Dental Implants

Cosmetic Dental Implants

dental implants

Before development of dental implants, dentures were the only alternative to replacing a missing tooth or teeth.

Implants are synthetic structures that are placed in the area of the tooth normally occupied by the root. Implants are anchored to the jawbone or metal framework on the bone and act as a foundation for an artificial tooth or permanent bridge. In some cases, implants can be used to attach dentures.

Not everyone is a candidate for a dental implant, however. For a successful implant to take hold, a candidate must have proper bone density and have a strong immune system. In all cases, dental implants require strict oral hygiene.

Dental implants are so well designed that they mimic the look and feel of natural teeth. Implants are usually made of a synthetic yet biocompatible material like metal or ceramic.

Surgery is necessary to prepare the area for an implant and place the implant in the mouth. Following the procedure, a period of time is required for the implant to take hold and for bone tissue to build up and anchor the device. In some cases, metal posts are inserted into the implant during a follow-up procedure to connect the tooth.

Because implants require surgery, patients are administered anesthesia and, if necessary, antibiotics to stave off infection following the procedure.

Like any restoration, implants require diligent oral hygiene and proper care to ensure they last a long time.

Dental Implants are a fast-growing area of prosthetic dentistry used to replace one or more missing teeth and are another alternative to conventional bridges and dentures. In essence, dental implants act and look like natural teeth. Dental implants can help prevent additional tooth loss as well as the sunken facial appearance associated with missing teeth.

Missing teeth often lead to feelings of embarrassment and self-consciousness. Dental implants are an effective way to correct this problem by giving a person the confidence and comfort a healthy, attractive smile can bring. Also, getting dental implants not only improves the aesthetics of your smile, they improve how your teeth function.

The Procedure
The implant is surgically placed into the jawbone where it replaces the natural tooth root. In a few months, the implant securely attaches to the bone (called "osseointegration"), allowing it to withstand biting and chewing forces just like a healthy, natural tooth.

The most common indications for implant therapy are:

  • Replacement of one or more missing teeth.
  • Support of a non-removable "bridge" to replace multiple teeth.
  • Support of a removable full or partial denture.
  • Patients who successfully pass a screening and evaluation can be considered as candidates for implant replacement.

The primary limiting factor inherent in implant therapy is the amount of bone available to receive and support the implant. If it's determined that a patient does not have enough bone to support an implant restoration, bone grafting procedures may be considered. Heavy smoking and some medical conditions may preclude the use of implant therapy.

For more information on Dental Implants in the Granbury, TX area call Pearl Dentures and Dental Care, PLLC at (817) 573-3724 today!