the gum tissue like many patients experience with dentures. If cared for properly, the implant and replacement tooth can last for many years.
Deciding how to replace a missing tooth can be challenging. Dr. Griffin Cole helps his patients by discussing all their available options and helping them choose which one best fits their needs. However, it is important to replace the tooth because a missing tooth can cause the remaining teeth to shift or the face to droop which causes further oral health problems.
For more information about your options for replacement teeth, call the office of Dr. Cole.