At Hulen Smiles, Implant and Cosmetic dentist in Fort Worth TX, we routinely use dental implants, which are surgically implanted titanium posts, to anchor replacement teeth. These posts are placed in the jawbone where teeth are missing and act as artificial tooth roots that provide stable support to artificial teeth.
After the implants are placed into the bone, they are allowed to heal and integrate with the surrounding jaw bone in an osseointegration process. Once the implants have healed and integrated with your jaw, our dentist can begin attaching the artificial teeth to the dental implant posts.
This process is completed in multiple stages over several months to allow the mouth time to adjust and heal properly between procedures. During the final stage of this process, the dentist attaches the dental crowns to the abutments that protrude from the dental implant posts. Once the process is complete, you can eat, smile, speak, and laugh confidently!
What Are Dental Implants Made Of?
Dental implants are made from titanium, which is a unique biocompatible metal that can fuse with bone through a process called osseointegration. Since they are made from such a stable material, dental implants last a long time and are resistant to wear-and-tear damage. As long as you brush and floss your teeth regularly, your dental implant should last a lifetime!
Although dental implants are durable and strong, you should avoid chewing on hard candy or ice cubes when you have one. On the other hand, this does not mean you will need to avoid hard foods altogether. You can still have crunchy foods like apples and hard bread crusts without fear of damaging your implant.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants offer patients the possibility to get permanent replacement teeth that look and function just like natural teeth. While traditional dentures can make eating difficult, implants feel like natural teeth and are easy to care for. There’s no need to remove or soak them overnight.
Additionally, dental implants help to protect the integrity of your mouth by preventing further bone loss in the gaps where teeth are absent. The root of the tooth provides essential stimulation to the jawbone. When a tooth is lost, the jaw does not receive the needed stimulation and will eventually begin to deteriorate in that area. This can also cause the face to appear sunken in.
Last but not least, patients experience a boost in their self-esteem after getting dental implants, as they are the most comfortable, natural-looking, and reliable tooth replacement option. Unlike dentures, dental implants will not move or slip out when you speak.
Implants feel entirely natural and allow you to smile and laugh with confidence. To learn more about dental implants, contact Hulen Smiles, Implant and Cosmetic Dentist, at
(817) 585-4159 or visit us at 6217 Oakmont Blvd, Fort Worth 76132.