If you lose a tooth, you may be tempted to hit the panic button. After all, adult teeth don’t act like baby teeth. There’s no growing an adult tooth back. Add into the equation that a lost tooth can lead to further tooth loss in a heartbreaking sequence known as the domino effect and that the jaw can suffer bone density loss, and you may feel the weight of despair crushing you into dust. But if you have lost a tooth, don’t fret. Dental implants can replace your tooth with a realistic looking prosthetic and prevent the complications associated with tooth loss. Your Allen dentist, Dr. Marco Cueva, explains how.
What Is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a three-part structure used in modern dentistry to replace a missing tooth. The three parts to the dental implant are the post, the abutment, and the crown. The post is made of titanium, and it fuses with the jaw bone to hold the prosthetic firmly in place. The abutment connects the post to the crown, which is the part of the implant that is visible above the gum line. The crown is custom made to imitate the surrounding teeth, allowing for a smile that looks realistic and cohesive.
Benefits of Dental Implants
The aesthetic appeal of today’s dental crowns is unparalleled. Sitting atop the post and the abutment is a cosmetic masterpiece that is virtually indistinguishable from a real tooth. Crowns are also functional, allowing patients to each tough foods without worry.
However, the post may actually be the most beneficial part of a dental implant. Remember the complications associated with tooth loss? How could you not, right? Well, the post stimulates the jaw bone and restores the flow of nutrients that stopped when the tooth fell out. With nutrition restored, the risk of further tooth loss and a reduction in jawbone density is significantly reduced.
Schedule a Visit with Your Allen Dentist
If you have lost a tooth, don’t panic. Schedule an appointment or a consultation with your Allen dentist, Dr. Cueva. Our 75013 dental office welcomes patients from Allen, Plano, Richardson, McKinney, Frisco, Fairview, Murphy, Wylie, Lewisville, Carrolton, and surrounding communities.