What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a long-lasting option for replacing individual missing teeth or securing dentures. They are a dental prosthetic.

A prosthetic is a manmade replacement for a missing body part. You’ve heard of a prosthetic leg or arm; dental implants are prosthetic teeth.

Most dental prosthetics replace the crown, or white portion of a tooth that is visible above the gum line. Dental implants, however, also replace the tooth’s root, which resides the jawbone. Because implants replace both crown and root, they are independently stable and provide a solid, reliable, and potentially lifelong solution for replacing a missing tooth – or for securing a denture.

Replacing Teeth is Essential

When teeth are missing, surrounding teeth must compensate, taking on an increased workload. This causes tooth drifting, a misaligned bite, and can lead to additional tooth loss, bruxism, headaches, and TMJ disorder. Replacing one or more lost teeth is essential for good oral health and function.

Traditional Dental Prosthetics

Bridges, partials, and dentures are the most common prosthetics in dentistry. Dental implants, however, are the next generation in replacement teeth. Like many developments in medical science, dental prosthetics have advantages over their traditional counterparts.

  • A dental bridge consists of one or more replacement teeth connected to a crown on each side. A bridge is held in place by crowning teeth on either side of the space left by missing teeth. The two natural teeth are reduced, then crowned to hold the replacement teeth in place. Because healthy, natural teeth must be crowned to secure a bridge, the procedure is not considered conservative. With proper care, bridges may last 10 or more years.
  • A partial denture consists of replacement teeth attached to a gum-colored palate. Partials usually connect to healthy teeth with inconspicuous metal clasps.
  • A full denture consists of a full row of upper or lower teeth secured to a gum-colored base. Dentures are most often held in place with adhesive or natural suction. They tend to wear down ridges on the gums because of constant friction. This can cause a poor fit because the original denture lining does not change. Patients often need their dentures relined, and sometimes a comfortable fit is virtually impossible. As a result, dentures become loose; they slip and wobble or even come out of the mouth while eating or speaking.

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Ready to smile again? Ready to enjoy your favorite foods? Then you’re ready for a dental implant consultation. Located in McKinney, Dr. Lynch’s dental implant office serves patients from McKinney, Allen, Plano, Dallas, and the greater DFW area. Our compassionate, experienced dental team extends gentle clinical care and excellent customer service to patients just like you. Come see us and lean how dental implants can give you solid teeth for serious living.