Dental implants are a relatively new advancement in dentistry. Before dental professionals used implants to replace missing teeth, dentures were the only one option for smile restoration. Today, implants ensure that patients’ smiles appear natural after extractions, decay, or trauma left them with gaps in their smile.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants rebuild your smile and bite for normal appearance and functioning after tooth loss. Whether you‘ve lost one tooth or many, this solution makes your loss undetectable. Implants have evolved into a natural-looking, strong, effective means of smile and bite restoration.
Implants have become a common part of oral health care. They’re synthetic teeth used to replace missing natural teeth. In fact, implants anchor to the jawbone or metal framework where your natural tooth was once rooted. The anchored implant provides a foundation for artificial teeth, denture, or permanent bridge placement.
Implants eliminate past issues of ill-fitting dentures popping out of the mouth during a sneeze or other actions. Patients no longer have to take their false teeth out at night, nor do they need to soak them in a special solution to remove stains. You treat implants just like your natural teeth, with your restorations being undetectable to others due to their natural appearance.
Who Benefits from Dental Implants?
Understand that not all patients are good candidates for implants. It’s critical that there is enough bone density to support the implant. Patients must also have a healthy, strong immune system to ensure infection won’t be a problem after the procedure. Candidates must also display historically positive oral hygiene.
People seeking a natural-looking solution for missing teeth find implants both convenient and comforting. These tooth replacements match the look and feel of natural teeth, even matching to surrounding natural teeth if needed. In other words, they feature a custom appearance crafted just for you.
The metal or ceramic materials used to make your replacement teeth is biocompatible. However, surgery prepares your gums for the implant and its placement into your mouth. It takes some time after the surgery for your implants to anchor well and the bone tissue to secure the device. Some patients need metal posts inserted into their implants for tooth connection.
As you undergo surgery for your implants, the dental team provides anesthesia. They may administer antibiotics to prevent infection after your procedure. After your implants are in place, it’s very important that you maintain proper oral hygiene and schedule routine dental visits. With proper care, your implants will last a long time.
Types of Implants
There are two primary types of implants. These are:
Endosteal Implants: These implants anchor into the jawbone. They are the most common implants, surgically placed in one appointment with posts placed during a second appointment. The time between the appointments allows gum tissue to heal. Your artificial tooth, bridge, or denture attaches to the newly placed post.
Subperiosteal Implants: A metal frame supports these implants on the jawbone under healthy gum tissue. Once your gums heal from the first procedure, the dentist fixes the frame in place. The posts protrude from the frame through the gums, with artificial teeth being affixed to the posts.
Why Are Implants a Good Choice for You?
You may have concerns about the permanence of implants as replacements for your natural teeth. However, according to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, 97% of patients’ implants are successful, long-term teeth replacements. One such reason includes the implants’ ability to help preserve jawbone like natural teeth. Old-fashioned bridges and dentures actually weaken and damage them.
Unlike bridges and dentures, implants don’t damage surrounding teeth. They don’t require other teeth to work harder for chewing or supporting the devices. Implants also don’t slip, and since the implants are as stable as natural teeth, you can eat whatever you would normally eat.
Your One-Stop Shop for All Dental Needs
If you’re ready for implants or other restorative dentistry in the southeastern area of Houston, Laughlin Dental provides the dental services you need. In addition to dental implants, our practice offers: