Tooth loss is a serious problem for our patients. At Hallock Family Dental, we understand the difficulties that come with the loss. We offer dental implants as a long-term solution for our patients.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are dental prostheses permanently implanted into the mouth. The natural healing process allows the implants to fuse with the jawbone, creating a firm foundation for artificial teeth. The implants are realistic and sturdy, providing the most natural-looking and feeling option for tooth replacement.
Advantages of Dental Implants
Dental implants are permanent and will not fall out, unlike bridges or dentures. They provide a permanent solution to tooth loss and deliver the most natural looking replacement for natural teeth. With proper care, including regular brushing, flossing, and cleaning, they can last a lifetime.
If you’ve lost more than one tooth, you may be a candidate for dental implants. In most cases, patients who are healthy enough to undergo a routine extraction procedure are eligible for implants. If you’re a smoker, have a chronic condition, or have had radiation therapy in your mouth or head, your case will need to be evaluated on an individual basis. It’s important that candidates commit to a good oral health care routine to ensure the long-term success of the procedure.
Dental Implants Procedure
The details of the procedure will depend on the health of the bone and the patient’s condition. Your dentist at Hallock Family Dental will discuss your particular case. Usually, a local anesthetic is used, similar to a tooth extraction. Some patients require additional sedation to help them stay comfortable throughout the procedure. Many patients report that discomfort is equivalent to or less than that of an extraction. After the procedure, it will be important that you eat soft foods for a few weeks while the implants fully heal. Patients may experience some bruising and swelling of the gums. Once the recovery process is complete, your new implants will feel and function like natural teeth. Stop by our Allen and McKinney offices to schedule your consultation and to talk about whether dental implants are the right choice for you.