One way to fill the space left by missing teeth is to invest in dental implant restorations. Whether you have one tooth to restore or many, implant restorations are worth considering. The complete process takes longer than traditional methods of restoring missing teeth such as bridge work or dentures; however, in the final results are well worth the additional time involved. Dental implants are a restorative dentistry treatment that has been around for several years now and newer materials and advances in dental technology have increased their durability and aesthetics.
Dental implant restorations require a minor surgical procedure in which a screw-like post is placed into the jaw bone. The site is left to heal for a few months so the bone can fuse to the post. The site is then prepared for a crown to fit over the post. When the crown is seated on the post, the resulting restoration looks and feels like your natural tooth. Dental implant restorations can replace one tooth or they can be used to anchor several such as when a full denture is needed.
Dental implants have a very high rate of success. When one does fail it is usually due to lack of proper oral hygiene or damaging habits such as grinding the teeth. Implants can be damaged by bacterial buildup and their byproducts. Regular checkups and cleanings, as well as adequate home care, will help to keep your implants healthy.
Dental implants can provide a sense of confidence that other restorations have a hard time matching. Dental implant restorations look so much like your natural teeth that it is difficult to tell they are not real. Regular dentures have a tendency to make noises at times and sometimes they do not fit well. They can also cause sores and of course they need to be taken out and cleaned daily. Then there is the pesky problem of food getting caught underneath the denture which can be painful as well as very annoying. With a denture secured with implants, you do not have to worry about any of these issues. You can speak, eat, laugh and enjoy life without worrying about some mishap with your dentures.
Contact West Houston Dentistry today and make an appointment for a consultation. We would be happy to explain to you the procedure and the implant restoration choices available to you. We will walk you through the process from assessment to follow-up home care of your new dental implant restoration. Your smile will be confident as well as beautiful.