How Do Dental Implants Work?
A dental implant has three basic elements. The first is the titanium or ceramic implant. It has a screw shape and is surgically implanted in either your upper or lower jawbone. After careful implantation, the implant site is given time to heal. During the healing process, the implant and bone fuse together, giving the implant tremendous strength.
In a few months, the implant will be strong enough to stabilize an abutment and prosthetic tooth. Once in place, the tooth looks and functions like a natural tooth. Because it is very strong, it can handle the typical forces of biting and chewing anything from the toughest steak to a juicy, crisp apple.
What Are the Pros of Dental Implants?
When you choose dental implants, you give yourself a clear advantage from many perspectives. First, you have the opportunity to increase your self-confidence. Many patients report an immediate boost in assuredness after placement of dental implants.
Secondly, you reduce the risk of future tooth loss. Dental implants stimulate the bone around them, lowering the chance of bone reabsorption which leads to issues with surrounding teeth.
Finally, you increase the functionality of your mouth. Without missing teeth, you can expect to speak more clearly, eat anything you like, and have fewer challenges related to keeping your teeth and gums healthy.
Is Everyone a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a good solution for many adults, which is why implants have risen in popularity steadily for decades. With this in mind, you do need enough bone to support the implants, and you should be healthy enough to undergo the surgical process.
So are you a good candidate for the procedure? Make an appointment today at in our office in Wichita Falls, TX to set up an initial consultation to discuss your candidacy for dental implants with our doctors, Dr. Andrew Mueller, Dr. Patrick Waters, and Dr. Danielle Larivey. Why not make the call right now at (940) 350-3190 as a gift to yourself? By the next holiday season, you can celebrate your improved smile!