When it comes to form and function, dental implants are second only to healthy natural teeth. The team of dentists at Swinney Dental in Tyler, Texas, place implants that replace missing teeth with results that look and feel like the real thing. Kayla Morton, DDS, is skilled in the surgical placement of implants. If you’re having trouble with a previously placed implant, Chip Swinney, DDS, has more than 30 years of experience in implant restoration. Schedule an evaluation or restoration appointment today online or over the phone.
Dental implants are a method to replace missing teeth. They look and feel more natural than other types of restorations, including dentures and bridges. Implants can permanently improve your smile, restore your usual ability to speak and chew, and prevent the complications that result from missing teeth.
When you receive implants, your dentist surgically places a metal post, usually made of titanium, into your jawbone. The post acts as a replacement root. As you heal, the post becomes part of your jaw.
Once the post is securely part of your jaw, your dentist attaches an abutment — a screw — that directly supports a crown (replacement tooth). Your dentist designs the crown using impressions of your teeth for a result that comfortably fits into your mouth and matches the rest of your smile.
You might consider dental implants if you’re missing one or more of your natural teeth and are in good general and dental health. If you can safely undergo a tooth extraction, you can undergo the procedure to place dental implants without significant medical risks.
Implants are most likely to be effective if your gums and jawbone are in good shape. Unmanaged gum disease increases the possibility of an infection, and you need strong bone mass in your jaw to support the implant. If you’ve experienced bone loss in your jaw, you’ll need to undergo a bone graft or a sinus lift so you can accommodate the implants.
The ideal candidate for dental implants is both patient and motivated to improve their dental health. You might have to wait several months for your jaw to heal before the implant is stable enough to support a permanent crown. Though the process can be time-consuming, the result is a replacement tooth that can last the rest of your life.
With the right care, dental implants can last for decades. You should brush and floss your implant-supported replacement teeth the same way you do your natural teeth. Continue coming in for regular checkups and cleanings at Swinney Dental.
Be sure to schedule an appointment if you notice any issues with your implants, including damage to the crown or a loose post. Dr. Swinney has more than 30 years of experience restoring dental implants, including those placed by other dentists.
For more information about dental implants and implant restorations, schedule an appointment at Swinney Dental today online or over the phone.