When you’re missing a tooth, there are many daily activities that become challenging. Most of us take for granted things like being able to order whatever we like at a restaurant, or feeling confident about talking and smiling at other people. But these are the things that are always on your mind when you’re missing a tooth. Your team at West 7th Smiles wants you to know that dental implants in Fort Worth are a solution, and Dr. John Boyd can help!
A Missing Tooth Affects Your Oral Health
While you may be concerned about being able to smile at other people and chew properly, Dr. Boyd is concerned about the impact a missing tooth has on your oral health. You may not realize that your bone begins to deteriorate without a root to support, eliminating the support system for your teeth. Without a replacement tooth, your healthy teeth begin to shift, causing bite misalignment and an increased risk for fractures or other damage. Sadly, if you don’t replace your tooth, it typically leads to more tooth loss.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is the most successful tooth replacement option dentistry has to offer because it replaces both your tooth and your root. A titanium post is placed into your jawbone during surgery and then given time to heal. Titanium is biocompatible and naturally integrates with your bone to create a firm foundation for your new tooth.
Your new tooth is a high quality porcelain crown that Dr. Boyd customizes to match your existing teeth, complement your smile, and provide all the function you once enjoyed with your natural tooth. This means you’ll be eating, talking, and smiling with confidence once again.
Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
While implants work well for many patients, they do require two things in order to be successful and those are:
- The patient is in good overall health
- There is enough healthy bone structure to support the implant
Dr. Boyd can determine if implants will suit your needs with a thorough examination and x-rays. If you move forward with implant dentistry, he works closely with a trusted specialist for the surgical portion of your treatment. He’ll be monitoring your healing process and when your implant is fully integrated with your bone, you’ll return to our office for your implant crown.
Contact West 7th Smiles
Don’t let a missing tooth affect your life any longer! Contact West 7th Smiles today to learn more about dental implants.