Are you ready to find out how dental implants can replace missing teeth for life?
The first thing anyone thinks about when they lose a tooth is how to replace it. After all, that gap in your smile can feel embarrassing and greatly impact your self-confidence. Of course, choosing the right restoration for replacing your missing tooth can be challenging. This is where our Garland, TX, restorative dentists, Dr. Truc Le and Dr. Alissa Nguyen, can help.
Sure, there are many ways to replace one or more missing teeth and the right restoration for you will depend on several factors including your health, smile goals, and financial constraints. Our Garland dentist will discuss all of this and more during your consultation.
Once we have determined that you are an ideal candidate for dental implants it’s time to get started, as this treatment process can be rather elaborate. Here are the steps involved in getting dental implants (keep in mind that while the treatment process may seem rather long, this restoration is designed to last a lifetime with proper care):
Step 1: Placing the Implant(s)
In order to place the implant within the jawbone, we will need to perform a minor surgery. Don’t worry; this procedure can be performed right here in our office under local anesthesia, so you won’t even have to experience the effects of general anesthesia. Once the mouth is fully numbed we will open up the gums to reveal the jawbone. A small hole is drilled into the jawbone and the implant is then placed into the hole. After this is complete we will stitch up the gums.
Step 2: Healing and Osseointegration
The healing process after getting your implant is crucial to the success of your implant. Implants carry with them an extremely high success rate. What makes them so successful is that they are made from a durable metal such as titanium that is also not likely to be rejected by the body. Once the implant is placed into the jawbone the bone and tissue will naturally heal and meld around the implant, making it a permanent structure within the jawbone. This will take a few months.
Step 3: Attaching the Abutment
The sole purpose of an abutment is to connect the implant (which lies within the jawbone and isn’t visible) with the dental crown (the part of the implant that you will see). So implants already come with a built-in abutment, in which case this step isn’t necessary. If you have an implant that doesn’t have an abutment attached then we will need to open up the gums again so that we can simply attach the abutment on top of the implant.
Step 4: The Crown is Placed
Once the gums have healed (this only takes a few weeks) and your dental crown has been made, the last step is for you to come in so that we can fit the crown over the abutment to complete your restoration. Now you have a restoration that functions and looks just like the rest of your natural smile.
Are you ready to find out if getting dental implants in Garland, TX is the right way to replace your missing teeth? If so, then it’s the perfect time to pick up the phone and call TruCare Dental to schedule your no-risk consultation. You deserve to have a beautiful smile.