South Dallas Dental Implant Frequently Asked Questions
Learn more about Implant Supported Tooth Replacement in Garland
Dental implants are some of the best tooth replacement options available from the Universal Dental teams in Garland and South Dallas. These restorations replace both the roots and crowns of missing teeth, recreating your flawless, natural smile. If you want to learn more about dental implant tooth replacements, read the answers to some of our frequently asked questions on this page, or call Universal Dental to schedule a tooth replacement consultation in one of our Garland, South Dallas, or DFW Metroplex dentistry offices.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are posts that mimic the natural function of healthy tooth roots. When surgically placed, the implants fuse with the bone and soft tissue, and we can use the implant posts to support a single dental crown, a full denture, or any number of teeth between.
How are Dental Implants Placed?
There are two main treatment phases to restore your smile with dental implants. The first is the surgical placement of the implant posts themselves. This procedure may sound intimidating, but it is actually relatively quick and comfortable. We simply numb the area to be treated and/or provide dental sedation to keep you comfortable. Then, we make a small incision in the soft tissue and supportive bone structure. The implant post is placed into this location, and a protective cap is attached to the top of the implant, keeping the implant site free of debris and bacteria as it heals and the post fuses with the gum tissue. You’ll return a few months later, so we can remove the protective cap and attach your abutment post, which will anchor the replacement tooth to the implant post. We’ll design your replacement tooth or teeth once the abutments are in place. When we receive the restoration from our lab, you’ll return to our office, so we can permanently fix the restoration.
How Many Dental Implants will I need?
The number of implant posts you need depends on the number of missing teeth we’re replacing. A single dental crown can be attached to one implant to replace an individual tooth. For several consecutive missing teeth, two implant posts are used to anchor a fixed bridge prosthetic. For numerous consecutive or nonconsecutive missing teeth, we’ll use three to six implant posts to anchor a partial or full denture.
How Long do Dental Implant Restorations Last?
In most cases, patients can maintain the same implant retained tooth replacement for two or more decades. Many patients even keep them for the rest of their lives. This is one of the many reasons why implant tooth replacement is fast becoming the go-to smile restoration option for patients missing any number of teeth.
How do I Care for My Implant tooth Replacement?
Once your implant tooth replacement is in place, you can often go back to brushing and flossing as usual. You may want to make some changes to the oral hygiene products you use to prevent excessive wear and ensure your remove plaque buildup from the soft tissue around the implant posts. One of the leading causes of implant failure is perioimplantitis, a type of periodontal disease that affects dental implants, so it’s extremely important to maintain healthy gums. One of our team members will be happy to discuss flossing techniques and tools to help you maintain optimal health, especially if you have an implant denture as plaque can build up quickly between the denture base and the gums. In many cases, patients with implant dentures benefit from the use of water flossers and/or antimicrobial rinses to reduce the number of plaque-producing oral bacteria that can lead to gum disease. During your regular dental checkups every six months, we’ll review your at-home hygiene routine and help you make the most of your daily care to help you keep your implant supported replacement tooth or teeth healthy and functional as long as possible.