Dental Implants in Mansfield
Providing Solutions for Missing Teeth
At Orchard Family Dental, we understand the damage missing teeth cause to overall dental health and self-confidence. We endeavor to improve the oral health and confidence of our patients and help each patient find the best solution to restore missing teeth. Advances in dental technology offer more options than ever for quality restorations, including dental implants. Our Mansfield dentists work closely with the referring specialist who places the implant to provide the right treatment option to meet the unique needs of each patient.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are crafted with titanium. Implants can be used to replace one tooth or provide a permanent alternative to removable partial and full dentures, allowing patients to enjoy the look and feel of natural teeth. The implant is surgically placed in the jaw by a dentist or periodontist, and replacement teeth are then attached to the titanium post.
Dental implants allow patients to:
- Eat and speak normally
- Enjoy a radiant and confident smile
- Improve the facial structure
- Enjoy greater stability in bridges and dentures
The Dental Implant Procedure
The dental implant process requires a few visits to the dentist over a period of months. The process begins with the dentist taking x-rays and impressions of the teeth and jaws. This provides information about the bone and gum tissue, as well as the spacing that is available to place the implant. The dentist will numb the area and perform a surgical procedure to place the implant into the jawbone.
It can take up to six months for the implant to heal and fuse to the bone. Some types of dental implants require a second procedure to place a post onto the implant. This post is designed to hold the replacement tooth. After everything is healed, artificial teeth are fitted onto the post. This process can take a month or two, as more than one fitting is usually required. The artificial teeth are then attached to the implant, offering a tooth replacement solution that is stable and comfortable.
Caring for Your New Implants
When the procedure is complete, the dentist will provide care instructions. You will care for the implant like your natural teeth with regular brushing and flossing. Proper oral hygiene, regular visits to the dentist, and good eating habits will help maximize the lifespan of the implant.
Ready to solve your problem with missing teeth? Call (817) 631-2444 to schedule an appointment with a Mansfield dentist.