In terms of form and function, dental implants represent the ultimate in tooth replacement technology. They look, work and feel more like natural teeth than other alternatives, like bridges or dentures.
Dental implants are small titanium posts that stand in for a missing tooth’s root. Titanium is a biocompatible metal, allowing it to facilitate the osseointegration process by which the dental implant fuses with the bone in the jaw.
Implant placement is a simple outpatient procedure that can be completed in a matter of hours by your dentist here in Grand Prairie. The procedure can be done with local anesthetic alone or with IV sedation if the patient desires.
Patients who choose dental implants get a number of benefits, including stability and improved function.
The jawbone can erode when a missing tooth’s root is not replaced along with the crown, so the dental implant’s structure helps to prevent jawbone atrophy and reduce the risk of further tooth loss. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement method that replicates the entire structure of the tooth, not just the visible portion.
Because dental implants become part of the jaw, they last for decades when cared for properly.
Dental implants stand alone, which is another advantage of the devices. While a bridge requires crowns to be placed on adjacent teeth for support, dental implants have no such impact on their neighbors.
When you get dental implants, you won’t need to make any adjustments to your home oral hygiene routine either. You can continue to brush and floss just as you always have.
Patients who have significant bone loss may need to undergo a preliminary procedure, such as a bone graft, to support the dental implants, but nearly everyone can eventually be a candidate for dental implants.
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Tooth loss is difficult to accept no matter the reason it occurs or the age you are when it happens. However, today there is a wonderful solution to tooth loss that restores function and aesthetics, and that is with a dental implant.
A dental implant procedure allows your dentist to place a small device made from titanium in gum tissue where tooth loss has occurred. Titanium has been researched and found to be a metal most receptive to the body limiting rejection. In addition, bone fuses naturally to this metal incorporating it as a permanent part of the dental anatomy providing a strength and support very much like the roots perform for a biological tooth. Read More…
As one of the most viable ways to replace missing teeth, dental implants are life-like and long lasting. Unlike bridges or dentures, dental implants replace both a tooth’s roots and a tooth’s biting surface. Consisting of two components, a titanium rod that is implanted into the jawbone where a tooth once was and a manmade crown that fills in the empty tooth socket, implants can last for decades with proper care. Implants permanently replace teeth and are made from materials that closely mimic the natural structure of teeth so that patients can enjoy optimal oral function without compromising the support of surrounding teeth.
Before receiving implants, our dentist will determine a patient’s candidacy for this procedure. The success of the dental implant relies on a number of factors including the patient’s ability to maintain good oral hygiene and enough bone mass to support the titanium rod. Patients undergoing the implantation procedure should also be healthy enough for oral surgery and post-operative recovery. Read More…
You have a single tooth or multiple teeth missing, and you are frustrated. You don’t have the attractive smile you long for, and you also are having trouble with eating your favorite foods, such as pork chops or crisp Granny Smith apples. However, with a dental implant, you not only get a tooth-restoration option that looks like a real tooth: You get a replacement tooth that acts like one, too.
Dental implants contain three essential parts. The first is a titanium screw-like device, which is called the actual implant. Your dentist will place this titanium screw in your jawbone in the area that once held your natural tooth’s root. Over time, the implant fuses with the bone and acts like the root in that it rests securely in the bone, thus providing stability for your new tooth. Read More…