Missing teeth can be uncomfortable as well as unattractive, and if you have any in your smile, you may be looking for a solution for replacing them. Bridges and dentures are effective options as they successfully restore both function and appearance, but they are not as stable as another option – dental implants. These are small metal posts that are surgically placed directly into the jawbone. They essentially act as tooth roots and are then topped with the tooth replacement (usually a crown) to restore function to the tooth. For a highly effective tooth replacement solution in Plano, consider dental implants at Prime Dental.
Besides being more stable and long-lasting than bridges or dentures, dental implants:
The procedure to have implants placed usually takes at least two appointments. Before any work can be done, you will need to have a consultation with your dentist at Prime Dental so that he or she can assess whether or not you have sufficient bone structure to support the implants and examine your overall oral health. A bone graft procedure may first be needed to build up bone mass before the implant procedure can take place.
The implant surgery itself will start with a small incision being made in the gum line over the site of the missing tooth (or teeth – one implant can support multiple tooth replacements). The bone underneath will then be prepared to receive the implant, which will be inserted into place before the gum tissue is stitched closed again over the site. The implant will be left for approximately four months to allow it to fuse completely into the jaw bone. Once the implant is ready, the artificial tooth/teeth will be attached to it in the second appointment. With proper maintenance, implants can last a lifetime.
To learn more about dental implants and determine whether or not it is the treatment for you in Plano, make an appointment with your dentist at Prime Dental.