What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a permanent solution that look and feel like real teeth. By using the latest technology, including titanium and the highest-quality porcelain, our dentist can craft new teeth that attach directly to your jaw bone in the same way that your natural teeth do.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Our staff has years of training and experience that will make the procedure as easy as possible. When you come in for a consultation and checkup, we will examine your teeth and develop a plan that will yield the best results for your unique situation. Whether you need to have one or two teeth replaced, or you need a partial or full bridge, dental implants will look better and feel better than dentures.

Our dentist can help improve your bite, restore clarity to your speech, and make it easier for you to eat all of your favorite foods again. Because implants are attached to your jaw and not pasted over the top of your gums like dentures, you won’t have to deal with slippage that changes the way you talk or the way that you eat.

The amount of confidence that you’ll feel as your smile returns to its former glory cannot be overstated. It is natural for people with missing or damaged teeth to try to hide their smiles, and you may not even be aware that you are doing it until you have a great new set of dental implants that look just like your old smile.

Cosmetic Dental Implants

Do you have a tooth or teeth that are relatively healthy but don’t look the way you would like them to? Dental implants are an option to consider, especially if you have tried other methods of improving the way your teeth look with little to no success. There are few things better than looking into a mirror and loving the way that you look.

The Mesquite Dental & Implant Center is ready to help you smile again. Call our office today to learn more about dental implants or any other dental services that you may need. If you have dental anxiety, we are fully trained in the most effective methods of sedation dentistry, so you will be able to receive the treatments needed without adding extra stress into your life.

Keep reading for more information about how dental implants work and why they may be the right choice for you. The bottom of this page also has information about the actual procedure(s) and what to expect directly following the placement of your dental implants.

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Today, dental implants offer a replacement tooth option that looks, feels, and functions like a natural tooth. The design of implants imitates nature, in that they feature a tooth root and crown. Bridges, partials, and traditional dentures don’t have a replacement tooth root, making them great repair options, but none of these dental treatments are quite as permanent or natural as a dental implant.

Dental Implants Can Be Both Functional And Cosmetic

Depending on your unique needs, Dr. George may recommend implants to:

  • Restore a confident smile
  • Replace one or more teeth
  • Restore clear speech
  • Improve the ability to chew food
  • Enhance facial features
  • Resolve bite problems or joint pain
  • Support and secure a bridge or denture

Functional

Many of the aforementioned recommendations for dental implants are based on functional reasons. Our teeth are essential tools that are necessary for clear speech and for chewing food. Moreover, if you have a missing tooth, your other teeth may move around and spread into the open space, and this can result in bite problems and joint pain. To avoid future oral problems, it is recommended to get a dental implant in the gap left by the missing tooth as soon as possible.

Additionally, a dental implant can replace one tooth, or a few implants can anchor a bridge, partial, or denture. When dentures are secured to dental implants, they no longer slip or feel loose. In fact, denture patients who have implants can eat crunchy, chewy foods that they were formerly unable to consume easily.

Cosmetic

A beautiful smile is one of those things that can go a long way in our society. As we’ve pointed out, dental implants can be necessary functional treatments to improve your oral health and wellness. However, studies have shown that people who have nice smiles are more likely to be confident in their work and personal lives.

When it comes to replacing a tooth that rotted or a tooth that got knocked out in order to make your smile complete again, dental implants can be a worthy investment for your health and happiness.

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What To Expect During A Dental Implant Procedure

Dr. George is certified and trained to perform both the surgical and restorative aspects of dental implants, so he can complete your smile rejuvenation from start to finish. In most cases, patients do not need to see an oral surgeon or another dental specialist. Dr. George can plan your case, perform your surgery, and design and secure your final restorations. It is an outpatient procedure, so you won’t have to worry about being out of commission for a long time. Depending on your case, you may only need a single dental implant procedure, or the procedure may need to be done in multiple stages and visits.

The dental implant procedure begins by applying pain medication or by sedating the patient so that he or she doesn’t feel any of the work happening. Then, the damaged tooth is removed. The implant must be held in place by the jawbone for optimal function, so the next step is to prepare the jawbone through grafting. The implant is anchored to the jawbone with a metal post, which ends the first stage of the implant procedure.

During the next few stages, the patient receives an extension of the metal post (known as the abutment) and gets a mold of the mouth as a whole. The mold helps Dr. George create an implant that will look just like your other teeth to create an inconspicuous solution. Then, finally the dentist applies the implant tooth that looks and matches your other teeth. If stitches are necessary, they will be dissolvable for your convenience.

After the procedure, you may experience some of these symptoms:

  • Gum and/or facial swelling
  • Skin and/or gum bruising
  • Pain
  • Minor bleeding

If these symptoms do not improve after surgery, we recommend calling Dr. George to make sure everything is healing as intended.

It may be recommended that you eat soft foods in the days immediately following surgery to help the implant site heal.

If you want a quality family dentist who can replace your tooth with a dental implant, look no further than Dr. Varghese George to deliver professional care and service.

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