When teeth are missing, the problem becomes much greater than affecting just your appearance. Most dental patients do not know that missing teeth can cause serious changes in your bite and the way you chew your food. This is why we proudly offer dental implant services in Irving and provide patients with the information they need to live a healthier life.
Over time, these changes can cause stress and damage to the remaining teeth, contributing to a chain reaction that results in more missing teeth. In addition, missing teeth contribute to loss of bulk in the jaw bone, which can change the shape of your face and make it difficult to wear a removable prosthetic such as a partial denture.
A dental implant is essentially a replacement tooth fabricated from medical-grade titanium. Titanium is a biocompatible metal, often used in hip and knee replacement implants. The implant is shaped like a tooth root and is surgically placed in the jaw in the area of the missing tooth.
As the implanted site heals, the jaw bone grows to adhere to the surface of the implant, making it as strong and stable as a natural tooth. A dental crown is made and placed upon the implant. The result is a fully-functioning, natural looking and feeling replacement tooth.
Dental implants have been 98% successful for more than 50 years. As the most reliable and predictable method of tooth replacement, most patients find that with proper care, their dental implants can last a lifetime.
Many cosmetic options are available in order to ensure the natural appearance of dental implants and provide a cosmetic result that matches the surrounding teeth in color and shape.
Dental implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth, several missing teeth, or even an entire set of teeth. Ask Dr. Dunn at Advanced Dental Care of Las Colinas about your options for tooth replacement, an implant supported denture or the implant supported overdenture option for restoring your oral health and function with Irving dental implants.
If you've lost a tooth due to injury, decay, gum disease, or any other reason, we recommend dental implants to replace missing teeth. Dental implants come the closest to replicating the look, feel, and function of your natural teeth.
Dental implants are placed into the jawbone and mirror the same function as the root of a tooth. The procedure for dental implants is usually performed while a patient is sedated. Patients who undergo IV sedation must have an empty stomach and transportation home following the procedure. Most sedation patients will have little to no memory of the procedure occurring.
Generally, dental implants are made out of a biocompatible metal such as titanium. Biocompatible metals are also used for other common bone implants (such as shoulder, hip, and knee replacements). The visible portion of the implant is usually made out of porcelain and is custom-made to match your existing teeth.
Dental implants are designed to fuse to the bone, which makes them become permanent fixtures. Typically speaking, the success rate is nearly 100%. There are few cases in which the implant will not fuse as intended and must be removed. If this happens to occur, the procedure can be attempted again a few months later.
Dental implants are not usually covered by dental insurance, but may be covered under a patient's medical insurance. Our office and your insurance company can discuss coverage options with you based on your individual case and treatment plan.
It's easy... just take care of an implant as if it's a natural tooth! This involves regular brushing, flossing, and dental checkups. If you have any concerns about your implant, contact us immediately.