Your smile is an important part of your appearance and when it’s not as attractive as it used to be, patients often want to restore it. When your teeth are damaged or missing, full restoration of your smile will require a tooth replacement option – such as dentures or implants. Replacement teeth do more than just fill a gap in your mouth, they also keep the remaining teeth from shifting and provide stimulation to the jawbone which keeps the face from drooping. Dr. Adnan Saleem of Hebron Smiles in Carrollton, TX, has helped countless patients restore their smile.
Patients who need to replace missing teeth often choose between dentures and dental implants. While dentures are typically more cost effective, dental implants function and feel more like your natural teeth. Dentures stick to the gums using a strong adhesive, however, it’s common for them to slip, particularly if the mouth begins to change shape. On the other hand, dental implants are a replacement of the tooth’s root. They are inserted directly into the jawbone where they stay safe and secure. Patients with dental implants can speak clearly and smile confidently, without worrying that their dentures will slip or cause them pain.
Receiving your dental implants will require several visits to the dentist over the course of several months. First, the artificial tooth root must be placed into the jawbone and left to heal. During that time, an artificial tooth will be placed. Once the healing is complete, an abutment and crown will be placed. This serves as the final step to restoring your smile.
There are many types of dental implants. Implants can be used for a single tooth or several teeth. In the case of patients who are missing an entire arch of their teeth, implants can be used to help secure a denture into place. Additionally, patients can removable or fixed implants. Removable implants can be taken out for sleeping and brushing, where fixed implants are permanent fixtures in the mouth.
Regardless of how you choose to restore your smile, it’s important to replace your missing teeth. Dr. Saleem will talk to you about your options, consider your budget and timeline, and help you make the right decision for your unique situation. For more information about dental implants, call the Hebron Smiles office at (972) 388-3320.