You’ve probably heard the expression, “You’re never fully dressed without a smile,” and if you have missing teeth, you might feel like you’re missing something when you go out every day. While dentures and dental bridges are fairly effective at replacing missing teeth, another great solution is with dental implants. Almeda Dental offers this treatment in Houston to provide a stable restoration to your smile.
A dental implant is a small titanium post that is surgically implanted directly into the jawbone. It fuses with the bone to create a solid foundation for artificial teeth, essentially acting as a tooth root.
Missing teeth can affect more than the appearance of your smile – they can also affect how you eat and speak. The jawbone where the teeth have been lost will also be affected; because it no longer has teeth to support, it can start to recede, potentially affecting the facial structure. Having dental implants inserted stimulates the gums and bone, preventing bone deterioration. Dental implants are also more stable than dentures or dental bridges because they are attached directly into the bone.
It usually requires two visits to your dentist at Almeda Dental to have dental implants placed. During the first appointment, an incision will be made into the gums, and the underlying bone will be prepared to receive the posts. The implants will then be inserted and covered over with gum tissue. The site will be left alone to give the implants time to bond with the jawbone, forming a strong base for the artificial teeth. This generally takes three to six months. Your dentist may provide you with temporary dentures to wear during this time. You will need to avoid biting down directly on the implant site and eat soft foods to allow complete healing and bonding.
Once the bonding process is complete, you will return to Almeda Dental to have the artificial teeth attached. As the implants protrude through the gums, they will act as anchors for the new teeth. They will not be visible once the prosthetic is attached.
Whether you need a single tooth replacement (when a crown is used) or a replacement for several missing teeth (when a fixed bridge or fixed dentures can be used), Almeda Dental can provide the restoration you need in Houston.