Dr. Adnan Saleem describes dental implants as tooth root replacements. These restorations are made of titanium and are placed into the jaw bone. A temporary crown is placed over the implant as it heals. This includes watching for the process of osseointegration to occur. Osseointegration is the growth of the bone around the implant to hold it in place and give it the foundation it needs to function as a natural tooth once did. Once this has completed, the final crown is placed over the implant to finish the restoration.
Dr. Adnan Saleem finds dental implants to be incredibly versatile. While they are most often used to replace a single tooth, they can also replace several teeth. A dental implant can be used to anchor a dental bridge or as a way of stabilizing full dentures with the placement of several implants along the dental arch. Patients who are missing one or more teeth can ask their dentist at Hebron Smiles if dental implants are a viable solution for their specific needs.
There are several advantages patients can expect from the placement of dental implants. Dental implants are:
Because dental implants are placed into the bone of the jaw and will stimulate the growth of bone around it, it is essential that patients have sufficient bone to achieve these results. The dentist can take x-rays of the smile to check for natural bone and to determine if a patient is an appropriate candidate for treatment. Alternatives may be discussed, allowing our patients to make a knowledgeable decision in regard to their oral health care.
Patients who have dental implants placed will want to speak to their dentist about post-operative care. They need to take great care in ensuring they do not disrupt the healing process in the treatment area. Dr. Adnan Saleem will educate patients on how to brush and floss around the area to keep it clean while healing occurs. Patients can expect some mild discomfort that can often be addressed with the use of over-the-counter pain medication. Aftercare is incredibly important in ensuring the procedure is successful and the smile is repaired properly.
At Hebron Smiles, our team of professionals are experienced with an implant specialist and restorative dentist in-house. We offer both titanium and zirconium implants depending on the preferences of our patients. In addition, we have some of the most advanced technology in our practice, including intraoral cameras, digital x-rays, and cone beam CT scans. All of these can be used in achieving results whether patients are seeking preventative, cosmetic, or restorative dentistry solutions for their smiles.
Our staff is dedicated to helping patients in the area of Carrollton, TX achieve beautiful, healthy smiles, and address concerns such as missing teeth with restorations such as dental implants. If you are ready to learn more about this and other ways of maintaining oral health, we encourage you to book a consultation appointment with Dr. Adnan Saleem and his team by calling (972) 388-3320. Our team of professionals are located at 1745 East Hebron Parkways, Suite 124. We welcome new patients into our high-tech facility for optimum care!