Dental implants provide the support required for prosthetics that replace missing teeth and provide the stability and reliability of natural teeth. Dr. Nathan Muaina in Garland, Texas, surgically inserts implants into the jawbone at his office, Southern Hills Dental. To find out if dental implants are right for you, call or schedule an appointment online today.
Dental implants are metal frames or posts that Dr. Muaina surgically inserts inside your jawbone to support prosthetic teeth. These posts provide the stability required for replacement teeth, such as dentures or bridges, and prevent these devices from slipping or shifting inside your mouth.
Dr. Muaina first ensures your jawbone is healthy and strong enough to support an implant. If the amount of bone is insufficient to surgically insert a metal implant, he first grafts on a bone-like material and then lets your jaw bone heal before implant surgery.
Once Dr. Muaina determines you’re ready for the procedure, he places the implant directly into your jawbone. He uses a small surgical drill to create a hole for the implant and leaves a small portion of bone above the gum line to attach your replacement tooth during a future office visit.
Your implant needs to time to meld to the jawbone and become sturdy enough to properly support a dental appliance. Over the several months following your implant procedure, the implant naturally fuses to your jawbone in a process called osseointegration.
When osseointegration is complete, you return to the office, and Dr. Muaina attaches your replacement teeth to the implant.
Prosthetics supported by dental implants have added stability and are less likely to shift and cause discomfort than, for example, dental bridges, which rely on support from bonding to surrounding teeth. Since dental implants form naturally into your jawbone, your jaw provides stability and improves functions like chewing, speaking, and digesting.
Dental implants also help retain your natural face shape and smile. When you’re missing teeth, your jawbone doesn’t have teeth to support and can deteriorate, negatively affecting your facial structure and jaw health.
With dental implants, you also don’t have to sacrifice some of your favorite foods. You can still eat practically anything you want without worrying about your teeth sliding out of place or falling out.
With proper care, dental implants should last for decades. You must maintain your regular office visits for cleanings and checkups and practice proper oral hygiene to decrease the risk of oral health issues that shorten the life of your dental implants.
If you’re missing teeth and want answers for all your questions about dental implants, call or schedule a consultation online today.