Dentures and bridges are both reliable replacements for missing teeth. While they can restore your appearance and oral function, they do not replace the root, which, over time, can lead to lost mass in your jawbone. Our dentist, Dr. Kari Blankenship can place and restore dental implants in Plano, Texas, to improve every aspect of your smile. Call Dental Renaissance at 972-752-2855 for an appointment to see if this treatment is right for you.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are prosthetic teeth that work by replacing both the root and the crown of your tooth after it has been removed from your mouth. Implants consist of two main parts, the implant post and the implant restoration. The implant post works to replace the tooth root, anchoring the tooth to your jawbone and providing a stable foundation by stimulating your supporting bone tissue to keep it healthy. The implant restoration replaces the crown of the tooth or teeth, and may consist of a single crown, a dental bridge or a denture.
What to expect with Dental Implants?
Your implant treatment begins with an implant placement surgery, during which the implant post is surgically inserted into your jawbone.
After this procedure, there will be a period of healing to allow the post to integrate with your jawbone.
Following this healing period, our dentist will work with you to design and create a restoration that meets your unique needs. This restoration will cap your implant post and complete your treatment.
Who is a good candidate for Dental Implants?
Anyone who has lost a tooth or teeth is a candidate for implant dentistry. As long as your teeth and gums are healthy, you will most likely be able to receive implants without any difficulty.
If you have a pre-existing condition, such as tooth decay or gum disease, you will need to receive treatment for that condition before you can receive an implant.
How to Care for Dental Implants?
Dental implants are intended to be permanent replacements for your missing teeth and require the same care as your original teeth in order to keep them stable and functional in your mouth. This includes daily brushing and flossing as well as regular visits to your dentist for preventive care.