You have the benefit of several options if you are missing a tooth, or even if you are missing more than one. Discuss whether a bridge, partial dentures, or full dentures might be an option for you. You may also discuss the option of dental implants with your fielder Park dental team. Implants have become a more popular choice when it comes to tooth replacement options. Many people choose them over dentures because they are more like the natural tooth or teeth they are replacing. To be a good candidate, you’ll need to be in good overall health and have healthy jawbones and gums. Your Arlington, TX dentist can discuss it with you in more detail.
How does the implant work?
When the dentist places an implant, it will look more like a natural tooth. They look more natural than dentures and will help ensure you can speak and eat more naturally too. The actual implant looks sort of like a screw and it’s made of titanium or sometimes out of another alloy so that it is not likely to cause a reaction when it comes in contact with the gums. Once the implant is in place, it will be able to hold the custom-made artificial tooth.
What is the procedure for dental implants?
Once your Arlington, TX dental team discusses it with you and determines you are a good candidate for dental implants, the procedure will be scheduled. It is usually done right in the dentist’s office where you’ll be given local anesthesia. You will need to take multiple trips to the dentist’s office as there are three phases to the procedure:
- Placing Implants: The first step is a surgical procedure where the implant is placed into the jawbone. It is then covered with gum tissue and given some time to heal and integrate into the jawbone. This usually takes anywhere from three to six months.
- Attaching the post to the implant. During this phase, the dentist will attach a post to the implant. There are some instances when the dentist will be able to do both of these steps together. Once it’s all healed, the post will become the anchor for the replacement tooth.
- Attaching the crown. When the area is completely healed, the dentist will attach a crown to the implant post. This crown is custom-made to ensure it gives you a more natural look.
The surgery to place the implants can take a few hours. You may also need to have more than one procedure. If you are at a high risk of infection, you may not be a candidate for dental implants and may want to pursue other options. But if you are healthy and the dentist determines you are a good candidate, just make sure to follow their instructions for your daily oral hygiene regimen. This just means brushing twice each day and flossing once. This will ensure your new teeth stay healthy and clean.
Is there and advantage of implants over dentures?
The primary advantage that dental implants provide over dentures is the more natural feel when speaking and eating. Implants don’t need to be removed to be cleaned like dentures. You will need to continue seeing your dentist regularly to ensure they remain in good condition.
Can anyone get implants?
While implants are typically a better choice for most people, there are some instances when they are not the best option. Women who are pregnant should forego implants until later on. And individuals who suffer from immunosuppression or chronic illnesses should not get implants because of the higher risk of developing an infection. Children are not candidates for the procedure either since their jawbones are still developing.
Contact Your Fielder Park Dental Team
Are you ready to discuss dental implants? Please schedule a visit so you can talk to Dr. Chip Mercer, Dr. William Saunders, Dr. Zimmerer, or Dr. Petty about how they can benefit you.