Most patients are aware that if they have missing teeth, dental bridges and conventional dentures are the default solution. But bridges require adjacent healthy teeth to be present and permanently modified to act as the foundation. Dentures often become loose and slip when you eat, speak, or even smile and can cause gagging or sores on the gums. Ultimately, neither solution can offer the bone stimulation needed to maintain a healthy jawbone or the restored function you need to eat a varied diet. Dental implants are the modern solution designed to meet these needs and more.
Securely fixed to your jawbone, dental implants return over 99% of natural biting and chewing power. They can replace one tooth, a row of teeth, or a complete arch of missing teeth using either single implants and crowns or a combination of dental implants and a custom, natural-looking bridge of teeth. In all cases, dental implants make it possible to eat comfortably with durable teeth, feel confident in a complete smile, improve your oral and physical health, and live an overall better quality of life. For this reason, implants are one of the preferred solutions and virtually all patients are candidates or can become candidates after preliminary treatment from our surgical team.
Most of our patients either come to us ready for dental implants or can become candidates after a few initial treatments. Your dental implant treatment plan will be unique to you; there’s no one-size-fits-all approach here. We’ll determine the best path forward by learning your personal smile goals and assessing your dental and medical health as part of your consultation with our oral surgeon in Lewisville, TX. During that visit, you’ll also receive an examination and CBCT scan for an in-depth look at your jawbone health. We’ll provide a detailed review of your treatment plan and walk you through what to expect along each step of this process. Before you leave, we’ll schedule your next visit for your dental implant surgery.
Dental implant placement from our experienced surgical team typically lasts around a few hours, depending on the number of dental implants you need. Prior to starting your implant surgery, we will make you feel comfortable with one or more of our anesthesia solutions. Licensed to administer IV sedation as well as general anesthesia, our oral surgeon will keep you in a pain-free and comfortable state for the duration of your procedure. If you require any preliminary treatments including tooth extractions or bone grafting, our oral surgeon is often able to provide these in the same appointment.
Next, each dental implant will be precisely placed in pre-planned locations in your jawbone. The exact location, angle, and depth are all considered to ensure your dental implants last and that they offer your desired aesthetics. We only use high-quality dental implants from leading manufacturers, including ceramic and zygomatic implants, so we can ensure the longevity of your treatment. After placement, you’re frequently able to immediately receive a new tooth or bridge of natural-looking teeth. In this case, you’ll be able to return home with a fully functional and complete smile. We’ll keep the digital design files of your provisional in case
It may take three months or more to heal completely. During that period, your implants will permanently bond with your jawbone through a process called osseointegration. It’s this bond with the biocompatible implant posts that offers the security and function dental implants are known for. After you’ve healed, you’ll be able to receive your final restorations. These fixed teeth will be customized to you, complimenting the shade of remaining healthy teeth for a seamless smile. From then on you won’t have trouble eating or feel embarrassed when you laugh, speak, or smile. Give your dental implants and natural teeth routine care and you may never again need to have a missing tooth replaced!
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