Periodontal disease can be caused by a myriad of factors. Diabetes, poor oral hygiene and smoking are the major causes of tooth loss in adults. When you have lost a significant amount of dentition, it starts to take a toll on your social life and appearance. Those with gum disease will exhibit symptoms like bleeding and swollen gums. Many patients wonder if they can still get dental implants. A consultation with Dr. Brad Crump, your periodontist serving Dallas TX, will help address your concerns.
Many of our patients who have dental implants have gum disease. It can be controlled by practicing proper oral care techniques. It only becomes a problem when the condition is not addressed. While we cannot make your teeth grow back, a simple procedure can help you regain your confidence. Unlike complete dentures, dental implants are not removable and this prosthetic is indicated for long-term treatment of edentulous individuals. Studies show that the titanium post will last a lifetime and the crown that is anchored to it can last for ten to fifteen years.
The process begins with a slit that is made in the gingiva. This is done to mark the area where the titanium post will enter. A local anesthetic will be given before the procedure. This will ease the discomfort of the patient. The post should be angled correctly to simulate natural dentition.
This procedure can be done in the dental clinic. It does not take long and will not require much downtime. The result will be beautiful and natural-looking teeth. The pontics, or artificial teeth, are able to withstand almost the same amount of masticatory forces as the normal dentition.
This prosthetic is anchored in place and can be brushed like natural teeth. Maintain proper oral hygiene to lessen the possibility of plaque build-up.
If you are considering dental implants in Dallas, call our office at 214-443-0876 and schedule a consultation. Find out how this procedure can boost your confidence.