A dental implant consists of a piece of threaded pure titanium (the “root”) that is placed in the jawbone and allows us to replace a missing tooth with a restoration.
With an implant, you can replace a missing tooth without having to compromise the teeth next to the open space, as you would with a bridge or partial denture. Additionally, conventional bridges and dentures are not fixed to the bone, and can therefore be unstable. Implants not only look more natural, but feel and act more like normal teeth, with a stronger biting force.
Dr. Bellingham works with a very skilled periodontists who specialize in placing implants. Once your implant is placed and the site has healed, Dr. Bellingham will create a crown to restore the implant and complete treatment. We typically use all-porcelain zirconia crowns for back teeth, as they are stronger and hold up well to heavy chewing. We use E-Max crowns for front teeth, as they have better aesthetic qualities.
Implant Care and Maintenance
Implants can’t get cavities, but they are susceptible to gum disease. You’ll need to care for your implant just as you would any tooth, by brushing and flossing it regularly, and visiting our Plano dental office every six months for professional cleanings.