Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth and provide a fixed solution to removable partial or complete dentures. Dental implants are artificial roots and teeth (standard titanium) that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone by a dentist or Periodontist – gums and supporting bone specialist. The teeth attached to implants are very natural looking and often enhance or restore a patient’s smile! Implants provide excellent support and stability for these dental appliances.
Dental implants are solid, stable, and durable and will last many years, but on occasion, they will have to be re-tightened or replaced due to normal wear.
❖ Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth
❖ Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space
❖ Restore a patient’s confident smile
❖ Restore chewing, speech, and digestion
❖ Restore or enhance facial tissues
❖ Support a bridge or denture, making them more secure and comfortable
The process of getting implants requires several visits over several months.
X-rays and impressions (molds) are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for an implant. While the area is numb, the implant will be surgically placed into the bone and allowed to heal and integrate for up to six months. Depending on the type of implant, a second surgery may be required to place the “post” that will hold the artificial tooth in place. The post and anchor are already attached and placed simultaneously with other implants.
After several weeks of healing, the artificial teeth are fitted to the anchor’s post portion. Because several fittings may be required, this step may take one to two months to complete. After a healing period, the artificial teeth are securely attached to the implant, providing excellent stability and comfort to the patient.
You will receive care instructions when your treatment is completed. Good oral hygiene, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new implant.
If you have any questions for us, please give us a call and our friendly staff will be happy to help. Whether you live in the Woodlands, Spring, Conroe, Humble, Grangerland, or the surrounding North Houston area, Dr. Ly and his team would love to welcome you to our practice.