What are dental implants?
If you have a tooth or multiple teeth that are missing, dental implants, offered at our Fort Worth, TX, practice may be the right replacement choice for you. A dental implant is a small titanium post that is surgically inserted into the jawbone where the teeth are missing. It is placed directly into the jawbone, and replaces your missing root. Another small post is attached to the top implant, which protrudes through the gums and provides a stable anchor for your customized replacement crown.
Dental implants are a modern and conservative solution for tooth replacement and a common choice for most patients. Some advantages to dental implants include:
- Easier eating
- Better oral health
- Decreased bone loss in the jaw and tooth shifting
- Increased comfort
- Improved appearance and self-esteem
- Stronger and more durable than other replacement options
If you are healthy enough to have a tooth removed, you are likely healthy enough to undergo dental implant placement. You may need to take extra precaution when receiving dental implant surgery if:
- You are under the age of 18: Children and some teens may not be able to undergo dental implant placement because their jawbone has not yet fully matured. However early diagnosis of a dental implant need will help to ensure that young patients receive a dental implant as soon as their oral fixtures are fully developed
- You have existing medical conditions: Certain medications and conditions may require special attention from your doctor throughout the surgical process. Our surgeon is very attentive to the implications of these situations on dental implant use. A thorough discussion of your specific concerns/conditions will occur during your initial consultation.
- You smoke regularly: Although smoking slightly lowers the success rates of implants, it does not eliminate your possibility of getting them. Our physicians will review these lifestyle concerns with you to make sure that you have the greatest chance at successful dental implant use.
- You suffer from gum disease, bone loss, or problem teeth: Bone loss and periodontal disease are very common among implant patients. With proper oral care, almost all implants placed in patients who have gum disease have been successful. Inadequate bone is a common occurrence in patients who have had long-term missing teeth. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons utilize specialized treatments such as bone grafting to safely and securely place the implant in the bone.
During your initial consultation, we will review all of your restoration options and develop a personalized plan for your procedure. This process may include basic X-rays, 3D scanning, CT scans and the creation of models for your custom crown.
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. During the first procedure, the titanium post that replaces your missing root is placed within your jawbone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums gradually bonding with the jawbone while your doctor is creating your custom-made crown. During the second procedure, the implant is uncovered and a small support post is attached which will act as anchors for the artificial crown. These posts protrude through the gums. The artificial crown is then placed and the posts will not be seen. The entire procedure usually takes about six months. Most patients experience minimal disruption in their daily life and are able to return to their daily routine the day after surgery.
Where can I get dental implants near Fort Worth?
At North Tarrant Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, our surgical staff maintains a state-of-the-art oral surgical facility where patients can have dental implants placed in a safe and comfortable environment. Dr. Glenn Green proudly serves all of Wise, Parker, and Tarrant counties including Watauga, Grapevine, Saginaw, Boyd, Keller, Fort Worth, Decatur, North Richland Hills, Trophy Club, Lake Worth, and more.