If you have missing teeth, dental implants offer the appearance, feel, and function of your natural teeth. At Dental Distinction in Plano, Texas, Mohammed Mansour, DDS, BDS, MS, offers dental implants for people who want a durable and long-lasting tooth replacement. Once placed, implants gradually fuse to your jawbone and hold your replacement teeth in place for up to 25 years. To learn more, call Dental Distinction or request an appointment online today.
Dental implants are replacement tooth roots. They’re made out of biocompatible titanium materials that connect to your replacement teeth and function exactly like your natural tooth roots.
Unlike dentures and dental bridges, dental implants don’t rest on top of your gums. They require surgical placement so they can osseointegrate (bond) to your jawbone. Not only does this step enhance their durability, it also allows you to care for the rest of your teeth as you normally would.
Dr. Mansour places the dental implant through the socket (empty space) left behind by your missing tooth. A small connector piece is exposed to attach the implant to your replacement teeth.
Your mouth will be swollen and tender after implant surgery, and it takes around 6-12 weeks for your mouth to fully heal.
The next step in the dental implant process is taking impressions to create your replacement teeth. It’s important to take these impressions only once your swelling subsides. Taking them too soon can result in ill-fitting replacement teeth.
Around 2-3 weeks later, your replacement teeth should be ready for placement. Dr. Mansour makes sure to expose the connector piece of your implants before attaching your replacement teeth. This final step fully restores your ability to chew and speak.
Dental implants function exactly like your natural teeth, so you never have to modify the way you care for them. You can brush and floss like you normally would. Unlike dentures, you don’t have to remove them every night. You may even forget you have dental implants once your mouth adjusts.
Other important benefits of dental implants include:
With proper care, dental implants can last for up to 25 years. In comparison, dentures typically last 5-7 years, while bridges usually need to be replaced after 5-15 years. It’s important to visit Dr. Mansour and the team at Dental Distinction for routine checkups to ensure your implants remain healthy and intact.
If you’re interested in learning more about dental implants, call Dental Distinction or schedule an appointment online today.