If you have even one missing tooth, then you know the consequences can affect your oral health, of course. But did you know there can be harmful effects to your overall health, too? Missing teeth make chewing difficult, especially raw fruits and vegetables. Because these should be a staple of a healthy diet, not being able to eat them may compromise nutrition, which in turn can have a deleterious effect on your health. And if you’ve ever been embarrassed to smile because of missing teeth, then you know there are consequences to self-esteem. Fortunately, Dr. Anna Willison in Dallas, TX, is highly trained and experienced in the art of dental implants, so you don’t have to contend with missing teeth any longer.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a form of tooth replacement that not only restores the part of the tooth that’s visible—as do partial and full dentures—but the root below the gum line, as well. By replacing the root too, you dramatically reduce the risk of jaw bone deterioration that sometimes occurs with dentures. Moreover, designed to look, feel and function like a natural tooth, a dental implant is the most lifelike tooth replacement.
The first step to a dental implant is a surgical procedure in which Dr. Willison places a titanium post into the jawbone beneath your missing tooth’s open socket. With time, this post and the bone surrounding it begin to fuse together, thus replicating the connection between a tooth root and your jaw bone. Once healed, you’ll return to Dr. Willison’s convenient North Dallas location for her to attach an abutment and crown to the post. This new crown, which is fabricated in a dental lab to precisely fit your bite, will look and function just like a natural tooth.
Schedule an Appointment Today
If you would like to learn more about dental implants or to schedule a consultation, call the office of Dr. Anna Willison in Dallas, TX, today. We conveniently serve patients in Far North Dallas, Plano, Carrollton, Farmers Branch, Garland and East Dallas.