Dental implants are an ever-growing procedure based around the restoration of missing teeth. Here at Dallas Prosthodontics, we have the expertise needed to give your teeth new life and to help guide your mouth to its peak health. Drs. Castellon and Buskin have years of experience and we are confident that you will be more than satisfied with your results. Give us a call today to find out more about dental implants.
What are Dental Implants?
When you have missing teeth, the urgency of finding a replacement option cannot be stressed enough. One option that provides permanence and a cosmetically appealing appearance is a dental implant. This is a small titanium post that we can surgically install into your upper or lower jaw. They are a great option because we have options to suit the needs of any individual. The posts come in a wide range of shapes and sizes, and one or more posts can hold any number of teeth. This could mean one crown or a full arch of teeth.
What is Osseointegration?
Dental implants are permanent due to their surgical nature. When we install them, they (over time) fuse with the bone the surrounds them. This is called Osseointegration. The bone grows around the post, strengthening it and accepting it. It is a biocompatible metal, meaning that the body does not usually register it as a foreign body. When you are healed, the post and the bone are bonded completely and are stronger than the bone from your natural teeth would be. The post is longer than your tooth’s root and has a tighter hold.
Exactly How Strong Are Dental Implants?
In most cases, implants are the same strength as your natural teeth, if not stronger. These appliances provide a level of functionality that cannot be attained with a removable prosthesis. For example, your food options are often limited to traditional dentures or bridges. Sticky or particularly crunchy foods may be off limits. Implants allow you to eat whatever you want without fear of shifting or slipping teeth. Each one implant is strong enough to support multiple teeth, as well, which your natural tooth’s roots simply cannot do. Four to six implants can support a full arch of new teeth, restoring the function of 16 teeth, rather than just four or six. It’s a pretty incredible development, and we are proud to provide expert installation and treatment.
Dental implants are a great option, but unfortunately, not everyone is a candidate. For example, your bone density may disqualify you from traditional dentures. Here at Dallas Prosthodontics, Drs. Castellon and Buskin can help you determine your candidacy and walk you through the steps to find the perfect solution to restore the functionality and cosmetic appearance of your smile. Getting started is easy, just give us a call and set up a diagnostic appointment today. From there, we can get your treatment plan in place and active, whether dental implants are the right choice for you or not. See what we can do for you!