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If you’re missing one or more teeth you’re not alone. Statistics from the American Dental Association show that 178 million people in the U.S. are missing at least one tooth. Over 35 million are missing all of their teeth.
While it can be tempting to not replace a tooth whether due to the cost or just a fear of the dentist, this can lead to a variety of additional dental problems. The better solution is to replace your missing teeth with dental implants from Smile Texas. Dental implants are perfect for replacing a single tooth or to anchor prosthetic fixtures replacing multiple teeth.
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What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a prosthetic replacement for a missing tooth. The tooth could have been lost due to injury or accident, or it could be so badly decayed that it cannot be saved. The name implant actually refers to the anchoring portion of the prosthetic. Shaped like a screw, the implant is made of titanium and screws down into the bone in the socket formerly occupied by the tooth root. The bone then naturally grows around the implant, making it a part of the jaw. Once this process is complete, a post is placed into the implant and an artificial tooth atop that. Dental implants, because they are integrated into the bone, behave exactly like a natural tooth.
Why replace a missing tooth?
Many people lose a tooth or two and simply don’t replace them. Of course, this leads to cosmetic issues with front teeth, but it can also lead to the person avoiding certain foods if the missing tooth is a molar.
Beyond the cosmetic issues, missing teeth cause problems with the other teeth and lead to bone loss. Without the pressure to stay in place, the adjacent teeth tend to slide over into the open gap, creating problems with your bite and the alignment of your teeth. Plus, when a person chews, a tremendous amount of bite force energy is transferred through the teeth down into the bone. This stimulation continually creates new bone mass. Without the stimulation (due to missing teeth above), the bone in that area begins to deteriorate and resorb. That’s why many people with many missing teeth appear as if their face is collapsing inward around their mouth.
am I a candidate for dental implants?
At Smile Texas, we love the way dental implants change our patients’ lives. Confidence returns. They are proud of their smile. They can eat anything they want. To that end, we feel just about anyone is a great candidate for implants. If you have been missing teeth for a long time, you may have some bone loss. In those cases, we may need to use bone grafting before placing implants.
Otherwise, we feel that anyone with normal bone mass is a good candidate for an implant or implants.
Dental Implant procedure
During your consultation with Dr. Kline or Dr. Davis, we will perform a full oral exam, along with a CT Scan, to determine if you have sufficient bone mass to support implants. Once that is decided, the process involves four steps:
1. Placement — With minimal gum disruption, the titanium implant is screwed down into the socket left from the natural tooth.
2. Osseointegration — This is the process where the bone grows around the implant, fully integrating it. This can take from three to six months if only placing single implants (not Teeth By Tonight!™).
3. Abutment — Once the implant has securely integrated with the surrounding bone, we attach a small metal post called an abutment to the implant. We then allow the surrounding gum tissue to heal for approximately another six weeks.
4. Crown — The final step is to attach the false tooth, known as a crown, onto the abutment. This false tooth is custom-made at a dental lab and perfectly matches the surrounding teeth. After placement, you’re ready to go out and use your new implants.
Advantages of dental implants
Dental implants function exactly like your natural teeth. Unlike dentures, you don’t need to worry about them slipping and you can say goodbye to messy adhesives. You can eat anything you want without worry; favorite foods such as corn on the cob can return to your diet! There won’t be any gaps in your smile or whistling when you talk. And your confidence will soar with your beautiful new smile.
Do I need an implant for every missing tooth?
This depends on how many teeth you are missing and where they are located. It also depends on whether you are suffering from serious issues (gum disease) with your remaining teeth. If you’re missing just a couple of teeth, it’s wise to replace each missing tooth with an implant. However, if you’re missing a large number of teeth, we may opt to use dental implants to anchor an entire new set of upper and/or lower teeth. Typically, four to six implants are usually needed to restore an entire arch of teeth. Dr. Kline pioneered this amazing solution with his Teeth By Tonight!® procedure.
Maintaining Dental implants
Not only do implants feel and function exactly like your natural teeth, they also require the same care. Daily brushing and flossing. as well as an annual cleaning at your dentist’s office, are all dental implants need.
How long do dental implants last?
There is no known limit to how long a dental implant can last. If you keep your gums and surrounding teeth healthy, there’s no reason your dental implants won’t last the remainder of your life.