What Is A Dental Implant And What Should A Patient Expect When They Get One?

Dental implants in Frisco are a type of restoration used to replace missing teeth. The implant itself is a screw-like post made of titanium that has the advantages of being resistant to rejection and being able to fuse with the jawbone. They are actually artificial tooth roots that support the prosthesis replacing the lost tooth or teeth.

What Does Getting Dental Implants Involve?

Getting a dental implant is a multi-step procedure. The dentist will first have to examine the patient to make sure there is enough bone in the jaw to support the implant. If there isn’t, the patient will need a bone graft.

When the dentist is satisfied that the patient’s jaw can support an implant, they will make an incision in the gum to access the jawbone. They will then place the implant into the jawbone.

During the next appointment, the dentist will attach a prosthesis like a crown to the implant and thus give the patient a natural-looking tooth.

What Is A Zirconia Crown?

A zirconia crown is a dental crown made from zirconium oxide, rather than the usual porcelain. Zirconium oxide is stronger and more durable than porcelain. It is also biocompatible, which means that the body won’t reject it. Zirconia crowns are semi-transparent like natural teeth, and they can also be X-rayed.

What Are Implant Dentures?

Implant dentures, sometimes called “All-on-4,” are dentures supported by implants. They help patients who have lost all of their teeth on their upper or lower jaw. The dentist will place several implants in the patient’s jawbone and then secure the denture on top.

Implant dentures can be removable (snap-on or overdenture) or permanent (screw-in). Removable implant dentures tend to be less expensive than permanent implant dentures, and they are often preferred by patients who have had dentures for a long time.

Contact Lone Star Dental Care or visit us to learn more about dental implants in Frisco.

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