It’s no coincidence that people who have missing teeth also are suffering from potentially deadly health issues. In fact, your missing teeth may be causing those dangerous health issues to develop and progress. Over a 12-year study of over 7,500 subjects, researchers finally found a strong correlation between the number of teeth each participant had and their risk of dying from cardiovascular disease. The study pointed to the fact that subjects with less than 10 teeth were at least 7 times higher at risk of dying from heart disease compared to subjects that were the same exact sex and age with more teeth.
Basically, it’s important to fill those holes in your smile! If you’ve experienced tooth loss, Breckinridge Dental & Orthodontics has a great tooth replacement solution for you: dental implants in Richardson.
Parts of Dental Implants
Your Richardson dentist at Breckinridge Dental & Orthodontics can replace your tooth from root to crown. This is the best way to provide a great natural tooth alternative. We say “natural” because replacing the visible and otherwise embedded portion of a tooth keeps your jawbone strong and stable—not to mention their biocompatible, making it easy for your body to fuse to the implant post.
Dental implants can accomplish this because of their three very important parts: the implant post itself, an abutment attachment, and the dental prosthetic that best fits your tooth loss and lifestyle.
Dental Implant Posts
If you were to view a picture of a dental implant, the actual implant would look like a small titanium screw. This post is surgically placed into your jaw bone where your tooth has been missing. This implant mimics your natural tooth root, restoring the health of your jaw bone.
The abutment is the part of the implant that lies above the gum line once your implant post has healed within your jaw. The abutment will stabilize and support the dental prosthetic that will be attached as your visible tooth replacement.
The type of dental prosthetic that you need will vary depending on how many teeth you are missing. Single teeth are replaced with a custom dental crown. Two consecutive missing teeth are replaced with a dental bridge (two attached crowns). If you are missing several teeth or even a whole arch, your dentist can methodically place you’re the implants to attach an implant-retained denture (full or partial). During your consultation, we will be able to discuss the best tooth replacements for you.
We’re a One-Stop Shop for Dental Implants
Most offices refer patients out of the office to receive their dental implants, but our dental professionals can complete both your surgical portion of the procedure and create your custom dental prosthetic. When getting dental implants at Breckinridge Dental & Orthodontics, you can be confident that you’ll receive the tooth replacement option that will last you a lifetime.
If you’re ready to get started improving the appearance and health of your smile, contact our office. We would be more than happy to schedule the next available appointment for you.