Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that serve as anchors for replacement teeth. They are made of titanium or other materials that are biocompatible with the human body. Titanium is lightweight, strong, and biocompatible, making it ideal for use in dental implants.
The implant is placed into the missing tooth's bone socket and is fused with the jawbone over time. This fusion process, called osseointegration, provides a stable foundation for a replacement tooth to be attached on top of the dental implant.
We use dental implants to help replace single or multiple missing teeth at Deep Ellum Advanced Dentistry. They can also be used to secure dentures in place.
A dental implant has three parts: the fixture, abutment, and crown. The fixture is the part of the implant implanted into the jaw. The abutment connects the institution to the crown. The crown is the visible portion of the implant that replaces the missing tooth.
Types of Dental Implants
Endosteal is the most common type of dental implants in Dallas. They consist of a screw-like metal post that is inserted into the jawbone. After the bone around the implant heals, a crown is attached on top.
This type of implant consists of a metal frame that fits over the jawbone but under the gums. The frame posts protrude through the gums to hold the false teeth in place.
The Procedure for Dental Implants
Dental implants are a revolutionary tooth replacement option designed to replace missing teeth with artificial teeth that look and function like natural teeth. A local anesthetic is first administered to numb the treatment area to ensure your comfort during the procedure. Then, a small incision is made in the gum tissue to expose the jawbone. A hole is then carefully drilled into the bone, and the implant, a titanium screw, is inserted into the socket. The incision is then closed with sutures.
Over the next few months, a process called osseointegration occurs. This is when the implant fuses with the surrounding bone tissue, creating a strong and stable foundation for the replacement tooth.
Once osseointegration is complete, a minor surgical procedure is performed to attach an abutment, a small connector post to the implant. The abutment serves as the link between the implant and the replacement tooth. After the abutment is placed, an impression is taken of your mouth. This impression will be the basis for the creation of a custom-made crown, or even a bridge or denture that will be securely attached to the abutment.
Once your replacement tooth or teeth are ready, they are precisely attached to the abutments. Our Dallas dentist, Dr. Wing, will ensure a proper fit, bite alignment, and aesthetics, resulting in a seamless and natural-looking smile.
After the dental implant procedure is complete, proper aftercare and maintenance are crucial. This includes following our dentist's instructions for oral hygiene, scheduling regular dental checkups, and adopting a healthy lifestyle to support the longevity of your dental implants.
The dental implant procedure is a transformative journey toward a confident and complete smile. If you're considering dental implants, contact Deep Ellum Advanced Dentistry at 3112 Main St., Dallas, TX 75226, or call (214) 466-6610.