Expert North Dallas/Farmers Branch dentist, Dr. Hampton sees many patients who are hesitant to smile at first because they have one or more missing teeth. However, that changes once Dr. Hampton is able to fit them with dental implants to replace any missing teeth. When these patients leave The Hampton's Family & Cosmetic Dentistry after receiving their dental implants, they are usually smiling from ear to ear.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that Dr. Hampton surgically inserts into the upper or lower jaw bone as a foundation for a dental crown, bridge or dentures. Together, the dental implant and crown (or bridge or dentures) serve as a replacement tooth (or teeth) that is (are) strong, supportive and resilient enough to perform all the functions of natural teeth.
Whether you have lost one tooth or multiple teeth due to physical trauma, unsuccessful periodontal (gum) disease treatment or another reason, dental implants may be a good option to replace teeth and restore your smile. Dr. Hampton can insert dental implants to:
There are two types of dental implants: endosteal (in the jaw bone) and subperiosteal (on the jaw bone). Dr. Hampton most commonly utilizes endosteal implants because they provide the most support for crowns and other dental fixtures. Types of endosteal implants include cylinders, screws or blades. He surgically implants one of these into the jaw bone, where it holds one or multiple artificial teeth.
For patients that do not have sufficient jaw bone height to support an endosteal implant, Dr. Hampton uses subperiosteal implants. He places this type of dental implant on the top of the jaw, allowing the metal posts to protrude through the gum, so he can affix the artificial tooth to the posts.
To be considered a suitable candidate for dental implants, you must have good oral (and general) health. You must also have sufficient bone in your jaw to support the implant. In addition, optimal candidates have healthy gum tissue (i.e., no periodontal disease).
Dr. Hampton can replace a single missing tooth with one dental implant and one crown. He may recommend implant-supported bridges to replace numerous teeth, and a full bridge or full dentures (supported by implants) if you are missing all your natural teeth.
The dentist may perform sinus augmentation if you do not have sufficient bone quality or quantity in the upper, back jaw area. This area is located close to the sinus, making it more difficult to support implants. Dr. Hampton can correct this issue by raising the sinus floor and developing sufficient bone matter to support implants.
Certain patients may have abnormalities in the lower or upper jaw that leave them with insufficient bone quantity to support implants. In these cases, Dr. Hampton may perform ridge modification. During this treatment, Dr. Hampton lifts the gum away from the ridge to uncover the bone abnormality. He then fills the defect with artificial or natural bone to augment the ridge enough to support implants.
Treat dental implants as you would your natural teeth. That means you must practice good oral hygiene, brushing your teeth and implants twice a day, flossing daily and rinsing with fluoride mouthwash. In addition, be sure to visit The Hampton's Family & Cosmetic Dentistry for regular dental exams and cleanings.