Dental implants are a permanent solution for a missing tooth or teeth. They continue to grow in popularity because they provide lifelike restoration of your smile without having to deal with dental appliances for the rest of your life. If you’re considering dental implants, talk to the friendly and knowledgeable staff at Signature Dental.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are made of titanium posts that are placed in the bones of the jaw during a surgical procedure. The titanium creates a lasting bond with the jaw bones to create complete stability. Titanium is the only material on earth that’s known to graft to human bone, and it’s used for this reason. Dental implants look and feel like real teeth, and while they can take some time to place, they are worth the time and effort necessary to restore your smile to its original state.
Why Should You Consider Dental Implants?
It’s important to talk to your dentist about dental implants to make sure you’re a suitable candidate for the procedure. An x-ray will have to be taken to ensure you have enough bone mass in your jaw to accommodate the titanium post that will be placed in your bone. Bone grafts can be done to enhance the amount of bone in the jaw, but that’s a separate procedure.
Dental implants restore the look and feel of your face, and create a more natural looking facial structure than dentures would offer. What’s more, having permanent teeth instead of dentures provides you with more stability and flexibility. It’s just like having your natural teeth again. Furthermore, dental implants can improve the way you speak and eat.
What Is the Process for Getting Dental Implants?
While dental implants are a lasting solution to missing teeth, they do take a considerable amount of time to have placed in your gums. The process starts with a thorough examination and x-rays. If any teeth need to be removed, that will also need to take place before the titanium posts can be placed. Implants usually involve two steps:
- Step one is to have the titanium posts inserted into the gums. A temporary tooth will be placed while your gums heal and the bone grafts with the titanium. This can take 6-9 months to heal properly.
- Step two is to have your permanent crown placed on the titanium post once it has healed.
You may be asked to visit your dentist during the healing time to check on the status of the titanium posts and to ensure grafting is happening properly. Your dentists will discuss any discomfort or concerns you may have while you wait for your permanent crown to be ready and installed.
In addition to replacing one or two missing teeth, dental implants can be used as part of a permanent denture plate. Titanium posts can be inserted into the jawbone, and then denture plates can be secured to those posts, much the same way that crowns can be inserted onto the posts for one or two missing teeth. If you have more than a few missing teeth, this might be a good option for you to consider. It’s the best of both worlds: a new set of teeth, and you don’t need to fuss with dental appliances because the plates are permanently attached to your gums. Partial bridges are also an option for replacing several teeth if a full plate is not desired. Titanium posts can be inserted into the surrounding gums, and the bridge can be attached to the posts using permanent crowns.
How Do You Care for Your Dental Implants?
After you have completed the process of getting your dental implants, you’ll be able to take care of your implants just like you would with your regular teeth. Because they are just like real teeth, they are susceptible to cracking and chipping, and damage due to impact or injury, so you need to care for them as if they were your real teeth. If damage does occur to your dental implant, come back and visit Signature Dental at our Frisco or Richardson locations, and we’ll determine a restorative solution for you so you can get back to enjoying life and your smile.
Contact Signature Dental
If you’re interested in learning more about dental implants, or you want to discuss your eligibility for dental implants with one of our highly skilled dental professionals, make an appointment with Signature Dental today.