Over the years, you have taken a proactive approach to ensure your teeth last for a lifetime. You maintained your oral hygiene habits at home and visited your dentist regularly. Despite your efforts, you are now among the 120 million Americans who are missing at least one tooth. Whether due to decay, trauma, or infection, your incomplete smile has caused your self-esteem and your quality of life to suffer. Now, you can regain the next best thing to your real tooth with an implant crown in Albuquerque from Dr. Timothy M. Kelly.
Although it may only be one tooth, you need to have it replaced as soon as possible. Every tooth has an important role in supporting your oral health and functions. When even one is missing, your ability to chew many foods and speak clearly will decline.
Over time, your jawbone will deteriorate because there is no longer a root to stimulate it. As this occurs, you develop a heightened risk of added dental complications. The lack of support will cause your remaining teeth to shift toward the open space. This can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and more missing teeth.
To restore your smile, you have a couple of different treatment options:
Fixed Bridge: Traditionally, a fixed bridge is used to replace a tooth. A prosthetic is created, which is held in place by attaching dental crowns to your adjacent teeth. It is an affordable and convenient solution, but it will not last forever and it will not preserve your bone density.
Single Tooth Implant: A dental implant replaces both the root and crown of your tooth. Your dentist in Albuquerque surgically places an implant post into your jawbone. This acts as a new root to stimulate bone growth. After your jawbone fuses to the post, an abutment is used to connect a custom-made dental crown to it. It is crafted to match the appearance of your natural teeth to blend in when you smile. Dr. Kelly places and restores dental implants in his office, so you can enjoy a comfortable and convenient treatment from one location.
When compared to a traditional bridge, dental implants offer exceptional benefits, such as:
A dental implant will cost more upfront than a standard bridge; however, they allow you to make a long-term investment in your oral health. With the potential to last forever, you will not need to worry about having it replaced in the future.
You do not need to feel insecure about your lost tooth. Complete your smile with a predictable and reliable solution. Contact our office today to see if a dental implant is right for you. Dr. Kelly will create the customized treatment plan you need to rehabilitate your oral health.