For many years, if you sustained the loss of one or more teeth, the traditional method of replacing the loss was with a partial or a denture. However, now with the availability of dental implants in Dallas, there is a more permanent and aesthetically pleasing alternative.
Dentures, also popularly referred to as false teeth, can be made several ways and fitted in the mouth in a variety of fashion. However, most dentures cannot do what dental implants can, making them a less desirable option to dental implants.
Denture wearers are discovering that with dental implants they can return to a life without removable teeth, shifting teeth and denture relines to try to extend the life of their dentures.
With dental implants, the small screw like device is placed directly in the gum tissue. Made of titanium, or similar strong metal, the dental implant will attach to the bone becoming part of your dental anatomy acting much like the root of your tooth. For denture wearers, you may require several implants to form the basis of your permanent restoration.
Your dentist might refer you to a periodontist for the procedure of placing dental implants. A periodontist is a dentist that has received additional training to work in the specialty of diagnosing and treating people with gum disease. Placing dental implants is part of that special training.
Dental implants require anywhere from four to six months to heal. During this time, the implants will be covered with a temporary covering to protect them. It is very important to brush and floss during the healing process, and discontinue the use of any tobacco products as smoking is the number one cause of dental implant failure.
Once the implants have grafted successfully, a final restoration is made to match the shape and shade of your natural teeth. The final restoration is permanently placed, covering the implant.
You can once again eat your favorite foods without wondering if your “teeth” will move while chewing. You can speak and smile without the fear of your denture slipping. No more removing your teeth to clean them.
Dental implants can return your life to the simple joys you experienced before your tooth loss. They offer strength, stability, beauty, and can cost much less over time than replacing traditional dentures every few years. And with no special care required, dental implants are a perfect option for many denture wearers. Call the office of Dr. Beth Tomlin, DDS, MS at 214-522-9700 to schedule a consultation.