Do you wonder if dental implants are right for you? Have you lost one or more teeth? When it comes to treating tooth loss, dental implants are lauded as the most durable, tooth-like option available. Dental implants effectively restore oral function, support neighboring oral structures, and improve the aesthetics of a smile with a long-lasting prosthetic.
Any type of tooth can be replaced with a dental implant as long as the area has adequate bone tissue to secure the implant in place. Our oral surgeons utilize advanced technology for accurate dental implant placement to ensure the best results possible.
What does a dental implant do?
Consider thinking of a dental implant as a prosthetic used to replace the root systems of teeth. All other tooth replacement options can only replace the visible structures of teeth. For instance, bridges connect to the visible structures of other teeth to fill in the gaps of a smile while dentures literally lay on top of the gums. Implants are different because the root structure of teeth is not overlooked.
After performing an examination and taking diagnostic images, the implant will be embedded directly into the jawbone in the empty tooth socket. An implant features one tapered end and ridges on its surface. After most of the dental implant is embedded into the jaw, only part of the end with an abutment will be visible in the gums.
The next phase of treatment involves the recovery phase. During this phase, bone will begin to integrate to the dental implant. This is possible because implants are made from titanium – a metal that is not rejected as a foreign object because it is biocompatible. Bone fusing to titanium is what allows dental implants to function like the roots of biological teeth. Once the implant is stable, the permanent restoration is attached to the dental implant to complete the tooth replacement process.
Will dental implants work for me?
Dental implants can treat tooth loss among millions of people from diverse backgrounds, but this treatment option might not work for everyone. The best way to be certain if this treatment method is right for you is to schedule a dental implant consultation with our oral surgeons. Call our team at Northern Texas Facial & Oral Surgery today reserve your appointment.