Dental Implants Improving Southlake Smiles
Say Goodbye to the Gaps in Your Smile
If you have missing teeth, they’re probably the first thing you notice whenever you see your smile. Whether it’s in the mirror or in pictures online, all you can focus on is what isn’t there. Plus, missing teeth can be more than just a cosmetic problem. Over time, they make a person much more likely to develop gum disease, which in itself is the leading cause of tooth loss! For both your self-confidence and your health, it’s important that you replace your missing teeth, and the best way to do that, by far, is with dental implants.
Dental implants are the most comprehensive tooth replacement solution available today, providing the most benefits when it comes to security, longevity, AND aesthetics. With Dr. J. Lee Pettigrew’s expertise, he can use them to bring your smile back to its former glory.
Dental implants are special because they are actually able to rebuild your tooth from the root up. This not only provides your replacement teeth with unrivaled stability, but it also restores essential support to your jaw. Your teeth’s roots are important to keeping your jaw strong and healthy, and without them, the bone can easily shrink and deteriorate. With dental implants, this process is not only prevented, it can even be reversed!
A dental implant is actually a small titanium post, and the first step to getting one is to have it surgically placed into your jawbone. Dr. Pettigrew can refer you to a trusted surgical team to perform this minor procedure.
After your procedure has been completed, you’ll be given 4-6 months to heal, during which time the implants will naturally bond with the surrounding bone, providing an even stronger hold. Once you are finished healing, you’ll return to our office to receive your replacement teeth.
Implant-Retained Crowns & Bridges
For a single missing tooth, we can replace it with an implant-retained crown. It will attach directly to the titanium post via something called an abutment, and it will be made entirely of dental porcelain. This is one of the best materials we use in all of dentistry because it is able to mimic a natural tooth in every possible way.
If you have a row of missing teeth, dental implants can also be used to support a bridge. Compared to traditional bridges, implant-retained bridges look better, last longer, and do a better job of preserving your remaining teeth.
Dental implants are extremely versatile, and they can actually be used to support a set of dentures as well. Implant-retained dentures look just as natural as traditional ones, but they have a number of distinct advantages:
- Because they are anchored directly into your jaw, they will never pop, click, or slide out of place.
- The dental implants will support your jaw, which will help the dentures maintain their fit for much longer.
- Implant-retained dentures allow for a much stronger bite force, meaning that a patient will be able to eat a wide variety of healthy foods with confidence.
All-On-4 / Teeth-in-a-Day
This treatment uses just 4 implant posts to support an entire full denture. Often, the implants and denture can actually be placed in the same day, meaning a patient can wake up with a row of missing teeth in the morning and go to bed with a complete smile. This procedure is ideal for patients who may not have enough healthy jawbone to support traditional implant-retained dentures (which typically require 6-8 posts). With this method, now even more people can benefit from having their missing teeth replaced.
Are you tired of hiding your smile and avoiding your favorite foods because of your missing teeth? Do you want to be able to smile with confidence again? With dental implants, we can give you a smile that you’ll be proud to show the world.
To see if dental implants are right for you, please contact our office today for a consultation.