Having missing teeth doesn’t look or feel great, but some tooth replacement options don’t seem much better. Crown and bridge replacement causes damage to healthy teeth, and dentures and partials may lead to bone and gum tissue loss. Restoring oral health after losing teeth may seem like a losing battle, but for many patients, replacing teeth with natural looking and feeling dental implant supported prosthetics is a great solution. Unlike traditional tooth replacement options which restore only visible portions of teeth, dental implants replace the entire tooth from the roots up providing superior comfort and stability.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a tooth replacement option that restores the entire natural dental structure including the root and crown (visible portion) of the tooth. Dental implant posts themselves are most often made from titanium and designed to mimic the root of the tooth. They support dental prosthetics, and can be used to replace any number of missing teeth from a single missing tooth to a full arch. The dental implant procedure requires a significant time commitment from patients. The process unfolds in two phases. The first step is the surgical placement of dental implant posts. Following surgery, patients receive a temporary dental prosthetic as their gums heal and the implant bonds to the jawbone. This process can take anywhere from three to six months depending on the patient. By the time the healing period is over, the patient’s customized dental prosthetic should be ready, and they return to have their restoration attached to the implant posts. Even a full arch of teeth supported by implants is semi-permanent, meaning there’s no need to worry about removing teeth during sleep or for cleaning. Implant supported dental prosthetics feel the closest to having natural teeth, and can be cared for in a similar manner.
Is Implant Dentistry Right for Me?
The only way to determine the right tooth replacement option to meet your needs is to schedule a dental implant consultation. Dr. Willison and Dr. Dahl at Dallas Center for Oral Health & Wellness are experienced dentists in implant treatment. In most cases, dental implants are possible, but some patients require additional preparation. For instance, bone or gum tissue grafts may be necessary before patients successfully receive implants.
Find out More about Implant Supported Dentures in Dallas
Dental implants are the most versatile tooth replacement option offering patients with any number of missing teeth a stable, beautiful smile restoration. If you’re missing one or more teeth, contact the skilled Dallas dental team at Dallas Center for Oral Health & Wellness today. Our Dr. Anna Willison, Dr. Eugene Dahl, and their team offer patients outstanding dental services in a welcoming and comfortable environment.