Dental Implants Odessa, TX
Tooth loss is a serious event. When you lose teeth, even if you just lose one, your whole life is affected. Biting and chewing become more challenging. Your speech is affected. The quality of your smile deteriorates. Tooth loss can even affect the health of your jawbone, leading to bone loss and other complications. Replacing missing teeth is necessary for restoring the functions of those lost teeth and your quality of life. Jeremy J Burke, DDS, PA can replace your missing teeth with dental implants.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a treatment for replacing missing teeth, providing a modern alternative to treatments like bridges and dentures. They consist of three components.
|•||Titanium posts. The actual implants are small titanium posts that are surgically implanted into your jawbone. The bone fuses to the posts as you heal, integrating them into the jaw. They become strong, stable roots that support your replacement teeth.
|•||Abutments. These are connectors that are placed on the exposed ends of the implants and provide stability for the replacement teeth.
|•||Ceramic crowns. Ceramic crowns replace the visible portions of your missing teeth, restoring your abilities to eat and speak. They also restore the aesthetics of your smile.|
Types of Dental Implants
Dental implants are very versatile and can be used in a variety of different situations. To fit these needs, there are several types of implants.
|•||Single tooth implants. A single tooth implant replaces one missing tooth. It uses one post and a single crown.
|•||Multiple tooth implants. Also called an implant supported bridge, this type of implant replaces two or more consecutive missing teeth. Your crowns are supported by one or more posts.
|•||Implant supported denture. An implant supported denture relies on 6 to 8 implants to support a full arch of replacement teeth.|
Dental Implant Procedure
Getting your dental implants requires a surgical procedure, which is done under local anesthetic and sedation. The procedure begins with incisions in the gum tissue, exposing the bone. Small holes are drilled into the bone, and the posts are placed inside. The gums are stitched closed around them, and temporary teeth are set in place.
After surgery, there is a recovery period, which can last for several weeks to several months. During this time, the bone gradually fuses to the titanium posts, integrating them into the jaw. A series of follow up appointments are scheduled so that we can monitor your progress. Once you have fully healed, we take impressions of your mouth and create your permanent crowns, which are screwed into place on the posts.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants offer several benefits.
|•||They look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth. Your abilities to eat and speak are restored as is the appearance of your smile.
|•||They are comfortable. The crowns are supported by the titanium posts rather than your gums.
|•||They are strong and secure. The crowns are held firmly in place and will not slip around. This avoids any potential sores on your gums, as well as helps to maintain normal functions of your mouth.
|•||They are permanent. Your teeth are not made to be removed unless professional maintenance is needed.
|•||They protect the health of your jawbone. The posts restore the stimulation to your jawbone that the teeth once provided. This helps to stop and prevent the bone loss in your jaw, helping to keep it strong.|
Are There Any Drawbacks to Dental Implants?
While implants offer numerous benefits, they do have a few drawbacks as well.
|•||They require surgery.
|•||There is a lengthy recovery period involved.
|•||They are more expensive than traditional treatments.
|•||If you develop gum disease, and do not get it treated promptly, it can result in implant failure.|
If you are interested in dental implants to replace your missing teeth, call Jeremy J Burke, DDS, PA today to schedule your consultation at (432) 653-2320.