Missing Teeth Equals Lost Bone
Our Midland Texas dentist is passionate about informing all Midland residents that losing one or more of your teeth can cause a gap in your smile, which causes you to lose chewing functionality and the inability to eat a complete diet. Without the tooth to stimulate the jaw, the bone beneath it will begin to shrink in the same manner that muscle underneath a cast gets smaller. Since your facial bone supports the skin and muscle on top of it, missing teeth can cause your face to appear drawn in, sunken, and prematurely aged.
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How Dental Implants Work
The good news is that dental implants are an amazing solution from your Midland TX dentist, simulating a natural tooth and actually replacing the root of the missing tooth. The dental implant is secured in the bone, and functions as the root of your tooth by bonding naturally with the jawbone and preventing deterioration of the surrounding bone and preserving facial structure. Most dental implants can be cleaned by brushing and flossing in the just the same way as natural teeth. Once the dental implant has bonded to the bone, a dental restoration or dental crown can even be fitted over the implant, giving an appearance and function similar to the surrounding natural teeth.
Dental implants have become the premier solution for people in Midland who have lost a tooth or multiple teeth. Now preferred over removable dentures or bridges, dental implants and implant supported dentures completely simulate natural teeth in both form and function, and are ultimately a replacement for the root of the missing tooth. Unlike removable dentures, implant supported dentures allow you to floss, chew, and smile normally again. Simultaneously the addition of an implant preserves facial structure and prevents deterioration of the surrounding bone.