Dental Implants: A Patient’s Guide

Dramatic Shot of an Isolated Dental ImplantIf you’ve recently lost a tooth, whether to an accidental injury, gum disease, tooth decay, or any other cause, your family dentist has probably suggested that you get that missing tooth replaced as quickly as possible. And he’s got good reason to do that: missing teeth can seriously impact your ability to eat and speak properly and they can dramatically increase the likelihood that you’ll lose more teeth later on in life. Dental implants offer one of the best solutions for replacing missing teeth and our patient’s guide will help you understand more about this innovative dental prosthetic.

Who Needs Dental Implants?

Dental implants are designed to mimic a natural tooth (including the visible “crown” part of the tooth and the “root” which lay beneath the gums). They provide reliable tooth replacement for patients who are missing a single tooth, several teeth in a row, or even all their teeth. Implants can be used to support a crown, bridge, or full denture.

What are Some Advantages of Dental Implants?

Dental implants are the preferred tooth replacement treatment of most dentists across the nation for a few simple reasons:

  • Dental implants replace the missing tooth’s roots, meaning that patients who get implants do not suffer from the rapid loss of jawbone density that people who opt for bridges and dentures have to deal with.
  • Dental implants do not require the removal of any tooth material (like bridges, which require the removal of healthy enamel from the abutment teeth), meaning it provides a more conservative treatment.
  • Dental implant posts can last a lifetime if you take proper care of them, something that neither bridges nor dentures can claim to do.
  • Thanks to the prevalence of this treatment, having a dental implant crown placed costs about as much as having a traditional bridge placed, but with none of the drawbacks associated with bridgework.


Brent Cornelius DDS provides patients of every age with comfortable dental care. To learn more about our comprehensive treatments, which include general, cosmetic, restorative dentistry, and sedation dentistry, in addition to dental implants, contact us today at 817-431-4200. We offer compassionate care to patients from Keller, TX, as well as Roanoke, Trophy Club, Southlake, Westlake, North Richland Hills, and surrounding areas.