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Dental implants are a tooth replacement solution that is the closest thing to natural teeth. This method takes a unique approach to treating tooth loss, which allows a person to enjoy optimal oral function and a natural looking replacement tooth. Our dentist utilizes the latest implantation techniques and technology to help members of our community enjoy excellent care and long lasting replacement teeth.
Tooth loss has far-reaching effects on your wellbeing. People with missing teeth have increased risks for developing bone atrophy and losing additional teeth. Unsupported teeth will shift into empty tooth sockets over time. This unwanted tooth movement can lead to the development of a malocclusion, which can strain the temporomandibular joint and even cause it to dysfunction. When the TMJ doesn’t function properly, people typically experience problems like orofacial pain, headaches, and tooth wear.
Implant dentistry revolves around the practice of implanting prosthetics into the jawbone. These prosthetics are intended to replace the lost root structure of teeth. Over the course of human history, people have tried to implant components of varying origins including shark teeth and animal bone into the jawbone to replace a missing tooth. These attempts at mimicking the root structure of teeth were unsuccessful, however, because the materials used were not biocompatible.
Choosing dental implants over other tooth replacement methods presents patients with unique advantages due to the uniqueness of these prosthetics. Dental implants are biocompatible, which means that bone can fuse to them and the body won’t reject them as a foreign object. After the implant is embedded into the jawbone, the process of osseointegration begins. Osseointegration means that bone will fuse to and around the implant’s structure. This natural process is what makes dental implants have such a long lifespan.
Replacing the root structure of teeth with implants also keeps bone stimulated. Inactive bone tends to be resorbed by the body. That is why people with tooth loss experience changes in the shape of their jaw. Preventing bone atrophy is important for the health of the implant as well as biological teeth. Moreover, preserving bone helps prevent untimely aging on the lower half of the face.
Since dental implants are secured by bone, they can hold restorations like crowns durably. This means that people with dental implants will not experience movement of their prosthetics or disruptions in oral function. Any type of food can be enjoyed once dental implants are stabilized by bone.
While dentures cost less than other restoration alternatives and can give you back your smile, they can never truly replace your own natural teeth due to their removable nature. The adhesives simply cannot hold your dentures firmly enough to prevent the slipping or shifting that is commonly experienced by denture wearers. There is, however, an option to secure your dentures using dental implants in East Texas. Dr. Loyd Dowd offers implant supported dentures to combine the affordability of dentures with the security of dental implants. There are two types of implant supported dentures: bar-retained and ball retained.
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With bar-retained dentures, several titanium posts are strategically implanted in the jaw bone. A metal bar is attached to these posts and spans the length of the gum line. Your dentures can then be attached to this metal bar with clasps. This allows you to have a more secure attachment than denture adhesives afford and also prevents the rubbing and irritation that results from dentures resting directly on your gum line.
With ball-retained dentures, three or more titanium posts are placed in the jaw bone, much like the procedure for bar-retained implant supported dentures. However, in this case, each post is topped with a small ball. Your dentures are then fitted with corresponding sockets that snap on to the balls that rise up from your gum line. This ball and socket method renders a tight, firm fit and while still a removable option, prevents movement of your dentures.
We at Tyler Dental Care are proud of the service and care we provide each of our patients.
The staff is amazing! Everyone is so personable and interested in getting to know you. I recently went in for fillings and they made sure I was comfortable and talked me through the whole thing. It was a great experience. I will definitely be using them from now on.
I've enjoyed each and every visit thus far. The staff is friendly and isn't quick to forget your name even with the average 6 months between visits. All in all, I'd certainly recommend Tyler Dental Care if you happen to be looking for great dentistry.
Tyler Dental Care is the most caring place I know. They take care of me and my entire family! I feel like Dr. Dowd and his team are truly in business to keeping all of the people in Tyler smiling! I can honestly say that that my dental home is at Tyler Dental Care!!!!!!!!!
A dental implant is a titanium component used to replace the roots of missing teeth. Shaped somewhat like a screw, a dental implant has one tapered end and ridges. On its wider end sits an abutment, which is used to hold prosthetics like dentures and bridges and restorations like crowns. Dental implants are made from titanium for a specific reason. Titanium is biocompatible. Without a biocompatible metal, an implant would not be able to function. In fact, it would be rejected by the body as a foreign object. Since titanium is biocompatible, bone surrounding the implant will fuse to it to hold it in place.
While dental implants make for wonderful replacement teeth, they do not always meet a person’s needs. Candidates for dental implants have a history of decent oral health, are healthy enough for oral surgery, and have enough bone to support the implant. The only way that a person’s candidacy for implant dentistry is determined is by performing a physical examination, reviewing diagnostic images, and having a discussion with a prospective patient. If our team finds that dental implants aren’t the right fit for a person, we will suggest treatment alternatives.
A dental implant is embedded into the jawbone through surgical means. During treatment, patients will receive local anesthetic and other medication, if necessary, to ensure comfort and peace of mind. After the procedure, a person will undergo an integration phase of treatment that monitors the implant’s placement over time. This phase of treatment is important because bone is what stabilizes the implant so that it can securely hold a restoration. Once bone integrates with the implant, a person will have their permanent restoration (a dental bridge or crown, for example) placed on the implant by attaching to an abutment.
The cost of receiving dental implants fluctuates depending on a person’s situation. Many implantation cases have unique circumstances. For instance, some patients may require treatments like tooth extractions or bone grafts prior to receiving an implant. Additionally, the cost of materials for restorations varies. Porcelain, while very popular for its beautiful appearance, costs more than metals like gold and silver. We recommend that patients ask for estimates after consulting with our dentist. This way, we can show you the range of costs based on your proposed treatment plan.
At Tyler Dental Care, we work hard to provide exceptional dental care to our patients. We offer comprehensive dental services, utilizing state-of-the-art equipment and innovative dental technology to ensure the health of your smile and your overall well-being.
Dentistry has improved by leaps and bounds over the years. At Tyler Dental Care, we love how technology helps our patients receive more comfortable and comprehensive dental care. We’ve incorporated modern diagnostic and treatment equipment, so you can benefit from the most advanced care available.
Dr. Loyd Dowd carries with him a clear vision–to help fearful and anxious patients receive the dental care they need essential to quality of life and overall well being. Through extensive education and training, Dr. Dowd has established his niche in the field of dentistry.