Restore Your Smile With Dental Implants
A missing tooth can be as inconvenient as it is embarrassing. Chewing becomes a chore — or even painful — and speaking becomes unsettling. You might be hesitant to laugh or smile in public.
Replacing your missing teeth can be the key to restoring your dental health and function, as well as your confidence! And there’s no better way to do it than with dental implants.
You can join the more than 3 million Americans who are realizing the benefits of dental implants! They offer unmatched security and durability, and they have a 98 percent success rate, according to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry!
Continue reading to learn more about dental implants. Then, if you’re interested in experiencing the advantages of dental implants for yourself, call All Smiles in Jacksonville, TX at 903-625-9297 for a free dental implant consultation!
What Is A Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a tooth replacement solution that has been called one of the greatest advances in dentistry over the past 50 years!
The dental implant itself is a small post that is inserted into the gums and actually replaces the root of the missing tooth. It is made of titanium, a biocompatible metal commonly found in hip replacements, pacemakers, and other medical devices.
With time, the dental implant fuses to your jawbone in a process called osseointegration, just like a real tooth! The dental implant is topped with a custom abutment, which provides a strong hold for a dental restoration.
Traditionally, a dental implant anchors a dental crown, which replaces the visible portion of a single tooth. Dental implants are a great way to replace a single tooth. But dental implants can also anchor multi-tooth prosthetics if you’re missing more two or more contiguous teeth.
What Are The Benefits Of Dental Implants?
Because dental implants actually replace the structures that support your teeth, they’re as close as you can get to brand new teeth!
Dental implants are heralded for their security and durability, and they don’t really require any special care beyond regular brushing, flossing, and routine dental exams and cleanings. When you care for them properly, dental implants can last a lifetime.
Compared to other teeth replacement options, dental implants are also better equipped to help you maintain bone density in your face. That’s because dental implants engage your jaw when you chew. That’s not the case with other teeth replacement options that transfer bite force entirely to your gums, which can cause bone loss and, in some cases, lead to a sunken appearance in parts of the face.
What Is The Process For Getting A Dental Implant?
When you come to All Smiles for a dental implant consultation, we’ll review your dental and medical histories to make sure you’re a good candidate for the procedure.
We want to ensure you’re in good overall health, and because dental implants fuse to the jawbone, we also want to make sure your bone density will sufficiently support the implants.
If not, don’t worry! We also offer mini dental implants, which are smaller than conventional dental implants. They’re a great option for people without the bone density needed to support conventional dental implants. They can also be placed and topped with a restoration in just one appointment!
Getting a conventional dental implant placed generally happens in three phases.
First, Dr. Folden or Dr. Westbrook will carefully place the implant, embedding it into the gums and your jawbone.
If you’re nervous about the procedure or just want to minimize discomfort, we offer several dental sedation options. Our doctors can provide nitrous oxide or oral sedation to help you relax. For more severe dental anxiety or very extensive dental work, we partner with East Texas Anesthesiology Associates to provide deep sedation.
Next, we’ll give your bone time to heal around the dental implant to ensure a secure hold. Finally, we’ll place the prosthetic! Your dental restoration will be made to your exact specifications so it both looks and acts like your natural teeth.
Can Dental Implants Help Me If I’m Missing Most Or All Of My Teeth?
Yes! At All Smiles, we offer implant dentures for those wanting a more secure and comfortable alternative to traditional dentures. No more worrying about sticky adhesives or your dentures slipping when you cough or laugh!
With implant dentures, your prosthetic attaches to just two dental implants and can be easily removed for regular cleanings and at nighttime.
How Do I Know If I’m A Good Candidate For Dental Implants?
There’s only one way to find out: Consult with highly-skilled dental professionals like Dr. Folden and Dr. Westbrook! They have extensive experience with dental implants and can help you feel at ease.