Dental implants are often the best treatment for missing teeth. Why? Because when a damaged or decayed tooth is removed, the crown — the visible part of the tooth — and the root are lost. When a tooth is removed, bone loss will eventually occur in that region because the root is no longer stimulating and stabilizing the bone. Implants are the only dental restoration option that preserves and stimulates natural bone, actually helping to prevent bone loss. The key benefit of dental implants is that they connect directly to the jawbone, making it a strong foundation for replacement teeth.
Dental implants offer a number of benefits
- They are the next best thing to healthy, natural teeth. Strong and stable, a dental implant restores a lost tooth so that it looks, feels, fits and functions like a natural tooth. You brush, floss and visit for regular check-ups and cleanings. Implants can be used to replace an individual tooth or for an implant-supported bridge containing multiple teeth.
- Implants are built to last and are a long-term solution. Traditional, tooth-supported dental bridges only last five to seven years, but at some point they may need to be replaced. When properly placed and cared for, dental implant treatments can last a lifetime.
- They retain your face’s shape and smile. A face without teeth can sag and appear sunken and sad. Dental implants allow you to maintain the natural shape of your face and smile.
- Dental implants keep teeth in place – silently. Dentures may slip when you eat, talk, smile, laugh, kiss, yawn or cough so that you have to re-position them frequently. Dental implants are fixed in place and fuse naturally with your jawbone, meaning your replacement teeth won’t move, click or shift.
Types of Implants
Single Tooth Implants
If you have lost a tooth due to decay, trauma or periodontal disease, it can be easily replaced using a dental implant. Your new tooth will look, feel and function just like your natural teeth.
If you are missing more than one tooth, then multiple dental implants might be the best solution for you. Two or more fixtures are implanted, and the crowns are attached to them, leaving other natural teeth intact and restoring the mouth back to ideal function.
Full Arch Implants
Patients who need to replace a full upper and/or lower set of teeth can now opt for an implant retained overdenture, or implant retained and supported full arch bridge. Implants are placed, and then a full arch of teeth is attached to them, offering the function and esthetic look you have always dreamed of.
For patients in Southlake, TX, and surrounding areas, the dentistry team at DaVinci is here every step of the way to answer your questions and guide you toward a beautifully restored smile. Both Dr. Khal and Dr. Raed lead continuing education courses on dental implants at Texas A&M College of Dentistry, which makes them knowledgeable and experienced guides for the entire process.