If you are looking to replace one or more teeth, a dental implant in Longview, Texas, could be the perfect solution. Dental implants are permanent solutions to missing teeth that create an almost natural look and feel. At Dolive DDS Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, we have created dental implants for numerous patients in Longview, Texas.
What is a Dental Implant?
Dental implants are artificial tooth replacements first developed half a century ago by a Swedish scientist named Per-Ingvar Branemark. Implants arose from the patient’s need to secure loose-fitting dentures. Since the advent of the implant, engineering and enhancements have enabled dentists to expand the implant’s usefulness, including the replacement of missing or lost teeth. Today, implant techniques provide a wide range of tooth replacement solutions. If the missing tooth space has no surrounding teeth, the dentist may decide an implant is the most appropriate treatment choice or option.
What Types of Teeth Can A Dental Implant Repair?
Dental implants can repair a wide variety of dental concerns. If you are missing one tooth, a dental implant can replace the one tooth. However, if you are missing multiple teeth in a row or even a set of teeth, a dental implant can also help. Common tooth replacements include single tooth, anterior, posterior, and complete upper replacement. During your consultation, share your dental concerns with Dr. Dolive or Dr. Acres to see which replacement suits you.
How is a Dental Implant Placed?
The first step to a dental implant replacement is to have a consultation appointment with Dr. Dolive or Dr. Acres at Dolive DDS Family and Cosmetic Dentistry. During the consultation, your dentist will explain their recommended treatment plan and answer any questions you may have.
Next, your dentist will prepare you for implant surgery. If you have an existing tooth that needs to be extracted, your dentist will remove this first. Then, they will start the surgery by placing the dental implant under the gums and securing it. They may place an abutment and a temporary crown or bridge at this time. Your dentist will also take an impression of your teeth for the dental crown or bridge. After a few weeks or months, your dentist will place the crown, bridge, or denture on top once the gums secure the implant. This will complete your dental implant procedure. The only follow-ups recommended are regular dental appointments every six months for a dental cleaning and exam.
All-on-4 Dental Implants
Patients who want a simpler alternative to dentures may opt for All-on-4 dental implants. In this procedure, four or five dental implants are placed on the gum line on the top or bottom set of teeth. Advantages of All-on-4s compared to traditional dentures are that All-on-4s never have to be removed, and patients can eat the foods they like. Overall, All-on-4s are often a better alternative to conventional dentures.
Post Implant Care
Although proper oral hygiene is always recommended for maintaining good dental health, it is essential when a patient has received a dental implant. Bacteria can attack sensitive areas in the mouth when teeth and gums are not properly cleaned, thus causing gums to swell and jaw bones to recede gradually. A recession of the jawbone will weaken implants and eventually make it necessary to remove the implant. Patients are advised to visit their dentists at least twice a year to ensure the health of their teeth and implants. Dental implants can last for decades when given proper care.
Dental implants can transform the appearance of your smile and its function. For more information about dental implants or to schedule an appointment, call our office.