Dental implants are replacements for missing teeth where a metal post is placed into the jaw. The post is placed into the jaw and allowed to heal so that the implant will fuse into the bone. After it is secure, a replacement tooth can be placed on top of the post and you will have a functional tooth replacement.
Why choose a dental implant?
There are a few reasons why implants are the ideal tooth replacement. The most important to patients is that having a dental implant feels and works much like having a natural tooth in place. Having a replacement anchored to the jawbone means that the implant won’t move during eating or talking — something that always feels more natural than a non-implant replacement.
The implant will also better serve to support the jawbone itself. Most patients do not realize that bones need stimulation in order to support normal shape and density. The chewing forces put onto the jaw from natural teeth help maintain the overall look and shape of your face. A dental implant helps to retain normal function in the jawbone much like your natural teeth would.
What will getting a dental implant be like?
Not everyone is a good candidate for dental implants. It requires careful planning and the use of healthy bone structure in order to place an implant properly. Gum disease, bone loss and other medical issues can affect the feasibility of placing an implant successfully. Dr. Caroline Tran can guide you through your tooth replacement options and answer any questions you might have about getting a dental implant during your initial consultation.
If you are a good candidate for implants, the clinical process requires at least two visits. The first visit places the post into the jawbone. Then the implant requires about 2 to 6 months for the bone to fuse properly before a tooth replacement (usually a crown) can be placed on top to complete the process. Waiting time may vary as we must make sure that the implant is stable before using it to chew.
As always, it is important to practice good oral hygiene and brush and floss in the areas around the implant just like you would for your other teeth. Regular hygiene appointments and visits to Dr. Tran are necessary to make sure your gums are healthy and that your implant is functioning normally.
Get An Implant Consultation
To determine if you will be a good candidate for a dental implant, please give us a call at (940) 365-3326! Our treatment coordinator will be happy to help guide you through any questions you might have about insurance/payment and schedule you for a consultation.
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We serve the communities of Aubrey, Savannah, Providence, Paloma Creek, The Woodlands, Little Elm, Pilot Point, Sanger, Denton, Tioga, Oak Point, Cross Roads, Krugerville and Collinsville.