Improving Smiles with Dental Implants in Frisco
Are you missing teeth? Have you postponed getting a bridge or denture? Do you wear ill-fitting, loose dentures right now? Dr. Wade and Dr. Moody want to improve your quality of life with dental implants.
Tooth loss occurs for a number of different reasons and at any age. A young teenage boy falls off of his skateboard and lands face first, knocking out two of his front teeth. An adult who hasn’t seen the dentist in years must have teeth extracted because of advanced gum disease. Or a senior citizen is having teeth removed in preparation for full dentures. These are all actual examples of when Plano cosmetic dentists Dr. Wade and Dr. Moody can use dental implants to restore a smile and a patient’s confidence.
Receiving Dental Implants in Frisco
Your journey toward a full smile with dental implants begins with a complete examination of your teeth and gums. Although most people are qualified candidates for dental implants, the dentists at Stonebriar Smile Design will need to make sure there is adequate density in your jawbone to support dental implants. If not, then a bone graft procedure may be necessary.
As the prosthetic that most closely mimics nature’s design, dental implants serve as substitute tooth roots. And while most people refer to the whole tooth replacement as a dental implant, the portion below the gum line that no one sees is the actual implant, while the portion that is visible is the tooth restoration.
Dental Implant Procedure
The implant is a small screw or post made of titanium that is surgically embedded in your jawbone beneath the open socket of a missing tooth or teeth. In the case of one missing tooth, only one dental implant is placed. However, if you have several missing teeth, even all of the teeth along the upper or lower arch, then several implants will be necessary in order to secure a bridge or full denture. The implants are positioned in such a way that makes the most of your jaw’s bone density in a particular location.
Each implant is strategically placed in the jaw, where bone integrates with it to create a solid foundation for a crown, bridge, or denture. During the healing time after surgery, which can take between three to six months depending on how many implants were placed, the post and surrounding bone fuse together in a process called osseointegration. As this occurs, the bone provides a stable foundation for your eventual tooth restoration. In addition, the implant stimulates your jaw to grow new bone tissue just as your tooth root did. This prevents your jawbone from deteriorating, which often leads to that sunken facial appearance that is so common among people with missing teeth.
Once fully integrated, Dr. Wade of Dr. Moody will be able to attach the appropriate tooth restoration to complete your smile. With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime.
Benefits of Dental Implants:
- Promote bone retention
- Eliminate slipping, loose, wobbly dentures
- Don’t require support from healthy teeth
- Can last a lifetime
- Look, feel, and function like natural teeth