Dental implants are a versatile, high-quality replacement for natural teeth. Patients can restore one or multiple permanent teeth with durable implant posts. Implants consist of a titanium screw, abutment, and dental crown or restoration. Patients with single missing teeth can receive one dental implant. Patients with rows or arches of lost teeth benefit from implant-supported dental bridges and dentures. Dr. Mark Sowell and his dental team use implants to replace missing teeth in Plano, TX. They take each patient’s budget, goals, and needs into account in order to create customized implant treatment.
Q&A: Replacing Missing Teeth in Plano, TX
Do you want to know more about dental implants and implant-secured options? Read answers to popular questions many of our patients have about their restorative options:
How does dental implant treatment work?
Before treatment, Dr. Sowell makes sure that patients are in good oral health. He also ensures that patients have enough healthy bone tissue to support their dental implants. Some patients may require bone grafting treatment to create a proper foundation for the implants.
Then, to begin treatment, Dr. Sowell numbs the treated area and makes incisions in the gums to access the jawbone tissue. He makes a hole in the bone to insert the implants securely. Once the implants are secure, patients need to wait for 3 to 6 months for their implants to fuse to the jaw bone. Dr. Sowell takes impressions to create the custom crown, bridge, or denture to attach to the implants.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants provide a permanent restoration for patients with single or multiple lost teeth. Because they are made of titanium, they provide durability. Implants are also capped off with dental crowns, which not only look like natural teeth but also strengthen the smile. Restoring missing teeth at the root also supports the health of the teeth and gums. Additionally, implants and implant restoration create a more even bite.
How long do dental implants last?
Dental implant posts are permanent. Over time, patients may need to repair or replace their tooth crown, bridge, or denture. However, these restorations can last for many years.
Can dental implants fail?
Yes, although dental implants have a high success rate, they can fail. Patients who smoke, vape, or use tobacco products are at a higher risk of implant failure. Nicotine constricts the blood vessels, which means that it takes longer for the implant posts to heal. In some cases, dental implants cannot fully heal and fall out. Even after patients receive implants, they are still at risk of implant failure. Gum disease and tooth decay affect the health of the surrounding teeth and gum tissue. Patients with bacterial infections may lose their implants.
Restore Your Smile Today
Do you want an implant restoration for your missing teeth? Schedule a dental consultation with Dr. Sowell on our website. If you are a new patient, call (972) 382-6855. Current patients may call (972) 931-0090. If you have remaining questions for our dental team, let us know at your next dental appointment.