Why Dental Implants Are the Best Option
When teeth are lost or so compromised that they cannot be saved with restorative dentistry treatment, replacing them with a dental implant-supported prosthesis may be the best option for your smile. The root-like posts are designed to mimic and replace the roots of your lost teeth, which serve several vital functions beyond supporting your healthy teeth. When you bite and chew, the stimulated roots of your teeth invite a healthy flow of nutrients to your jawbone. Without this stimulation, your jawbone receives fewer nutrients, which is why many patients experience jawbone degradation and facial collapse following tooth loss. With an appropriate number of dental implant posts, your single tooth implant or implant denture can reestablish the functions that keep your jawbone, smile, and facial appearance healthy and beautiful.
How Dental Implants Are Placed
Dental implant-supported restorations are comprised of three main parts: the implant posts, the abutments, and the lifelike prosthesis (i.e., dental crown, bridge, or denture).
- Implant posts: A dental implant post is a small, root-like post made from biocompatible titanium. The post is inserted into the jawbone, which fuses to the titanium implant as it heals (a process known as osseointegration). To place your implant posts, our experts utilize advanced 3D imaging technology to precisely plan the position and angle of your dental implants.
- Abutments: After your jawbone has healed from implant placement, which typically takes up to six months, your dentist will connect small abutments to the implant posts that extend above the gum line. These abutments allow your dentist to secure your lifelike crown, bridge, or denture to the dental implant posts.
- Prosthesis: Once the abutments are secured to your implant posts, your dentist can attach your custom-designed replacement crown, bridge, or denture to the abutments and implant posts. Once the procedure is complete, your dental implants and lifelike prosthesis will not only rebuild your smile, but also provide the vital functions that allow your healthy teeth to support your jawbone.
Talk with Your Dentist About Implant Dentistry
After losing one or more teeth, you can restore, improve, and preserve your beautiful, healthy smile for life with an appropriate number of dental implants. To find out if you qualify for dental implants, schedule a consultation by calling Lathrop Dental Center in Katy, TX, today at 832-437-3849. You can also request an appointment online by filling out our form here. We proudly serve patients from Katy, Fulshear, Weston Lakes, Simonton, Richmond, Rosenberg, Brookshire, Wallis, Orchard, Cypress, Sealy, Columbus, and all surrounding communities.