Dental implants work by acting as an artificial tooth root. To hold a dental crown in place, a dental implant in surgically implanted into your jawbone where it can be accepted as a tooth root and provide a permanent solution for missing teeth.
To place a dental implant, a small hole will need to be made in your jawbone. To do this, you must have sufficient jawbone structure. If you lack sufficient jawbone, bone grafted from other areas of your body may be used to help build it up and support an implant. Once placed, the implant will need to be accepted into your jawbone – a process that can take up to six months. After it has been accepted, a porcelain crown will be placed on top of the implant, improving the strength and appearance of your smile.
A Permanent Solution
There are a number of benefits to dental implants. One of the largest benefits is that a dental implant, once accepted by your jawbone, will provide a permanent solution for missing teeth. The dental crown affixed to your implant will be colored, shaped, and sized to match your adjacent teeth. This provides you with a functionally superior and seamlessly beautiful smile.
Implant Secured Dentures
If it has been determined by Dr. Whitmore that dental implants are not the best course of action, he may recommend implant secured dentures. These are a good choice for patients missing several teeth and who need to get back their bite function, as well as their smile, to return to their busy life. Dentures sit atop your jawbone, like ordinary dentures, but are much more durable.
To find out more about dental implants, contact Janet or Rachel at Whitmore Dental to arrange a consultation by calling Whitmore Dental at 877-779-4486. We are conveniently located at 5932 West Parker Road, Suite 600, Plano, TX 75093.