Missing teeth can damage self esteem and oral health. Dental implants, like dental bridges, are a permanent replacement option for missing teeth. Dental implants feel and look like natural teeth and can also provide a fixed solution to having removable partial or complete dentures. Dental implants are artificial roots and teeth (usually titanium) that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone by a dentist or Periodontist. The teeth attached to implants are very natural looking and often enhance a patient’s smile!

Dental implants are a very strong, stable, and durable prosthetic that will last many years. On occasion, they may need to be re-tightened or replaced due to normal wear.

Dental implants can be placed with very little discomfort to the patient. After the implant is fully restored, a patient can treat it like any other natural tooth. You don’t need special instruments to clean around it, just brushing and flossing like normal.  At Haslet Dentist we work closely with our referring specialist who places dental implants in his local office. Together we work to determine the best treatment options for each patient on an individual basis.

Reasons for Dental Implants

  • Restore a patient’s confident smile.
  • Restore chewing and speech functionality.
  • Restore or enhance facial structure around the mouth.
  • Support a bridge or denture, making them more secure and comfortable

What does getting dental implants involve?

implantsThe process of getting implants requires a number of visits over several months. X-rays and impressions (molds) are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for an implant. While the area is numb, the implant will be surgically placed into the bone and allowed to heal and integrate itself onto the bone for up to six months.

Depending on the type of implant, a second surgery may be required in order to place the “post” that will hold the artificial tooth in place.

After several weeks of healing the artificial teeth are made and fitted to the post portion of the implant. Because several fittings may be required, this step may take one to two months to complete. After a healing period, the artificial teeth are securely attached to the implant, providing excellent stability and comfort to the patient.

You will receive care instructions when your treatment is completed. Good oral hygiene, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new implant.

Call our office for an implant consultation if you are interested in hearing your options.