When you are living with a missing or failing tooth, you understand the impact it has on your quality of life, and how it affects everything from your nutrition to your self-esteem. The good news is that dental implants in Keller are an excellent solution, and they can restore your not only your function, but also your smile and confidence.
What is a Dental Implant?
Dental implants are comprised of three parts that work together to mimic your natural tooth.
- The implant itself is a biocompatible titanium post that is placed into your jawbone and naturally integrates with it over a period of 4 to 6 months. It replaces your root and creates a firm foundation for your new tooth.
- The abutment is used to attach the crown to the implant.
- Your new tooth is a porcelain crown that is customized to match your lost tooth in both shade and shape. Once it is placed, your implant crown gives you the same function for chewing and eating that you had before.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Besides helping you to smile, chew, and talk again with ease, a dental implant is also restoring your oral health. When a tooth root is missing, it causes your bone to resorb, or dissolve, which changes the appearance of your face over time and eliminates support for your remaining teeth. Utilizing an implant to replace your tooth also replaces your root and keeps your bone healthy.
A tooth that is not replaced will result in the surrounding teeth starting to shift. This causes bite misalignment and an increased risk of developing issues such as tooth decay and gum disease.
Implants are a reliable long term solution as they can potentially last for a lifetime with the right home care and regular checkups with your dentist.
Are Dental Implants Right for Me?
Your dentist can determine if implants are the right treatment for your needs during a consultation where they will take some x-rays. Implants require enough bone present to successfully support them, and that the patient is in good overall health.
If you move forward with treatment, the first step is to place the implant into your jawbone during a simple surgical procedure. After 4 to 6 months of healing and integration time, your implant will be ready to be restored with your new crown.
If you’re ready to learn more about dental implants contact your dentist and schedule a consultation today.
About Distinguished Dental
Dr. Sheri McIntosh and her team love taking care of patients, and patients love being part of the “distinguished patient experience” they receive every time they visit. This is the exceptional dentistry and customer service they come to expect when visiting Dr. McIntosh.
If you’re ready to experience dentistry on a new level, contact us online through our website or by calling 817-337-8300.