Dental implants are an excellent option for replacing one or more missing teeth. At Ellem Dental, Dr. Lily Morgan has extensive experience placing dental implants and can help restore your smile and your confidence. Schedule an appointment today to learn more about dental implants and to see if you’re a good candidate for this fantastic restoration approach. Call the Richardson, Texas, office or use the easy online scheduling tool.
Most people only consider the cosmetic implications of a missing tooth, but there are serious health consequences that also deserve attention.
When you’re missing one or more of your natural teeth, the remaining teeth can shift out of position, causing instability in your bite. That makes it hard to clean your teeth properly, which can hasten decay.
Shifting teeth can change your bite, placing undue stress on your jaw joint that can lead to temporomandibular joint disorder.
Also, every time you bite down or place pressure on your teeth, bone tissue is stimulated, which keeps it healthy. When a tooth is missing, that portion of your jawbone no longer receives stimulation.
Soon, bone loss occurs in your jaw, a process known as bone resorption. As more bone tissue is affected, your face can begin to take on a sunken appearance.
Dr. Morgan performs a comprehensive dental examination to ensure that you’re a good candidate for dental implants.
Then she carefully opens your gum tissue to allow access to your jawbone. She applies a local anesthetic so you won’t feel pain during this process. She determines the optimal positioning for the implant, then drills a small pilot hole in your bone tissue.
Dr. Morgan positions the metal implant into the bone and closes the gum incision. A healing process follows, during which time your bone tissue fuses to the metal implant.
When you return to the office, Dr. Morgan checks to ensure that healing is complete before attaching your custom crafted crown to the implant. Once in place, another healing period is required to allow your gums to attach to the surface of the crown.
You may be asked to return to the office for a brief follow-up exam.
Dentures and bridges are devices that sit on the surface of your gums. Dentures are often held in place by special adhesives, while bridgework is secured to nearby natural teeth. Both options can restore the appearance of your smile, but neither function the same as natural teeth.
Because dental implants are fused directly into your body’s bone tissue, they work and feel the same as natural teeth, including stimulating the bone tissue in your jaw. They’re also permanent, while dentures and bridges eventually require replacement.
To learn more, schedule an appointment at Ellem Dental online or by phone.