If you’re missing permanent teeth, dental implants can restore your smile and lower the risk of potentially serious issues like gum recession and bone loss. At Moderna Dental Studio, Noah Cruz, DDS, Mayra Estrada, DDS, and the team use advanced 3D technology to assess bone levels and place implants accurately. To make an appointment at the practice in Farmers Branch, Texas, call or click the online booking tool today.
Dental implants are small posts made of titanium that replace your natural tooth roots. They’re placed beneath your gumline during an outpatient procedure and provide a foundation for dental restorations like crowns, a fixed bridge, or implant-supported dentures.
Following placement, dental implants fuse with your jaw. By integrating with your bone, they’re unable to slip or slide, making them a sturdier and more supportive tooth replacement option than dentures.
Dental implants provide a variety of advantages, including:
Dental implants also encourage optimal oral health. By replacing missing permanent teeth, you can significantly lower the risk of bone loss, gum recession, and other related complications.
Getting dental implants takes three appointments spaced over 6-12 months.
To determine if you’re a candidate for dental implants, your provider conducts an oral exam and takes 3D digital scans using the cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) scanner. Your provider uses this imaging to assess your bone levels and to plan your implant placement appropriately.
After developing a surgical plan, your provider administers a local anesthetic and places a series of titanium posts beneath your gums. They provide care instructions for when the anesthesia wears off.
When the implants integrate with your jaw, usually 12-16 weeks later, you return to Moderna Dental Studio. Your provider takes digital impressions of your mouth, attaches a metal abutment piece to each implant, and sends the impressions to a laboratory, where your custom restorations are created.
When the laboratory completes your custom restorations, you return to the office for your final appointment. Your provider administers a local anesthetic and attaches the restorations to your implants, restoring your smile. After placing the restorations, your provider polishes them and provides care instructions.
You care for dental implants as though they’re your permanent teeth. The team at Moderna Dental Studio recommends brushing and flossing daily and visiting the office two times each year for an oral exam and professional cleaning.
If you grind your teeth or play contact sports like hockey or football, wear a mouthguard — a custom oral appliance that provides an extra line of defense. By taking preventive measures, dental implants often last a lifetime.
To see if dental implants can replace your missing teeth, make an appointment at Moderna Dental Studio by calling or clicking the online booking tool today.