Did you know that ancient dental implants date back to around 600 AD? Archaeologists found pieces of shell that resembled teeth hammered into the jaw of a Mayan woman. And while the premise is essentially the same today, the surgical techniques as well as the components of dental implants have improved substantially—to say the least. Read on to learn more about how dental implants are constructed and placed from your dentist in Mount Pleasant.
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May 30, 2016
If you’re missing one or more teeth, we know you’re evaluating your options in tooth replacement. Have dental implants come up on your radar? We’ve put together a list of the things you should know about dental implants in Mt Pleasant TX.
January 4, 2016
Dental implants are today’s standard in tooth replacement. Mount Pleasant, TX dentist, Robert C. Sikes, answers patients’ questions so they make informed choices.
People lose teeth to gum disease, accident and decay. Replacement best preserves normal eating, chewing, personal appearance and jaw bone integrity. Smile gaps spanned by dental implants help qualified patients enjoy better oral health. (more…)
September 3, 2015
If you are dealing with a missing tooth problem, it can become a bigger problem down the road. What makes it such a problematic situation? You see, when you have missing teeth, it can make your jaw sink, cause many oral problems and can be unsightly. For most patients, hiding their smile is an everyday occurrence. A smile is something to be proud of and not actively avoided. We understand that there are some things about your smile that you wish were better, but that’s why our restorative dentistry services exist. We’re happy to help Mount Pleasant, TX residents and their families with any problems, especially missing teeth.
Our office specializes in offering restorative dentistry services that include dental implants. Dental implants are the best way to permanently fill in the space left over by a missing tooth. Dental implants work just like your real teeth when properly placed and can bring much-needed comfort back to your dental health. Missing teeth can not only be rough to look at, but can leave your mouth’s functionality at risk. Think about menial tasks like eating – it’s jeopardized whenever teeth are missing. Dr. Sikes is the cosmetic dentist you and your family can trust to solve a missing-teeth problem.
August 12, 2015
Are you presently dealing with a missing teeth problem? They can be terrible for anyone’s mouth. Those open spaces are like breeding grounds for bacteria to thrive. You don’t want any bacteria thriving in your mouth. That can lead to many problems that could put your overall health at risk. Dental implants help keep bacteria away while providing a permanent solution to missing teeth. Missing teeth can have a huge impact on your everyday tasks, from chewing and eating to yawning, sneezing and more. Heck, even talking can become a problem. There’s no reason to have to suffer with missing teeth anymore. Our office in Mount Pleasant, TX is on your side and wants you to live life free of missing teeth. Have you considered dental implants? If you haven’t already, you really should! They’re capable of providing you with the comfort of a mouth full of teeth. Dr. Robert Sikes is the dentist Mount Pleasant, TX residents can trust!
July 9, 2015
If you’re missing one or more teeth, you may already be experiencing adverse effects of missing teeth like difficulty chewy and speaking, dental drift, and changing facial shape. Traditional tooth replacement options can help you restore the look of your teeth, but they aren’t as helpful in fixing some of the hidden concerns associated with tooth loss like gum tissue and bone density loss, and changing facial shape. Dental implants replace your whole tooth from the root up providing added support for gum tissue and bone density. If you want to learn more about dental implants and whether you would be a successful candidate, call to schedule a consultation with Dr. Robert C. Sikes in Mount Pleasant, TX today.
The Dental Implant Process
Patients who are interested in replacing missing teeth with dental implants should plan on at least three office visits. During an initial consultation, Dr. Sikes will review your oral and physical health to determine whether you are good candidate for dental implant surgery. Most patients who are healthy enough for other minor oral surgeries are health enough for dental implant placement. If you decide that dental implants are the right tooth replacement option for you, Dr. Sikes will create a plan for implant placement and takes molds to create your tooth replacement prosthetic.
The next visit may be your surgical visit to place the implants. This depends on how much preparation your mouth needs before the implants can be placed. Patients who need extensive tooth removal or other preparations may need 2 or more surgical appointments to prepare the mouth, and place the implants. Dental implants are posts made from titanium, a metal that has proven to be extremely compatible with natural bone tissue. These posts are strategically placed below the gum line to replace the root of the tooth and help to maintain gum tissue, bone density and facial shape. Abutments are placed to connect the posts to the prosthetic replacement tooth or teeth. Before your final replacement prosthetic can be secured, you’ll be given a temporary prosthetic to allow the posts time to fuse with your jawbone, and your sensitive gum tissue time to heal.
Once your dental implants have fused with the jawbone and the gum line has healed, your custom replacement teeth will be attached. Because the posts function as an anchor the way that roots do, your teeth are secure. That means you don’t have to worry about biting into an apple or eating any of your other favorite, chewy foods. Implant supported tooth replacements do not need to be removed for cleaning. You can brush and floss just like your natural teeth. The benefits of dental implants are numerous.
How Long do Dental Implants Last?
Answering the question “how long do dental implants last” is not as easy as it may sound. Like your natural teeth, dental implants are dependent upon a thorough oral health care routine and regular preventive dental visits to remain healthy. With a good dental health care routine, your dental implants can last a lifetime.
Find Out More from your Mount Pleasant Cosmetic Dentist
Not all patients are good candidates for dental implants, with technology innovation and improvement, they are available for more people than ever before. There’s no way to know if you’ll be a good candidate for dental implants without Dr. Sikes performing a thorough dental examination. Call to schedule a dental implant consultation to find out more. Our friendly staff welcomes patients from Mount Pleasant, TX and surrounding areas including Tyler, Longview, Sulphur Springs, and Kilgore.