If you’re suffering from missing teeth, removable bridges or ill-fitting dentures that are getting in the way of living your best life, we would love to speak with you about dental implants. Dental implants can help secure your smile and jawbone for a permanent solution to missing teeth. Other general dentists might have to refer you to a dental implant specialist or implantologist in Sherman, but at Collins Family Dentistry, we can complete the whole process from precision surgical placement to the final restoration all from the comfort of your dental home.
While the hard, white crown of each tooth is clearly visible to the naked eye, each tooth also has a long root that reaches down, securing it to the jawbone. When a tooth or teeth are absent, empty spaces left behind are not only unsightly, but may have an adverse effect on other teeth, gums, and overall facial structure.
When teeth are left missing, the underlying jawbone will begin to deteriorate or atrophy, your alignment and bite can change, and your entire oral health structure may become compromised. The good news is, dental implants can prevent all of this.
Today’s dental implants are considered the gold standard tooth replacement solution by both doctors and patients. Rather than replacing the visible part of a missing tooth with a traditional crown resting on top, implants replace the tooth at the root with a titanium post surgically inserted into the gums and allowed to fuse with the jawbone over time.
Implants prohibit the movement of surrounding teeth and minimize the loss of bone in the jaw. Nearly 98% of dental implant treatments are successful, in large part because they mirror natural teeth in every way, with a top crown and a permanent root surgically affixed to the jawbone. (Traditional crowns only replace the visible part of the tooth.)
Implants cannot be removed, so there are no issues with shifting; they are cleaned and maintained with brushing and flossing just as natural teeth are, with the added benefit of being virtually unbreakable. Because implants are of such strong construction meant for permanent lifetime use, they allow for a feeling of safety and provide a comfort level and convenience unmatched by traditional dental appliances.
Suitability as a candidate for dental implants will be determined by Dr. Collins as a preliminary part of your smile design plan, as the gums and jaws need to be moderately healthy with satisfactory bone density to ensure a favorable implant therapy outcome. Once the implant has fused completely, restorations that replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or even a whole row of teeth can be attached and anchored to the jaw quickly and effectively.
Dentures have also come a long way as dental implants have evolved. Your treatment plan for implant-supported dentures will be mapped out in advance, as Dr. Collins uses cutting-edge digital imaging technology to pinpoint the optimum locations in the mouth for implant placement, factoring in spacing, bone quality, and your face’s unique anatomical structure.
Just as a single-tooth dental implant mimics a natural tooth in nearly every way, implant-supported dentures facilitate a feeling of security as permanent fixtures in the mouth. Unlike traditional prosthetic dentures, implant-supported dentures cannot be removed, eliminating issues of fit, speaking, and eating. Rather than sitting directly on the gums, they lock into the implant structure and function like natural teeth, returning up to 95% natural biting and chewing ability. Knowing your dentures won’t slip gives you the confidence to talk, sing, laugh, eat, and smooch again.
If you have any questions about dental implants or you’re ready to schedule a visit with your Sherman implant dentist, Dr. Collins at Collins Family Dentistry, give us a call today at (903) 462-4364 or request an appointment easily online below!
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