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 Stephen Ratcliff Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Arlington, 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.
At Stephen Ratcliff Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Arlington we provide dental implants to restore extracted teeth while preventing additional dental problems. Patients from Mansfield and Grand Prairie come to our office for implants and other restorative dentistry. Schedule an appointment today!
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