Tooth Loss Due to Injury: What is the best tooth replacement solution?
Accidents, falls, sports mishaps … every day we face obstacles that can result in some type of personal malady. While some injuries might only require time to heal, there are others that will take more. That is the case when faced with tooth replacement. Tooth loss impacts so much of everyday life … the foods we can eat, the way we speak, and most certainly our appearance.
Your dental provider has a variety of solutions; but for individuals wishing to restore the ability to eat the foods most loved, speak clearly without fear or embarrassment, and to smile with self-confidence, the treatment most recommended is with dental implants.
Dental implants can be used to replace one or several teeth lost to trauma, infection, or decay. A thorough dental exam is necessary to determine the patient’s candidacy. During the exam, x-rays are taken to guarantee sufficient bone is present for a successful outcome. The patient’s medical history is reviewed and a treatment plan is outlined.
After the dental implant is surgically embedded, it is covered with a temporary that will remain in place throughout the healing period. It is important that the implant is protected from movement and kept free from infection.
During the healing period, jaw bone is fusing to the dental implant to provide the stability needed to support the final restoration, much like the way a biological tooth has roots to hold it in place.
As healing continues, regular visits to the oral surgeon are needed to make sure everything is on track for a successful outcome. Upon recovery completion, the temporary is removed. An abutment is attached to the implant and the final restoration is cemented in.
The cosmetic restoration has been made to exactly match surrounding dentition in size, shape, and color so this dental treatment is virtually undetectable.
The patient will be able to resume eating anything on the menu; will have no concerns about teeth movement or slippage; and will smile again knowing their appearance has been enhanced by replacing lost teeth.
Caring for this type of tooth replacement is as easy as your biological teeth. Brush twice daily, floss every day, and visit the dentist at six month intervals for cleaning and exam.
To learn more about your tooth replacement options, contact our team at Stonebriar Facial & Oral Surgery. Call 214-618-3070 today to schedule your visit.