Dental implants are small, titanium posts that are placed into the jawbone; they basically serve as “roots” for a dental restoration, whether it’s a crown, a bridge or dentures. At Aegis Dental, Dr. Chandy works with local oral surgeons and periodontists to use dental implants to create complete, natural-looking smiles for Carrollton patients. Contact us today to schedule a consultation so that we can begin looking for a solution to those gaps in your grin.
If you’re missing a tooth or multiple teeth, you could be a candidate for dental implants as long as your mouth is healthy and your jawbone is in good shape. You can get implants to support different kinds of restorations depending on your needs:
One dental implant can replace a single tooth. After the mouth and jaw have been prepared, the post is inserted and left to integrate with the bone. After several months, the implant should be stable enough to receive and support a single dental crown.
If three or four teeth in a row are missing, they can be replaced all at once with a dental bridge that’s supported by a pair of implants. Normal bridges rest on natural teeth that have had some enamel removed, but this might increase your risk of tooth decay; implant-supported bridges are better for your oral health overall.
Four to six implants are all it takes to support full dentures. Traditional dentures can help you eat and speak normally, but there’s a chance that they could slip at embarrassing moments. False teeth that are retained by implants, on the other hand, will stay put.
The actual placement of the dental implant posts will be handled by a local oral surgeon; once your mouth has fully healed, you can come back to Aegis Dental to receive your new teeth. This way, you can be sure that you’re getting care from an expert in the field at every step of the procedure, giving you the greatest chance for success.
Obviously, a patient who has a single dental implant placed immediately after the extraction will have to pay a different cost than a patient who gets multiple implants and needs to have their gum disease treated first. We’ll help you form an estimate based on various factors. Don’t forget that dental implants last for decades – in many ways, they can be considered a long-term investment in a great smile!