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After a tooth extraction, you have several options for tooth replacement. You may choose from removable or permanent options, partial or full dentures, dental implants, or implant supported dentures, just to name a few.
Each decision is based upon your lifestyle, preferences, and investment and is best made with the help of a professional who is experienced in tooth replacement. Dr. J. Darrell Steele recommends dental implants to replace teeth after a tooth extraction and performs dental cosmetic surgery for Coppell, Texas.
When replacing a single tooth with a single dental implant, a titanium post is placed to replicate the lost tooth root. Implanted into the jaw bone, the post will integrate with the bone and provide a strong foundation for the connecting abutment and crown. The dental implant looks and feels similar to your own natural tooth and requires no special maintenance beyond daily oral care and regular dental cleanings.
While Dr. Steele could certainly replace your multiple missing teeth with individual dental implants, it is also possible to replace lost teeth with a dental bridge supported by implants.
With this method, dental implants are strategically placed to serve as anchors for crowns at either side of the bridge. In a three-unit bridge, for example, the implants would be placed at crown unit one and three, with the middle crown spanning the space of the missing middle tooth. This provides excellent stability for your bridge and prevents the need to grind down your natural teeth to accommodate the crowns, which is the traditional method of placing a permanent bridge.
It is important to note that when all teeth are lost, individual dental implants may be placed as a stand-alone replacement or may be utilized to anchor full dentures into place. If you have scheduled a tooth extraction, consider a consultation with Dr. Steele to discuss your permanent tooth replacement options.
Dr. J. Darrell Steele, an oral surgeon in Coppell, Texas, serves patients from Grapevine, Carrollton, Lewisville, and Irving. We are looking forward to welcoming you to our office and encourage you to schedule your appointment today!