When we lose one or more natural teeth, this means the overall health of our smile could suffer, as the risk of major complications develops. In order to protect smiles in Garland, TX, we may offer a tooth replacement option with a 98% success rate! Have you ever heard of dental implants? What makes them different from other traditional tooth loss solutions?
Preparing Your Smile
First, instead of using crowns, metal clasps, or natural suction to stay in place, we actually insert them right into the jawbone, where they act as new tooth roots. However, we first need to make sure you’re a viable candidate for implant dentistry. We will examine your jawbone structure to make sure there is enough tissue to support a new tooth. Following tooth loss, the jawbone tissue tends to break down. Some patients may need to undergo bone grafting before we can move forward. Our team will also look for any underlying oral health issues, such as gum disease, that could threaten a new tooth. Treatment may be necessary to manage the issue before we can begin placement.
Placement and Restoration
The dental implant is a screw-like device made from titanium, a biocompatible material the body recognizes as a natural tooth root. When we insert the dental implant, it bonds with the jawbone over a period of three to four months, a process known as osseointegration. Afterward, we can attach an abutment that holds a custom-made dental crown in place. The crown will act as the tooth’s visible portion. We create them using lifelike materials, and they can also absorb daily bite forces and pressures. If you’ve suffered the loss of multiple teeth, then several dental implants could be used to secure a bridge, partial, or full denture!
Protecting Your New Teeth (and Remaining Natural Teeth)
Like your natural teeth, your dental implants benefit from daily care to protect them from gum disease and other oral health concerns. You should take time to brush and floss daily, controlling plaque buildup and keeping periodontal issues at bay. We also want to see you every six months for a checkup and cleaning visit, so we can continue to monitor your new tooth and take proper care of remaining natural ones. A better diet is also helpful, as is avoiding tobacco use, such as smoking cigarettes! If you have any questions, then please contact our team today.
Ready for a New Smile?
Addressing the gaps in your smile could help you enjoy optimal oral health and avoid serious complications. To find out more about implant dentistry, then schedule a consultation by calling Mai Dentistry in Garland, TX, today at 972-530-0552. For our patients who don’t speak English, our office is fluent in both Spanish and Vietnamese.