Find out more about dental implants and whether they could replace your missing teeth.
Are you an adult living with tooth loss in Fort Worth, TX? If so, you may be wondering how our dentist Dr. Brad McConnell could help you get your smile back. Have you considered getting dental implants? Before deciding whether this is the best option for you find out more about these restorations and how they work.
What is a dental implant?
The implant itself is not the visible part of your artificial tooth. In fact, it won’t look anything like a real tooth. The implant is a metal prosthesis that is designed to replace the roots of your missing tooth. This post is placed into the jawbone during minor surgery to then support a false tooth or teeth. There are three main components to a dental implant:
- The metal implant
- The abutment (this connects the implant with the false tooth)
- The artificial tooth
Who is a good candidate for dental implants?
Most healthy adults who are missing at least one tooth can benefit from getting dental implants. There are several factors that help our Fort Worth, TX, restorative dentist determine whether implants are the best approach. Some of these factors include:
- Your oral health
- The health of your jawbone
- Habits and lifestyle (e.g. smoking)
How long do dental implants last?
One of the major advantages of choosing dental implants to replace missing teeth is that they are designed to last a long time. In fact, with the proper care, your new implant could last the rest of your life. This is because the implant itself is made out of titanium, which makes it extremely durable. Couple that with the fact that it naturally melds together with bone and tissue and you have a lifelong artificial tooth.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Since dental implants both look and function just like real teeth it’s no surprise that they offer some pretty amazing benefits for your oral health. Some of the benefits include:
- Preserving the jawbone and preventing bone loss
- Supporting the natural facial structure
- Preventing teeth from shifting into open gaps in your smile
- Improving chewing and speaking
- Boosting self-confidence and your appearance
If you are interested in getting dental implants in Fort Worth then it’s time to call Harris Parkway Dental Care for a consultation. Let us help you feel confident again in your smile.