Dental implants enable our team to offer lifelike and long-lasting tooth replacement for both minor and severe tooth loss. But how do we place them? In today’s blog, we’re going to look at how our Mansfield, TX, team employ advanced technology in the placement and restoration of replacement teeth.
Planning Your Tooth Replacement
First, we need to examine your smile and assess the cause and severity of your tooth loss. From there, we can decide if implant dentistry is the best choice for addressing your tooth loss. Our team will implement advanced technology to plan the placement process. With 3D CBCT imaging technology, we take cone-beam digital images, which we combine to create a 3D model of the patient’s teeth, jawbone, and oral structures. We can then choose the optimal placement area and angle for inserting the dental implants into the jawbone.
Placing and Restoring Your New Teeth
During an oral surgical procedure, we will insert the dental implants into the jawbone. They will then bond with the bone tissue through a process known as osseointegration. The healing process takes about three to four months to complete, but enables the new teeth to act as tooth roots, bonding with the jawbone tissue. The process stimulates the growth of jawbone tissue, preventing the loss of structure that accompanies untreated tooth loss. You then enjoy preserved facial structure and a lower risk of further tooth loss.
The next step is the restoration. We need to create a lifelike and durable restoration to act as your new tooth’s visible portion. We typically craft a dental crown from ceramic, a strong and lifelike material that can mimic the color and shape of surrounding teeth. We add this to the dental implant with an abutment. Once completed, your tooth will look natural and have the potential to last decades.
Preserving Dental Implants
How do we help ensure your dental implants last for many years to come? We begin by scheduling follow-up visits and routine exams in the months down the road. We can monitor your smile’s health and stability, and offer a cleaning to protect the smile from gum disease, a potential threat to new and natural teeth. At home, you will continue to brush and floss your smile regularly, removing food particles and protecting the entire smile from decay and periodontal issues. If you have any questions about replacing missing teeth, then contact our team today.
Do You Need Tooth Replacement?
For patients with one or more missing teeth, we can offer the opportunity to obtain a full and beautiful smile once more. To learn more about replacing and restoring missing teeth, schedule a consultation by calling our dentist’s office in Mansfield, TX, today at 817-473-6227.