Tyler, TX dental implants create the look, feel and function of real teeth. Learn about these replacement teeth from Dr. Keith Gerber of Gentle Dental Care.
Tooth loss happens. Decay, injury and gum disease all play their roles in adult smile gaps. The important thing is to fill those gaps. Dr. Keith Gerber of Gentle Dental Care often recommends dental implants in his Tyler, TX office. Implants are today’s gold standard in tooth replacement.
What exactly is a dental implant?
Basically, a dental implant is an artificial tooth made up of 3 parts: a titanium screw placed into the jawbone, a metal alloy post or abutment and a custom-fabricated and lifelike porcelain crown restoration. Also, dental implants often support fixed bridgework or full or partial dentures.
While more costly at the outset than traditional tooth replacements, dental implants last for decades, rarely failing or requiring replacement. Implants are superior, too, because the titanium in the implant device has an affinity for the human bone.
The bone and implant bond securely together through a process known as osseointegration. Through osseointegration, the jawbone is literally exercised and strengthened.
Who can get a dental implant?
The ideal implant candidate has good overall and oral health, sufficient bone density, eats a healthy diet, practices good dental hygiene and does not smoke. However, if a patient has thin bone or gum disease, these problems may be treated successfully before the implant procedure commences.
How the procedure goes
After an oral exam and x-rays, Dr. Gerber can determine if a patient can receive an implant. If so, he will refer the individual to a skilled oral surgeon in the Tyler, TX area. This specialist actually places the dental implant during a simple in-office surgery.
During the procedure, the oral surgeon incises the gums and drills small hole in the jawbone. He puts the implant screw into that hole and closes the gums.
After many weeks of healing in which the bone and implant fuse together, the patient returns to Dr. Gerber for placement of the abutment and porcelain crown. This crown matches surrounding teeth in color and conformation. At this point, the implant procedure is complete.
Caring for a dental implant
Research shows that dental implants are successfully placed and retained in more than 90 percent of cases. Key to keeping implants in place and functioning is good oral hygiene. Flossing once a day and brushing twice a day avoids an infection called peri-implantitis which is similar to advanced gum disease.
Additionally, implant patients must see Dr. Gerber at Gentle Dental Care for twice yearly cleanings and check-ups. Smokers are advised to start a smoking cessation program as tobacco use may undermine dental implants.
Come for a consult
Tyler, TX dental implants may be just what you need for your healthiest, most attractive smile. Contact the team at Gentle Dental Care of Tyler, TX for a personal consultation.