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Dental Implants in Denton, TX

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are titanium or ceramic posts that act as roots for your replacement teeth. The posts are embedded into your jawbone to hold your new teeth in place and keep them from moving around. 

In fact, you can use your implant-attached artificial teeth exactly like you’d use your natural teeth. You can talk all day, eat corn on the cob, bite an apple, and eat whatever you would like with dental implants -- without fear of them coming out or moving. That is the biggest advantage of implants over traditional partials or dentures. There is no need to take them out to clean or when you go to bed. No one will know they are not your natural teeth. 

Garden Oaks Family & Cosmetic Dentistry offers dental implants to hold in a single replacement tooth, several teeth, or even an arch. Because they don’t rely on the support of your healthy teeth, they stay healthy and intact. 

The Advantages of Dental Implants

Dental implants have many advantages over other teeth-replacement appliances like dentures and bridges. You’ll be happy with your new dental implants because: 

  • They’re strong
  • They’re durable
  • They feel natural and comfortable in your mouth
  • It’s easy to clean them
  • You can eat properly
  • They don’t move when you eat or talk
  • They don’t affect your speech or your ability to play a musical instrument, such as a horn

Because dental implants consist of three parts — the implant (rooted screw), the abutment (connecting post), and the crown (artificial tooth) — it’s easy for Dr. Ruehle to repair or replace the attachments and reconnect them to the implant if it were to break, which they rarely do. 

The Dental Implant Process

The team at Garden Oaks Family & Cosmetic Dentistry makes sure your jawbone and surrounding tissues are healthy enough for an implant before they proceed. 

You need to be prepared to make time for several appointments over the course of a few months for healing between procedures. 

Implant Surgery

Dr. Ruehle extracts any remaining pieces of your original tooth, and then makes a small hole in the bone to receive the implant. The implant is gently rotated into place, and the gum tissue is allowed to heal over it.  

Integration and Healing

After this, the implant integrates with your bone for 2-6 months. If necessary, a provisional or temporary can be provided to fill in space while healing occurs. This is greatly determined by where this implant is located. If it is a front tooth, a provisional will always be provided. You can determine if you want a provisional for the back areas. 

Finishing Your Implant

Once your bone is healed, Dr. Ruehle attaches the abutment to the implant and secures the crown on top. He makes some final adjustments to make sure the crown looks natural and fits comfortably. 

It might take a week to get used to the feeling of your new tooth, but soon, you can eat what you want, play instruments, and speak clearly.  

To find out if you’re a candidate for a sturdy and permanent dental implant, call Garden Oaks Family & Cosmetic Dentistry today. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the negative effects of dental implants?

There are very few negative effects of dental implants and it has an extremely high success rate. The negative effects of dental implants are mainly as a result of the surgery, including the area being more susceptible to infection during the healing process. 

After your surgery, your dentist will give you aftercare instructions so you can avoid complications. Following these instructions lowers your risk of infection or pain and increases your likelihood of success. 

Most of the effects of dental implants are positive because they’re a natural-looking and feeling tooth replacement solution. They’re also the only tooth replacement option that restores and strengthens your jawbone.  

How painful is a dental implant?

Dental implants aren’t very painful because you’ll be given an anesthetic for the surgery. You may feel some discomfort as you recover but this is normal. Your dentist will give you instructions for surgery aftercare and may prescribe a pain medication to help. 

After you’ve recovered from surgery, your implant will feel like a natural part of your jaw. Especially when the natural-looking crown is placed, you won’t even notice it’s there. That’s why dental implants are so well-loved -- they really feel like a natural part of your smile.  

How long does a dental implant last?

A dental implant is meant to last for a lifetime. With proper care, your implant can last for a very long time and won’t need to be replaced. The implant becomes a part of your jawbone by bonding with your living bone tissue through a process called osseointegration. 

While the titanium implant will last for a very long time, the tooth-shaped crown will have to be replaced. Natural-looking crowns are durable and can last for 10 to 15 years with proper care. This includes brushing your teeth every day, flossing daily, and visiting your dentist for regular cleanings. 

Are dental implants worth it?

Most people love their dental implants because they look beautiful and feel like a natural part of your smile. You can eat anything you want and take care of them just like your natural teeth. They also require much less maintenance than other tooth replacement options. 

Though dental implants require surgery, they last for a lifetime and they’re the only tooth replacement solution that keeps your jawbone strong. This helps you maintain a youthful appearance and allows you to continue eating the foods you love.