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Dental Implants

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Dental Implants

If you have missing teeth or teeth that need to be extracted and replaced, a dental implant might be the right choice for you. No other tooth replacement option creates a better, longer-lasting solution than dental implants. Implants are typically small, screw-shaped titanium posts that replace the roots of missing teeth and are covered by porcelain crowns that look and feel just like your old tooth. If ill-fitting, uncomfortable dentures or a retainer with false teeth aren`t the right choice for you, ask Highland Oaks Family Dentistry  what we can do to recreate your smile.

Implants help to preserve tooth-supporting bone that naturally deteriorates when a tooth is lost, preventing further problems in the future. As a minor surgical procedure, the post is inserted into the jawbone where the missing tooth once was, and is left to heal for a set period of time before the tooth-like crown is attached. While it heals, the bone fuses to the implant, leading to a 95 percent success rate that corrects even the most severe problems associated with missing teeth.

There are three primary tooth replacement options that Highland Oaks Family Dentistry  offers: single tooth replacements, multi-tooth replacements, and implant-supported dentures. Depending upon the number of missing teeth, certain implant options will be superior to others:

Single Tooth ReplacementsMulti-Tooth ReplacementsImplant-Supported Dentures
Single Tooth Replacements
Single-Tooth Replacements have the highest success rate and are the best long- term investment for replacing a single tooth, because single implants will not decay or need root canal treatments -it`s essentially a brand new tooth.
Multi-Tooth Replacements
Multi-tooth replacements are similar to bridges, and are commonly performed when three or more teeth in a row are missing, which is an advantage over a bridge that connects to a natural tooth because there is no natural tooth to weaken or decay.
Implant-Supported Dentures
Implant-supported dentures will replace entire jawlines along the top or bottom (or both) rows, acting as a more effective denture that will not shift around the mouth or fall out when jaw movement occurs from eating or speaking. Instead, implant- supported dentures will lock into place as an entire row of comfortable, bottom or top jaw connected row of teeth.

In the case of failed implants, which are somewhat rare, poor oral hygiene and a lack of regular cleanings (which create bacteria that are damaging to implants) are usually the culprits. Clenching or grinding teeth, which occurs in one-in-four people, is another possible reason for implant rejection. Highland Oaks Family Dentistry  will coach you on proper maintenance and cleaning.

To experience the difference, call (817) 520-5255, or complete our online form.

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