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Dental Implants in Sherman, TX
In the past, the only options for restoring tooth loss were dentures and bridges. While dentures and bridges restore the aesthetics of your smile, they don’t restore the area of the tooth below the surface of the gum line, which can lead to jawbone deterioration and even more tooth loss.
Unlike bridges and dentures, dental implants are the premier form of tooth restoration, because they function like a natural tooth. They replace the area of the tooth below the gumline, and they’re anchored in by your jawbone.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are the best treatment option for replacing decayed, damaged or otherwise unsightly teeth. They are comprised of three components, the titanium implant post, abutment, and crown.
The titanium implant post has many benefits over other materials. Titanium is an ultra-strong, biocompatible material, making it an ideal choice for anchoring in your new implants. The posts are placed in predetermined points in your jawbone, where over time they will fuse with the bone. The titanium implant forms the base of your restoration, and firmly anchors the crown in your mouth.
The abutment piece of your dental implant serves as a connecting piece. This is a small, but incredibly important mechanism that attaches the titanium post to the crown, the visible portion of your implant.
The visible part of your implant is a custom-created crown. Crowns are often made out of porcelain and can be color-matched to the existing teeth in your mouth, or to your desired shade of whiteness. Porcelain crowns are natural-looking and durable solutions for tooth loss.
Why Choose Dental Implants?
Dental implants have the biggest range of benefits of any tooth loss treatment. They can completely transform the look and function of your smile. Let’s take a look at some of the most common reasons for choosing dental implants:
If you’re a denture-wearer, then you’re well aware of how exhausting it can be to have to take them out at the end of every day. Dental implants are a permanent solution, meaning that unlike dentures, you don’t need to remove them to clean them, eat, or drink!
Once they are in place you can do everything that you would normally do with your real teeth. Due to their natural-looking appearance, most people won’t even be able to tell that you have dental implants. With dental implants, you won’t have to worry about the embarrassment or stigma that comes along with dentures.
Implants are extremely durable. Dental implant treatments use the strongest materials and technology-backed techniques to ensure that with the right care, your implants could last you your entire lifetime.
Since the titanium dental implant post fuses to your jawbone, it becomes physically connected to your smile, allowing you to apply natural force when biting into food. The durableness of the porcelain crown also allows you to eat foods that you would normally eat with natural teeth.
Denture-wearers often complain about how uncomfortable and inconvenient they feel. Unlike dentures which can rub, pinch, and irritate your gums, when your dental implants are placed in your mouth, they will feel like your natural teeth. With dental implants, you won’t have to worry about your teeth slipping out or coming dislodged during a dinner conversation.
Missing and damaged teeth can negatively impact your quality of life, making it difficult to eat and even speak. Dentures also affect your ability eat and speak properly. Dentures can feel bulky in your mouth, making patients slur or speak with a lisp.
Dentures also affect your ability to taste foods, since the upper arch covers the roof of your mouth. With dental implants, you can taste food and speak naturally. They not only look great, they also restore the functionality of a full set of strong, healthy teeth.
Improved oral health
By filling in the gaps of tooth loss, you can preserve your current teeth, as well as your gum and jawbone health. Oftentimes, neighboring teeth try to overcompensate for the pressure of a lost tooth by shifting and filling the gap. Food can also become lodged in the gap of the lost tooth, leading to more tooth decay.
Dental implants preserve your oral health and minimize the risk of further tooth loss. Even though dental implants can’t get cavities, you will need to keep your gum health in tact by flossing and brushing routinely. Visiting our office for routine dental checkups will also minimize the risk of developing dental health problems.
Conservative Approach Compared to Bridges
Dental bridges require us to shave down the adjacent teeth, so the bridge can be capped over the teeth and span the gap of the missing tooth. Dental implants don’t require any preparation or altering of the neighboring teeth.
Dental implants have around a 98% success rate - the highest success rate of any surgically implanted device. By taking care of your dental implants, your treatment can last for years, or even a lifetime.
Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
If you’re suffering from one or more missing teeth, then you are most likely a candidate for dental implants. The primary goal of dental implants are to restore the function and physical appearance of your teeth.
Although dental implants are extremely successful in almost all candidates, you will need to have a comprehensive consultation with Dr. Sam to determine your candidacy.
Before knowing if you’re a candidate for dental implants, a full medical and dental history will be taken. It may also be necessary to take some images of your teeth and jaw. All of this information will be used to help decide if you are a suitable candidate for dental implants.
Each case is assessed individually, and if you are found not to be suitable for dental implants, the team here will work with you to find the right solution for your dental needs. If you have gum disease or extensive jawbone deterioration, these issues will need to be addressed before we can move forward with the treatment.
Contact Dr. Sam, Implant Dentist in Sherman, TX
Dr. Sam and the team have extensive knowledge and experience in providing the most successful dental treatments and patient care in Sherman, TX and the surrounding areas. If you are interested in finding out more about dental implants or would like to discuss your candidacy, please contact our offices. Our staff would be delighted to assist you and get you started on the journey to the smile transformation that you deserve. Call us today! 903-708-6400