The purpose of a dental implant is to provide a solid base to support a restoration like a crown or dental bridge. The implant itself is made from titanium or a similar metal designed to fuse to existing bone in the jaw. Once healed, the tooth implant will look and feel just like your own natural tooth.
The implant dentist will surgically place the implant where tooth loss has occurred. As it heals, the implant will fuse to adjacent bone. Unlike other prosthetics such as a partial or bridge which rest on top of the gum tissue and rely on neighboring teeth for support, the implant will provide strength and stability to the restoration acting like the root of the natural tooth.
There are a couple of issues to be resolved before dental implants are placed. A thorough dental examination as well as a conference to discuss the patient’s overall health must be completed.
Patients that have a history of periodontal disease might require additional treatment before embarking on this procedure. Dental x-rays will reveal whether the patient has sufficient bone strength to support the implant. If not, this isn’t necessarily the end of the road. There are procedures available that will build up bone in the jaw.
Serious consideration must be given to the patient’s dedication to caring for the implant as daily flossing and brushing are critical to the success of the implant.
Smoking and tobacco use promote both periodontal disease and dental decay, so it is strongly urged that the patient quit before the implant procedure and for their overall good health.
Once the final restoration has been placed over the implant, the patient will enjoy the same benefits as before tooth loss occurred. However, if the patient wants to keep the implant healthy, excellent oral hygiene habits must be adopted. Daily flossing, brushing at least twice per day, and twice yearly visits to the dentist for a professional exam and cleaning must be adhered to.
If these precautions are followed, dental problems should be kept to a minimum. Plaque build-up and tartar are the primary culprits that contribute to dental decay and gum disease. All of your teeth, as well as your dental implant, will be healthy and last a long time if treated correctly and with diligence.
Contact the Dallas Texas office of Dr. Brad Crump to schedule your dental implant consultation today.