Dental Implants

Dentist holding up an array of dental implants up to a patient's mouthProfessional Dental Implants in El Paso

Dental implants are metal frames that are surgically positioned into the jawbone under the gums. Once the implants are positioned, the dentist can then mount replacement teeth on them. Dental implants fuse to your jawbone, making them a very stable support for replacement teeth. This makes artificial teeth or dentures feel natural because the teeth will not move or slide out of place when eating or speaking. Many patients choose this option because it is more comfortable and easier to maintain.

In order for a bridge to be placed, there must be teeth on either side of the gap for the bridge to be anchored to. Implants, on the other hand, allow teeth to be anchored in place without teeth on either side. Implants are a viable option for patients with excellent gum health and adequate bone in order to support the implant. Oral hygiene is critical as well as regular visits to the dentist.

What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?

Unlike dentures, implants are secured to the jawbone, making them more stable when eating and speaking. Often, implants are also more comfortable because they do not have to be removed. For this same reason, implants are often more convenient than dentures. Implants also tend to be more durable long-term, which is one thing that makes them worth the investment. With proper care, most implants can last a lifetime. They require much less maintenance than dentures.

The ADA (American Dental Association) considers these two types of dental implants to be safe:

  1. Endosteal implants: This kind of implant is surgically implanted directly into the jawbone. After this procedure, the local gum tissue must heal before a post can be connected to the implant. This healing process normally only takes a few weeks. Then, an artificial tooth is either individually attached to the post or it is attached as part of a denture or bridge.
  2. Subperiosteal implants: These dental implants consist of metal frames with posts that fit onto the jawbone under the gum tissue. The frame becomes fixed to the bone and the posts protrude through the gums. The artificial teeth are then mounted on these posts.

Our dentist will examine the current condition of your teeth and make a recommendation for what is best for you. There is no blanket answer at our practice, as we address each individual patient’s needs.

At Lee Trevino, your smile is our specialty! We would love to advise you on your options for artificial teeth including dentures and implants. Contact us today to set up an appointment!