Dental implants provide a solid base for prosthetic teeth that look, feel, and function similar to the original teeth. A person with missing teeth regains the ability to eat like before, knowing that their teeth can withstand the pressure and that facial contours will be preserved. Patients with dental implants can confidently smile and eat as they used to.
Dr. Christian Escobar at Stone Lake Dentistry in Cypress, TX 77429, with the help of advanced technology, can assist you in planning out the exact placement of your implants and how the replacement tooth will fit in your bite. You will receive comprehensive, efficient, and minimally invasive treatment.
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is composed of biocompatible titanium that helps replace the root of a missing tooth. This implant is intended to fuse into the jaw bone and become the root of a natural-looking replacement tooth. Dental implants can also assist in securing crowns bridgework as well as dentures.
How Are Dental Implants Helpful?
Dental implants help in the following ways:
- They replace missing teeth without affecting neighboring teeth.
- They rectify bite problems or joint pain caused by teeth shifting into the space where the missing tooth used to be.
- They re-establish a patient’s smile.
- They restore chewing, speech, and digestion.
- They enhance and restore facial tissues.
- They provide support to a bridge or denture, making them more secure
What Does Getting Dental Implants Involve?
The process of getting dental implants involves multiple appointments spread over several months. X-rays and digital impressions are first taken of the jawbone and teeth to determine the bone mass, gum tissue health, and spacing available for an implant. Then, the implant site is numbed before the titanium post is surgically inserted into the bone and allowed to heal and fuse. This fusion process could take a couple of months, during which the prosthetic teeth are being fabricated.
Based on the type of implant, a second surgery may be necessary to fix the abutment that will hold the prosthetic tooth in position. With other implants, the post and abutment are attached and fixed at the same time.
After several weeks of healing, the prosthetic teeth are secured to the post segment of the anchor. As several fittings may be needed, this step may take another one to two months to accomplish. When the jaw and gums have sufficiently healed, the prosthetic teeth are securely attached to the implant, providing solid stability and comfort to the patient.
At the conclusion of the treatment, you will receive aftercare instructions. These will include the practice of good oral hygiene and eating habits, regular dental visits, all intended to make your new implant last longer.
If you are interested in learning more about dental implants, call Stone Lake Dentistry Cypress, TX 77429 at (832) 930-7856 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Christian Escobar.