Are Dental Implants Right for Me?
Want to replace one or more missing teeth? Dental implants fill in your smile.
Although they're fairly new compared to other dental restorations, dental implants are very popular now. Their convenience and visual appeal are advertised on billboards and in commercials. Perhaps you've seen pamphlets on them in your Cedar Park, Texas family dentist's office. You may even know someone who's gotten them. All this attention may have you wondering if dental implants are right for you. Dr. Jason Dyson of Parmer Oaks Dental Care is happy to answer some basic questions.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are permanent tooth restorations. They are made up of three separate parts that fit together. The first part is the titanium post, which looks like a tiny screw. At Parmer Oaks Dental Care, Dr. Jason Dyson will surgically place the post under the gum line. The spot in your mouth, where the post is implanted, will have just a few days of healing time, but several months of bone growth will be required to ensure that the post is fully integrated into the mouth creating an artificial root. The middle section of an implant is called the abutment. It is attached to the top of the post after it is fully healed. The abutment holds the top part - the crown - in place. Crowns are made of porcelain or ceramic and look just like natural teeth.
How do I know if they'll work for me?
Your Cedar Park dentist will tell you that dental implants are used to replace teeth for a number of reasons. They can replace just one tooth or an entire set; denture plates are then held securely in place by implants rather than unreliable adhesive paste, making them a very durable and natural-looking alternative to traditional removable dentures. Regardless of how many you might need, dental implants making eating and speaking much easier and help support your remaining teeth and jawbone. You can be assured that dental implants from Parmer Oaks Dental Care will be of the highest quality and will look and feel very natural. They don't require any extra maintenance; daily brushing and flossing and regular appointments with your Parmer Oaks dentist mean that they can last a lifetime.
It's important to note that dental implants are not for everyone. If the jawbone has deteriorated from years of tooth loss or poor dental hygiene, or if the immune system is compromised, Dr. Dyson may offer some other options for restoring your smile. Contact Parmer Oaks Dental Care in Cedar Park, Texas to find out if dental implants will work for you.