Most patients who live with a smile that lacks one or more teeth already understand the importance of replacing lost teeth, or at least the reasons most important to daily living and their quality of life. Whether you’ve lost one tooth, multiple teeth, or all of your teeth, your Allen dental implant specialist, Dr. Marco Cueva, can restore your smile with a set of prosthetic teeth designed to look and function like the real thing. To accomplish this, however, your replacement teeth may need a bit more than master craftsmanship—Dr. Cueva may advise anchoring your dental prosthetic on one or more dental implants to achieve the stability of your natural teeth.

The Purpose of Replacing Lost Teeth

The visual effects of lost teeth can be jarring, and reason enough to replace them, but the true tragedy of tooth loss occurs long after your teeth have vacated their positions. Considering that most healthy smiles contain at least 28 teeth (32, if you count the four wisdom teeth), you might think that losing one wouldn’t significantly affect your mouth’s function. Nevertheless, even one missing tooth can wreak havoc on your oral health. To properly balance the pressure of your bite, your mouth requires all of your teeth. Losing a tooth can throw your bite off-balance, remaining teeth may shift to try and cover the slack, and your smile can become subject to a host of subsequent dental problems.

A Sturdy Foundation Makes a World of Difference

Healthy tooth roots, which extend below your gum line where the eye can’t see, are embedded into your jawbone. This relationship not only holds your healthy teeth securely in place, it helps keep your jawbone adequately nourished. When these roots are stimulated by biting and chewing, they invite nutrients to your jawbone to support the teeth it holds. Replacing lost teeth’s crowns restores your smile and ability to chew, but restoring the roots with dental implants is vital for the continued integrity of your supportive jawbone.

Total Tooth Replacements with Your Allen Dental Implant Specialist

If you’ve lost one or more teeth, don’t waste time by wondering if you should replace them. To find out your options, schedule an appointment with your Allen dental implant specialist by calling (972) 390-9944 today. Located in the 75013 area, we proudly welcome patients from Allen, Plano, Richardson, McKinney, Frisco, Fairview, Murphy, Wylie, Lewisville, Carrolton, and surrounding communities.