Replace a missing tooth with a dental implant
If you have missing teeth, there are now have several options that you can choose from. Traditional bridges, dentures, and partial dentures provide a cosmetic alternative that will give the appearance of teeth with limited functionality. However, a more modern approach to replacing missing teeth is available — dental implants! Dental implants use durable, natural-looking restorations to replace missing teeth. Not only do these teeth look like real teeth, but dental implants also feel and function like real teeth. Patients generally have no (or very few) restrictions with dental implants.
Dental implants are titanium posts or screws that are surgically anchored into the jawbone in order to work properly. This anchor is used to place a beautiful replacement tooth into its proper and permanent position where the missing tooth once was. Most patients are good candidates for dental implants, although some patients may require a few extra steps due to insufficient bone density or strength at the implant site. Unlike bridges and dentures that can actually harm the surrounding teeth, dental implants provide stability to the jawbone without damaging the teeth. The long term success rate for dental implants is 97 percent according to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID).
The implants themselves are phenomenal. Willow Bend Dental employs the world class Nobel Biocare restorations when giving patients dental implants. These skillfully designed dental restorations combine full functionality with beautiful, natural aesthetics. The Nobel CAD/CAM system creates dental implants, crowns, bridges, abutments and other prosthetics that will fit perfectly and naturally in one’s smile.
Good candidates for dental implants should have:
- Healthy gums
- Adequate jaw bone structure to support the implant
- A commitment to excellent oral care
You may not be a good candidate if:
- You are pregnant
- You are young and bone is still growing
- You are a smoker
- You have certain diseases or chronic conditions
To learn more about dental implants, contact our Plano cosmetic dental office today.