For quite some time you’ve been suffering from missing teeth, which has completely changed your life. That means no more trips to Cowboys Stadium to watch a game and enjoy your favorite snacks or posing for photos at the Fort Worth Zoo. But you’ve been trapped in a self-imposed shell and lacked confidence for far too long, and now you’re ready to do something about it – but what? Your local dentist says that receiving dental implants in Richardson is the best solution for you. Learn more about this process and how it can protect you from the dangers of prolonged tooth loss as you continue reading.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a surgically inserted post that is usually made from titanium and is attached to the jawbone. Acting as a root, it provides a sturdy foundation that becomes more secure as it fuses with the cellular structure of the existing bone. After the fusing and healing have reached a satisfactory level, your dentist will then place a permanent fixture (crown, bridge or implant-supported dentures) to fully restore your original function.
Why are Dental Implants So Important?
Dental implants are unmatched when it comes to providing jawbone support, which is critical. This is because your teeth maintain a degree of tensegrity, where each tooth is part of a network which is built around the shared tension of all of its parts. Therefore, when a tooth is missing, the balance of your entire jawbone is compromised because it is this shared force that triggers the latter to produce more new bone material.
Therefore, the longer you go without jawbone support, you run the risk of the following happening:
- Facial Collapse – When there is no tension to keep your jawbone stable, you run the risk of your face appearing to collapse.
- Premature Aging – Facial collapse then leads to excessive wrinkling, which in turn makes you appear to look older than you are.
- Misalignment – When there are teeth missing, it causes your remaining ivories to shift because of the missing tension. This can eventually lead to misalignment
- Difficulty Chewing – With your teeth shifting, you may also notice that you have difficulty eating with your remaining ivories. Of course, this is in addition to the inconvenience of already missing teeth.
All of these problems can be bypassed, though, by reaching out to your dentist in Richardson to schedule an appointment and begin the process of regaining the life you once thought was lost forever. So get ready to eat the foods you’ve had to abandon and smile like you never have before!
About the Author
Dr. David Nguyen earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry and then continued his post-graduate training at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, where he developed his skills in periodontal and oral surgery, advanced endodontic and restorative procedures. He also trained with the world-renowned implantologist Dr. Carl Misch and earned an honorary fellowship in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists in 2015. A member of several professional organizations, Dr. Nguyen practices at Dental Care Today and can be reached for more information through his website.