A dental implant is a titanium post that replaces the root of your missing tooth. At Northwest Villages Dentistry - Vesna Arezina DDS, PA, the post is surgically placed into your jawbone, is fused with the bone, and functions as a strong anchor for an artificial tooth. The artificial tooth is then attached to the implant with an abutment connector.
Unlike dentures or bridges, implants do not rely on surrounding teeth for support. Instead, they are fused with your jawbone, making them much more stable than other replacement options. They also look and feel like natural teeth, so you don’t have to worry about them slipping out of place when you chew or speak.
The Dental Implant Procedure
The dental implant procedure involves placing an artificial tooth root into the jawbone to help replace missing teeth. These artificial roots are anchored in the bone and are the foundation for replacement teeth. Implants can replace a single missing tooth or multiple missing teeth. A dental implant is surgically placed into the jawbone by our dentist in Houston, TX. After the implant is placed, the bone around the implant will be allowed to heal and fuse with the implant in a process called “osseointegration.” This process allows the implant to be fused with the bone and become stable enough to support a crown or other restoration.
Once the implant is stable, our dentist will place an abutment on the implant to connect the crown to the implant. Our dentist then will place the crown on the abutment to complete the restoration.
Dental implant surgery is a multi-step process that may take several months to complete. However, once the procedure is complete, you will have a permanent solution to your tooth loss problem.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are permanent, unlike removable dentures. They won’t slip out of place when you eat or talk like dentures can and don’t require special care other than regular brushing and flossing. They also don’t affect surrounding teeth the way a bridge does.
Implants in Houston, TX, also prevent bone loss in the jaw, which can occur after tooth loss. This is important because, when a tooth is lost, the bone that once supported it will begin to deteriorate from lack of stimulation. This can cause your face to appear sunken around the mouth area. Implants help stimulate the jawbone the same way natural tooth roots do and prevent further deterioration.
Another benefit of dental implants is their durability. With proper care, they can last for many years or even a lifetime. And because they are made of titanium, they are resistant to decay.
Finally, implants look and feel just like natural teeth. You won’t have to worry about them looking fake or feeling uncomfortable in your mouth.
Dental implants may be the right solution if you are missing one or more teeth. For more information about dental implants, visit Northwest Villages Dentistry - Vesna Arezina DDS, PA, at 10551 Mills Rd, Houston, TX 77070, or call (281) 469-7469.