Losing teeth due to decay, damage, or other problems can feel traumatic. You may worry about your smile, bite, speech, and even the shape of your face. Thankfully, through dental implant services, you can maintain a full smile, even if you lose one or many of your natural teeth. Lovett Dental Webster provides implant services and helps you maintain your healthiest smile and bite. To learn more about our services or to schedule a consultation, please contact our team today at 832.909.1469.
About Dental Implants
Dental implant services start with the loss or extraction of your teeth. At that time, your dentist at Lovett Dental Webster consults with you about your next steps for implants or other teeth replacement. Through natural-looking teeth replacement options, you continue confidently smiling, talking, laughing, eating, and interacting with others. Implants provide worry-free tooth replacement, where dentures once left people feeling self-conscious and inhibited.
Dental implant services require enough bone to support them in your jaw. You also need healthy gums. As a result, you may need bone grafting or other treatment at the time of your tooth extraction to prepare for your implants. After this surgery for extraction and bone grafting, you must allow time for your bone and gums to heal.
Healing after extraction and bone grafting takes several months. Then, when fully healed, your implant dentist surgically positions a titanium post or screw into your jawbone. This post will hold your new tooth or a bridge of teeth.
Dental implant services provide you with the look and feel of having natural teeth. Unlike dentures or tooth-supported bridges, implants feel comfortable. They stay securely and permanently in your mouth. An implant lasts a lifetime and does not shift, irritate your gums, or inhibit normal functioning.
Dental implant services take place through your dentist’s office at Lovett Dental Webster in Houston. These services include a custom treatment approach suited to your individual needs. Your treatment likely involves your dentist and an oral surgeon.
How Dental Implants Help You Maintain Good Oral Health
Dental implant services at Lovett Dental Webster provide you with stable, well-supported, and permanent teeth replacement. Your single implant crowns, unlike dentures or bridges, will stay securely in place. They do not shift or slip, even when you eat and speak. Your implants feel just like natural teeth.
Because implants offer stability bridges and dentures do not, you do not suffer ridge problems, gagging, or sore spots. Also, as bridges must attach to teeth, they damage your natural teeth providing this support. Implants do not rely on other teeth for support and do not damage the structures of your mouth.
Instead of causing damage, implants actually help maintain your jawbone. When teeth are lost, your bone disintegrates. But implants stimulate the bone just like a natural tooth root. This sustains the bone and keeps it healthy.
Of course, you must maintain your dental implants, just like natural teeth. This maintenance includes twice-daily tooth brushing and daily flossing. You also must visit your dentist twice yearly for semi-annual checkups and cleanings. You should also care for your implants by doing the following:
- Using a gentle toothbrush
- Avoiding dental products with intense flavors, such as cinnamon or mint
- Trying not to eat sticky or hard foods
- Avoiding smoking and alcohol use
If you have questions about maintaining your implants, talk to your dentist. They can give you the strategies you need to succeed.
Types of Dental Implants
According to the American Dental Association, implants are the closest thing to a natural tooth when it comes to tooth replacement. The ADA considers both endosteal and subperiosteal implants safe.
Lovett Dental Webster’s dental implant services surgically places endosteal implants into your jawbone. Then, after your gum tissues heal, you undergo a second surgery for connection of a post to the implant. A crown attaches to that post, or you receive a bridge or denture for the replacement of multiple teeth.
For subperiosteal implants, your Lovett Dental Webster’s implant dentist places a metal frame onto your jawbone and beneath your gum tissue. Over several months, this frame affixes to your bone, and your gums heal. Posts for your implants mount to the frame through your gums, then holding crowns for natural-looking teeth replacement.
Learn More at Lovett Dental Webster Today
At Lovett Dental Webster in Houston, you receive expert care from tooth extraction or loss, through the placement of crowns, bridges, or dentures onto your dental implants. Other key dental services we offer at Lovett Dental Webster include:
- General dentistry
- Pediatric dentistry
- Orthodontic care
- Cosmetic dentistry
Everyone at Lovett Dental Webster wants you to love your smile. That love continues with dental implant services after teeth extraction. Contact Lovett Dental Webster today at 832.909.1469, or contact us online to schedule your dental implants consultation.