What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a precisely designed, milled and treated piece of titanium that fits into your jawbone to replace a missing root. Once this has become part of your jaw (integrated) from bone cell growth a post called an abutment made of titanium or zerconia (type of porcelain) is fitted into the implant, replacing the body of the missing tooth. Finally, the teeth (porcelain or composite/acrylic) implant is supporting is attached to the abutment and implant.
Benefits of a dental supported implant
- No slippage
- Durable and long lasting
- Improved self confidence
Your self-esteem and your diet don’t have to suffer from a missing tooth. See Dr. Sowell today to find out how dental implants can give you back your smile!
Dental Implants Offer More Permanent Smile Enhancement Solution
The technology for dental implants has been around 40 years. But only in the last 15 to 20 years, have implants become popular and accepted by both dentists and patients. Today, dental implants are considered the best way to replace missing teeth.
A dental implant can be a substitute for a single missing tooth. Multiple dental implants can replace all teeth in the upper or lower arch. The implant stays in the mouth; it is not removed like a partial or denture. As a standalone restoration, it differs from a bridge in that an implant does not require drilling on the adjacent teeth. Implants are maintained with the same good, regular oral hygiene as regular teeth.
Another important advantage of dental implants is that, when placed into the bone, they prevent bone deterioration or loss. They help your body retain existing jawbone that would otherwise be lost. When a tooth is removed and you do not get a socket graft or an implant, you lose 30% of your bone around your lost tooth in the first year and bone loss continues each year afterward. In no time, you are out of bone to support an implant.
Computer-assisted Dental Implants
Computer-based implant surgery, computer-designed and manufactured surgical guides (SurgiGuide) and simulated implant surgery computer software (SimPlant), along with CT X-ray scanning, have facilitated significant advances in dental implant planning. Dr. Sowell uses this technology with his patients to make implant placement highly predictable and successful.
Here is what happens. Following receipt of the three-dimensional computer X-ray scan of your jaws, Dr. Sowell performs a computer-simulated (virtual reality) implant surgery on you before ever touching your actual mouth. The information gathered is very accurate and allows Dr. Sowell to visualize the future locations for your implants and gives him the knowledge of your jaw anatomy in three dimensions. Your vital anatomical structures are identified before surgery and he can measure your bone quality and quantity directly from the computer images to make important decisions about how to best handle your care for success.
After this, the vast amounts of planning information Dr. Sowell receives from the computerized implant surgery simulation is digitally transmitted to Belgium for fabrication of a highly accurate guide (SurgiGuide) that ensures exact implant placement to achieve the optimum functional and esthetic result during surgery. Finally, Dr. Sowell imports the world’s highest-quality and most esthetic teeth and porcelains from Switzerland to give you a superior cosmetic result.
Why Choose Sensational Smiles For Dental Implants
Plano, TX dentist, Dr. Mark Sowell has trained at numerous teaching and postgraduate cosmetic and restorative institutions. He is quite skilled and experienced in implant restorations. Usually, patients get their implants placed by a surgeon in one office then travel to their general dentist office to get a tooth placed on the implant.
Dr. Mark Sowell offers a turnkey service, as he is trained to both place the implant and bone graft if needed as well as place the tooth on the implant. He has extensive training and experience in both phases of treatment. In diagnosing and planning treatment, Dr. Sowell uses CT technology to virtually plan the treatment and placement of the implants. His extensive training has resulted in him receiving a Fellowship in the International Congress of Oral Implantoloigists, Master of the Academy of General Dentistry and accreditation in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Sowell is both the surgeon and restorative dentist under one roof.
Schedule a Dental Implant Consultation
The sooner you schedule a consultation, the more likely you can benefit from this new technology to get back your smiling and chewing in as little time as possible. We invite you to call our expert smile care team today at (972) 382-6855 to schedule your complimentary smile design consultation, or you can request a consultation online.