Dental Implants in Little Rock AR
Missing teeth are obviously a huge cosmetic concern, but the problem goes far beyond aesthetics alone. It is important to replace missing teeth as soon as possible because, when a tooth is lost, a series of unwanted changes occur around the gap that remains.
Until recently, the options available for replacing teeth only served to fill the empty space left by the missing tooth, solving the cosmetic concern. But today, dental implants provide us with a permanent tooth replacement that looks, feels, and functions just like a real tooth.
Obviously, when you lose a tooth, you lose the root as well. The roots of your teeth perform an important function aside from just holding your tooth in place. The presence of the root prevents surrounding teeth from shifting and also stimulates bone growth in your jaw when you chew. When the root is gone, the bone can begin to deteriorate.
A dental implant is a small titanium post placed in your jaw by a qualified oral surgeon. Over time, the post and surrounding tissue integrate, leaving the implant to act as a replacement root. This not only prevents bone deterioration, but also forms a stable, durable base to which a dental restoration is attached.
The Healthy Alternative
In the past, bridges were placed to fill in this gap and maintain an optimum tooth and gum relationship. Many times, this leads to unnecessary removal of healthy tooth structure of the supporting teeth for the bridge.
Today, through the placement of dental implants, we can replace missing teeth without the need to involve surrounding teeth. We want to make every effort to preserve healthy tooth structure so that you can enjoy a whole and healthy smile for many years to come.
Once your dental implant has been placed in your jaw and allowed to heal, Dr. Cloud will complete the process by attaching a dental restoration. This is basically a dental crown that is secured to the implant, providing an aesthetic, fully functional tooth that allows you to chew and speak normally.
Experience You Can Trust
We work closely with experienced surgical specialists in the area to ensure that your implant is placed by a skilled expert. This allows us to place a dental restoration that restores your implant to ideal function and aesthetics.
Making the decision to have a dental implant placed is a big step, and there’s a lot to consider. Most importantly, you want to be certain that your care is being handled by professionals you can trust. Over the years, Dr. Cloud has performed many dental implant restorations with beautiful results.
If you’re ready to take the next step to restoring your smile, please contact our West Little Rock dental office. We will be happy to arrange a consultation to answer your questions about dental implants and how they can benefit you.