Dental Implants

Burleson DentistFor people who have struggled with dentures that slip and fall out, dental implants are life changing. Dental Implants are now available at Alsbury Dental in Burleson, Tx. They completely alleviate the embarrassment factor that keeps a denture wearer from going out to dinner with friends and family, or eating a meal in front of children who ask a lot of very honest questions.

Implants never slip. They never wobble. They never feel loose or uncomfortable. With implant-retained dentures, you can eat whatever you like, from steak to caramel apples, with complete confidence.

For patients who have lost one or more teeth and want a conservative, lasting replacement option that mimics the design of natural teeth, dental implants are the ideal solution. They’re independently anchored, so they don’t require alteration of healthy teeth. Having a dental implant is like having a new tooth installed, with no strings attached.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental ImplantsMade of three distinct parts, dental implants feature a small, biocompatible titanium rod that functions as a replacement for a tooth root by anchoring into the jawbone. An abutment attaches to the top of the rod, just at the gums. Then, a replacement tooth (crown) or teeth (bridge or denture) is connected to the abutment. One implant can hold a crown. Multiples can secure a bridge. Four to six will stabilize a full denture.

Benefits of Dental Implants

  • Solid anchor for dentures; no slipping, wobbling, looseness
  • Independent anchoring; do not compromise healthy teeth
  • Eliminate potential for teeth shifting by replacing lost teeth
  • Reduce potential for tooth loss by taking on workload of lost teeth
  • Improve self-image by completing a smile and improving speech clarity
  • Improve chewing ability and reduce/eliminate dietary restrictions due to chewing inability
  • Improve health due to diet expansion
  • Stop bone degeneration in jaw
  • Can last forever with proper care and good oral health

Qualifying for Implants

Most patients in good health are candidates for dental implants. The procedure involves an outpatient surgery in which one or more implant posts are surgically placed into the jawbone. Healthy jawbone density and good oral health are necessary prior to this surgery. If bone density is an issue, the dentist may suggest a bone graft or sinus lift (upper jaw) to improve candidacy. Poor oral health can also be corrected by addressing issues such as gum disease, cavities, failing dental work, etc. By working with the dentist through a treatment plan, most patients who initially do not qualify for implants can become candidates.

Implant Placement

Should you be concerned with anxiety, stress, or discomfort during your implant placement procedure, ask the dentist about sedation. When planning your case, we will strategically determine the location of your implant posts to ensure optimal long-term stability. Your day surgery will take a few hours; total time will depend upon the number of implants being placed and whether you require sedation.

After the procedure, you may wear a temporary prosthetic while the implant site(s) heal(s). Bone tissue will grow around the titanium posts in a process called osseointegration, which takes three to six months. Once the posts are completely stable, the doctor will proceed with restoration, or placement of your prosthetic(s).

Implant Restoration

Dental prosthetics that attach to an implant base include individual crowns, bridges, partials, or dentures. Most implant-supported prosthetics are permanent, meaning non-removable or fixed. Dentures can be made removable, if the patient prefers.

Maintaining Implants

Regular daily oral care at home is necessary to maintain good dental and periodontal health. Implant patients should also visit the dentist twice a year, or more often if advised. With continued good oral health, dental implants can last throughout life. The restorations may require replacement if they break or wear down.

Learn More about Implant Dentistry

Call (817) 295-3070 to schedule your consultation to learn more about dental implants in Burleson, Tx. Alsbury Dental serves patients from across South Ft. Worth, including families from Crowley and Rendon.