Dental implants make excellent replacements for missing teeth.
If you are missing teeth, you are certainly aware of the fact that lost teeth affect your appearance, and even your speech and ability to eat. However, there are health issues that can be the result of lost teeth. Without a full smile, your remaining teeth can move out of their proper alignment. This can cause damage to your other teeth and disrupt your bite. The extra spaces in your smile give bacteria and plaque extra places to accumulate, which can contribute to tooth decay and gum disease. Finally, when you lose a tooth, the jaw bone begins to deteriorate. In this case, you might want to visit Michael R. Mullen D.D.S. for a consultation for dental implants in El Paso, Texas.
A dental implant does not just replace the tooth above the gum line. It replaces the tooth from the root to the crown. A dental implant rests on a titanium post that is placed directly into your jaw bone. Titanium is a very biocompatible metal and will stimulate the growth of your jaw bone. This will process makes your jaw stronger and ensures that your implant will remain sturdy. The replacement tooth sits on the post, and when the process is finished, your implant will look and feel just like your natural tooth.
Healthy gums and a healthy jaw bone are needed for dental implants. While most people are good candidates, some people may need an alternative restoration method or gum or bone graft. If you are interested in learning more about dental implants, call 915-593-1900 today to plan your visit.