Dental implants are a permanent and appealing solution to replace missing or extracted teeth. They are better than other alternatives like bridges because no additional teeth need to be altered to create the new tooth.
The entire implant process is performed over the course of a few months. The first part of the process is to place the implant itself. Dr. Furniss typically plans the implant placement digitally before your appointment. This is the safest, most accurate way to place the implant and this extra planning results in the most predictable success.
The implant must be allowed about 3-6 months to heal, and during this time the jaw bone will form around the implant in a process called osseointegration. This process involves very little pain, much less than a typical dental extraction and usually is only sensitive for the first few days after implant placement.
After the implant has fully integrated then we can build a new tooth! Depending on the type of implant Dr. Furniss will either take a digital impression or a traditional impression and fabricate a customized abutment and crown. This will ensure that the prosthetic tooth will look and function just like a natural tooth!
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a permanent new root for a missing tooth. It is a titanium fixture that is placed into the jaw bone. An abutment and crown are then placed on the implant to provide a new tooth that is permanent and looks just like a natural tooth.
How are dental implants different than dentures?
Dentures are a removable set of plastic teeth or partial set of plastic teeth that need to be removed and cared for in a special manner. They can often feel bulky and are difficult to get used to. Dental implants are a permanent replacement for missing teeth that can be flossed and cared for just like natural teeth.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants look and feel just like real teeth. They are permanent, you do not have to remove anything daily like you would with dentures, and you can eat the foods you WANT to eat instead of being limited to only soft foods. Implants are the closest replacement for natural teeth and the latest technology used by Dr. Furniss is making dental implants extremely predictable as well as affordable.
Who can place a dental implant?
Your Gilmer family dentist, Dr. Joshua K. Furniss, has received extensive additional training in order to be able to offer this service to you, right here in Gilmer! Several of our patients have had Dr. Furniss place their implants, both to replace natural teeth or to use as anchors for implant dentures. You no longer have to have your implants placed by a specialist in Longview or Tyler!
How much do implants cost?
The price of your dental implants will vary based on the area the implant is being placed, how many implants you are having placed, your amount of insurance coverage, and more. Schedule a consultation with us to determine a price for your implants and a financing plan if necessary.
Do dental implants hurt?
No. A local anesthetic will be given before the procedure so that you do not feel any pain. There will be some sensitivity for a few days after implant placement, but this is less pain than a dental extraction. If you have anxiety or fear Dr. Furniss offers oral conscious sedation. Our sedation patients love this option and often have little to no memory of the procedure afterwards. Our sedation is also less expensive than IV sedation.
How long do implants last?
When cared for properly, implants should last a lifetime. Proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits are essential to the success of your implant. You still need to brush and floss around your implant just like natural teeth.