Dental Implants - The Permanent Tooth Replacement Option

By Phil Hart, DDS
January 28, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Your Bartlett dentist is happy to offer a long-term solution to tooth loss.

So you’ve lost a permanent tooth. This can be an especially stressful and overwhelming time. No one likes to think this could happen to them but everything from severe decay to injuries can cause someone to lose a tooth. It’s actually more common than you may realize. However, you do have a variety of options to replace your tooth and restore your smile including dental Dental Implantsimplants, which boast a variety of benefits.

Tell me more about dental implants…

A dental implant is a small metal post (often made from titanium) that is surgically placed into the jawbone where your missing tooth once was. An implant’s purpose is to act like a tooth’s root, holding the artificial tooth properly in place.

What is the dental implant procedure in Bartlett like?

Getting a dental implant can be rather in-depth and time-consuming. It takes several months and up to a year to complete your treatment; however, the result is a permanent replacement for your missing tooth that is designed to last a lifetime. The first surgical procedure will involve us making an incision in your gums and drilling a small hole into the jawbone. From there we will carefully place the implant into the bone.

Over about six to eight weeks, the tissue and bones surrounding the implant will start to grow around it. This will help stabilize the implant and ensure that it stays in place. Once this is complete, we will open up the gums to reveal the implant and then place a metal abutment on top of it. This serves to be the connector between the implant and the dental crown. Once the abutment is placed on the implant we will finally secure your new tooth.

What kinds of benefits should I expect with dental implants?

Dental implants are truly the only tooth loss treatment that is built to last. This means that with the proper care your implants could last as long as your natural teeth.

Unlike other treatment options like dentures, implants actually prevent bone loss. Not only this, but implants also promote the growth of new bone cells, preserving facial structure. Lastly, dental implants are completely artificial so they can’t develop decay.

If you’re ready to opt for dental implants, the next step is to schedule a consultation with your Bartlett dentist. During this consultation we will discuss your smile goals and also examine your teeth to make sure that implants are the ideal option for you. Call us today to schedule an appointment with us and stop tooth loss for good.