Implant Dentistry An Overview
Thanks to modern technology, dental implants are a strong, beautiful and completely natural-looking treatment for missing teeth. They can restore your smile and your self-confidence in as little as two office visits. Dallas area cosmetic dentist, Dr. Mark Sowell uses the most advanced techniques to fill in the gaps, permanently replace missing teeth and give you a smile you feel confident in.
For many people, missing teeth not only affect their self-confidence due to an unattractive smile but they may feel awkward when talking, have difficulty when eating and have a less active social life. The most important reason to replace missing teeth is to protect your oral health. Untreated, missing teeth can cause bone deterioration, jaw recession, gum disease and further tooth loss. Let Sensational Smiles restore your oral health, stop your pain, discomfort, and embarrassment and improve your sense of well-being.
As a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI), Dr. Sowell is fully trained in both the surgical and restorative phases of implant dentistry. This means we offer complete treatment in our Plano, Texas dentist office – no need to go elsewhere to see a specialist.
Always at the forefront of his field, Dr. Sowell has taken thousands of hours of continuing education courses to make sure he provides you with the latest advances, tools, and techniques. Dental implants deliver the comfort, appearance, and function of natural teeth. For most patients, the implant process requires four to six months and three or more appointments with Dr. Sowell. But the results are well worth it.
Implant Dentistry What to Expect
Advances in dental implant technology have made it possible for almost anyone to be a candidate. Missing teeth can be very embarrassing and painful to live with, making it difficult to chew and speak properly, and unsightly to smile. While the old solutions to missing teeth were dentures, bridges, and crowns, these solutions can be difficult to maintain and provide only a short-term solution.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are one of the most important advances in modern dentistry. Implant dentistry offers patients who are missing one, several, or all their teeth an excellent alternative to partial or complete dentures. Implants remove the fear of denture accidents and make eating, smiling and talking worry-free. Ask Dr. Sowell about the advantages of dental implants, which include:
- Permanently replace missing teeth
- Single implant
- Multiple implants
- Teeth in a day
- Full arch implant options
- Strong & natural-looking
- Functional & comfortable
Dental Implants Provide Structure & Foundation
Modern dental implants are precision devices, available in several different designs to address your specific needs. The most common type is a titanium screw that is anchored into the jawbone, where it serves as post for a custom-made tooth crown. Once the crown is in place, you may not be able to tell it apart from your natural teeth. They are the only proven way to prevent bone loss after the loss of natural teeth. Research shows that implant-supported prostheses increase patient comfort. Dental implants are easy to take care of, and truly are the best alternative to real teeth!
Dental Implants vs. Dental Bridge
Because bridges rely on healthy teeth for support, adjacent teeth often must be ground down. The adjacent, healthy teeth often later have problems of their own, requiring new and costly dental work. Bridges can become unsealed without the person noticing, resulting in decay on support teeth, requiring replacement sometimes after five to ten years of use. Removable partials can become loose as the teeth move or anchor clasps fatigue – requiring repairs. It is often said that removable partial dentures are an economical short-term solution but in the long term, accelerate the extraction of the anchor teeth.
Dental Implants vs. Dentures
Although dentures are usually the least expensive treatment option for missing teeth, they can be uncomfortable, difficult to maintain and can pose many problems. They are often uncomfortable and can fall out during eating or other activities, causing embarrassment. Removable dentures can also cause sores in the mouth, which can be painful. It is necessary to remove dentures at night for cleaning and to keep them in place with adhesives, which can be a hassle. Because they are much less efficient than normal teeth, certain foods such as fruit and nuts must be avoided with dentures. Speaking is more difficult and less natural with dentures and, as a removable device, dentures can be easily misplaced.
Because neither bridges nor dentures stimulate bone growth, patients may experience extreme bone loss over time, giving them an older and less attractive appearance.