Sturdy, Natural-Looking Dental Implants in Plano
Are you missing teeth? Dental implants in Plano are special because they do what no other treatment can: rebuild a missing tooth above and below the gum line. Via a minor surgery, a small titanium post is placed into the jawbone to mimic the root structure of a lost tooth, and this post can then be attached to a number of restorations in order to replace any number of teeth -- in the upper or lower jaw.
Unlike many other offices in the area, Dr. Weygandt is able to perform the entire implant procedure from beginning to end, meaning your journey to your new smile will be as smooth and efficient as possible. Whether you are missing a single tooth or simply want a denture you can trust to stay in place, dental implants can help. Keep reading to learn more about how they work, and which type of dental implant may be right for you.
What Is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a tiny post that acts as a prosthetic tooth root. Once here, it promotes the growth of bone tissue to help the jaw fully integrate, or fuse together with, the implant post. Once this process (known as osseointegration) is complete, the top of the post is exposed once more and a connecting abutment is placed. The prosthetic crown, bridge, or denture will then be affixed to the top of the abutment. In all, the process for traditional dental implants may take from 6 months to over a year to complete. We will fully discuss your treatment plan with you beforehand to ensure you know just what to expect.
Types of Dental Implants
There is typically no one-size-fits-all in implant dentistry. We will consider a number of options before determining the type of procedure that will be best for your smile.
A few popular types of dental implants include:
- Traditional dental implants: For healthy patients with plenty of healthy bone structure, this method uses an implant post, a connecting abutment, and the prosthetic tooth/teeth that are affixed on top. They may take up to 1 year or more to complete.
- Mini dental implants: Good for tight spaces or when there is not sufficient jawbone structure for a traditional dental implant, mini implants are smaller and can be restored immediately.
- All-on-4 dental implants: In the case of total tooth loss, All-on-4 allows your dentist to secure a complete denture on as few as 4 dental implants. This method is also called Teeth In a Day because the implants can be restored with a fully-functioning proshtetic in less than 24 hours.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants in Plano offer significant advantages for patients who have lost one, two, or all of their teeth. Some of the most apparent benefits of dental implants include:
- A comprehensive replacement option stabilizes the jaw bone, preventing its degeneration and helping you avoid further tooth loss.
- Bone and periodontal (gum) health are preserved.
- Dental implants support a balanced, nutritious diet.
- Maintenance of dental implants is simple compared to some other replacement options.
- It is easier to speak clearly with dental implants.
- Teeth replaced with dental implants look and feel more natural.
- Prior dental misalignments can be corrected with dental implants.
- When cared for properly with routine maintenance and regular visits to your dentist in Plano, dental implants can last a lifetime.
Indications for Dental Implants
Dental implants may be used to replace any number of teeth and can be successful in the upper or lower jaw. A single missing tooth can be replaced with one sturdy implant post placed beneath the gum line and a dental crown restoration. This is a wonderful option because it does not affect the teeth around the gap, as is necessary with non-implant retained options. For replacing several missing teeth, a fixed or removable bridge can fill in the gap and keep the surrounding teeth from drifting out of place. An entire arch of missing teeth can be replaced with a complete denture. This option can be fixed or removable, depending on your needs and preferences.
No matter how many teeth you are missing or where they are located, dental implants offer your smile a fantastic solution!
Contact Us Today!
If you are interested in learning more about dental implants, including whether or not you are a candidate for this tooth replacement option, please do not wait to get started. Go ahead and contact your dentist in Plano for an appointment today! We can’t wait to help you enjoy all the benefits of a complete, beautiful smile that lasts a lifetime.