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Every dentist will generally agree that a real, healthy tooth is always the preferred choice when dealing with your oral health. However, when that isn't necessarily an option, dental implants are the next best thing.
Instead of being a short-term solution, dental implants are like permanent teeth that use a titanium screw to mimic your natural root and prevent future health issues. For single teeth, this is followed by an abutment and crown that attaches to the implant and mimics the crown of a real tooth.
Implants are permanent teeth
The most important reason to replace your missing teeth is because your life isn't the same without them. Pain, embarrassment, health problems, loss of confidence, lessened quality of life; it's just not a way to go through life. So when a tooth is missing either through an accident or injury or whether it required removing because of gum disease, dental implants are the best long-term replacement option.
Dental Implants are permanent teeth and typically have three parts:
The Implant - The implant is a titanium screw that serves as a root for your new teeth. This is inserted permanently into the jawbone to stimulate the bones and nerves that keep your jaws healthy.
The Abutment- This is a permanent connector that supports the replacement crown.
The Crown - The part of the tooth that you can see. It’s usually made of porcelain for looks. And it’s strong, so you can bite into an apple or an ear of corn.
Unhealthy teeth can significantly impact your health
Preserving natural teeth is always the best route to go. When that isn’t an option—if there is serious gum disease or decay— Dr. Khullar believes implants are the best solutions for his patients.
Damaged or decaying teeth can cause significant health problems—in fact, life-threatening health issues can be the outcome. You just need to open your newspaper to see all the research that has come out lately on the problems gum disease can lead to or worsen:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Reduced effectiveness of insulin for diabetics
- Lowered birth weight in babies
- Respiratory problems
- Damaged teeth can also result in a ‘bad bite’ causing the muscles in your jaw and neck to work overtime to compensate.
If you suffer from frequent headaches, sore neck and/or sore back, it could be as a result of a misaligned bite. Dr. Khullar can correct this misaligned bite with advanced techniques in Neuromuscular Dentistry. He can do this with complex Full Mouth Reconstruction procedures and All-on-4 procedures both performed by Dr. Khullar routinely at his Dentalways offices in Little Rock and North Little Rock.