As a dental implant specialist in Allen, TX, Dr. Cueva spends much of his time planning and performing tooth replacement procedures to help patients who’ve lost one or more teeth. Though tooth loss is common, it isn’t a natural occurrence that we should accept as inevitable. On the contrary, teeth were meant to last a lifetime with proper care and maintenance, and if you lose one or more of them, then their replacements should mimic the duties of natural teeth (aside from biting and chewing).Today, we take a close look at how modern dental prostheses closely resemble nature’s own design to provide the ultimate restoration after losing teeth.
Restoring a Smile’s Function
The visible portions of your teeth, called the crowns, are responsible for teeth’s obvious actions, such as biting, chewing, enunciating words, and fulfilling your smile. Replacing the crowns of lost teeth has been practiced since ancient times; crowns and bridges made of gold have been excavated that date back thousands of years. Today, most replacement teeth, including single dental crowns, bridges, partials, and full dentures, are crafted in a trusted lab from durable dental porcelain. The porcelain is tinted to the color of natural teeth, and layered to reflect light in the same manner as tooth enamel, creating a porcelain tooth that’s virtually indistinguishable from the real thing.
Restoring a Smile’s Foundation
Since their approval for clinical use in the 1950s, dental implants have provided tooth loss patients with the means to enjoy more comfortable, lifelike replacement teeth than ever before. Surgically inserted into the jawbone, dental implants are titanium root devices that facilitate osseointegration—the bonding of jawbone to the implant’s surface. The number of implants needed depends on the number of teeth lost, and Dr. Cueva often recommends them for single, multiple, severe, and total tooth loss cases.
Expert Tooth Replacement with Allen Dental Implant Specialist
To learn more about your options for tooth replacement, schedule an appointment with Dr. Cueva by calling our Allen implant specialist’s office at (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.