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Missing teeth can be embarrassing and affect your self esteem. Fortunately, there are several options you could consider using to address a missing tooth, and each dental restoration offers a number of benefits you should know about. Here is some basic information about dental implants.

Like most restorations, dental implants are designed to look and function like your natural teeth do. Dental implants are also extremely durable. In fact, they can last a lifetime if they’re cared for well. But even if implants are damaged, they’re generally easy to repair.

Dental implants are actually placed in the jawbone. While this may not seem appealing, placing implants in the jawbone stimulates bone grown, which in turn prevents bone loss associated with missing teeth. If you decide on an implant, you’ll have to care for your teeth well in order to maintain the implant. We recommend giving up tobacco products, scheduling regular checkups, and brushing and flossing daily.

Once implants are placed, you should expect simple tasks to become simple again. If you’ve ever had a missing tooth, you understand that chewing can be difficult, unpleasant, and even painful. You could also struggle to speak clearly if you’re missing teeth. Fortunately, having an implant placed should alleviate both of these issues—and your mouth should feel natural again.

If you’re interested in learning more about dental implants, please don’t hesitate to give Vela Dental Centers Crosstown a call at 361.884.2266. Dr. Ben Vela & Henry Arendono and our team will be happy to help you decide on the restoration option that best meets your needs. We look forward to hearing from you soon!