What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
How Do Dental Implants Work?
He is able to accurately plan your implant procedure using our 3D CBCT x-ray machine and create the implant surgical guide in-house with our FormLabs 3D printer FormLabs 3D printer…Opens a new window to the official website….
Here is a breakdown of the procedure:
- Planning Phase Dr. Schmidgall will only move forward with a dental implant procedure if you are an ideal candidate. There are several factors to this, which are discussed during your initial consultation.
If you are a candidate, then the planning phase involves our implant dentist in Fort Worth, TX…Learn more about our dentist…, taking digital images (3D CBCT x-ray machine) of your mouth and jaw. He’ll use these images to plan and design your dental implants.
- Creation Phase The images and data complied are then transferred to our 3D printer. At this point, Dr. Schmidgall will adjust the implant design and dimensions to fit your unique needs. Our in-house FormLabs 3D printer then creates the implant surgical guide to the planned specifications.
- Placement Phase The newly created surgical guide is used to surgically insert the dental implant accurately into your jawbone at the exact position planned using our 3D CBCT x-ray machine.
After a healing period of a few months, the implant becomes fused to your jaw. It provides a secure and stable anchor for a dental restoration with restorations that look, feels, and function just like your natural teeth!
Dental Implants FAQs
- Am I A Good Candidate For Dental Implants? There are a few different requirements that you will need to meet in order to qualify for dental implants. First, your mouth must be healthy and free of major issues like infected teeth and gum disease. Implants typically can’t be placed unless you are free of these kinds of oral health problems.
In addition, you must have a healthy and strong jaw bone. If your jaw bone has weakened due to tooth loss, you may not be able to get dental implants right away. Instead, you will need to get a bone graft, which is an oral surgery designed to strengthen the bone sufficiently to prepare for a dental implant.
You also must either not be a tobacco user, or you must cease smoking or oral tobacco use for the duration of your dental implant procedure. This is because both oral tobacco use and smoking dramatically increase your risk of complications like an infection around your implant (peri-implantitis) as you heal from the procedure.
The best way to find out if you’re a good candidate for dental implants is to contact Country Day Dental for an appointment with Dr. Ryan Schmidgall. At your consultation, he will perform a comprehensive oral exam to help you determine whether or not implants are a good choice for your particular situation.
- How Long Do Dental Implants Last? Your dental implants will likely last you for the rest of your life. The implant, which is a small piece of titanium, will permanently integrate with your natural jaw bone through a process known as “osseointegration.” Basically, it will become a natural part of your mouth, indistinguishable from your bone tissue.
With proper placement, recovery, and maintenance your implant will likely never fail. More than 90% of all dental implants last over 30 years, so most patients can expect to keep their beautiful, natural new teeth for the rest of their lives.
However, it’s important to note that while the implant will likely last forever, the implant restoration may not last quite this long. Dental crowns, bridges, and other implant restorations are exposed to a lot of wear & tear from chewing and biting, and will tend to wear out within 10-20 years.
The good news is that it’s easy, fast, and relatively inexpensive to replace these restorations. If they are worn out, they can simply be removed from the implant, and then a new crown, bridge, or other implant-supported restoration can be built and placed right away.
- What Are Alternatives To Dental Implants? There are two primary alternatives to dental implants at Country Day Dental; full or partial dentures, and dental bridges.
Full and partial dentures consist of a metal and/or plastic framework that supports one, several, or an entire arch of missing teeth. Dentures are a time-tested, effective way to replace missing teeth, but they don’t last very long, and they tend to shift and move around when you chew and bite.
Dental bridges are a bit different, and can be used to restore a row of one or more missing teeth. This treatment uses two dental crowns, which are permanently attached to healthy teeth near your missing tooth or teeth. Then, a “bridge” of false teeth is suspended in the gap in your smile to restore your smile. Bridges are more durable and long-lasting than dentures, but still don’t last quite as long as dental implants.
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He is dedicated to his patients, and through ongoing education, he keeps up with cutting-edge, new techniques in dentistry. He has completed many advanced curriculums at the prestigious Kois Center…Opens a new window to the Kois website… and SPEAR Institute…Opens a new window to the SPEAR website….
As your Fort Worth implant dentist…Meet Dr. Schmidgall…, you can trust Dr. Schmidgall to partner with you to achieve your dental goals and transform your smile into a beautiful masterpiece.