Dental Implants are an Excellent Choice for Natural Looking Teeth

Dental implants are a great choice for replacing missing teeth. The finished result is very natural and secure, and can feel a lot more comfortable than wearing a denture or having a bridge. Though the process of getting implants is not a quick one, patients tell us how much they love their newly restored tooth, or teeth, and how it feels in their mouth.

Before treatment can begin your dentist will have to assess your suitability for implants. They may wish to do a CAT scan and take x-rays so that they can check the bone density and mass of your jawbone. If their evaluation shows you to be a suitable candidate then they will begin planning the surgery.

Dental Implant Placement

The first part of the surgery involves the dental surgeon inserting an implant into your jaw. The implant is made from titanium as this is a very inert element that does not react with the body. Once the implant has been inserted it has to be left to heal for 3 to 6 months. This is to allow osseointegration to take place as the implant has to fuse naturally into the jawbone.

The surgery does not take very long to complete, but you should be prepared to rest up afterwards. Some people may have a little bit of discomfort afterwards which may be easily resolved by over-the-counter painkillers.

The second part of the process depends on the kind of implant that has been used. It may be a case of uncovering the implant, and a second surgical procedure might be necessary to attach a post.

The final part is where the crown will be made to fit over the post. The dentist will take an impression of your implant which will be sent to a dental laboratory. They will also measure the shade of your teeth to ensure that the crown blends in with the rest of your teeth.

It may take a week or two for your crown to be custom-made at the laboratory, after which it will be returned to your dentist for fitting. Once it has been fitted it should blend in with your natural teeth and should feel as comfortable. If looked after properly an implant should last for many years, and often, the rest of an adult patient’s life.

If you are interested in learning more about implant dentistry, or feel you have a need for a dental implant, please call us at 713-523-6848. We look forward to hearing from you.

Dental Implant Restorations

Dental Implants are becoming the popular choice when it comes to replacing a missing tooth or teeth, because of durability and predictability. Often, rather than perform root canals on questionable teeth, the treatment method of choice will be a dental implant.

Dental implants are strong and restore function where it once was lost. The example here shows a single tooth that has been replaced with an implant. The implant is placed and secured into the jaw and then the final restoration / crown is placed on the implant. The crown will be made to look and function like the other teeth. Many people forget that the dental implant has even been placed because dental implants not only look real, but they perform very well with daily routines of chewing and talking.

In this example, from left to right, you can see where the tooth was extracted, where the dental implant was placed, and then the final result with the crown. The dental crowns we are able to place atop dental implants are virtually undetectable. We are able to match the shade and luminosity of neighboring teeth, to help give the restoration a natural, cosmetic appeal. In many cases, the crown we place looks even better than the old tooth that was replaced, which helps to improve the smiles of our patients.

In cases where a patient has lost most, or all, of their teeth, we can have dental implants placed and implement an overdenture. Using dental implants and an overdenture removes the stress and worry of using glues to hold the dentures in place, and provides more of a fixed solution, rather than a removable one. Several patients have expressed how a burden was lifted once they received their implants and overdenture.

This last image is of a young woman who was born without her lateral incisors in her upper set of teeth. To make room for the dental implants, braces were used to create the space between the teeth that had drifted. Once the the teeth had enough solid space, dental implants were placed and the caps were placed to finish off the implants to look realistic and provide function that the girl had never experienced before. As you can see, it was a successful procedure and the result looks amazing.

If you have any questions about the dental treatment we provide at our Midtown, Houston (77004) dental office, feel free to call us at 713-523-6848. We look forward to serving your dental needs.