Dental implants are a reliable, long-term solution to missing teeth that allow you to fully restore the function and appearance of your smile. Located in Bedford, Texas, Mark Studer, DDS, and his team provide safe and highly-effective dental implant restorations. To find out if dental implants are the right solution for you, book an appointment by phone, or request one online today.
A dental implant is a type of tooth restoration that consists of a metal tooth root as well as an artificial tooth. The metal tooth root is a post made from titanium that’s surgically placed in the jaw bone. The replacement tooth root allows for a sturdy, reliable restoration that feels, functions, and appears just like your natural tooth.
If you have missing teeth, dental implants can help you avoid a number of complications with your oral health. Because your teeth are designed to work together, the remaining teeth in your mouth tilt and shift to compensate for the space left by missing teeth. These changes eventually affect the alignment of your teeth and can alter the way you speak and eat. Missing teeth can also cause changes to the shape of your face as your jawbone shrinks and rotates.
Replacing your missing teeth with implants allows you to preserve the structure and alignment of your teeth and avoid unwanted changes to your jaw bone and facial shape. Unlike other forms of tooth restoration, like dentures and bridges, dental implants are fully supported by surgically placed titanium posts that won’t slip, become loose, or cause damage to nearby teeth or bone. Dental implants are secure and allow you to eat and speak with confidence.
The process begins with the removal of your damaged teeth. Depending on the status of your gums and jawbone, you may require a bone or gum graft to ensure there is enough tissue to support the implant. The next step is placing the metal tooth root.
Dr. Studer works with local oral surgeons to ensure the safe and effective placement of your implant. The procedure is performed under anesthesia to prevent any pain or discomfort. The oral surgeon makes an incision through your gum tissue to access your jawbone. The surgeon then places the titanium tooth root in a small hole drilled through the jawbone.
After the procedure, you’re given time to heal as the titanium post fuses with your jawbone, a process called osseointegration. Depending on the type of implant you receive, you may require an additional procedure for placement of the abutment — the piece that attaches the artificial tooth to the metal tooth root. The final step is preparing and placing your artificial tooth.
Dr. Studer takes impressions of your teeth to ensure your new tooth matches the shape and size of your natural teeth. Once your artificial tooth is constructed, Dr. Studer makes final adjustments and attaches it to the implant.
If you have a missing or severely damaged tooth, book an appointment with Dr. Studer by phone or online to discuss dental implant restoration.