Anyone missing one or more teeth understands that tooth loss can make you feel self-conscious about smiling or eating in public.
You may avoid social situations and be reluctant to smile. Losing teeth not only affects your smile, it changes the shape of your face causing you to look prematurely old. In addition, tooth loss will impact your ability to chew and to speak. Inadequate chewing adversely affects your physical health. All this can add up to indigestion, poor nutrition, embarrassment and a lack of self-confidence!
Conveniently located in north Dallas
COWDIN COSMETIC DENTISTRY
17300 PRESTON RD SUITE 100
Dallas, TX 75252
I attended Wake Forest University in North Carolina and completed a four-year program at Roseman University of Health Sciences College of Dental Medicine in Utah, after which I started my award-winning mobile dental practice: Nomad Dental. To keep myself ahead of the curve I attend courses annually to learn the latest techniques in cosmetic, general, and implant dentistry. I am a member of the American Dental Association, Texas Dental Association, and Dallas County Dental Society. I look forward to working with you to create the smile you have always wanted.Read More
“I have been going for 10+ years and she is absolutely one of the best dentist in the DFW area. She and her staff have always provided the highest level of service. I have had veneers done there and they still look great many years later. “
The Dr and her team are professionals who take great pride in their work and are committed to their patients. When we’ve received referrals for periodontal surgery, we’ve received the level of care and professionalism we’ve come to expect.
The Dr and her staff combine the highest level of professionalism with a warm and welcoming environment. They are sensitive to to fears of dental procedures and make me feel very comfortable. I had extensive cosmetic work done which looks wonderful.
Tooth Loss Equals Bone Loss
When a tooth is lost, the jawbone where the tooth once was quickly begins to collapse. In order to keep growing and multiplying, bone cells require the stimulation of biting forces applied to the tooth roots during daily eating. Without this healthy stimulation or “exercise”, the bone simply disappears. This loss of bone is most noticeable immediately after the tooth is removed, but continues throughout your lifetime.
Patients who are missing one or many teeth will loose the bone in their jaw unless the missing teeth are replaced with dental implants. Missing teeth (and the progression of bone loss that go with it) will affect speech, chewing ability and facial appearance. It can also lead to improper fit of dentures.Implants promote bone stability by transmitting stimulating biting forces to the bone while chewing. In this way, implants prevent the progressive loss of bone that occurs when teeth are lost. Dental implants are the healthiest, most natural, long-term tooth replacement solution. Implants are the only proven way to prevent bone loss after the natural teeth have been extracted! And, implants function and feel exactly like healthy, natural teeth!
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a titanium prosthetic that is used to replace the root systems of teeth. Shaped somewhat like a screw, this prosthetic is placed into the jawbone. After its placement, the bone surrounding the implant will slowly fuse to its titanium structure through a biological process called osseointegration. This process is what makes a dental implant a stable base for prosthetics including crowns and bridges.
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
Patients who have lost teeth should explore their tooth replacement options to determine if dental implants are right for them. The best candidates for implants are patients whose jawbones and gums are healthy. Since the jaw and gums help support an implant, which in turn supports a prosthetic, those receiving implants should commit to living a healthy lifestyle that includes practicing good oral hygiene, abstaining from smoking, and receiving regular dental checkups.
The only way to be certain if dental implants are right for you is to speak with your dentist. During an informative and detailed consultation, our team will perform a thorough checkup to evaluate a patient’s candidacy for implants.
How do implants prevent bone loss?
Bone atrophy is a common problem amongst patients with tooth loss because the roots of teeth keep bone stimulated and active. When tooth loss occurs and the roots are gone, the body naturally absorbs bone mass. By placing a dental implant where the root of a tooth used to be, it can thwart bone loss by keeping the jaw active and stimulated. Preserving bone is ideal for protecting the vitality of existing teeth as well as promoting a youthful appearance.
How many teeth can be replaced with dental implants?
A single dental implant can be used to anchor a dental crown to replace one tooth or it can anchor a bridge, which could replace a few teeth. A series of dental implants can replace all of the teeth in the upper and/or lower jaw by securing a denture.
How much do implants cost?
The price of receiving dental implants varies based on a patient’s needs. For instance, a person requiring more than one implant will invest more, as will patients needing preliminary treatments such as tooth extractions or bone grafts to improve the success rate of implantation.
To assist our patients, we offer simple financing and an array of payment plans through CareCredit and Lending Club.