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, our Lovett Dental Heights team provides implant services and helps you maintain your healthiest smile and bite.
Effective Dental Implant Services
Dental implants start with the loss or extraction of your teeth. At that time, your Lovett Dental Heights dentists will work with you to determine 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 made people feel self-conscious.
Dental implants require enough bone to support them in your jaw, so you need healthy gums. You may need bone grafting or other treatment at the time of your tooth extraction to prepare for your implants. After surgery for extraction and bone grafting, you must allow time for your bone and gums to heal.
Healing after extraction and bone grafting may take several months. Then, when fully healed, your Lovett Dental Heights 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 implant services take place at the Lovett Dental Heights office. These services include a custom treatment approach suited to your individual needs. Your treatment will likely involve 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 that 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 Lovett Dental Heights 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 to be extremely safe.
Your Lovett Dental Heights 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
Restore Your Smile with Dental Implants from Our Team
Everyone at Lovett Dental Heights wants you to love your smile. That love continues with dental implant services after teeth extraction. Contact Lovett Dental Heights today by calling 832.780.4573 or completing our online form to schedule your consultation for dental implants.