How Do Dental Implants Work?

Kirby Smiles dentists take pride in creating dazzling smiles for all of our patients!  In cases of tooth loss, we are especially concerned with helping our patients regain their confidence in their natural smiles and their ability to eat all of their favorite foods.  Studies have proven that tooth loss has many far-reaching consequences, such as mouth and jaw pain, difficulty eating, deterioration of jaw bone and gum tissue, and even the loss of social and career opportunities.  Although our first line of defense is strong advocacy for patient education about general oral health and preventative care, sometimes tooth loss is unavoidable. In these situations, we often recommend dental implants as a viable solution.


With dental implants, we are able to create completely natural-looking replacements for missing teeth.  During a minimally invasive surgical procedure, the dentist inserts a titanium structure into the patient’s jawbone.  Over several months, the jawbone and the titanium implant will naturally fuse together in a process known as osseointegration.  Once secure, the dental implant can then be combined with a crown, bridge, or dentures, depending on the patient’s dental treatment plan.


A correctly installed dental implant looks, feels, and functions exactly like a natural tooth, and it requires no additional maintenance apart from a normal careful brushing and flossing routine.  Your dentist will continue to keep a watchful eye on the health of your implant at every preventative appointment. With a successful dental implant, you will be free to eat your favorite foods without fear of shifting or clicking, and your confidence in your smile will be renewed.  


If you believe that a dental implant may be right for you, give us a call at our Pearland dental office to schedule a visit.  Our highly trained and extensively experienced dentists would love to meet with you, discuss your candidacy for dental implants, and ultimately develop a fully personalized treatment plan that is right for your needs.