What are dental implants, and how are they used for smile restoration?

Dental implants are an excellent way for patients with missing teeth to restore their smiles. Weatherford, Texas, area patients will find that with the help of Dr. Chris Elliott of Weatherford Advanced Dentistry, they can fix the beauty, function, and health of their smiles using dental implants.

What are dental implants?

Dr. Elliott describes dental implants as tooth root replacements. These titanium posts are used in various ways to replace missing teeth. A single implant may restore one missing tooth or anchor one or both sides of a dental bridge. Several implants may be used to hold a complete denture. These are often known as “full mouth dental implants” and provide better function than a traditional full denture maintained with denture adhesives.

Are dental implants painful?

With proper sedation and anesthesia, patients will not experience pain during the placement or restoration of their dental implants. This allows patients to feel comfortable during their appointment. However, there may be some discomfort after the procedure as the sedation and anesthesia wear off, but this is just for a few days and is often well-managed with the use of over-the-counter pain management medications.

Illustration of dental implant

Are dental implants safe?

Because dental implants are made of titanium, a biocompatible metal, they are entirely safe to place and use for replacing missing teeth within the smile. Depending on how they are used, they may replace one, several, or all the teeth.

How are dental implants placed?

Dental implants use the natural bone of the jaw to hold a restoration within the smile. This is achieved by performing oral surgery to insert the implant where needed. The procedure requires time to allow the jawbone to grow around the implant and fuse it within to ensure a proper and fully functioning foundation for the final restoration.

How do I learn more about affordable dental implants?

Dr. Chris Elliott of Weatherford, TX, is available to assist patients in determining if they are a good candidate for the placement and restoration of dental implants within the smile. Call Weatherford Advanced Dentistry at (817) 609-4311 to request an appointment at 181 East BB Fielder Road, Suite #200.

Dental Implants

Dental Implants

Dental implants are titanium roots, that are replaced with in the jawbone to resemble a tooth or group of teeth. A screw is inserted through the gums and into the jawbone. A porcelain crown is then attached to the screw to become the new tooth or teeth. They can be used to support dental prosthesis including crowns, dentures, and bridges. Today’s treatments are so natural looking, no one will know you had surgery. There’s approximately a 95% success rate for all implants. With modern advances in dentistry, some implants can be restored immediately with life like all porcelain crowns. For more details ask your dentist.