Healthy teeth that work as nature intended are crucial for a high quality of life and overall health. Houston folks who cope with dentures know what I’m talking about.
There is no question that dentures are preferable to a completely toothless mouth, but they are not problem-free. Your mouth performs several basic functions, each of which can be impaired by the headaches of dentures.
Dentures can make it challenging to chew and taste food. It’s embarrassing to talk when they are slipping around in your mouth and laughing can dislodge them entirely. They can even make it hard to breathe—and it doesn’t get more basic than that.
Even if you have had dentures for many years, you may be a candidate for dental implants. Dental implants are an extremely versatile substitute for dentures.
Dental implants can be used to replace several teeth and/or to anchor dentures.
Here is the process:
1. Examination and Assessment
During your first visit, your dentist will take X-rays and analyze your mouth and the condition of your teeth, gums, and jawbone. Your dentist will assess options with you and together you will create a treatment plan.
2. Implant Placement
A complete tooth implant and restoration consists of the actual implant or root replacement, an abutment, and final restoration. The first step is to insert the titanium alloy implant into your jawbone. This is not as difficult or painful as it sounds. Most patients are surprised at how fast and easy the procedure is.
Implant surgery would not be successful if your jawbone did not welcome an artificial and non-biological tooth root. Amazingly, in the vast majority of cases, the jawbone tightly fuses with the implant to construct an extremely strong foundation for the concluding restoration. Titanium readily integrates with bone. The official term for this quality is ‘osteophilic’. For most patients, it takes from three to six months for your jawbone to work its amazing magic.
4. Final Restoration
Whether your last step is a crown, bridge, or denture, your dentist will work with the lab to fabricate a beautiful and functional restoration. A connecting piece called an abutment attaches the restoration to the artificial root(s). The crown, bridge, or denture is all that is visible at the end of the process. Dental implant restorations are essentially indistinguishable from former teeth.
Dental implant patients of all ages are delighted with the improved quality of life implants furnish.
Are breathing, speaking, eating, tasting, and laughing important to you? Call us to schedule a consultation.
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