If you’re suffering from missing teeth or ill-fitting dentures that interfere with living your best life, Dr. Beelman would love to speak with you about dental implants. Dental implants can help secure your smile and jawbone for a permanent solution to missing teeth. At Beelman Dental, we can complete the entire implant process – from precision surgical placement to the final restoration all from the comfort of your dental home with us. Implants aren’t limited to just one tooth, either – we can make you a custom-fitted implant-supported dental bridge or full set of implant-supported dentures for a healthier, more secure smile than you ever dreamed possible!
Most of us don’t think about our teeth beyond the white crowns right before our eyes, but each tooth has an individual root reaching down and securing it to the jawbone. When a tooth or teeth are missing, the large gaps left behind are not only unappealing, but may have an adverse effect on surrounding teeth, gums, and overall facial structure.
When teeth remain absent, jawbone structure begins to deteriorate or atrophy. Alignment and bite can also change, and your overall oral health structure can become compromised. The good news? Dental implants can prevent all these things.
Suitability as a candidate for dental implants is determined by Dr. Beelman as a preliminary part of your smile design plan. Your need to have moderately healthy gums with satisfactory jawbone density to ensure optimum dental implant therapy results. Once an implant is placed and has fused completely, restorations that replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or even a whole row of teeth can be attached and anchored to the jaw quickly and effectively, including dental bridges.
A single-tooth dental implant is a two-part process. The first part involves surgical implant placement of a titanium post in the jaw. Titanium is used because it mimics your tooth root more closely than any other substance, promoting fusion with the jaw for a permanent tooth replacement solution. Implant placements usually require three to six months of time for the jaw to heal completely so that the addition of the crown restoration will be as stable as possible.
The second part of a single-tooth dental implant is the restoration, which is quick and simple – a crown is secured to the titanium post in the jaw, and voilà — you have a beautiful new tooth!
The dental implants being used today are considered the gold standard tooth replacement solution by both doctors and patients. Rather than replacing just the visible part of a missing tooth with a traditional crown that rests on top, implants replace teeth at the root with a titanium post surgically inserted into the gums and allowed to fuse with the jawbone over time.
Implants impede movement of neighboring teeth and diminish bone loss in the jaw. Nearly 98% of dental implant treatments are successful, in large part because they mirror natural teeth in every way, with a top crown and a permanent root surgically affixed to the jawbone rather than just the visible portion of the tooth being capped with a crown.
Implants are not removable, so they cannot shift in the mouth. They are cleaned and maintained with brushing and flossing just as natural teeth are, but implants have the added benefit of being virtually unbreakable. Because implants are of strong construction intended for permanent lifetime use, they allow for a feeling of safety and provide a level of comfort and convenience unmatched by traditional dental appliances.
Dentures have evolved along with dental implants. Your smile design plan for implant-supported dentures will be mapped out in advance, as Dr. Beelman uses modern digital imaging technology to pinpoint the most favorable locations in the mouth for implant placement, taking spacing, bone quality, and your face’s unique anatomical structure into account when constructing the outline for your treatment.
Just as a single-tooth dental implant mimics a natural tooth in nearly every way, implant-supported dentures are secure, permanent fixtures in the mouth. Unlike traditional prosthetic dentures, implant-supported dentures are not removed, eliminating problems with fit, speech, and eating. Rather than sitting directly on the gums, implant-supported dentures lock into the implant structure and work like natural teeth, returning up to 95% natural biting and chewing ability. Knowing your dentures can’t slip gives you more confidence to talk, laugh, sing, eat, drink and smooch again!
If you have questions about dental implants or you’re ready to schedule a visit with your Bedford implant dentist, Dr. Beelman at Beelman Dental, give us a call today at (817) 587-8830 or request an appointment easily online below. We’ll take the time to make you smile!