|No one wants to lose a tooth or multiple teeth. There are many reasons for tooth loss. These reasons include trauma, advanced decay, periodontal disease or lack of formation of a tooth. Options to replace missing teeth include partial or full dentures, fixed bridges or dental implants. All of these options are available in our office. While all three of these options restore aesthetics and some function, only dental implants can preserve bone and also restore full function like a natural tooth. The jaw bone exists to support teeth and when one or more teeth are lost, the bone begins to shrink. This progressive process can lead to sinking of the face, an older appearance to the face, loss of chewing strength and bone loss on surrounding teeth. Our doctors want to provide the best long term solution for tooth replacement and dental implants is this solution! Dental implants trick the body into believing a tooth is still present, so little or no bone loss occurs and the progressive nature of bone loss is stopped. We are happy to provide both the placement and restoration of dental implants in our office. Dr. Jill and Dr. Cara have experience restoring function through dental implants for both single teeth and full mouth restorations. We would love the opportunity to meet with you and discuss the options that best meet your desires and concerns. Please feel free to call our office to set up a complimentary consultation with us by calling 972-347-1145. For further information on dental implants please read below.
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Dental implants replace the root of the natural tooth. The crown of the natural tooth is replaced by a manufactured crown. The implant and crown are connected by means of an abutment. Together, the implant, abutment, and crown produce a replica of your tooth that looks and functions like a natural tooth. Figure 3 demonstrates how the manufactured parts of an implant replace the natural tooth anatomy.
CAMLOG® Implants are made of commercially pure, medical-grade titanium. This biologically compatible material is very tissue-friendly; has been long proven in medical technology; and is not known to cause any allergies. The prosthesis consists of four components: the implant, the abutment, the screw, and the crown. Together, the entire construction replicates the look and feel of a natural tooth. Different sizes and shapes allow your doctor to find the best solution for you. Figure 4 shows a magnified cross-sectional view of a CAMLOG® Implant with the abutment, screw, and crown.
Definitions: Crown: Replacement of the tooth’s natural crown Screw: Secures the abutment to the implant Abutment: Post to support crown Implant: Replacement of the tooth’s natural root
Natural tooth vs. dental implant
Your Smile – Your Personal Identity
Only when we lose something do we realize its true value. In the same way, we tend to take our teeth for granted until they are lost. The importance of our teeth in day-to-day life becomes painfully clear as soon as they are gone. Your smile is an integral component of your personal identity and part of what makes you recognizable to the people around you. Healthy and beautiful teeth are not only attractive but they radiate vitality, self-confidence, and likeability.
Losing your teeth can be painful, uncomfortable, and embarrassing, but you are not alone. Millions of people lose their teeth every year because of trauma, heredity, gum disease (periodontitis), and poor oral hygiene, and millions of people are turning to dental implants as a way to get their quality of life back. With dental implants, your dentist can replace your missing teeth with new durable teeth that look and feel like your own. You will find that restoring your smile will help to bring back your self-confidence when eating, speaking, smiling, and even kissing!
*Dental implants are more successful than any other treatment for missing teeth, and they are the only treatment to look, feel, and function just like natural teeth.*
Dental Implants – A Better Treatment Option
*Reference: Brodeur, jean-Marc, DDS. Danielle Laurin, PDt, MSc, roland Vallee, DDS, and Diane Lachapelle, DH, MSc. Nutrient intake and gastrointestitnal disorder relate to masticatory performance in the edentulous elderly. Journal of Prosthetic Denistry 1993;70:486-73.)
As with any surgical procedure, a full consultation should be carried out before implant placement. Your dentist must first obtain a precise overview of your oral status, your daily habits, and your state of health. A detailed treatment and cost plan will inform you of the treatment phases and the associated costs. Remember that alternative treatments may not last as long and often need to be replaced. When evaluating tooth replacement options, talk to your dentist about expected longevity of each treatment and the potential for additional procedures required for maintenance of each treatment option. Don’t spend more money over time on a treatment that initially seems less expensive.