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Dental Implants

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If you are missing one or more teeth, it can affect much more than simply the appearance of your smile. Missing teeth can result in difficulty speaking and chewing food. It can even change the way your teeth fit together when you close your mouth – also referred to as your “bite” – and that can adversely affect your jaw, leading to headaches, teeth grinding and more undesirable symptoms. Fortunately, modern dental technology allows us to create permanent replacements for missing teeth that look, feel and function just like your normal teeth do. These are called dental implants, and Dr. Mobley is happy to provide implants as one of the many services she offers to patients throughout the West Lake Hills, TX, area.

An Introduction to Dental Implants

An implant is truly a remarkable example of how much dentistry has advance over the past several years. It consists of a tiny piece of metal – usually a titanium rod – that is implanted into the jawbone of the patient. Within the period of a few months, the rod fuses to the bone tissue. After that, Dr. Mobley affixes a porcelain crown to the top of the implant. The result is a replacement tooth that not only looks like the real deal – it also functions exactly like your natural teeth and is a permanent replacement. Implants are so permanent, in fact, that they often last for a lifetime.

Although implants are usually an excellent way to replace one or more missing teeth, they may not be the right choice for everyone. Talk to Dr. Mobley to see if you are a good candidate for a dental implant.

Patient 2

He came to me with removable upper and lower dentures that were less than ideal in form and function. He could not wear his lower denture due to poor fit and minimal retention.

His chief goals: “I want to be able to smile again and eat without my dentures falling out”.

We knew the best option to achieve both his goals were All On 4 dental implants. Four implants were placed in the upper jaw and four implants in the lower jaw (total of eight implants).

In this situation I like to complete two sets of fixed dentures. One set is delivered the day of surgery when the implants are placed and the second set four to six months post-surgery. By doing this you get two major benefits,

  1. You get to leave from surgery with fixed dentures (No more glue!!).
  2. You get to wear, and test drive the interim dentures before fabrication of the final set. We can make any changes to the design and fit we need. This gives you complete control during the process.

This is a major upgrade from many offices that only give you one set.

There are multiple options for semifixed to permanently fixed dentures that can give you beauty and function. I would love to talk in person about all the options.

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To find out more about our dental services, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Megan Mobley, contact our West Lake Hills, TX office today. 

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