Missing teeth need to be replaced, and not just so your smile can look good again. After losing a tooth, the supporting bone tissue starts to resorb and deteriorate. Because teeth maintain jawbone density, losing a tooth can leave you with lost bone mass in your jaw as well as affect how you speak and eat. Missing teeth can also keep you from eating the healthy food your body needs at the cost of your overall health.

Do you know the difference between a single tooth dental implant and a full arch implant retained denture? At Family Dentistry of Frisco, we offer three types of full arch implant dentures to replace one or more missing teeth (including a whole dental arch) with dental implants. We offer the following high-quality implant restorations:

Implant Nuts and Bolts

A dental implant is an artificial tooth replacement that simulates both the root and crown of your lost tooth so it functions exactly as your own tooth did! The dental implant itself comes in two sections; a biocompatible implant post (like a titanium screw) that is surgically placed into the jawbone as fusion takes place, typically several months.

Next, the implant post is completed with a tooth restoration after the implant fuses properly with your jawbone. Because it acts as a tooth root, the post securely anchors your new tooth into your jawbone, just like your natural teeth. Then, your tooth restoration completes the tooth and is the part you and everyone else can see as it sits above the gum line. Your restoration can be a custom-designed and fitted dental crown, a dental bridge or an implant-supported denture if you are replacing multiple or a full dental arch. Implant-supported dentures can even be made to “snap on” or be permanently set into your mouth.

Our dentist, Dr. Paresh Patel, will evaluate your smile, including the health of your nearby teeth and gums to determine if you are a good candidate for an implant. Criteria include not having tooth decay, gum disease or poor jawbone density. You could be a good candidate for implant dentistry if you have a strong supporting jawbone structure after having lost a tooth.

Implant Supported Dentures

If you have multiple teeth that need replacing, dentures supported with dental implants are a great option. They look and function like removable dentures, with the exception of being held in place with dental implants that were surgically placed in the jawbone for ultimate stability. Unlike traditional dentures, these dentures don’t come loose, slip or fall out so you can eat, speak and smile with confidence! Your implant dentures can be made from acrylic or ceramic material depending on your unique needs.

One of the greatest benefits of dental implants is that they can last a lifetime, making them an exceptional investment in better oral health. You would simply care for your implant teeth the same way you would your own. Daily flossing and brushing at least twice each day coupled with routine dental checkups and cleanings help keep your implants and smile in great shape!

Implant Placement Qualifications

Dental implants can’t be placed by just any dentist. Our implant dentist, Dr. Paresh Patel has received extensive training in implant placement and has successfully helped many patients, just like yourself, recreate their best smile. He is a Master of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, having successfully completed 80 implant cases and 150 hours of continuing education specifically in the field of dental implants and has given multiple presentations to other implant professionals.

Call for Consultation

After assessing your oral health with a consultation, Dr. Patel can give you an estimated timeline for your treatment. We invite you to schedule your consultation at Family Dentistry of Frisco by calling (469) 362-3150 to learn more about how dental implants can restore your smile.

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