Implant

Implant Dentistry

Revitalize Your Smile with Implant Dentistry

Did you know, research shows that people with missing teeth don’t live as long as those with full smiles? Losing teeth can also make you feel embarrassed and self-conscious about your appearance. With implant dentistry, Waxahachie Family Dentistry can repair your smile comfortably and restore your optimal dental health with natural looking restorations. If you are missing one or more teeth or even wear a full or partial denture, dental implants may represent the best solution for a strong, attractive smile.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are small, biocompatible titanium posts placed below the gum, in the jaw, to replace missing teeth roots. Once your mouth heals, the implant post creates a lifelike emergence from your gums, just like your natural teeth. Of all the dental
technology available, dental implants provide the closest replacement option to your natural teeth, so patients can smile without embarrassment and eat with confidence. We also use dental implants to secure dentures. Patients who choose implant-retained dentures no longer have to worry about denture adhesives, cleaning routines, and awkward slippage. Also referred to as overdentures, implant-retained dentures feel natural and function much more efficiently than ill-fitting traditional dentures.

Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth and also provide a fixed solution to having removable partial or complete dentures. Implants provide excellent support and stability for these dental appliances. Dental implants are artificial roots
and teeth (usually titanium) that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone by a dentist or Periodontist – a specialist of the gums and supporting bone. The teeth attached to implants are very natural looking and often enhance or
restore a patient’s smile! Dental implants are very strong, stable, and durable and will last many years, but on occasion, they will have to be re-tightened or replaced due to normal wear. Reasons for dental implants:

  • Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.
  • Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space.
  • Restore a patient’s confident smile.
  • Restore chewing, speech, and digestion.
  • Restore or enhance facial tissues.
  • Support a bridge or denture, making them more secure and comfortable.

3D Cone Beam Tomography

CT imaging is commonly used for diagnostic purposes. In layman’s terms, CBCT is a compact, faster and safer version of the regular CT. Through the use of a cone-shaped X-Ray beam, the size of the scanner, radiation dosage and time needed for scanning are all dramatically reduced. A typical CBCT scanner is easily accessible by patients. The time needed for a full scan is typically under one minute and the radiation dosage is up to a hundred times less than that of a regular CT scanner. 3D imaging gives our dentists a wonderful tool to help them in diagnosis and treatment of your dental needs. This state-of-the-art technology is especially helpful in giving us information that is otherwise lost in traditional two dimensional X-rays.