If you have one or more missing teeth, dental implants offer a permanent, lifelike solution. At Floss West University, Smita Rewari, DDS, has helped many men and women from Houston restore their smiles and their confidence with dental implants. If you’re curious about what dental implants can do for you, book an appointment today to learn more. Online scheduling is available, or you can contact the office by phone to set up your visit.
Dental implants are permanent tooth replacements anchored directly into your bone tissue. They’re a great way to replace one or more missing teeth.
Dental implants require an investment of time and money, but the benefits make them well worth it. Unlike dentures, which need to be repaired and replaced every few years, dental implants last a lifetime.
Your teeth not only create an appealing smile, they also play important roles in proper speech and nutrition. When you lose one or more teeth, your remaining teeth begin to shift out of alignment, weakening your bite.
Every time you bite down, you place pressure on the bone tissue that holds each tooth in place. That ongoing stimulation keeps your bone tissue healthy and strong. Without stimulation, the bone begins to wear away and you can lose even more teeth. Bone loss also causes a caved in appearance in your lower face.
Dental implants are anchored directly into your jaw bone tissue and function the same way as natural teeth. That’s why they’ve become the leading treatment option for replacing missing teeth.
The process begins with a local anesthetic to help you remain comfortable. Once you’re numb, Dr. Rewari determines the best placement for the implant and opens your gum tissue to access your jaw bone.
She drills a small pilot hole to guide the implant then positions the implant into your bone tissue. She closes your gum tissue and may place a temporary crown for you to wear until your next visit.
Over a few months, your bone tissue slowly fuses to the metal implant. This is called osseointegration and is critical to the success of the procedure. You need to take care to avoid biting down on anything hard as this process moves forward.
During your next visit, Dr. Rewari gathers impressions or imaging of your teeth and gums. A dental lab creates your crown, which is the visible portion of the implant. A small connector called an abutment secures the crown to your implant, completing your restoration.
You might need to return for a checkup to ensure your implant is functioning properly. After that, simply continue your dental hygiene routines and come in for regular exams to keep your smile healthy and happy.
If you have questions about dental implants, book an appointment at Floss West University today.