After you’ve experienced tooth loss, it may seem like replacing the parts of your teeth that you could see is all you need to fully rebuild your smile. While conventional restorations can help restore much of your bite’s function, they lack an important part of your healthy, natural teeth that they rely on for support – the roots. To fully restore their smiles, many patients benefit more from the placement of one or more dental implants, which can closely mimic the way natural roots support your healthy teeth.
What does receiving implants mean?
Unlike more traditional restorations, which rely on methods like abutment teeth, clasps, or adhesives for support, dental implants anchor your restoration with highly lifelike results. This requires that the implant posts, which are designed to replace your lost teeth roots, be surgically placed within your jawbone structure. At our office, we’re able to perform this step in-house, allowing you to avoid having to visit a different location to receive your dental implant posts. This also means we can centralize your entire dental implant treatment process, including its restoration and any prerequisite procedures, if necessary.
Will I need jawbone grafting before getting implants?
Because dental implants are placed within the jawbone, they rely heavily on the health and integrity of the bone structure that makes up your dental ridge. After losing one or more teeth roots, this structure can lose some of its mass and density, making it necessary to perform jawbone grafting to fortify it before the placement of dental implant posts. However, at our office, we focus on providing minimally invasive dental implant treatment, including helping you avoid or limit the need for jawbone grafting. For example, the use of small-diameter dental implants can help many patients receive an implant-supported restoration even if their jawbone structure has grown slightly weaker.
Will I have to wait before I can wear a restoration?
In addition to centralizing your treatment process to one office, the ability to perform dental implant placement in-office also means we can help you enjoy your new smile faster. While it can take up to 3-6 months for your jawbone to fully heal after implant placement, we can design and place a high-quality temporary restoration at the time of implant placement to help you regain your bite function in the meantime.
Learn what to expect from dental implant placement
Dental implant placement and restoration can be more convenient and customized than you might expect. To learn more, schedule a free consultation by calling The Dental Implant Place in Ft. Worth, TX, today at 817-560-0414.