Missing teeth can be embarrassing and zap the joy out of doing the simplest things, like laughing and eating. If wearing dentures isn’t a good fit for you, dental implants may be just the thing. The doctors at Dental Access in Arlington, Texas, has an expertise in dental implants. Book an appointment online or call today.
Dental implants are permanent, artificial teeth that provide an alternative treatment for people who are missing teeth and either has problems wearing dentures or don’t want to wear them. Dental implants are custom made for you and attached to titanium posts that are surgically anchored into your jawbone. The look, material, and color of the artificial teeth so closely match your own teeth that most people won’t know the difference unless you tell them.
Almost any adult may be a candidate for implants, but an ideal candidate is a healthy adult who has enough bone and healthy gums to secure an implant properly. If you have a chronic condition that slows down the healing process, such as diabetes or leukemia, you may not be a good candidate. Implants are not recommended for children because their jawbones are still growing.
If you’re wondering about getting implants, the team of doctors at Dental Access can assess your teeth, gums, and jawbone to see if implants are a good solution for tooth replacement for you.
The process of getting a dental implant takes several appointments and up to six months. The doctors at Dental Access determine the number of appointments you'll need for your particular situation, but there are several steps involved. Although this may seem like a long time, your gums and jawbone need the time to heal properly so that your implants can serve you for a very long time.
During the first appointment, the doctors at Dental Access surgically places the titanium post into your jawbone and inserts a screw into the implant to protect it. He secures the gum over the implant and leaves it covered for three to six months, during which time the implant will fuse to the bone in a process called osseointegration.
Once it has fused to the bone, the doctors uncover the implant and attach an extension or post. Then he attaches a crown, which takes the place of the missing tooth.
If you’re considering dental implants, go online or call today to book a consultation with a doctor at Dental Access in Arlington, Texas.