Are you experiencing tooth loss or need a tooth extraction? Wesley Dental offers dental implants in Greenville, TX to replace missing teeth. Teeth implants are an excellent restorative dentistry treatment that can restore one or more missing teeth. With this tooth replacement solution, we can restore the appearance and function of your smile.
Why Replace Missing Teeth?
Missing teeth are an embarrassment and can actually lead to further dental health issues. It is crucial that you replace them if you are ever faced with tooth loss or require extractions. Firstly, having any number of missing teeth makes it difficult to chew food and speak properly. This will make it impossible to maintain a healthy, balanced diet and communicate effectively. Secondly, gaps anywhere along the arch will cause the remaining teeth to shift into the open space. This creates misalignment and bite problems, which can lead to further oral health issues.
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a sophisticated method dental professionals use to replace missing teeth. This tooth replacement solution is comprised of three parts: the implant fixture, the abutment, and the dental restoration.
A dental implant is substitute for a missing tooth root. It is a small, cylinder shaped post made of titanium which is a high quality metal that is very strong yet lightweight. The implant fixture must be surgically placed in the jaw where it will fuse to the bone. They come in variety of sizes to accommodate different locations along the upper and lower arches. The three basic sizes of implants are:
- Standard: A standard sized dental implant typically has a diameter of 3.5mm to 4.2mm.
- Wide Platform: A wide platform dental implant has a diameter of about 4.5mm to 6mm.
- Mini: A mini dental implant has a diameter of about 1.8 mm to 3.3 mm.
The abutment is a small metal piece that is attached to the implant fixture. This requires a minor procedure where the gums opened up to uncover the implants and then the abutment can be placed. Sometimes, a healing abutment can be placed immediately on the implant and this second minor procedure is not necessary. Then, the healing abutment is replaced with the permanent one.
The dental restoration is the piece that will replace your missing teeth. Depending on how many teeth you are missing and where they are located, you may get a dental crown, dental bridge, or denture. A dental crown is used to replace a single tooth. Dental bridges and dentures are used to replace multiple missing teeth. Impressions are taken to create custom dental restorations that will fit perfectly in the patient’s mouth.
Qualifying for Dental Implants in Greenville, TX
You will need to undergo a thorough dental examination to determine if you qualify or dental implants. A good candidate should have adequate bone density in the jaw to support the dental implant. Healthy gums are essential, as gum disease can affect the success of the dental implants. Patients should also be in good overall health. This includes having any chronic conditions such as diabetes or heart disease under control. These types of conditions can affect the healing process. Most oral surgeons prefer to work with non-smokers as smoking also affects the healing process and increases the risk of implant failure.
If you suffer from severe decay or an infection, you may need a dental extraction. We offer simple, quick, and painless tooth extractions. This treatment can be completed before your implantation procedure.
We can also provide our patients with bone grafting options. This is a viable option for patients with missing teeth and bone loss in their jaw and who want to replace their teeth with dental implants. This procedure will help restore a patient’s jaw to its natural shape and state. Once healing is complete, there should be sufficient bone to support the dental implants.
The Dental Implant Process
Once we ensure that patients have good oral health and enough jaw bone to support one or more dental implants, we schedule implant surgery. To begin the implant process, we place the implant underneath the gums in the jaw bone. The implant can heal over three to six months as the implant post-fuses with the jaw bone. Once the implant is fully healed, we will place the abutment and begin fabricating their dental restoration. We work with local dental labs to create custom, tooth-colored restorations.
Dental Implants are The Best Option for Missing Teeth
Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that will prevent bone loss in the jaw. Since the implant fixtures are implanted into the jaw bone, they will prevent the bone structure from weakening and deteriorating. Bone loss in the jaw is an inevitable side effect with teeth replacement options such as dentures and dental bridges. This can alter your facial appearance, causing a sunken in look and premature aging.
Additionally, dental implants offer more durability and stability. They will secure a dental restoration firmly in place restoring more natural oral functionality. This alone will help enhance a patient’s confidence and self-esteem because they are the next best thing to natural teeth. Patients who replace their teeth with an implant secured restoration report a higher quality of life.
Schedule a Consultation for Dental Implants in Greenville, TX
Wesley Dental’s implant and oral surgery options are available to various communities in the Texas area. We serve Greenville, White Rock, Neylandville, Commerce, Campbell, Cumby, Miller Grove, Lone Oak, Point, East Tawakoni, West Tawakoni, Hawk Cove, Quinlan, Cash, Hendrix, Caddo Mills, Clinton, Floyd, Josephine, Farmersville, Merit, Arnold, and Celeste!
We cannot wait to begin serving you and your family. Call Wesley Dental for restorative dental care with implants today at 903-270-5279. You may also request an appointment with us online.