Shortly after losing a tooth, bone loss in the jawbone begins to occur since the root of the tooth is no longer stimulating the bone. This is especially common with back teeth since you may not feel the need to replace the tooth for cosmetic reasons. However, the longer the tooth is missing, the more damage goes on under the surface of the gums, and it can often extend to the other remaining teeth, the structure of the jaw, and the muscles of the face.
At our dental office, Dr. Ryan P. Lehmkuhler can use dental implants to prevent any serious damage from occurring. A dental implant is an artificial tooth with a titanium root that connects to the jawbone where the missing tooth used to be. This connection directly to the jawbone sets dental implants apart from other replacement options because the bond more closely resembles the natural connection. If the missing tooth takes too long to be replaced, it is sometimes necessary to use a bone graft to replace the dissolved bone, and then an implant can be affixed to the newly constructed jaw line.
In order to provide high-quality dental implants in Dodge City, Kansas, our dentist at First Dental uses BioHorizons® dental implants. Not only are these implants lightweight and very strong, but they also have a lifetime warranty. In addition, the titanium used in the root of the implant is the most commonly used material in dental implants due to its high biocompatibility. While dental implants are not one-day procedures, in a few short months the implant will have affixed itself properly and your smile will be as good as new. Call us today to learn more!