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If you’ve lost one or more teeth for any reason, or if you wear dentures that continually wobble or slip out of place, talk with Dr. Parham about dental implants. Instead of attaching to gums or surrounding teeth, implants anchor into the maxilla and/or mandible (jawbones) to form a reliable foundation for crowns, bridgework, partials, or dentures.
A Solid Solution for Replacement Teeth
If you’re considering implants, Dr. Parham will assess your oral health and bone density to make sure that implants are the best option for you. Depending on your unique case, you may need individual implants or implants to retain a denture, partial, or bridge. He can explain the benefits and what to expect during the procedure, and he’ll be happy to answer all of your questions.
As a general dentist, Dr. Parham will oversee your dental implant procedure. He’ll refer you to an oral surgeon or periodontist for implant placement surgery, then work with the specialist and dental lab to ensure optimal results.
During the brief implant surgery, an oral surgeon or periodontist will secure small, biocompatible posts into the sockets left by one or more missing teeth. Once your mouth heals, Dr. Parham will secure your final restorations. Your new implants will look and feel like natural teeth. Because they’ll feature a solid foundation in your jaw, you’ll regain the ability to eat chewy and crunchy foods that may have been eliminated from your diet in the past. Caring for your implants requires daily brushing and flossing, as well as six-month checkups and cleanings – just like natural teeth. If you take good care of the implants, they can last throughout your lifetime.
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A dental implant is a small titanium cylinder that replaces the root of a missing tooth. A prosthetic is then specifically designed to be placed on top of the dental implant. Dental implants are strong and durable, just like biological tooth roots. The jawbone material forms a bond with the titanium implant, leaving it a permanent fixture in the mouth. Dental implants are the most structurally complete tooth replacement option currently available, and they offer patients security, peace of mind and maximum functionality.
Patients are evaluated for suitability for dental implant placement on a case-by-case basis. If you are interested in learning whether you are a good candidate for dental implants, you should schedule an evaluation at our office.
Generally speaking, patients must have sufficient bone material to support osseointegration, the process in which the bone bonds with the implant, at the proposed implant site. If too much bone loss has already occurred, the patient will need to undergo a preliminary bone graft before the implants can be placed. Additionally, patients must be in good enough general health to tolerate the surgical dental implant procedure. Other considerations may be specific to your circumstances.
A biological tooth’s root helps to anchor the patient’s jawbone, and with its structural similarity, a dental implant will do the same thing. In contrast, a missing tooth that is replaced with a conventional appliance will result in bone loss over time at that location because there is no root-like structure to hold the jaw in place.
Dental implants are versatile and can be used in a variety of tooth loss scenarios. These devices can support a single crown, a dental bridge or denture according to the patient’s needs. In some cases, as few as four dental implants may be needed to secure an entire upper or lower prosthetic arch. Regardless of your tooth loss scenario, dental implants may be able to help restore your smile.
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