A dental implant is an ideal tooth restoration for people who are missing one or more teeth. An implant is a titanium post that is placed directly into the jaw bone. Titanium is also used to make prosthetic hip and knee replacements so it is a very bio-compatible material. After placement, there is a healing period of 4-6 months to allow for the patient's bone to grow around the titanium post. After this healing period, a connector called an abutment can be placed on top of the implant to connect it to a crown or other natural-looking restoration. While implants are typically more expensive than other methods of tooth replacement, they provide superior benefits. Implants best resemble natural teeth in form and appearance and can last for a very long time when cared for properly. Since an implant acts as the "root" of a tooth, it prevents the loss of bone that occurs as a result of tooth loss.
Implants require healthy gums and adequate bone, so a full exam and advanced imaging such as a cone beam CT are needed to determine if a patient is a good candidate for implant placement. A patient must also be committed to excellent oral hygiene and regular dental visits, as these are critical to the long-term success of dental implants.
If you are suffering from tooth loss, then dental implants may be the perfect solution for you. Our experienced and knowledgeable team can provide a thorough examination and help you determine the best type of dental implants for your needs. A visit to our practice is the first step to getting started. You may call us at (281) 941-5488 to schedule an appointment.