Missing teeth are more than just an inconvenience when eating, speaking or smiling; they can also cause your jawbone to deteriorate due to a lack of stimulation from chewing. To prevent this problem, small metal posts called dental implants can be used to replace the roots of the tooth in the jaw while supporting a porcelain crown, bridge or denture; this way, you can restore functionality to your mouth while protecting your overall oral health. If you’ve got a gap in your smile, contact La Prada Family Dentistry today to ask about getting dental implants in Garland.
As long as there’s still enough bone left in the jaw for successful integration, dental implants can be used to replace any number of teeth. Depending on what’s needed, an implant can support different kinds of restorations.
If a single tooth needs an extraction or is otherwise knocked out of the mouth, it can be replaced by a single dental implant. A single dental crown will be placed on the implant. Crowns are customized to match the natural appearance of the rest of your mouth.
What if you’re missing a few teeth in a row? In these cases, you’ll likely want to get a dental bridge supported by a pair of implants. Traditional bridges are supported by natural teeth, but this does nothing to prevent bone loss and requires enamel removal; by comparison, implant bridges can be the overall healthier option.
If all of the teeth on one or both of your jaws are missing, you may need to get dentures. While traditional dentures can restore chewing and speaking ability, they’ll eventually become ill-fitting due to bone loss. Dentures that have been retained by implants, by comparison, are not prone to slipping.
At La Prada Family Dentistry, we want to make sure you receive the highest-quality care possible for any given dental procedure. That’s why we can refer you to an oral surgeon who specializes in implant placement in order to maximize the chance of a successful procedure. After you’ve recovered from the surgery, we’ll provide your custom-made restoration.
The exact cost of dental implants will vary depending on the number of implants, the restoration used and any necessary procedures. During your initial consultation, we’ll help you form an estimate of the ultimate price so that appropriate plans can be made.
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