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 The Carrollton Dentist 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 cost-effective 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.
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