Dental care has made vast improvements during our lifetime, yet millions of Americans experience tooth loss because of injury, gum disease and tooth decay. For several years, the only way to replace a missing tooth was with dentures or a dental bridge. However many cosmetic dentists like Dr. Gary Alhadef now offer dental implants.

What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are replacement tooth roots that are placed within the jawbone after a tooth is lost. After the implant is in place, a replacement tooth is attached or it may be used to anchor a dental bridge more securely. Implants are typically made from and provide a solid foundation for permanent or removable teeth that are designed to replace missing teeth. By using an implant to fill the space in your smile, you may also prevent other dental problems.

Types of Implants
There are three most common types of dental implants:
Root Form Implant
Root form dental implants are the most common. A root form implant is a screw-type implant shaped like the root of a tooth. It is placed under the gums and directly into the jawbone.
Plate Form Implant
If the jawbone has deteriorated, too short or too narrow for a root form implant, a plate dental implant may be used. The plate form is a longer, flat piece of titanium placed beneath the gums and on top of the jawbone.
Subperiosteal Implants
These implants are used only when there is not enough jawbone to support either a root dental implant or a plate dental implant. This dental implant is custom made and attached directly to the jawbone to strengthen the surface.

The Advantages of Dental Implants
Making the decision to have dental implants can genuinely be life altering for someone who has missing teeth. There are numerous advantages to having permanent a replacement for a lost tooth. Dental implants:

-Look and feel like your own teeth
-Are designed to fuse with your jawbone so they become permanent
-Allow you to speak without the worry that your dentures/teeth may slip
-Eliminate the discomfort of removable dentures
-Work like your own teeth, allowing you to eat foods with confidence
-Give you back your smile and help you feel better about yourself
-Are durable and will last many years –with good care, some implants last a lifetime

It’s important to be aware that dental implants require the same care as real teeth, including brushing, flossing, and regular dental check-ups.

If you are missing one or several teeth and would like to consider implant dentistry to replace them, contact cosmetic dentist Dr. Gary Alhadef in his Dallas, Texas dental office to schedule a consultation.

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