Losing teeth to decay, damage or other problems can feel traumatic. You worry about your smile, bite, speech, and even the shape of your face. Thankfully, through dental implant services, you can maintain a full mouth of natural-looking teeth, whether you lose one or many of your own. As part of our comprehensive general dentistry services, Lovett Dental Heights provides implant services and helps you maintain your healthiest smile and bite.
Effective Dental Implants Services
Dental implants start with the loss or extraction of your teeth. At that time, your dentist at Lovett Dental Heights consults with you about your next steps for implants or other teeth replacement. Through natural-looking teeth replacement options, you continue confidently smiling, talking, laughing, eating, and interacting with others. Implants provide worry-free tooth replacement, where dentures once left people feeling self-conscious and inhibited.
Dental implants require enough bone to support them in your jaw. You also need healthy gums. So you may need bone grafting or other treatment at the time of your tooth extraction, to prepare for your implants. After this surgery for extraction and bone grafting, you must allow time for your bone and gums to heal.
Healing after extraction and bone grafting takes several months. Then, when fully healed, your implant dentist surgically positions a titanium post or screw into your jawbone. This post will hold your new tooth or a bridge of teeth.
Dental implants provide you with the look and feel of having natural teeth. Unlike dentures or tooth-supported bridges, implants feel comfortable. They stay securely and permanently in your mouth. An implant lasts a lifetime and does not shift, irritate your gums, or inhibit normal functioning.
Dental implant services take place through your dentist’s office at Lovett Dental Heights. These services include a custom treatment approach suited to your individual needs. Your treatment likely involves your dentist and an oral surgeon.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants provide you with stable, well-supported, and permanent teeth replacement. Your single implant crowns, dentures, or bridges stay securely in place. They do not shift or slip, even when you eat and speak. Your implants feel just like natural teeth. Professional teeth cleaning helps maintain the look of implants and teeth around them, so you can be confident in your smile over the long haul.
Because implants offer stability bridges and dentures do not, you do not suffer ridge problems, gagging, or sore spots. Also, as bridges must attach to teeth, they damage your natural teeth providing this support. Implants do not rely on other teeth for support and do not damage the structures of your mouth.
Instead of causing damage, implants actually help maintain your jawbone. When teeth are lost, your bone disintegrates. But implants stimulate the bone just like a natural tooth root. This sustains the bone and keeps it healthy.
Of course, you must maintain your dental implants, just like natural teeth. This maintenance includes twice-daily tooth brushing and daily flossing. You also must visit your dentist twice yearly for semi-annual checkups and cleanings.
Types of Dental Implants
According to the American Dental Association, implants are the closest thing to a natural tooth when it comes to tooth replacement. The ADA considers both endosteal and subperiosteal implants safe.
Your dentist first surgically places endosteal implants into your jawbone. Then, after your gum tissues heal, you undergo a second surgery for connection of a post to the implant. A crown attaches to that post, or you receive a bridge or denture for the replacement of multiple teeth.
For subperiosteal implants, your implant dentist places a metal frame onto your jawbone and beneath your gum tissue. Over several months, this frame affixes to your bone, and your gums heal. Posts for your implants mount to the frame through your gums, then holding crowns for natural-looking teeth replacement.
Dental Implant Experts at Lovett Dental Heights
At Lovett Dental Heights in Houston, you receive expert care from tooth extraction or loss, through the placement of crowns, bridges, or dentures onto your dental implants. Other key dental services we offer include:
- General dentistry
- Pediatric dentistry
- Cosmetic dentistry
Everyone at Lovett Dental Heights wants you to love your smile. That love continues with dental implants services after teeth extraction. Contact Lovett Dental Heights today at 832.780.4573 to schedule your dental implants consultation.