Dental Implants Restore Your Smile
Dental implants offer an excellent tooth restoration option if you've lost one or more teeth. They're a good alternative to bridges and dentures. Dr. Rick Larson offers a range of dental services of treatments in his Coppell, TX, office, including dental implants.
How do dental implants work?
Just like natural roots, dental implants keep your teeth secure and stable when you bite and chew. You'll receive implants during a minor oral surgical procedure used to create small openings in your jawbone. Once titanium implants are placed in your jawbone, they'll begin to bond to the bone, a process that usually takes about three to six months.
When your implants are securely attached to your jaw, they'll be topped with dental crowns designed to look just like your other teeth. Although your implants can last a lifetime with proper care, you will probably need to replace your crowns every 10 to 15 years.
Are dental implants a good option for me?
Your health is one of the most important considerations if you're contemplating dental implants. Good oral and general health is essential to the healing process. If you smoke or have uncontrolled diabetes, a connective tissue or immune system disorder, or take medications that affect your immune system, you may not be a good candidate.
Excellent oral health is also important. The bonding process won't be successful if your jawbone is too shallow or you have gum disease. Fortunately, replacement of your tooth can begin after you're successfully treated for gum disease. It may also be possible to deepen your jawbone with bone grafts before you receive your implant.
Many Coppell residents who opt for dental implants choose them because they feel very much like natural teeth. Your implant won't irritate your gums or slip when your chew. Dental implants also help you avoid jawbone resorption, a common problem after the loss of the tooth. Constant pressure from your roots keeps your jawbone stays strong and healthy. Dental implants take over for missing roots, providing much-need stimulation for the bone.
Fill the gaps in your smile with dental implants! Call our Coppell, TX, dentist, Dr. Larson, at (972) 304-0489 to schedule your appointment.