Dental implants are a versatile treatment method that can replace one or more missing teeth. Implants are titanium posts that are surgically inserted into the jaw bone. After these posts fuse with the jawbone, they are topped with an abutment and a dental crown. Patients with multiple missing teeth or even full arches of lost teeth can also receive dental bridges or dentures secured with dental implants. Dr. Michael Courter offers dental implant treatment to his patients in Midland, TX. He works with patients to determine exactly where they require extra support as well as how many implants are needed.
Dental Implant FAQs
Read the answers to frequently asked questions about dental implants below:
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants create a solid foundation for the smile because they are secure in the mouth. Dental implant-supported restorations also last longer than removable options because they last for years. With implants, patients can eat without dietary restrictions and speak comfortably. The crowns that cap off dental implants also look and feel just like natural teeth. Patients who receive one or more dental implants can improve the aesthetics and function of their smiles.
Who is a candidate for dental implants?
Patients who have sufficient bone tissue and are in good oral health are the best candidates for dental implants. Implants require bone that they can fuse to and fully support crowns, dentures, or bridges. However, bone grafting can be beneficial for patients who need more bone tissue to support one or more dental implants. Bone grafting treatments take natural bone tissue from another part of the mouth and place it where it is needed.
How long do dental implants last?
Both single dental implants and implant-secured dental bridges or dentures are permanent restorations. This is due to the process called osseointegration, where the titanium implant post fuses with the bone in the jaw. Healed implants provide stability for dental crowns, bridges, and dentures.
Schedule a Dental Consultation
Call Dr. Courter for a dental consultation today at 432.287.9531. You can also request a dental appointment with Dr. Courter on our website.