Dental Implants: The Most Durable Solution to Restore Your Smile
If you have missing or severely damaged teeth, dental implants can help restore form and function to your smile. Dr. L. Patrick Grisanti II, in Rockwall, TX, uses the highest grade materials and most advanced techniques when placing implants and creating restorations. With over 1,000 hours of continuing education training, his compassion and experience in implantology help him deliver durable restorations that will blend in with your smile and allow you to eat, speak, and laugh with ease.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are titanium posts surgically anchored in the jawbone to replace missing tooth roots. After the posts have been allowed to heal and fuse with the jawbone, a crown, bridge, or denture will be firmly attached to the implant to replace the entire structure of the missing tooth and restore function to your bite.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Unlike traditional dentures or bridges that rest on top of the gums, dental implants may have the capacity to strengthen your jawbone. Typically, when we lose a tooth, the bone underneath begins to atrophy because it is no longer receiving stimulation from the pressures associated with chewing and speaking. Dental implants are the only restorative option that can replace this stimulation and actually prevent future bone loss in your jaw.
Additionally, dental implants can provide many other functional and aesthetic benefits, including:
- Increased self-confidence
- Natural appearance and function
- Chewing comfortably and enjoying all your favorite foods
- Speaking, enunciating, and laughing more clearly
- Not worrying about forgetting your dentures or having them slip out of place
- Natural integration with the rest of your teeth
- Long-term solution using durable materials
- Easier dental hygiene
- Improved overall oral health
Candidacy for Dental Implants
While dental implants offer many benefits, prospective patients should be able to meet certain health standards before considering this treatment. Generally, good candidates for dental implants may include patients who are:
- In good overall oral and general health
- Have enough bone density and tissue to support an implant
- At a lower risk for any surgical treatment
Treatment Process and Timeline
Your individual treatment timeline will vary depending on your age, health, and whether you need any preparatory procedures before having your dental implants placed.
Dr. Grisanti and his team prioritize your comfort and safety during all stages of your treatment.
Your treatment will begin with a thorough evaluation of your oral health. Dr. Grisanti can address any areas of damage or decay prior to beginning your implant treatment. If you do not have an adequate amount of tissue to support the titanium posts, you may be a suitable candidate for bone grafting. This can add several months to your treatment timeline as the bone will require time to heal before Dr. Grisanti can place the implant.
After the titanium posts are surgically placed in your jawbone, your doctor will suture the gum tissue closed. Over the next four to six months, the implants will be allowed to fully integrate with your jawbone. This will provide a strong and durable foundation to support your restoration.
Depending on your treatment plan, you may receive a temporary restoration once the implants are exposed to give your gums time to adjust. Dr. Grisanti will have our partnering dental lab design your customized restorations to accommodate your bite and tooth color. When you come back for the final placement, your doctor will place the abutment on the post, and then attach the crown, bridge, or denture.
Along with traditional dental implants, Dr. Grisanti also offers All-on-4® treatment, which has a shorter timeline and involves using four angled implants to support a full arch restoration. With this expedited treatment timeline, Dr. Grisanti can typically provide patients with their new restorations on the same day as their placement surgery.
Dr. Grisanti and his team prioritize your comfort and safety during all stages of your treatment, always striving to give you the best results possible. To learn more about whether dental implants are right for you, please contact our office today.
"My experiences with the office of Dr. Grisanti have always been great. The staff is excellent, and the services performed have always been very professional. They have been very good accommodating schedule adjustments. Very highly recommended."Doug N.