Dental implants are titanium posts surgically placed in the jawbone to function like tooth roots. Post implantation, a dental crown is attached to its top to ensure the appearance of a natural tooth. Not only does it look and feel like a natural tooth, but it also functions like one, and you can entirely rely on it while eating and speaking.
Types of Dental Implants
The endosteal implant is the most commonly used alternate option for bridges or removable dentures. Endosteal implants involve the surgical insertion of titanium implants into the jawbone at the place of missing teeth through surgery.
Subperiosteal implants are best suited for patients with minimal bone height who are not suitable for using conventional dentures. These implants rest on the jawbone, under the gum tissue, and are fastened to the jawbone through osseointegration.
Why Choose Dental Implants?
Dental implants help to overcome many oral concerns, including:
- Tooth decay and gum disease
- Improper bite
- Difficulty in chewing
- Sunken cheeks and sagging muscles because of missing teeth
- Speech problems because of the gap between the teeth
- Pain in the facial muscles of the jaw because of missing teeth
Benefits of Dental implants
- Dental implants restore missing teeth
- They maintain the shape and aesthetics of your face as they prevent jawbone deterioration.
- Dental implants don't harm the adjacent teeth or gum tissues and reduce the risk of cavities in the nearby teeth.
- They ensure no speech issues.
- A dental implant is a long-lasting solution for missing teeth and boosts the self-esteem of the patient.
- With dental implants, patients have the freedom to consume any food they want.
Dental Implant Procedure
The dental Implant procedure has various stages.
The dental implant procedure kicks off with jawbone preparation. A dental surgeon makes a cut to expose the bone underneath, after which the implant is inserted in it after making a tiny hole in place of the missing tooth. Next, a temporary crown is fitted to fill the gap.
The healing stage involves the growth and uniting of the jawbone with the implant's surface, referred to as osseointegration. It provides a strong foundation for the new artificial tooth. It takes about 3 to 6 months, depending on the health and structure of the jawbone.
This procedure is done with the patient under the influence of local anesthesia and only after healing is complete. The abutment acts as the connecting element for fixing the permanent crown on the implant.
- Placement Of Permanent Crown
The surgeon takes the impressions of your mouth and remaining teeth to make the crown, which then is bonded to the implant. A bite test will be taken to ensure your ideal bite is restored.
Please reach out to our dental practice in Houston, TX, to have a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Seretti. Please call us at (281) 486-9440 or schedule an online consultation, and we'll guide you further.