There are many options to replace a single tooth or teeth. Some people can be overwhelmed by all the choices and quickly revert to removable dentures, partials, or dental bridges. However, dental implants are one of the single-most important restorative dentistry options in the history of dental care.
Most dental professionals consider dental implants to be the most effective and esthetic tooth replacement option available. Implants are designed to replace missing teeth long-term that function like natural teeth and beautifully enhance smile aesthetics. Dental implants serve as an ideal alternative to traditional dentures.
Comfort and Stability
Dentures are held in place by adhesives, whereas visible wires or dental crowns secure partials and bridges. Although these are effective to a certain degree, they can’t compare to the root of a healthy natural tooth. The metal post that replicates a tooth root is what makes dental implants different. The implanted post that fuses to the jaw bone makes them the most durable option and by far the most comfortable in tooth replacement.
In addition to incredible comfort and stability, is the sheer fact that they are just much easier to deal with. Sliding dentures can make chewing difficult. Dental implants function like your own teeth, allowing you to eat your favorite foods without pain.
Natural Looking Results
The advantage of dental implants is that they look entirely natural. Traditional dentures with plastic gums tend to look artificial. Partials and dental bridges can have metal wires or brackets showing. With implants, the root is deep into the gum and jawbone and invisible from the outside. Coupled with a perfectly matched porcelain that replicates your natural teeth, you are guaranteed beautiful, natural results.
Are Dental Implants for Me?
If you’re missing a single tooth, multiple teeth, or a full arch of teeth, then no doubt you’ve been considering your options for tooth replacement.
To be a good candidate for dental implants, you need to have the following:
- A good level of oral health with healthy teeth and gums
- Plentiful bone in the jaw in which to support the implant
- Good overall oral hygiene and health and not be suffering from any conditions which might prevent you from having surgery
- A non-smoker or at least to have quit a few weeks before treatment and during the recovery period
- A fully developed jaw, so you’re likely to be over the age of 18
If you have had tooth loss and are interested in dental implants, Dr. Retana, your oral surgeon, will perform an initial evaluation to examine your oral structures and determine whether you are an eligible candidate. The essential qualification is overall health and sufficient jaw bone. The implant must have enough jaw bone to secure it.
Schedule a Consultation Today!
The first step to the dental implant process is to determine your suitability. Schedule an appointment for an initial exam with Dr. Luciano Retana, your surgical prosthodontist in Irving, Texas. We are happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have about dental implants.