Grand Prairie Dental Implants Make Smiles Whole Again
If you have one or more missing teeth, then you are far from alone. Research estimates that over 120 million Americans are currently in your same situation, meaning many others are also struggling to simply speak, eat, and smile comfortably. At Marvel Dental, we’re now able to provide a solution that can bring back any number of missing teeth for a lifetime: dental implants. They are the only treatment that’s able to replace an entire tooth both above and below the gum line, delivering a result that is the next best thing to nature. If you’re ready to finally enjoy your complete smile again, give us a call today.
How Dental Implants Work
A dental implant is actually a small titanium post that is placed directly into the jawbone where a tooth has gone missing. Once there, it can be used to support any number of dental restorations. This prosthetic root not only provides a firm foundation, but it also helps stimulate new bone growth in the jaw, preventing the bone loss that is so common after tooth loss. So, not only do implants help fill in the gaps in the smile, but they also maintain the overall shape and fullness of the face.
In order to get dental implants, a patient will first need to undergo a minor procedure in which they are positioned within the jawbone. For this, our dentists will refer a patient to one of their trusted specialists. This treatment can usually be completed in just one appointment, and most patients only need local anesthesia to experience no discomfort.
Afterward, a patient will be given three to six months to heal, during which the implants will bond to the surrounding bone just like a natural tooth. At this point, the patient will return to Marvel Dental where they’ll receive their new teeth, whether that consist of a crown or bridge attached to the implant. From there, the implants will look and feel just like natural teeth, and with regular brushing, flossing, and dental appointments, they can easily be expected to last for 30 years or more.
Dental implants can also be used to provide a denture with a much more secure hold than your typical removable prosthetic. Instead of relying on small clips or natural suction, implant-retained dentures consist of prosthetic teeth anchored directly to the jawbone with multiple implant posts. This not only gives them an extremely stable fit, but it also enables a patient to enjoy a much stronger bite. While regular dentures typically only bring back about 20% of a person’s bite force, implant-retained dentures have been shown to restore about 70%, making it much easier for a patient to enjoy a more varied and healthy diet.