What is the dental implants procedures like for Carrollton, TX area patients?
By Dr. Adnan Saleem
Patients in Carrollton, TX who are missing one or more teeth need to have their smile repaired as soon as possible to avoid the development of other issues. This includes:
Gaps between teeth
Dr. Adnan Saleem and his team of professionals at Hebron Smiles encourage patients to ask about procedures that can be performed to replace missing teeth. The three primary options are dentures, dental bridges, and dental implants. Many patients seeking permanent repair of their smile may want to ask their dentist about the benefits of dental implants.
What is a dental implant?
Dental implants are titanium posts used by dentists to replace natural tooth roots. They are biocompatible metal posts that are placed during surgery and restored over the top in a variety of ways to repair the smile. Implant are the best way to replace one or more teeth in an effective and long-term manner.
Dental implants are placed into the bone of the jaw. After patients have consulted with their dentist and have determined they are candidates with a series of x-rays to view the structure of the bone, they need to make an appointment for the oral surgery. With proper sedation and anesthetics, patients are comfortable for their procedure. A small hole is made in the bone and the implant is inserted. The gum tissue is stitched, an abutment is placed over the dental implant, and after a few weeks of healing and bone growth, the implant is restored with either a crown, bridge, or denture. The entire process takes some time, due to the time needed for bone growth through osseointegration, but after it is completed, patients experience permanent repair. Dental implants are extremely successful over time and can last many decades without special care. This makes them a highly desirable option for patients who want to have one treatment and be done with the entire process.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants are:
A wise investment
Easy to care for
Supported by bone
Strong and durable
Who is a candidate for dental implants?
Dr. Adnan Saleem and the staff of Hebron Smiles assess a patient before moving forward with dental implants to ensure they are an appropriate candidate for treatment. In most cases, patients with sufficient bone structure can have implants placed. The bone structure is needed as the bone is the foundation of the implant. The implant derives its strength from the bone, ensuring it can provide the strength needed to function as a natural tooth replacement. If patients do not have enough bone structure and are still interested in dental implants, they can talk to their dental professional about bone grafting. It builds up the bone of the jaw to improve the foundation and prepare it for the implant. Then, with osseointegration, the bone continues to grow to wrap around the implant and hold it firmly in place.
How do I decide if implants are right for me?
Start with a consultation appointment with Dr. Adnan Saleem. This is an appointment at Hebron Smiles during which patients can ask about this and other tooth replacement options. Our staff can work with patients to help them determine which method is best for their specific situation, budget, and lifestyle. Additionally, some patients are candidates for implants while others may still need to consider the advantages of treatments such as traditional full dentures, partial dentures, or dental bridges.
Patients in the Carrollton, TX area who are interested in dental implants are welcome to speak to the team at Hebron Smiles
Dr. Adnan Saleem and his team of professionals encourage patients faced with tooth loss to learn about dental implants and all they have to offer. We welcome new and existing patients in the community for quality dental care solutions, including tooth replacement options such as dentures, dental bridges, and dental implants. Our practice is conveniently located at 1745 East Hebron Parkway in Suite 124 and can be reached for an appointment at (972) 388-3320.