Dental implants can improve your smile by helping fill in the gaps where natural teeth are missing. Dental implants help by serving as an anchor for dental crowns, which look just like natural teeth and are used to replace missing ones. A dentist can determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants. Drs. Gerald and Debora Clark are your dentists for dental implants in Midlothian, TX.
Placement of Dental Implants
Dental implants are small metal posts made of titanium that are placed in the jawbone, so there must be enough bone to support them. A dentist can determine if you have enough bone to support a dental implant. One reason it is important to have sufficient bone is that the titanium post and the natural bone fuse together over time. The integration of metal and bone is what helps dental implants remain securely in place like a natural tooth root.
Placement of dental implants in the jawbone is performed through a minor surgical procedure. Following the procedure, it is important to give the gums time to heal and allow the implant and bone to fully fuse together before permanently placing crowns over the dental implants. Crowns are used when replacing individual missing teeth or to secure a dental bridge. Alternatively, an implant-supported overdenture can also be used with dental implants when a full arch of teeth is being replaced. In all cases, the dental implants function like tooth roots anchoring artificial teeth in place.
How Dental Implants Help
There are several ways dental implants help you and your smile. Dental implants can restore your smile and eliminate the gaps from missing teeth by providing a secure anchor for artificial teeth. By aiding in restoring your smile, dental implants also help reduce strain on the natural teeth that had been compensating for missing ones. Less strain means those teeth are not likely to wear down as quickly.
Speech can also be affected when teeth are missing as the tongue slips into the gaps in your smile. Filling in those gaps with dental implants can help you regain your normal speech. Our Midlothian dentists can help you decide if dental implants are right for you.
Dental implants can improve your smile and reduce strain on other teeth. For dental implants in Midlothian, schedule an appointment with Dr. Gerald or Debora Clark by calling the office at (972) 775-2377.