Our Pearland Dental Implants are Restorative and Cosmetic
Implant dentistry is a common procedure we provide for our patients at our Pearland dentist office. Although commonly thought of as a restorative dentistry procedure, it also works as an effective cosmetic dental procedure. Here is how.
Why Dental Implants May Be Necessary For Our Pearland Patients
Our Pearland dentists may recommend dental implants if a patient has lost one, two, or several permanent teeth. Our teeth are meant to work together and fit together perfectly. When they do, chewing and talking are both easy and our patients are protected from bone loss and/or facial collapse.
Facial collapse occurs as a result of missing teeth. When the gap left behind by a missing permanent tooth and is left untreated, there is nothing there to support the jaw and lips. If the jaw and lips lack support, the jawbone will shrink and the cheeks will start to sag. This causes the face to sag as well and create a collapsed appearance. Facial collapse quickly makes the face and the patient appear aged, which becomes a cosmetic concern for most of our patients.
How Can Dental Implants Help?
First off, what we refer to as a dental implant is actually a titanium post that is installed into the jawbone. Although this may sound alarming to some, titanium is highly biocompatible, meaning the body adapts to it very well. In fact, titanium is also used in hip and knee replacements, which are both common procedures
After the post is implanted, the healing process takes 4-6 months. Although there is some discomfort, this does not last the entire time. Most of the healing is really the jaw bone adjusting and growing around the titanium post. This process is the most extensive of the overall dental implant procedure, but it is critical, as it ensures the implant stays put for years to come.
Once healing is completed, the post acts as the tooth root and a connecting piece called an abutment is placed over the post. This piece then links the post to a crown our Pearland dentists apply in order to achieve the most natural appearance. The finished procedure fills the gap caused by a missing tooth and allows the implant to fit seamlessly with the rest of the teeth, resulting in a restored, healthy mouth and face, and a bright, confident smile like our other Pearland cosmetic dental procedures.
Implant Dentistry at Kirby Smiles in Pearland, Texas
If you are considering dental implants to restore your smile, please request an appointment for the first consultation. At this appointment, our Pearland cosmetic dentist will thoroughly examine your teeth and determine if a dental implant is right for you.