Dental implants offer a permanent solution for missing teeth. At DFW Absolute Dental in Allen, Texas, Maria Shahdad, DDS, can restore the appearance and function of your teeth with dental implants. These replacement tooth roots hold your artificial teeth in place, so they look and feel like your natural teeth. To learn more about dental implants, call DFW Absolute Dental or book an appointment online today.
Dental implants are essentially artificial tooth roots. At DFW Absolute Dental, Dr. Shahdad surgically places these small titanium posts into your gum tissue and jawbone to replace your natural tooth roots when you have missing teeth. When compared to other replacement options, dental implants offer the most permanent solution available.
Dental implants offer many advantages for your tooth function and appearance, such as:
Implants hold your replacement teeth firmly in place, eliminating any shifting that can occur with dentures alone.
Dental implants remove any bulk that can occur with other replacement options, such as dentures alone.
Dentures can shift on top of your gums, making it difficult to chew and speak without discomfort. By providing a stable foundation for your replacement teeth, dental implants allow you to chew and speak comfortably.
While many tooth replacement options, such as crowns, bridges, and dentures, typically last about 5-15 years, implants can hold your teeth in place for 25 years or more.
As a long-term solution for missing teeth, dental implants typically take months to plan and place. The first step in the implant process is determining whether you have enough tooth-supporting bone to hold your replacement roots in place.
If you don’t have enough bone in your jaw to support dental implants, Dr. Shahdad may recommend a bone graft prior to surgery. The recovery time after a bone graft can take three months or more.
Dental implant surgery typically requires anesthesia, so it’s important to coordinate a ride home from your appointment beforehand.
After administering your anesthetic, Dr. Shahdad creates an access hole in your gums and surgically inserts the implant. Next, she sutures your gums to prevent infection. It takes at least 6-12 weeks to heal from implant surgery, during which time the bone in your jaw naturally secures the implant in place.
Once your mouth heals completely, Dr. Shahdad takes digital impressions to create your replacement teeth.
The type of replacement teeth you choose often depends on the number of healthy teeth you have left. If you only need to replace a few teeth, Dr. Shahdad may recommend dental crowns. Meanwhile, dentures can replace all the teeth in your mouth.
To learn more about dental implants, call DFW Absolute Dental or schedule an appointment online today.