As your trusted Plano, TX and Gunter, TX dentists, it is our job to tell you when a tooth cannot be saved despite your excellent oral-hygiene practices and commitment to routine exams and cleanings. Whether you’re facing an extraction or have lost teeth because of an unexpected accident or decay, at Parkhaven Dental Care we offer implant dentistry and dental implants — a permanent, restorative solution that will give you back your beautiful, natural-looking smile.
Dental Implant and Tooth-Replacement Therapy
In the quest to develop more comfortable, stable, and esthetic teeth, replacement alternatives and implant dentistry were developed. Remains from ancient China (4,000 years ago) show that carved bamboo pegs were tapped into the jawbone to replace missing teeth. In 1952, Swedish orthopedic surgeon Per-Ingvar Branemark studied bone healing and regeneration. He discovered that bone could actually adhere to titanium. Since then, numerous different shapes and types of implants have been developed, with a tooth root form being commonly employed to support usable, chewing, and esthetic teeth.
What Is a Dental Implant?
In implant dentistry, a dental implant consists of a small, screw-shaped, titanium post that replaces the root of a missing tooth. It is covered by a porcelain crown that looks and feels just like your old tooth. It requires a minor surgical procedure in which the post is inserted into the jawbone where the missing tooth once was and is left to heal for a set period of time. While it heals, the bone fuses to the implant, and then the tooth-like crown is attached.
Why Dental Implants?
Implant dentistry is quickly gaining popularity. Dental implants have a 95 percent tooth-replacement success rate and correct even the most severe problems associated with missing teeth. They are a safe and effective method for replacing missing teeth with new, natural-looking, permanent teeth, and they help preserve the tooth-supporting bone that naturally deteriorates when a tooth is lost, thereby sustaining the integrity of your facial structure.
For many, dental implants offer a much-needed reprieve from ill-fitting, uncomfortable dentures or retainers with false teeth. At Parkhaven Dental Care, we offer three primary tooth-replacement options. Depending on the number of missing teeth, certain implant options work better than others:
- Single-tooth replacements have the highest success rate, and because they will never decay or need root canal treatments, they are the best long-term investment for replacing a single tooth.
- Multi-tooth replacements are similar to bridges and are commonly used when three or more teeth in a row are missing. A bridge must connect to a natural tooth, which often becomes weak and starts to decay. With tooth implants, the surrounding teeth are not affected.
- Implant-supported dentures replace entire jawlines along the top or bottom (or both) rows. These dentures lock into place so they will not shift around in the mouth or fall out during jaw movement.
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Just like your natural teeth, with proper maintenance and cleaning, dental implants can last forever. As part of your provider’s job as your dental implant specialist, Drs. Pincus, Dr. Sayek, and Dr. Dad will ensure the longevity of your dental work by guiding you through the maintenance and care of your implants at each stage, both immediately after and long after the procedure.
Implant dentistry is a wonderful option for single- or multiple-tooth replacement, and it does not have to be as expensive as is often popularly thought. We are fortunate to have Dr. Selda Sayek on our staff. She is a Harvard Dental School graduate with a postgraduate prosthodontics (implant/denture specialty) degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. Dr. Sayek is specially trained to diagnose and treat all types of tooth-replacement needs. Her vast knowledge of all options makes implant treatment considerably less expensive then often quoted.