Thinking about replacing your missing teeth? Dental implants, offered by your Bryan, TX, dentists serving College Station, TX, Dr. Charles Ernst and Dr. Charles Ernst Jr. of Ernst Dental Centre, offer an innovative approach to tooth restoration.
What makes dental implants different
Other restoration methods only replace the crowns, or tops, of teeth. Dental implants restore lost roots, giving your new teeth the stability they need to chew a variety of foods.
Dental implants are small screw-like posts made of titanium, a lightweight metal that bonds to bones. Implants are placed in openings made in your jawbone during minor oral surgery and begin to bond to your jawbone in just three to six months.
Adding a dental crown to the top of your implant completes the restoration of your tooth. Your dentist makes an impression of your mouth during a visit to the Bryan, TX, office, also serving College Station, TX. Using the impression as a guide, dental technicians create a crown that fits the gap in your smile perfectly.
Once the crown is ready, it's connected to your tooth with a small connector called an abutment. Attaching the crown to the dental implant creates a strong, fully functioning new tooth.
Dental Implant Benefits
Implants offer a few advantages that other restoration methods don't, including:
- A More Comfortable Experience: Painful gum irritation can occur if your restoration slips or slides when you bite or chew. Fortunately, that won't be a problem if you opt for dental implants, thanks to your secure roots.
- A Long-Lasting Restoration Option: Although bridges and dentures need to be replaced periodically, you'll probably never need to replace your implants. With proper care, dental implants can last your entire life. You will need to replace your dental crowns as they become worn.
- Excellent Biting Power: A decrease in biting power can occur with some restorations, but not dental implants. In fact, you'll be able to eat hard, tough, or sticky foods with your new teeth.
- No Jawbone Issues: Without constant stimulation from tooth roots, your jawbone can weaken or shrink during a process called resorption. Resorption can cause facial sagging and loosen your remaining teeth. Dental implants provide the stimulation you need to keep your jawbone strong.
Are you ready to find out if dental implants are the right choice for you? Call your dentists in Bryan, TX, also serving College Station, TX, Dr. Charles Ernst and Dr. Charles Ernst Jr. of Ernst Dental Centre, at (979) 776-4450 to schedule an appointment.