Dental implants are artificial tooth roots. A dentist applies implants to the underlying bone and provides a base for artificial teeth called crowns. Implants and crowns are both designed to replace teeth and provide the natural look and feel of real teeth. Our team at Galloway Dental are experts in dental implants in Mesquite, TX. Your comfort and healthy smile are our number one priority.

What are Dental Implants?

a woman smiling at her doctor after receiving new dental implantsImplants combined with crowns replace one or more teeth. They provide the look, feel and durability of real teeth. Teeth implants have been around for over 30 successful years. However, their use traces back to 600 A.D., when the Mayans would use seashells hammered into the jaw bone, possibly to replace lost teeth.

The invention of tooth implants occurred in 1952 by a Swedish orthopedic surgeon named Per-Ingvar Branemark. Today, titanium is the main ingredient of implants because titanium can affix to the bone without recognition of and rejection by a foreign object. Today, the success rate of dental implants is nearly 98%.

Implants can replace one or more teeth. If you don’t fill the space with a dental implant and crowns, the remaining teeth will shift to fill the space leading to a deformation of your smile. 

The reasons that you might need a dental implant include:

  • To replace a tooth or teeth lost to damage or decay.
  • Severe gum disease
  • A failed root canal

Options for Replacing Lost Teeth

  1. Dentures – Removable teeth replacements. These can replace a section of teeth or all the teeth in your mouth
  2. A fixed dental bridge – This replaces a group of teeth when cemented into place
  3. Dental implants

Dentures are the most affordable but least desirable option. They need removal and daily cleaning. Additionally, they can also affect the taste and experience of eating. Dentures can become loose while you’re eating, or food can become lodged between the dentures and the gums.

The primary drawback in having fixed dental bridges is that whole stable teeth are required for support.

Your dentist at Galloway Dental can help you choose the best option based on your budget, number of teeth requiring replacement, and other factors such as:

  • Location of the missing tooth or teeth
  • The amount of the jawbone left to support the dental implant and the state of the jawbone
  • General health of the patient
  • Patient preference

Types of Tooth Implants

There are a number of different options depending on the type of replacement required.

  • Endosteal – These screw into the jawbone itself
  • Subperiosteal – Subperiosteal implants rest on top of the jawbone and underneath the gum line, but they do not screw into place. Subperiosteal is no longer an option for modern dentists because of poor performance over time
  • All-on-4 – All-on-4 implants are a way to replace all of the upper and or lower teeth in patients who have lost all of their teeth due to accident or decay. Implants are screwed into the jawbone, then large sections of the teeth are replaced with permanent dentures. All-on-4 replacements get their name because four sections can be used to replace all of the teeth on the upper or lower jaw

Galloway Dental provides expertise in all forms of restorative dentistry, including dental implants. Call us today at 469.273.1376 to discuss your needs and to assess your dental health. We are also experts in general dentistry and pediatric dentistry.