Dr. Hazim is a member of the American Dental Association and the Texas Dental Association. A graduate of Loyola University, Dr. Hazim has undergone continuing education at the Pankey Institute and has received accreditation from the Western Regional Examining Board.
Tooth loss is a very real problem and one that affects a person more than some realize. While it’s obvious that the loss of a tooth can be painful at first and that it can diminish the appearance of a smile, it goes deeper than that. Missing teeth can often cause low self-esteem. They can also make it very difficult to eat food properly or to even speak correctly if certain teeth are missing. In other words, tooth loss is an issue that needs to be dealt with. For years dentures were the only option for tooth replacement, but today the use of dental implants to correct tooth loss is the new standard. Dental implants have several advantages over dentures and partials. The most obvious advantage is that they’re permanent. Unlike dentures, once you have these prosthetics installed, they are there to stay. That means there’s no worry about them coming undone when you eat or losing them at some point. They’re the closest thing to having real teeth you can possibly have and, in many cases, implants look even better than the teeth that were there before. Whether you’re missing a single tooth or every one of your teeth, implants are the better option and one that more people than ever are choosing. Dental implants have been around for several years, but today nearly all of them are implanted using the same method. Known as root-form endosseous implants, these are the closest thing to real teeth that you can get. That’s because they’re implanted just like teeth, with an actual root-type design. An anchor – or root – is actually implanted into your jaw bone where your organic roots would have been. The bone will literally fuse with the implant over a short period of time so that it becomes a part of the mouth. After the artificial root is implanted, there may have to be a period of time before the implanted tooth is attached to it. In some cases it can be done immediately while in other instances one may have to wait for months before the tooth is implanted. Either way, the end result is a permanent dental implant that looks so real, no one will be able to tell that it’s artificial. After a year or two, you’ll probably forget that it’s an implant as well. Implants are the new standard for tooth loss solutions for a reason, and are well worth considering.