If you have missing teeth, you have the option of dentures. However, these have their share of drawbacks, such as the care they require. Additionally, they don’t look like your natural teeth. Dental implants, on the other hand, look like your teeth, and you care for them just as you would your teeth.
At Professional Dental, serving Irving and the surrounding region, a dentist near you can help you decide if implants are right for you and perform the procedure.
About Dental Implants
Dental implants in Irving are prosthetic teeth that connect to an abutment and a post placed inside of your jaw. Usually, the post and abutment consist of titanium that’s durable. On top of the abutment, you receive a tooth comprised of a material that may last up to 20 years with proper care. Usually, the implant lasts between 10 to 15 years.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are designed to look like your natural tooth. They have the same color as your natural teeth because a dentist near you can customize them to the desired color. These teeth are easy to take care of since you don’t have to take them out to soak them. You can brush them like your teeth. Unlike dentures, these don’t slip out of place, so you can still talk normally.
What to Expect When Getting Dental Implants
It’s a two-step, multiple appointment process to receive dental implants in Irving. Generally, it takes six to nine months for our patients to complete the entire process.
A dentist near you assesses your tooth or teeth and gums to ensure this is the best option for you. If you have a tooth or teeth that are remaining but damaged, our dentist must first pull them. Then, you have another appointment once the area(s) heal. Sometimes, you’ll need an additional surgery if you don’t have enough healthy jawbone intact.
You have another appointment where our dentist uses a specialized tool to make space for the screw in your jaw. Once it’s placed, our dentist waits for it to heal. Next, you’ll have the abutment placed and the artificial tooth placed on top of it. No set schedule exists as to how far apart – or even how many – appointments you need. It’s based on how quickly you heal as well as your particular situation.
Schedule an appointment with Professional Dental to see if you could benefit from dental implants in Irving.
Dr. Sonya Reddy serves patients in Irving and the surrounding areas of Grand Prairie, Arlington, Las Colinas, Valley Ranch, Coppell, Bedford, and Hurst.