Smile Again with Dental Implants
Why choose an implant specialist?
Dr. Cory Nguyen is the Dallas Dentist to visit for dental implants. Beyond Dental is not just the name of his practice, but a way of life for Dr. Nguyen. He chose to go beyond traditional dentistry and receive advanced implant training in order to provide his patients with positive permanent solutions to certain dental issues. Decay and injury are the most common reasons people opt for implants. The implant can actually prevent bone atrophy in the jaw, which improves the appearance of smiles from the inside out. A dental implant can replace a single missing tooth, or the procedure can replace many teeth. Either way, smiles are transformed by the most natural looking prosthetic teeth on the market.
Is there more than one type of implant?
Actually, there are two distinct types of dental implants. Mini implants are smaller and thinner than traditional implants and are used to lock dentures in place to prevent slippage or movement. Affected speech is often corrected when dentures are held securely by mini-implants. As long as the patient has decent bone structure and relatively healthy gums, mini implants can improve the overall denture experience.
Single implants and bridge implants are the size and shape of the teeth they are replacing. These implants are not removable and will provide the patient with permanent natural looking artificial teeth. In the past, severely decayed, damaged, or missing teeth were replaced with bridges anchored to natural teeth or dentures. Now, implants are on the scene. Both single implants and bridge implants are stand alone. They leave the healthy teeth alone, which makes it easier to clean between teeth to maintain first-rate oral care.
What does treatment entail?
Each plan is tailored to the individual needs of the patient. First, a titanium rod is anchored in the jawbone in place of the affected tooth root. It takes an average of 3-6 months for the rod to become infused with the bone. Then, a small connector post called an abutment is added so an impression can be done in order for a crown to be made. Finally, the crown is permanently affixed to the post.
Normally, the procedure can be done with local anesthesia. Patients report there is no more pain than that involved when getting a tooth pulled. Over-the-counter pain meds are usually sufficient, but if needed, Dr. Nguyen can prescribe hydrocodone or codeine. His goal is to individualize care before, during, and after the procedure.
How are implants cared for long term?
The great things about implants is that once in place, they are permanent. If properly cared for, many will last a lifetime. Not only do the implants look and feel natural, taking care of them does not require anything out of the ordinary. Of course, folks in Dallas, TX will be sure to schedule regular dental check-ups at Beyond Dental. Combined with regular brushing, flossing and use of an antibacterial mouthwash, patients can expect to enjoy natural looking smiles for years to come.