LIFELIKE REPLACEMENT TEETH WITH DENTAL IMPLANTS
Even when replacing one or more teeth that have been lost, the goal is to prevent potential issues that could arise in the future. In the case of tooth loss, such issues can include your remaining teeth shifting out of place, or your jawbone losing density due to the loss of your roots. Though you have several options when it comes to replacing lost teeth, dental implants are the only option that can address, and effectively prevent, the continuing consequences of missing teeth and their roots.
The Versatile Dental Implant
A dental implant is a small, biocompatible post, usually made from titanium, that can be surgically inserted into your jawbone. While the bone heals, it fuses to the implant post, and after 4-6 months (on average), the implant will be secure enough to attach a dental crown, partial denture, or complete denture. If you’ve lost a single tooth, then you will only need a single dental implant topped with a dental crown to replace it. However, if you’ve lost most or all of the teeth on your dental ridge, then you can replace them with a full denture situated on just a few strategically-placed implants.
Implant versus Bridge
All-On-4 implant dentures are designed to provide full comfort, function, and stability by relying on only four implants placed along your dental ridge. Their strategic placement allows the implants to adequately withstand your bite pressure, as well as help maintain your jawbone integrity, without the need for extensive implant placement.
Same Day Implants
If you have one or more teeth extracted and wish to replace them with a dental implant-supported prosthesis, then same day implants may help you restore your smile immediately after your tooth extraction. Your candidacy for same day implants will depend on a number of factors, including jawbone integrity and the state of your oral health.
Patients who seek dental implant placement but have insufficient jawbone structure (due to extended tooth loss, severe gum disease, or other factors) may benefit from first undergoing a jawbone graft. The procedure involves strengthening the jawbone with a surgical graft to provide more bone structure to support your dental implant(s).
Find Out if You Qualify for Dental Implants
With an appropriate dental implant-supported restoration, your replacement teeth will not only improve your smile, but also help preserve your long-term oral health. To find out if you qualify for dental implants, call Dr. Cornelius’ office in Keller, TX, at 817-431-4200. We proudly the serve the residents of Keller, Roanoke, Trophy Club, Westlake, Southlake, North Richland Hills, and all surrounding communities.