Have you had a tooth extracted? You may be left with a gap in your smile. Unsightly as that may be, there is more than the issue of appearance. At Steven T. Cutbirth DDS in Waco we can address that with a dental implant.
Problems With Extracted Teeth
After a tooth is extracted, the bone surrounding the extraction site shrinks and recedes. This happens because there is no longer a tooth root requiring a blood supply, and the bone reacts accordingly.
People who have had numerous teeth extracted from the upper palette eventually develop a sunken-in look because they lose a significant portion of their jawbone. Another issue is that the missing tooth may cause the surrounding teeth to shift.
The Best Solution
Fortunately, there is a procedure that will prevent these issues. A dental implant is a titanium post that is inserted into the jaw bone where the tooth root used to be. An artificial tooth goes on top of the implant.
The result is a permanent, natural-looking restoration that gives you back your smile while retaining the healthy bone and gum tissue at the tooth site.
At Steven T. Cutbirth DDS in Waco, we provide dental implants to restore missing teeth. People from Woodway, Hewitt, and Robinson come to our practice for implants, and complete general dentistry. Schedule an appointment today!