If you’ve lost permanent teeth due to cavities or oral trauma, consider dental implants. Dental implants function like your natural teeth and with optimal care, often last a lifetime. At Bella Vita Dentistry at Glade Parks, general dentist May Amria, DMD, boasts years of experience placing and restoring dental implants. To make an appointment at the practice in Euless, Texas, call the office or schedule online today.
Dental implants replace your natural tooth roots. They’re small posts made of titanium inserted into your jaw during an outpatient procedure.
Following placement, the implants integrate with your bone, providing a base for dental restorations. The type of restoration you receive depends on the number of teeth missing and your dental health history.
Dental implants offer many advantages, including:
Dental implants provide the added benefit of restoring the structure of your jaw. If you’re missing teeth, the skin around your mouth sags. Implants prevent this from occurring, making you look younger.
To get dental implants you need a healthy jaw and gums. To determine if you qualify, Dr. Amria conducts an oral exam and takes a series of oral X-rays. If you have gum disease or a thin jaw, she might recommend scaling and root planing or a bone graft before continuing with treatment.
Let Dr. Amria know if you have a chronic health problem like heart or kidney disease. These and other ailments increase the risk of surgical complications, so it’s important they are managed before implant placement.
At Bella Vita Dentistry at Glade Parks, getting dental implants requires three appointments over a period of 6-12 months.
If Dr. Amria determines you qualify for dental implants, she administers a local anesthetic and inserts a series of posts into your jaw. Following the procedure, she provides care instructions and writes you a prescription for pain medication.
Four to six months later, when your implants finish integrating with your jaw, you return to Bella Vita Dentistry at Glade Parks. Dr. Amria takes impressions of your mouth and attaches a metal piece, called an abutment, to each implant.
Afterward, she sends your impressions to a dental laboratory. The technicians at the lab use your impressions to design and create a custom dental restoration. Depending on your needs, that might be a crown, a fixed bridge, or snap-on dentures.
When the laboratory completes your implant restorations, you return to Bella Vita Dentistry at Glade Parks for the third time. Dr. Amria administers a local anesthetic, attaches your restorations to your implants, and provides care instructions.
After your restorations are placed, you can return to normal activities like biting and chewing right away. To explore the benefits of dental implants, make an appointment at Bella Vita Dentistry at Glade Parks by calling the office or scheduling online today.