SINGLE TOOTH REPLACEMENT IN HOUSTON, TX
At Antoine Dental Center in Houston, we provide a variety of tooth replacement options to ensure that sure your oral health is strong enough to support a healthy high-fiber diet. We understand the importance of a healthy diet and how vital a strong set of teethis for your ability to make healthy food choices.
There are a variety of ways to end up with one or more missing teeth; some of them are easily preventable, others not as much.
Reasons for tooth replacement
Tooth Decay – Probably the most common dental care concern is tooth decay, which, if left unchecked can start a cycle of tooth loss that is hard to break without some sort of tooth replacement. Tooth decay is caused by bacteria, and when that bacteria infects one tooth, it can easily spread to another. If the tooth decay gets to the point that you lose the tooth, then the teeth on either side of the missing one, become more susceptible to tooth decay. Unless you are careful, one missing tooth can lead to several missing teeth.
Gum Disease – Another common problem associated with oral health is gum disease. Like tooth decay, gum disease is caused by bacteria in your mouth. The early stages of gum disease are hard to detect because the symptoms are very subtle. Slight gum irritation and bleeding may be the only things you notice, and there is often no pain, so you may even write off the symptoms you recognize.
Unfortunately, many people do not begin to suspect they have gum disease until it is in its advanced stage, also known as periodontitis. At this stage, the gum pockets are severely infected and start to bulge and swell. At the same time, your gums recede away from your teeth. Your gums are part of your teeth’s foundation, so when your gum mass decreases, your teeth loosen and eventually fall out, unless the gum disease is treated. Additionally, the bacteria ravaging your gums are also harmful for your teeth.
Injury – Accidents happen. The only thing you can do is be careful and be prepared. Often, a knocked-out tooth can be reinserted to heal back into place. Time is of the essence, so you will need to get to our Houston dental office as soon as possible. Be sure to keep your tooth submerged in milk to keep it healthy while waiting for emergency care. Sometimes, though, your tooth might be too damaged, or you won’t be able to find it. In that case, Antoine Dental Center has tooth replacement solutions to make sure you don’t have to sacrifice your health because of an accident.
Chew Good. Look Good. Feel Good.
If your missing teeth are near the front of your mouth or they leave a noticeable gap in your cheeks, then implants will not only help restore your confidence and happiness in your appearance but help you eat the foods you enjoy. Implants seamlessly replace your missing teeth and due to great advances in the look of prosthetics in recent years, no one will be able to tell that they aren’t the real deal.
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It is important not to ignore or put up with missing teeth, especially if you are missing several in a series. Besides the increased chance for further tooth decay, missing teeth make chewing difficult, which causes some problems for a high fiber diet.
This is because missing teeth is more than a cosmetic issue. It is also a serious health concern. In order to stay as healthy as possible, you will need to replace missing teeth. Antoine Dental Center is here to help with this variety of tooth replacement options.
Dentures – These are probably the most well-known form of tooth replacement. Dentures can be used to replace a single tooth, a series of teeth, or a whole row. Dentures are not permanent, however, and come with some problems of their own. Since they are not physically anchored to your gums dentures can slide around inside your mouth and fall out when you eat or laugh. This can be quite embarrassing. It also means you have to be careful about your diet.
Dental Implants – Dental implants function, look, and feel like a natural tooth. We implant a titanium post into the jawbone and, after it heals, we place a dental crown on top. This is a secure and sturdy tooth replacement that will put no restrictions on your diet. You will be able to handle all the dietary fiber you need to stay healthy and won’t run the risk of any slippage, as you might with dentures.
How much does it cost to replace a missing tooth?
Single tooth replacements in the Houston area can cost you up to $4,500. Luckily, Antoine Dental Center has affordable prices and offers financial help for those who qualify. Our single tooth replacement will only cost you $3,600, and this discounted price includes the implant, abutment and the crown. Our specialist, Dr. Samo, has over 10 years of experience overseeing dental implants.