a variety of dental implant configurations to replace missing teeth

Am I Eligible for a Dental Implant Restoration?

June 29, 2022 12:40 am

If you are missing one or more of your teeth, you may be a good candidate for dental implants. Considered one of the most versatile tooth replacement options, dental implants can help you regain a functional smile that is long-lasting and natural-looking.

What Is a Dental Implant?

A dental implant is a permanent restorative treatment that is composed of two parts: a biocompatible titanium metal rod surgically implanted into your jaw to act as a replacement tooth root, and an attached crown that looks and feels like a natural tooth.

How Do I Get Dental Implants?

The process to get a dental implant comes in several phases. First, you’ll need a consultation. Your dentist will determine whether your gums are healthy enough and your jawbone is strong enough to support a dental implant.

If you’ve been missing teeth for a long time, your jawbone can lose strength and density. In some cases, you might be eligible for a bone graft to help strengthen your jawbone to qualify for a dental implant. Otherwise, you’ll need to consider a different type of restorative treatment, like dental bridges or dentures.

If your gums and jawbone are a good match for the procedure, you can move forward with the oral surgery. Under the appropriate anesthesia, a hole will be made in your gums so the implant can be inserted. Over the next few months, the rod should fuse to your jawbone in a process called osseointegration. Next, this strong foundation will receive a crown, bridge, or denture to complete your dental implant.

Your new tooth will likely remain firmly anchored to your jawbone as long as you maintain good oral hygiene and a balanced diet, and avoid tobacco products.

However, a dental implant and/or its attached crown, bridge, or denture can fail due to various reasons. In this case, you’d be eligible for a restoration of your original dental implant.

Dental Implant Repair in Alvin, TX

At Magnolia Family Dental, we offer a variety of restorative dental services and payment options to fit your oral health needs and your budget. We can provide dental bridges and dentures, repair failed dental implants, and more. Please contact us today for a consultation to determine the right treatment plan for you!

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