Dental Implants in Carrollton
Out of all the tooth replacement options, dental implants have the functionality, feel and appearance of natural teeth and are the standard of excellence against which other tooth replacement options are judged. A dental implant keeps bone intact and can prevent both bone loss and gum tissue shrinkage, thus protecting surrounding healthy teeth. Bridges and dentures provide the aesthetics, but not the support and protection provided by implants. And because a dental implant also replaces the root structure, the jawbone is better preserved. In terms of hygiene, a dental implant is much easier to clean as compared to a bridge. The teeth that support a bridge can develop cavities presenting the risk of failing. Well-maintained bridges can last a long time, but an implant often lasts a lifetime as it is not affected by cavities.
Schedule an appointment with Dr. Durga at DD Family Dentistry if you want to learn about the options to replace one or more missing teeth. Below is a partial list of implant options that we provide to our patients at DD Family Dentistry.
Single Tooth Implant
Removal of a single damaged or decayed tooth results in a loss of both the visible part of the tooth (crown) and the root. In such cases, Dr. Durga inserts a dental implant into the jawbone which can fuse with the natural bone and become strong and sturdy foundation for replacement tooth. A small post called an abutment is then attached to the implant, and a replacement tooth (that is customized to match with the remaining teeth) is cemented on top of the abutment. Your new implant tooth will look and function like a natural tooth allowing you to enjoy normal activities such as eating, talking and smiling. Dental implants also prevent shifting of teeth that can occur in a person with missing teeth where the remaining teeth tend to shift positions towards the gap due to bone loss, affecting how the upper and lower teeth meet.
Replacing Multiple Teeth
Dr. Durga Devarakonda offers dental implants to patients who have lost multiple teeth due to trauma, periodontal disease and decay. Implant-supported teeth are permanently fixed to the bone in the mouth, so they are more beneficial than other options to replace multiple teeth loss such as dentures. They don't slip or click, and there is no worry about them moving or falling out when speaking, eating, or participating in activities. Since dental implants are placed directly inside the bone, they help preserve the jawbone and prevent bone deterioration and loss. Dental implants look, feel, and function like natural teeth, and can last a lifetime. People with dental implants say they look better, feel better and more confident, and they can finally eat what they want, and participate in all the activities they desire.
Full Smile Restoration with All-On-4
DD Family Dentistry offers All-On-Four dental implants for people who have lost or are about to lose all of their upper and/or lower teeth. We place a full-arch (top or bottom set) of fixed replacement teeth stabilized using four dental implants. The All-On-4 implants are placed in available bone, precluding the need for bone grafting. We use special abutments which allow the placement of a temporary set of replacement teeth the same day. We recommend a modified diet while gum tissues heal and the implants integrate into the surrounding natural bone. We place the final bridge about six months later, and the patient can then return to normal diet.
All-On-Four dental implants can be cleaned and maintained just like natural set of teeth. This is in contrast to dentures that require removal at night, messy adhesives, the potential for denture slippage during speech and smiling, bad breath associated with wearing dentures, etc.
If you are unhappy with your smile, call DD Family Dentistry to schedule an implant consultation. We will gladly discuss the available treatment options with you.