At Long Family Dental, we can fill in your smile gaps with dental implants. Our dentists place and restore dental implants at our Cleburne and Midlothian locations. We use computer-assisted technology to precisely place dental implants and facilitate faster recovery. And Dr. Bob is the only general dentist in Johnson County who is certified in IV sedation, so we can ensure your complete, comfortable care for your dental implant surgery.
A dental implant—an excellent option to replace a missing tooth—is actually comprised of two parts. The first, is a small titanium post that is surgically implanted into the bone beneath the open socket of your missing tooth. As you heal over the course of three to six months, the post and the bone that surrounds it fuse together in a process called osseointegration. A tight connection is formed. This integration of bone and post also slows or even stops the bone loss that occurs when the root of a natural tooth is missing. This bone loss is what causes the sagging facial appearance in people with missing teeth.
Once we’re certain the implant is firmly set in the bone, our dentists then work to attach the replacement tooth onto the top of the post. The replacement is usually a porcelain crown that is fabricated to look like your natural tooth and function as well as a living tooth, too. This permanent solution has advantages over bridge work in that it does not stress the surrounding teeth for support, and, should the tooth wear out, another can simply be replaced on the post.
Long Family Dental can also place implants to be used as support for an implant bridge. Our dentists will strategically position posts along an arch. These posts will in turn securely hold a bridge in place. Ordinarily, a bridge is secured by either clips—which can be uncomfortable—or crowns placed over the teeth positioned on either of side of a missing tooth—which necessitates altering otherwise healthy teeth. Thus, with dental implants you have the benefit of a secure bite and a beautiful smile.
This alternative to partial dentures has several other advantages, too. First, there is no adjustment period for the patient who, once the work is done, only feels teeth, not metal supports intruding into the mouth. Second, this slows the bone loss that can occur when a tooth’s crown and root are missing. Third, there is no discomfort or difficulty in eating. And, best of all, of course, dental implants don’t have to be taken out for any reason. They are as close to having natural teeth as you can get!
Also known as an implant-retained denture, this type of tooth replacement prosthetic is an excellent alternative to traditional removable dentures. While conventional dentures can slip, slide, click, and feel uncomfortable against the gums, a denture supported by dental implants remains firmly in place. This allows the patient to enjoy a wider range of foods without discomfort or the worries associated with an unstable denture.
The implants used to retain a denture are strategically placed in the jaw to allow for maximum strength and longevity. Because dental implants effectively stimulate the bone tissue in which they are placed, the jaw remains healthier and stronger as compared to its state when regular dentures are worn. Our patients love the freedom, comfort, and natural appearance afforded by implant-supported dentures.
If you’re looking to replace missing teeth, then consider dental implants from Long Family Dental. We would be happy to talk with you about this tooth replacement option. If you live in and around Cleburne and Midlothian, please request your appointment for your dental implant consultation.