At Doc’s Dental in Irving Texas, we value our patients, and we know the confidence that comes with having a natural, beautiful smile.
We also know how devastating it can be for that smile to be altered due to damaged or missing teeth. Thanks to advances in dental technology, replacing missing or damaged teeth without having to resort to a bridge or dentures are now possible through the use of dental implants.
Dental implants are an ideal solution for replacing one or more missing teeth with natural, long-lasting replacement teeth. A dental implant is a small, titanium post that’s inserted into your jaw and functions as a stable foundation for a specially crafted replacement tooth (or teeth). These posts act as teeth roots, and an implant can be used to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or an entire arch. If you’ve experienced tooth loss, dental implants can match the functionality of your original teeth without having to resort to getting dentures.
A dental implant may be beneficial if you are missing teeth due to:
To receive dental implants, a patient must have healthy gums and a strong jawbone. If there are problems with either of these, dental implants can’t be installed properly. Our Irving family dental team at Doc’s Dental will help you decide if a dental implant is right for you.
Having one or more missing teeth is not only detrimental to your self-esteem, it can make simple things like eating and speaking more difficult.
Dental implants can help restore these functions and bring back your full, natural smile.
In the past, patients experiencing tooth loss generally had to rely on bridges or dentures to replace missing teeth. These solutions are not always ideal as they can lead to bone deterioration due to a lack of tooth root substitutes.
Here are some additional benefits of dental implants:
Your dentist in Irving, TX can answer any questions you have about implant function, implant surgery, and whether or not dental implants are the right choice for your tooth replacement.
There are several dental implants on the market today that are available to patients, however, the two main types used in our Irving family dental office are endosteal and subperiosteal dental implants.
1. Endosteal Dental Implants
Endosteal implants are the most common type of implants used as replacement teeth. A patient will undergo the process in two phases.
Surgery is required in this process as it involves drilling a hole to fit the screw into the jawbone. Once your mouth heals (weeks to months, depending on the patient), you’ll undergo a second minor procedure where the implant abutment and a permanent crown will be placed.
2. Subperiosteal Dental Implants
These types of implants are a single-step procedure. It is also the best option for patients who do not have a healthy jawbone or do not want to undergo a jaw grafting procedure.
Whereas endosteal implants involve an implanted screw, a subperiosteal dental implant uses a metal framework instead. Instead of being screwed directly into the jaw, they are placed on top of the jawbone beneath the gum to hold the crown.
Receiving a single dental implant is ideal if you’re missing a single tooth; however, if you are missing multiple teeth, the All-on-4 system is an excellent choice for replacement teeth.
This type of implant is a popular solution for people living in Irving, TX who want to restore their confidence and enjoy the look, feel, and function of their natural teeth.
Prevent Bone Loss & Degradation
If you’re missing a tooth or teeth, one of the biggest problems is the risk of bone degradation in your jaw.
The All-on-4 implants are attached directly to your jawbone, thereby acting as the roots of your natural teeth. This encourages the retention of bone mass, which provides strength to that area of your mouth.
If a patient has experienced bone loss, this type of implant is still an option. Because the implants provide such a secure connection to the existing jawbone, the likelihood that bone grafting will be needed is unlikely.
Easy to Care For
All-on-4 implants allow you to continue practicing your normal oral health care routines with ease. Of course, regular dental check-ups and routine brushing and flossing are all still necessary.
An additional bonus with this procedure is the fact that there is no need for messy adhesives that traditional dentures require. This will help you save both time and money.
Improve Self Confidence
A common concern for patients who receive dentures is that they will come loose while eating or speaking. All-on-4 implants fit securely and comfortably in the mouth, enabling people to eat, speak and drink without worrying about the issue of loose dentures. Avoiding this embarrassment does wonder for a person’s self-confidence.
Your Irving dentist will find the ideal balance between the opacity and translucency of your existing teeth to make sure your new implants are a perfect match.
Thanks to the implant technology of the All-on-4 system, our office can offer our patients a permanent implant solution.
Traditional dentures require multiple fitting sessions with your dentist, but because this new and improved option is fastened so securely to your mouth via the implants, they will stay put. The All-on-4 system is something our Irving, TX office is proud to offer our community.
It’s important to understand that a person receiving dental implants is undergoing a surgical procedure, and therefore, there may be several specialists involved. The surgery is usually outpatient, and the process involves multiple steps with healing time between procedures. From start to finish, the entire process can take many months, as time is needed for the growth of new bone in your jaw.
Before the procedure, you must have a thorough evaluation to prepare for the process. This will involve a complete dental exam, a review of your medical history, and the development of your treatment plan.
Regardless of the type of implant surgery you’re having, you can typically expect the following steps:
Thanks to modern advances in dentistry, our team at Doc’s Dental in Irving, can help patients enjoy the look, feel, and function of real teeth, using implant technology.
Contact one of our dental implant professionals in Irving, TX to get started with your consultation today!