Dental implants are a state-of-the-art option for replacing missing teeth. Whether you need to replace just one tooth or several, dental implants are a secure, long-term solution. Not everyone can benefit from this option, though. You must have healthy gums and enough bone tissue to support the implants. Dr. Thomas Tenney, the skilled dentist at Tenney Dental in Flower Mound, TX, also serving Lewisville, can determine if dental implants are an option for you.
What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a small titanium post that looks somewhat like a screw but functions similarly to the root of a tooth. Its purpose is to anchor an artificial tooth, such as a dental crown, in place. When replacing multiple teeth at a time, several strategically placed dental implants can support a dental bridge or a fixed denture.
One reason dental implants are such a secure option for replacing missing teeth is that they are placed directly in the jaw bone. A minor surgical procedure is performed to insert the dental implants in the bone tissue. In the following months, the metal implants fuse with the bone through a natural process called osseointegration. Once they are fused together, prosthetic teeth can be attached to the implants.
Dental implants might not be an option if there is not enough bone tissue to support them. Unfortunately, bone loss often accompanies tooth loss. The body naturally reabsorbs bone tissue that is not supporting teeth. The experienced dentist at our office in Flower Mound, TX, can determine if dental implants are an option for you after performing an oral exam and examining x-ray images of your jaw.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants have several benefits as a tooth-replacement option. Major benefits include being extremely secure and long-lasting. With dental implants firmly anchoring artificial teeth, there is no worry about teeth slipping out of place. Another benefit of dental implants is that they are versatile. It is possible to replace a single missing tooth with one implant and a crown or several teeth can be replaced with multiple implants and a bridge or denture.
One significant long-term benefit of dental implants is that they help preserve bone tissue that would normally be reabsorbed by the body following tooth loss. The body will not reabsorb the bone when it is fused to a dental implant since it is serving a function similar to supporting a tooth root. Bone loss can have several unwanted side effects, such as changes in facial structure or the way you bite. Preserving bone tissue helps prevent such side effects.
Dental implants deliver numerous benefits, from restoring your smile to preserving bone tissue. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Tenney to find out if you might be a candidate for dental implants by calling Tenney Dental in Flower Mound, TX, at (469) 830-7525.