Implants And Implant Restoration

Brookshire Dental P.A. -  - Dentist

Brookshire Dental P.A.

Dentists & Cosmetic Dentists located in Hurst, TX

For those in Hurst and throughout the Fort Worth area, Dr. Afkami offers effective and safe options for replacing missing teeth, including dental implants. At Brookshire Dental Group, Dr. Afkami can help patients receive dental implants or restore those which have been damaged.

Implants and Implant Restoration Q & A

Brookshire Dental P.A.

What Do Dental Implants Do?

Implants used in dental procedures are designed to replace missing teeth. Whether the tooth was knocked out as an injury or if the tooth fell out because of decay, a dental implant should be able to replace it. This is because the dental implant uses a titanium post which is implanted into the person’s jawbone, making it especially sturdy and stable. The titanium is biocompatible, which means that the bone can fuse with the metal to provide strength and it will not be rejected. Dental implants look natural and can withstand the pressures exerted on a normal tooth. Another added benefit is that dental implants can stimulate the bone in the jaw, helping to maintain its shape and density.

How are the Implants Placed?

The dental implant process typically requires three trips to the dentist. During the first appointment, the implant post will be placed in the patient’s jaw. Then several weeks will be allowed to pass to allow the post to fuse with the bone. This ensures that the post is strong enough to accept the prosthetic tooth. During the second appointment, the artificial tooth will be ordered. The area where the prosthetic tooth will go is captured using an impression and this impression is sent to a lab where the artificial tooth will be fabricated. The abutment for the artificial tooth is also placed. This abutment is the connector for the artificial tooth and anchors it to the post. Lastly, once the artificial tooth has arrived it is placed on the abutment and secured. The prosthetic tooth will also be buffed and smoothed to ensure that it fits evenly with the teeth surrounding it.

Are Dental Implants Safe? How Long Do They Last?

For over 30 years, dentists have been using dental implants to replace teeth. They are very safe. The osseointegration of the titanium allows the post to be durable and accepted by the jaw. These dental implants are known as the most stable replacement for a missing tooth. They stimulate the bone as well, which makes them far less likely to become loose or fall out. The implants should last as long, if not longer, then a natural tooth. If something does happen to the crown or artificial tooth the dentist can repair the damage through an implant restoration.