Archive for April, 2011
Tooth implants aren’t an appropriate solution for everyone, but for the right candidate, they are usually the best replacement for missing teeth. Smiles by Sowell, a Dallas implant dentistry office, offers implant dentistry services, from evaluation through restoration. Understanding what is involved in a tooth implant can help you decide whether a tooth implant could be the right choice to replace your missing or broken teeth.
How Tooth Implants Work
A tooth implant is a special titanium post that your dentist inserts into your jaw bone. After the implant heals and your gum begins to close around it, your implant dentist will fit a shaped crown over the post and bond it in place. From then on, you can treat it just as you would a natural tooth, including cleaning it properly.
Advantages of Dental Implants
Unlike bridges, crowns and dentures, a tooth implant is a permanent replacement for your original tooth. Your bone grows around the titanium post, holding it in place securely, so there’s no need for hardware attached to your other teeth to support the new tooth. Implants are stronger, last longer and look more natural than any other choices.
The best candidates for dental implants have no bone loss in their jaws. The more bone has eroded from around the tooth’s area, the more difficult it will be to set your implant. Even in cases where the bone has eroded, however, there are solutions. Your dentist may refer you to a surgeon, for example, who can take bone from elsewhere on your body and graft it onto the bone in your jaw to provide a better seating for your implant. Because of all the variables, only an experienced implant dentist can tell you whether you’re a good candidate for dental implants.
Choosing an Implant Dentist
The implant procedure is a surgical procedure and not all dentists are qualified to perform it. Smiles by Sowell is a Dallas AACD dentist, accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry who is trained and experienced in providing dental implants for clients in the Dallas area.