You remember the time when you were able to see your friends every day at school. It made life so much easier when you all lived close together and had the same schedule. You still keep up with them all these years later, but some have moved and others are busy with families of their own. You want to coordinate and organize a reunion, but you’re actually a little hesitant. Much like those younger, easier times, you also miss your smile. Some of your teeth are missing and you don’t want your old friends to see them. You can now bring your smile back with dental implants in Richardson, TX from Breckinridge Dental.
What Are Dental Implants?
Your teeth are made of two basic parts: the root and the crown. The crown, of course, is the part that everyone sees when you smile. The root firmly anchors your tooth into your jaw and supports the crown. Most restorative dental procedures serve to help the crown, but these are not useful when a tooth is missing. Dental implants are the only way to replace a tooth’s entire structure, including the root. A dental implant is made of 3 parts:
- A titanium root
- A metal connector called an abutment
- A porcelain crown
This titanium root is the key to the implant. It not only provides a base for the new tooth, but it also helps stimulate a nourishing bloody flow to the jaw and gums. The crown replaces the part of the tooth that is seen. The high-quality porcelain material used ensures that it is aesthetically pleasing and functionally strong. These two elements are connect by the abutment, which also supports the crown from the inside.
What Is The Procedure Like?
The first step to getting dental implants is to visit your dentist in Richardson, TX, either Dr. Nathan or Christine Coughlin. They will examine your mouth and jaw and see if you are a good candidate for dental implants. If you are, the procedure involves 3 basic steps:
- Our team will place the titanium root into your jawbone
- You will be given 3-6 months to heal and allow the root to firmly bond to your jaw
- The last visit is when the new crown will be placed into your mouth
The first procedure involves a small incision into your gums, so you will be under local anesthesia. The amount of healing time needed is entirely dependent on the health of your jawbone coming into the procedure. Dental implants have a very high rate of success, around 95%. They are also one of the most versatile ways to restore your teeth, as they can replace a single tooth, support a bridge, or anchor a set of dentures.
Want to Know More?
If you have any questions about dental implants or what they can do for you, please give us a call. We’re more than happy to tell you everything you need to know. Your smile doesn’t have to be a distant memory thanks to dental implants, so make an appointment with us today.