Dental implants in Kaufman are designed to allow for permanent replacements of missing teeth, which look and feel just like your natural teeth. Whether you have lost just a single tooth or several, dental implants let you regain a full set of teeth so that you no longer feel like something is missing. These implants take the form of small titanium posts inserted into the jawbone to provide a firm anchor for replacement teeth. Dental implants also help to preserve your facial structure, since tooth loss can lead to bone deterioration which affects the shape of your face.
Because dental implants replace the roots of teeth and not solely the crown, you’re fully replacing the tooth, which means you are taking the necessary steps to restore all of your smile’s basic functions and your overall appearance. For example, chewing your favorite foods is possible as well as retaining your jaw’s natural shape. Those with tooth loss experience accelerated facial sagging due to reduced bone stimulation and loss, but dental implants improve bone stimulation and allow blood flow to continue.
On top of restoring your smile’s functions and appearance, dental implants have been proven to be long-lasting, especially more so compared to other tooth replacements. Dental implants generally last between 25 years and a lifetime, but most people can keep them for life when they practice proper daily oral care. When placed by a professional, their success rates are as high as 98 percent! Furthermore, they don’t require modification of neighboring teeth like traditional bridges, meaning you can retain more of your smile’s natural structure.
Implant dentistry is certainly a popular choice, but as a surgical procedure, your dentist needs to be sure that they are right for you. To do this, you will need to undergo a dental or radiographic examination, and the dentist will go over your health history. This allows your specific needs to be dealt with in full- you may be referred to an oral surgeon at this point as well. These consultations also allow you to ask any questions or express your concerns about the process- we want you to feel as comfortable as possible, and will take the time to talk you through things so that you fully understand how the procedure will work.
To replace a single tooth, a titanium implant is placed directly into the jaw and allowed to heal for several months. Once the biocompatible post has integrated with your bone tissue, we’ll attach an abutment so that a restoration can be reliably anchored. Our restorations are made from porcelain in order to ensure the most natural esthetics possible.
To replace multiple consecutive teeth, a pair of dental implants are placed in the gap in your smile, then restored with an implant-retained bridge. Keep in mind that traditional bridges use modified teeth nearby to hold restorations, but dental implants are strong enough to hold both a three- or four-crown bridge entirely on their own.
Even if you are missing several teeth on opposing sides of your mouth or all the teeth in your top or bottom arch, an implant-retained denture can easily restore your smile to its fullest! Both full and partial dentures can be created to look incredibly natural, provide a more stable denture, and remove the need for adhesives or metal hooks to stay in place.
Dental implants are, in essence, metal versions of your tooth roots, allowing replacement teeth to be firmly fitted in your mouth. They are surgically inserted into the jawbone before posts are fitted to them, which will anchor the replacement teeth in place.
Once the implant has properly bonded to the bone, then the next part of the process can begin. The implants are uncovered under surgery to ensure that they are bonded, and a small healing collar is attached to them. The dentist will then take an impression of your mouth so that the new teeth can be made to the right size and shape. The teeth themselves are placed on posts inserted into the implants. From start to finish, implants take between 6 and 8 months, and don’t present any disruption to your day-to-day life.
Every patient’s dental implant treatment is unique, which means there is no flat cost for treatment. What you pay will largely depend on factors we’ll determine during your initial consultation. This includes the number of teeth you need to replace, the number of implants we place, and preparatory treatments (i.e. periodontal therapy, bone grafts) that make placement possible. The restoration you choose is also a major factor when determining the cost. With that said, dental implants are still considered to be a solid long-term investment for tooth replacement, mainly because they don’t come with the same maintenance or replacement costs as dentures and bridges.
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