Risks Associated with Missing Teeth
Your smile is the window to your personality. Missing teeth or loose dentures can make many of us self-conscious and cause us to avoid social opportunities. It’s a common problem. In fact, almost 70 percent of the U.S. population has lost at least one tooth to decay, disease, or accident. More importantly, missing teeth may trigger:
- Rapid bone loss
- Decreased oral function
- Premature aging due to jawbone shrinkage
- Shifting of adjacent teeth
- A decline in general health, as food is gummed instead of chewed
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants replace missing teeth with natural looking prosthetics. Implants typically consist of three parts:
- Implant: A titanium post takes the place of a missing tooth root, bonding naturally to the jawbone.
- Abutment: A screw-like device inserted into the implant that holds the restoration in place.
- Restoration: This portion replaces the visible part of the tooth. A restoration may consist of a dental crown, a bridge, or a denture. The restoration will be custom-made to blend with your smile.
Once in place, implants provide a sturdy and natural looking replacement for one or more missing teeth.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Replacing a lost tooth with a dental implant helps maintain the health of your smile by avoiding the jawbone breakdown that typically follows tooth loss. When the jawbone deteriorates due to missing teeth, patients may look aged as they develop sunken cheeks, jowls, or a ptotic chin. Implant placement also helps you avoid misalignment. Finally, restoring your smile allows you to eat and speak with confidence and ease.
Who Qualifies for Dental Implants?
Who makes a good candidate for dental implants? Ideal candidates include:
- Patients over age 18: Otherwise, the implants could have a negative impact on a developing jaw.
- Patients with healthy bone density: Those who have suffered substantial jawbone loss due to tooth loss may not be able to support an implant. However, you may qualify for bone grafting, which allows Dr. Councill to improve bone density, and improve your candidacy for implants.
- Patients with good oral health: Tobacco use and the presence of gum disease can increase the risk of implant failure. Dr. Councill will need to assess your oral health before recommending dental implants.
Dental implants are truly the gold standard of tooth replacement, with a 98 percent success rate. To help patients pay for the procedure, Dr. Councill offers a number of financing options and accepts most forms of dental insurance. Talk to our friendly office staff today to see what your options are for covering the cost of dental implants. Dr. Councill can then assess your oral health to ensure you are a qualified candidate.
Dental Implants from Councill Dental Group
As a dentist, dental implant surgeon, and a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, Dr. R. Terry Councill provides a gentle and comprehensive approach to implant solutions – an approach that is tailored to meet your individual needs. Dr. Councill is also one of the few Houston area dentists who can perform both phases in-office. He will guide you through the many options available to restore your smile – from single or multiple tooth implants and complete arches, to permanent “teeth in a day” with All-on-Four® implant dentures. We use advanced techniques and proven dental procedures, along with state-of-the-art technology and leading edge sedation dentistry services to ensure medically safe and esthetically beautiful results with little to no discomfort at all.