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Loss of bone may occur quickly, and your gums can start to shrink. Moreover, this is just the tip of the iceberg! When we here at David Crumpton, DDS encounter patients without some (or all!) of their teeth, we like to share with the facts about dental implants to help them determine if dental implants may provide them with a solution to their missing teeth.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants, while still a relatively new technology, can provide our patients with the highest quality and most natural-looking replacement option for their missing teeth. This procedure continues to grow in popularity, with half a million people choosing dental implants every year.
Unlike dentures, which can be removed from your mouth for cleaning, dental implants are a permanent fixture to your mouth. They do not slip or impair your ability to speak, and they do not cause abrasions or discomfort in your mouth as conventional dentures can. Also, unlike dentures, dental implants are surgically placed, giving you a lasting and attractive alternative to other dental prosthetic options.
Dental implants are comprised of three main components: the implant (a titanium screw), the abutment (the part that attaches the implant to the restoration), and the restoration (also known as the crown, the part that resembles a tooth). During the procedure to place the implant, we will begin by thoroughly numbing your mouth to ensure that you do not experience any discomfort throughout it. We will then place an incision into your gumline, then surgically place the titanium screw directly into your jawbone. The abutment will protrude from it, above the gumline. This is where we will attach the restoration, finalizing the procedure.
From start to finish, getting a dental implant can take several months. The initial procedure, of course, can take between one to two hours to surgically place it. However, we must wait for the implant to heal before we can proceed with the placement of the abutment and the restoration. The titanium implant needs to first fuse to the jawbone in a process known as osteointegration. This helps to keep it strong and reinforces it. By allowing your mouth to heal completely from the procedure, we are ensuring the success of your implant. By and large, this procedure is quite safe and has a good prognosis for our patients, with a 98 percent success rate.
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Dental implants are an excellent choice for many of our patients, giving them back their confidence and their quality of life. To learn more about dental implants, or to schedule a consultation at our office to determine if you are a good candidate for them, please give us here at David Crumpton, DDS a call at 817-678-7395 today!