Dental Implants in Dallas, TX
Dental Implants & Implant-Supported Dentures
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a special, surgical grade titanium post, manufactured to highly precise specifications, that is surgically inserted into the jawbone below the gum surface. As the bone bonds to the implant, it forms a secure foundation onto which your new teeth are then attached and shaped to match your mouth. With proper use of the newest anesthetics and medications you need not be concerned about pain. The entire procedure can be completed at Dr. Hamlett's office.
Unlike other tooth replacement options such as dentures or a bridge, dental implants replace both the roots and crowns of missing teeth. The others only replace the crown or visible portion of teeth.
By replacing the root as well, a dental implant provides a number of benefits. First, you’ll never have to worry about a prosthesis that shifts or clicks when you eat or speak. A dental implant—as the name suggests—is firmly set in your jawbone, so there is no chance of movement. The titanium post and surrounding bone tissue fuse together to form a firmly set anchor.
Secondly, the post stimulates the bone just as your tooth root once did. This stimulation is important to maintaining the shape and strength of your jawbone. Other tooth replacements that rest on top of your gums may fill out your cheeks, but they cannot encourage healthy bone tissue regeneration the way dental implants do.
What to Expect?
To begin the procedure, Dr. Hamlett ensures your comfort and safety. A local anesthetic is administered to numb the site and the surrounding tissue. We also offer sedation dentistry if you need a little bit of extra help relaxing during the procedure.
Then, a small incision is made in your gum tissue to expose the bone underneath. The implants are surgically positioned in your jaw to offer the greatest security for your eventual tooth restoration.
After the procedure, minor bleeding and swelling are to be expected. If you are experiencing discomfort, then an over-the-counter pain reliever should suffice. For the first few days after your oral surgery, you may want to stick to a diet of softer foods. Within the week, however, your gums should be healed so that you can eat whatever you like. To learn more about the dental implant process, click here.
Single Tooth Replacement. If you are missing one tooth, then Dr. Hamlett will place a single dental implant at that site. After several months of healing when the implant and surrounding bone have integrated, an abutment and porcelain crown will be attached to the implant.
Implant-Supported Dentures. For patients that are missing all of the teeth along one arch or even both, there are implant-supported dentures. Several implants are positioned along the jaw in order to anchor the dentures. On the underside of your dentures is a metal fitting that secures to your dental implants. Your dentures are firmly held in place so you have a smile that looks natural and remains secure when you eat, talk, laugh or smile.