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Everything You Need to Know About Dental Implants

If you’re missing a tooth or two, or even more, you have a range of options to fill the gaps. The option that comes closest to a natural tooth is a dental implant, but there are differences that set implants apart from your natural teeth. 

From what you need to know before surgery to details about maintenance, here's a quick guide to help you understand dental implants. 

At Swinney Dental in Tyler, Texas, we offer implants and implant restorations. Our experienced dentists, Dr. Kayla Morton and Dr. Chip Swinney, work together with the rest of our team to provide specialized care to help every patient achieve a smile they can be proud of. Whether you have implants or are receiving them for the first time, we can help you every step of the way with compassionate and expert care to meet your unique needs. 

What to know about dental implants

Unlike dentures, implants permanently replace your teeth, right down to the roots. They act like normal teeth and preserve your jawbone at the same time. When you lose a tooth, you are left with a gap in your smile that causes a couple of problems, among them, your:

We place the implant post directly into your jawbone (where it fuses with the bone), preventing bone loss. 

Implants also provide the same aesthetic and feel of natural teeth. You can chew, talk, and smile without your teeth coming loose or shifting in your mouth. Because the implants are set into your jawbone, you treat them like normal teeth. Care for you implants as you would your natural teeth by brushing, flossing, and rinsing. There’s no special care routine necessary. 

But just be aware: Implants require dental surgery and a recovery period. It’s not the right option for everyone, but implants can greatly improve your dental health and prevent problems with your jaw later in life. 

Are dental implants right for you?

Implants are most effective if you receive surgery shortly after losing the teeth. The longer you go without replacing a tooth, the higher the risk of bone loss. But in the case of jaw deterioration, we may be able to perform bone grafts so your jawbone can support the implant correctly.

Your decision to get dental implants and possibly bone grafts is a big one, so discuss your options with our implant experts at Swinney Dental before committing to any form of oral surgery. Dental implants are ideal for those who want a permanent solution that prevents bone loss and jaw shrinkage due to missing teeth. 

At Swinney Dental, we can help you determine how to approach the process of a new implant, and if you’re experiencing trouble with an existing implant, we have experience restoring implants, including those done by other dentists. 

Regardless of your situation, you can schedule a consultation by calling us or booking an appointment using our online tool

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