Like dentures and bridges, implants are another excellent tooth replacement solution at AK Dentistry. Furthermore, dental implants are the preferred option for patients with missing teeth. Learn more below! If you have any questions, don't hesitate to call our Houston, TX dental practice.
If you have experienced dental trauma, periodontal disease, or tooth loss for some other reason, implants are worth considering. Implant restorations are titanium posts that support a crown, bridge, or denture. The metal post serves as a prosthetic tooth root. So, it creates a stable foundation for either tooth replacement method.
Our dentists in Houston, TX surgically insert the posts into the jawbone. Over time the replacement root fuses with the bone. This process anchors the new root into position. After the fusion is complete, a dentist will attach an abutment piece to the implant's exposed portion. This area is where the dentist will attach the crown.
Oral surgery is required to place implants. You will be under sedation during the procedure.
Your dentist will drill a tiny hole into your jawbone. Then he/she will screw the base into the bone carefully. Next, we will move gum tissue over the post to encourage healing.
After healing has been completed, a second surgery is needed to place the connector piece to the implant's top. One of our Houston, TX dentists will attach a crown, bridge, or denture to the exposed connector.
Implant restorations offer a very pleasing result because they are custom-crafted to mimic the appearance of natural enamel. Some implant procedures involve placing the post immediately following a tooth extraction. As a result, the bone remains stimulated and preserved. So, the look of your dental work improves.
Which lasts longer, a dental bridge or implantation? Well, implants are more durable. In turn, they can protect for a lifetime. The titanium post is sturdy, reliable, and resistant to decay and other oral health problems that affect natural teeth.