Nearly 3 million Americans have dental implants. These permanent replacements for missing teeth are growing in popularity because they look and work just like natural teeth. If you have missing teeth, you don’t need to deal with the hassle of dentures or bridgework. Melanie L. Throne, DDS, PA, in Fort Worth, Texas, uses dental implants to restore the function and beauty of your smile. To find out more about the benefits of dental implants, call the office to make an appointment or book online today.
Dental implants are artificial teeth that are secured permanently into your jawbone. Implants can be used to replace one or more missing teeth, and they look and function just like natural teeth. They are often recommended as an alternative to ill-fitting dentures or dental bridges.
Implants have three main components. A metal rod acts as a replacement root for the tooth, and Dr. Throne surgically inserts the rod into your jawbone to hold the artificial tooth. Over time, your jawbone heals around the rod and bonds to hold it in place.
On top of the rod is an abutment, a small piece that connects the rod to the crown, or artificial tooth. The crown is the part of the implant that looks like a real tooth. Every crown is custom-made to match the shape, size, and color of your existing teeth to enhance your smile.
Your teeth, gums, and jawbone all work together inside your mouth. They help you chew food properly and speak clearly. If one or more teeth are missing, the way your mouth works is forced to change.
The remaining teeth can shift inside your mouth or break due to increased pressure when you bite down. Tooth roots stimulate your gums and bone growth in your jaw, so missing teeth can lead to gum recession and bone loss.
Over time, a missing tooth can compromise the health of nearby teeth and cause the jaw to deteriorate.
You can expect a few visits to the dentist if you get a dental implant. Dr. Throne begins with a full oral exam and reviews your medical history and the health of your mouth to determine if a dental implant is a good option for you.
When you get an implant, the first step is surgery to insert the implant rod. Dr. Throne makes a small incision in your gum and drills a hole in your jaw to place the rod. She uses anesthesia to keep you comfortable.
After this procedure, you’ll wait a few months for the bone to heal around the rod and secure it in place.
Once the metal rod is fixed in your mouth, you return for the abutment and crown placement. Dr. Throne ensures every implant crown looks realistic and feels comfortable inside the mouth.
Dental implants can transform your mouth, strengthening your jaw and protecting your natural teeth. Make an appointment by phone or online to visit Dr. Throne and get started with dental implants.