A dental implant is a way to restore a lost tooth and has the highest success rate of any implanted device. When a tooth is lost, bone is also lost as it needs stimulation from the tooth itself in order to maintain its volume. The bone surrounds and supports the tooth, but when a tooth is lost and not replaced, further damage to the bone will occur over time. This can be prevented with a dental implant. An implant is the only way to stop the loss of bone and preserve what is left of the bone. A dental implant is made of titanium, which fuses well to the bone and is not rejected by the body. The implant is secured to the jawbone and can then be covered with a dental crown. It is completely natural looking, and no one can tell from looking at you when smiling that the tooth is a dental implant. The implant can help you smile, eat, and talk as you normally would.
To determine if an implant is right for you and where and how the implant needs to be placed, you need a prosthodontist who will then conduct an assessment. A dental implant is placed by a prosthodontist as it requires more education, training, and skill than a general dentist. The dental implant must be placed in the bone in exactly the correct position, and a prosthodontist can also access if you have enough remaining bone to place the implant. Dr. Khal is one of only 3500 practicing prosthodontists in the US, according to the ADA, and he is board-certified by the American Board of Prosthodontics. He is the only board-certified prosthodontist in the Southlake area.
To discuss whether an implant is right for you, call DaVinci Dentistry at 817.251.9333. We happily treat patients in the Southlake, TX and surrounding areas. We look forward to seeing you!