Living with missing, broken, or discolored teeth can be a challenge; it can damage your confidence and even make you too embarrassed to smile. Over time, a missing tooth can even allow your other teeth to shift and become crooked, and even increase your chances of jaw deterioration, cavities, and gum diseases in the space.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a popular and effective option for replacing missing or damaged teeth. They are designed to blend in with your natural teeth, allowing you to regain a brilliant smile, and are an excellent long-term solution.
The implant itself is a titanium or similar metal post that is placed into the jawbone, serving as a sturdy anchor for the replacement tooth. After being properly set by a skilled Dallas dentist who is experienced in implant dentistry, the healing process, known as osseointegration begins. Bone grows around the implant, holding the anchor in place. After a few months, the customized artificial tooth is placed, and you’re left with a natural-looking smile.
Getting a dental implant normally involves little to no discomfort for the patient. Typically, a local anesthetic is used to numb the area, allowing the dentist to place the implant without you having to feel much at all.
Is a Dental Implant Right for You?
Dental implants are a great solution for a variety of cases. As long as enough jawbone is present, most patients will be suitable candidates.
You can use a dental implant to replace a single tooth or multiple missing teeth. They can even be used as a replacement for a full set of dentures! When more than one tooth is missing, you may need several anchors to secure the replacement teeth. However, you don’t need a separate anchor for every tooth if you are missing a few in a row.
If you are in the Red Bird community of Dallas and are interested in learning more about dental implants or would like to see if you are a candidate for the procedure, call Wow Dental at (972) 709-4867 to request an appointment, or drop by our office located at 3306 W. Camp Wisdom, Suite 100. Our dentists can evaluate your case and recommend the ideal treatment to help restore your smile.