Finding a prompt replacement following the loss of one or more teeth is crucial for your continued oral and overall health. The dental implant is a comprehensive solution that replaces your tooth’s supporting root as well as its crown, or the white portion you can see. Many people are eligible for implant dentistry following tooth loss. Continue reading to learn more about dental implants in Dallas from Dr. Dale Greer.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
A dental implant is made out of three parts:
- Fixture: The titanium portion that is implanted beneath your gum line. Takes the place of your tooth’s root.
- Crown: The white, prosthetic tooth that is affixed on top. A dental implant can support a single crown, and several implants can support a bridge or a full denture for multiple missing teeth.
- Abutment and screw: The portion that securely attaches the fixture to the crown.
Each portion of the dental implant works together to provide the ultimate in stability for your smile, restoring your ability to eat and speak comfortably once again.
What Is the Procedure for Dental Implants?
To place a dental implant, your dentist examines the extent of your tooth loss and the health of your jawbone to put together your unique treatment plan.
If you have dealt with missing teeth for a while, your jawbone may have already lost substantial volume. Preparatory procedures like sinus lift add supporting structure to the implantation area, increasing the likelihood that the dental implants can anchor successfully in the mouth.
Once you are ready to begin the implant procedure and after you have healed from any necessary bone augmentation, dental implants are completed in two phases: implantation and restoration.
Implantation is oral surgery in which each dental implant is strategically placed beneath the gum line. After the procedure is complete, a healing period of four to eight months is necessary for the implant and the jaw bone to fuse together. This process, known as osseointegration, is what provides significant stability for the prosthetic tooth or teeth.
Once the recovery is complete, your dental implants are ready for restoration. Dr. Greer attaches an abutment to the top of the dental implant and after one more brief healing period, the prosthetic is placed on top.
Numerous Benefits of Dental Implants
The advantages of a comprehensive whole-tooth replacement make dental implants the premiere option following tooth loss. Some of the most commonly cited benefits include:
- Better oral health with a stabilized jaw.
- Replacement closely mimics the natural tooth structure.
- No need for denture adhesives.
- Dental implants fit correctly from day one.
- Restored ability to eat, speak, and laugh with confidence.
- Dental implants last a lifetime with proper care and maintenance.
While dental implants come at a higher initial cost than non-implant retained solutions, the benefits for overall health and the fact that they are a long-lasting investment make dental implants an excellent option for eligible candidates.
Candidates for Dental Implants
Patients should be in adequate oral and overall health to undergo the procedure for dental implants. Because the entire treatment can take up to a year to complete, people who need to complete their tooth replacement quickly may be better suited for a non-implant retained denture or fixed bridge.
Discuss your candidacy for dental implants with Dr. Greer. Health conditions that weaken the immune system or advanced periodontitis (gum disease) affect your eligibility for the procedure.
Caring for Dental Implants
In eligible candidates, dental implant procedures have a success rate of up to 95 percent. But even initially successful implants can fail with poor maintenance. Occasionally, an infection in the bone and tissue around the dental implant -- the condition known as peri-implantitis -- causes the post to loosen and possibly come out.
To keep your dental implants healthy for a long-lasting tooth replacement, continue to brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day, and floss daily. If you have a removable denture supported by dental implants, maintain proper denture care and brush your dental implants daily.
Visit your dentist for regularly-scheduled visits. During a checkup and cleaning, your dental hygienist will remove plaque and tartar and clean around your abutment to reduce the risk of infection. Let us know as soon as possible if you experience soreness or discomfort in or around a dental implant.
Request an Appointment Today!
You do not have to live with the negative effects of missing teeth any longer. If you would like to learn more about dental implants, including whether or not you are fit for the procedure, please get in touch with Dr. Greer, your implant dentist in Dallas. Request an appointment online today!