Newsletter - November 2014

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a post, usually made of titanium, which serves as a substitute for a natural tooth's root. The implant is placed in the jawbone so that it may fuse with the natural bone to become a sturdy foundation for a replacement tooth. Implants can be used to replace individual teeth or to support a bridge or denture containing multiple teeth.

Who can receive implants?

Dental implants can be provided to patients of all ages who are missing teeth due to decay, disease, injury, or other medical conditions. You also may be candidate for a dental implant if you can't wear dentures or find them uncomfortable, or if you don't want to sacrifice existing tooth structure to support a dental bridge.

Since surgery is required, implant patients must be in good general health, with healthy gums and adequate bone structure. If an implant site lacks the adequate structure, a dentist may be able to perform procedures to improve it.

Implants are not for everyone, however. Chronic conditions like bruxism, diabetes, or leukemia may interfere with healing after implant surgery, so the success rate decreases for patients with these conditions. This also is the case for patients taking bisphosphonates for osteoporosis. Additionally, those who drink alcohol or use tobacco may not be good candidates for implants. Your dentist will take into consideration your medical and dental history when deciding if implants are right for you.

How do I care for my implants?

Although an implant's success rate depends on its purpose and location in the mouth as well as the patient's overall health, a major reason some implants fail is poor hygiene. It's important to brush implants at least twice a day, as well as to floss in between them. Additionally, as many as four dental cleanings per year may be necessary to maintain gum health. Dr. Bui will give you specific instructions on caring for your implants.

For more information or to book your appointment, please email us at or call us at 817-466-9972.

Have a great day!

Dr. Nancy Bui