Posted on 2/21/2011 by Dr. Franco
|Although the primary goal in dentistry is to save as many natural teeth as possible, it is sometimes necessary to replace missing teeth. Whether the loss is due to a congenital condition, periodontal disease, or advanced decay, dental implants have become one of the most effective restorative solutions available.
Implants can be utilized to replace a single missing tooth or as an anchor for a removable partial or denture. Technological advances have streamlined and simplified the implant process, and the results are generally predictable and highly functional.
Prior to the widespread use of implants, the standard of care regarding tooth replacement was often a removable partial denture or a fixed bridge. Many patients struggled to find comfort in removable appliances, and fixed bridges required the reduction of enamel on the surrounding teeth.
When an implant is used to replace a missing tooth, a surgical grade titanium post is placed directly into the gum and bone. The post is specially prepared to be accepted by your immune system and integrate with your bone. The last step in the process is to restore the implant with a permanent crown or bridge. The final result will resemble a natural tooth in terms of appearance and function. You can expect to eat and drink with confidence, as well as brush and floss normally. As an added benefit, the implant process is extremely conservative regarding surrounding teeth and does not remove or reduce your natural enamel.
Dental implants have now become the new standard of care in terms of replacing missing teeth. The expected lifespan of these restorations has increased significantly. Critical factors such as your primary goals, overall physical health, and lifestyle will be taken into consideration in order to develop your treatment plan.
Your Irving, TX implant dentist is your best resource in determining if implants are the best option for your dental needs. Why not schedule your dental implant consultation today, and find out more about creating the smile that you deserve?
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