All About Dental Implants
A dental implant is an ideal tooth restoration for people who are missing one or more teeth for reasons like injury or periodontal disease. Implants require healthy gums and adequate bone. A patient must also be committed to excellent oral hygiene and regular dental visits, as these are critical to the long-term success of dental implants.
Implant placement requires special training, as it is a surgical procedure. Dr. Rangel and our team are highly-trained in implant placement to meet your dental needs.
To begin the implant process, a metal post is surgically positioned into the jaw. This post will act as a permanent “root” for the implanted tooth. Once it is in place, the surrounding bone and tissue needs time to heal.
After the metal implant post is placed, the restoration is completed with a replacement crown. The crown is custom made to look and feel natural so it blends in with the rest of your smile. We can also use several dental implants to support a full denture for more stability and chewing power.
While implants are typically more expensive than other methods of tooth replacement, they provide superior benefits. Implants are stronger than natural teeth and generally last 10-20 years. They are also a more favorable approach than bridgework, because they do not depend on neighboring teeth for support.
If you’re interested in replacing your missing teeth with dental implants, call our office at (432) 333-6169 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Rangel. Whether you’re missing one tooth or many, we have implant solutions for you.