Dental implants are a permanent dental prosthetic that are highly regarded in restorative dentistry. There is evidence that primitive dental implants were used in the ancient Mayan civilization over 1,300 years ago. The procedure to install them is a bit more complicated than other restorative operations but they are worth the extra steps because:
- Implants maintain proper spacing in the dental arch — permanently.
- Implants preserve bone density.
- Implants don’t need adhesives like dentures, and don’t dislodge at inconvenient times.
- Chewing ability with implants is far superior to chewing ability with dentures.
- Implants look and feel like genuine teeth.
- Implants have a 98 percent success rate.
Restorative Rock Stars
One of dental implants’ most attractive features is the conservative nature of the procedure. While surgical implantation of the implant is necessary, patients do not lose healthy tooth structure from the surrounding teeth as they do with dental bridges. Furthermore, implants replace the full crown-and-root structure of a natural tooth. Implants also allow easier access when you brush and floss.
Are Dental Implants Right for You?
If a patient is healthy enough to undergo a procedure like a tooth extraction, then he or she is probably a fine implant candidate. An even better candidate for dental implants is someone who has healthy (gum disease-free) gums, and enough bone density to hold implants. The patient should also stay on top of his or her oral hygiene, and maintain regular dentist visits. Overall health must be optimal, too. People who smoke, are diabetic, or suffer from heart disease may not be the most suitable dental implant candidates.
The dental implant procedure is a two-step process. First, Dr. Mai refers you to an oral surgeon or periodontist, who will examine your teeth and gums, ensure healthy bone density, and implant the titanium posts. After about 3 months, the posts will have fully integrated with the surrounding bone tissue. You will then return to our office for dental implant restoration: the placement of a dental crown, bridge, or dentures.
Dental implant patients say that the process involves little to no discomfort—even less than a tooth extraction. Our practice offers local and general anesthesia for your comfort. Dental implants just may be the perfect prosthetic for you. Don’t hesitate to ask us questions about the procedure.
Enjoy a Whole Smile Again with Dental Implants
Dental implants offer the longest lasting and most lifelike option for restoring lost teeth. Enjoy the ability to smile with confidence once again. For our patients who don’t speak English, our office is fluent in both Spanish and Vietnamese. To learn more, or to schedule your next appointment, call our Garland, TX office today at (972) 530-0552.