Until recently, the most common solution for tooth loss was dentures or dental bridges.
Dental implants are a newer treatment, and they’re one of the most promising developments in dentistry in the last few decades.
They provide a permanent solution to tooth loss that looks, feels, and lasts longer than bridges and dentures.
If you’re experiencing age or trauma-related tooth loss, a tooth implant may be a great solution.
Contact the offices of Dr. Andrew Philley today to schedule a consultation. We’ll work with you to find a solution for your tooth loss.903-581-0581 Contact Us
Dental implants are most commonly used to replace a single tooth. An implant is placed in the jaw near the healthy teeth, and a porcelain crown is placed on top of that implant.
The crown is color matched to the surrounding teeth and is entirely self-supporting. This eases the pressure on the teeth around the implant, ensuring that remaining teeth are strong and healthy.
Dental implants are becoming the go-to style for patients missing two or more teeth. A few dental implants, combined with a bridge or partial denture, offer a number of benefits over dentures or a bridge by themselves.
Implant-supported bridges and dentures are often stronger and more comfortable. Bite force is almost the same as your natural teeth, and it’s easier to talk with an implant-supported bridge.
Implant-supported dentures are becoming an increasingly popular treatment for those who need total tooth replacement.
The biggest appeal of implant-supported dentures is that they don’t slip. With implants, you’ll have complete confidence eating and smiling and living.
Supporting a full set of dentures requires multiple implants, but the dentures will be stronger and more comfortable for patients.
Dental implants are a form of artificial tooth. They combine an implant into the jawbone that holds the tooth in place and the artificial tooth on top of that.
Because they’re rooted in the jaw, dental implants are stronger and more durable than bridges or dentures alone. They strengthen the surrounding bone structure and actually make your teeth healthier.
They fit seamlessly into your smile and provide a strong, sturdy solution to tooth loss.
At your first appointment, you’ll meet with Dr. Philley for an examination. He’ll check your tooth loss and discuss your options for treatment.
If dental implants are the best choice, he’ll help you understand what’s involved in the procedure and get the process started.
The second step of the process is placing the root implant portion into your jaw. This is often done with local anesthesia.
It takes 6-12 weeks for the jaw implant to heal. As it does, it will strengthen the surrounding bone structure and anchor it into your jawbone.
Dr. Philley will take a cast of your teeth. He’ll use this to create a model of your bite. This will help as he crafts the crown.
The crown will be color matched to your existing teeth to create a seamless smile that you can be proud of.
After the root implant is healed, a connector–called an abutment–is placed on it. This abutment will hold the porcelain implant in place.
After this, your implant is complete. You can expect the implant to act much as your regular teeth do.
Unfortunately, some patients aren’t great candidates for this procedure.
While most people can get dental implants, those who have very unhealthy gums or lack the bone density to support the root implant will need an alternative treatment.
Dr. Philley will consider your circumstances when determining whether or not you’re a good candidate for tooth implants.
If you have gaps in your smile and want to explore dental implants, contact us today. We’ll schedule an appointment to discuss your options with you.Schedule Appointment