What are Dental Implants, & Why Consider One?
Many patients come to us at Edinburg Family Dentistry to find a solution to missing teeth. A popular option has been dental implants. Why is this option so popular? Let’s look at a few of the reasons, then we’ll look at what’s involved in getting dental implants.
Why Dental Implants are so Popular
- Dental implants are long-lasting. Modern implants are highly durable compared to other prosthetics such as dentures. Whereas dentures are removable, implants are permanent fixtures.
- Implants improve your appearance. Care is taken to design the implant’s prosthetic to feel, function and look just like your natural teeth.
- They improve your speech. Misfit dentures often loosen or may even fall out of one’s mouth. This severely affects speech. Implants, on the other hand, do not have these problems.
- Implants make eating easier and more enjoyable. Dentures tend to slip while chewing, making eating more of a chore than it needs to be. But, since implants are anchored to your jaw just like natural teeth, eating is normal and enjoyable.
What is the Dental Implant Process?
- Consultation and examination. Your dental surgeon will have a personal consultation with you to evaluate your current health and circumstances to see if dental implants are a possibility for you.
- Tooth Extraction. Before getting your new implant, what is left of your current tooth must be removed before it can be replaced. The extraction process is simple and can occasionally be done as a part of the same procedure as the implant.
- Implantation. Once the implant site is ready, a titanium rod is then inserted directly into the jaw bone. This new root is secured to the jawbone by a process called osseointegration. This is the fusing of the bone to the titanium as the jaw heals. This process takes some time, anywhere from six to 12 weeks.
- Prosthetic placement. Once the bone has healed and the rod has been firmly infused into the jaw, the procedure can be completed. The dentist will create a custom dental prosthetic that will look and feel exactly like your natural teeth. Once this prosthetic tooth has been attached to the titanium root you can use your tooth like normal.
Not everyone qualifies for such a procedure. But, if you are considering such an option, or have questions about dental implants, book an appointment at our Edinburg, TX office for a consultation.