Are you considering dental implants to replace lost teeth? Replacing missing teeth is very important to enjoying proper oral function and preventing conditions associated with tooth loss. Our team understands that losing teeth is a very stressful experience and for this reason, we provide options to help our patients regain their oral function and self-confidence. Dental implants are a permanent, tooth replacement solution that is incredibly long lasting and lifelike. Since implants are made from biocompatible materials, they will help improve the health of neighboring teeth as well as support the entire oral health system.
How are dental implants different from dentures?
The construction of implants is what makes them different from other types of prosthetics. Consisting of a titanium post and a manmade crown, implants replace an entire missing tooth’s structure. For example, dentures and bridges only replace the crowns (visible portions) of teeth and rest on top of the gums whereas implants replace both the roots and the crown. The titanium post is implanted directly into the jawbone and will, over time, be secured in place by bone mass. This is because the surrounding bone will integrate to the post. Once the jawbone stabilizes the implant, the permanent crown is attached to the post to complete the tooth replacement process.
How do implants support the oral health system?
First, dental implants will support neighboring teeth. This prevents teeth near empty sockets from shifting or moving after tooth loss. Second, implants prevent bone atrophy and thus help a patient retain more bone mass. Preventing bone atrophy helps retain the proper shape of the jaw and reduce the likelihood for further tooth loss.
Who is a candidate for this procedure?
The best candidates for this procedure are non-smokers who do not have gum disease. The only way to determine if implants are right for you is to schedule a consultation with one of our skilled oral surgeons. After an oral examination, our team will be able to evaluate whether dental implants meet your needs.
Contact Northern Texas Facial & Oral Surgery today to schedule an appointment.