If you are missing teeth or facing multiple extractions, you will need to decide which tooth replacement option to choose. At Hebron Smiles in Carrollton, TX, we’re here to help you make that decision. Dental implants are often one of the most inquired about options for replacing missing teeth, but many patients worry about the cost. We love dental implants because they are a permanent option that offers patients numerous benefits. It’s because of this longevity and functionality that implants end up being the most cost-effective tooth replacement option in the long run. In the following article, we’ll explain more about dental implants.
Teeth are made of two main components: the crown and the root. The crown is the visible portion of the teeth above the gumline that you use for biting and chewing. The root lies below the gumline and its role is holding the tooth securely in the jawbone. Most tooth replacement options only restore the crown, but dental implants restore both the crown and the root which makes it the closest option to natural teeth.
Dental implants are made from titanium, a material that is used in many different medical applications because it is considered to be biocompatible. During an outpatient procedure, the implant will be surgically placed into the jawbone and then covered by the gum tissue and given time to heal. This process, known as osseointegration, occurs as the implant fuses with the bone. Once this is complete, an abutment is attached to the implant and a dental crown can be placed on top to complete the restoration.
Benefits of dental implants
Getting dental implants is a multi-step process that requires multiple appointments over the course of several months. While the initial cost is often more expensive than alternatives such as removable dentures, in the end, patients find that dental implants are worth the investment.
Most patients who are interested in dental implants can be good candidates for the treatment. Receiving dental implants requires patients to have enough jawbone density because the success of treatment lies in the ability for the implant to fuse with the bone. If you have been missing teeth for many years or have suffered from bone degradation due to gum disease, a bone graft may be required prior to receiving dental implants. Grafts can be used to build up the bone structure so osseointegration can successfully occur to support the new tooth.
If you live in or around the Carrollton area and would like to find out more about dental implants, including if you are a candidate, please give us a call today at (972) 388-3320 to book an appointment.