When you lose a tooth, you may have a moment of panic before wondering what your options are. You can opt for a crown or bridge or, if you lose more than one tooth, you may choose a partial plate with artificial teeth. However, there’s another option that mimics the look and feel of your natural teeth and promotes bone density. At Lovett Dental Webster, we often recommend dental implantation to secure a crown or dentures. Learn more about the purpose of dental implants and whether they would be ideal for you by calling Lovett Dental Webster at 832-932-5584.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
There are three parts to a dental implant, as follows:
- A post, typically made out of titanium, mimics the root of a natural tooth. Your dentist installs the post directly into the jawbone.
- An abutment connects to the post and allows the dentist to attach a crown or dentures.
- Next, the dentist adds the crown to replace a single tooth or partial or full dentures to replace multiple teeth.
Typically, it takes more than one visit to complete the work. In the first visit, a cosmetic dentist prepares the area surrounding the missing tooth or teeth. Then, they install the post into the jawbone. In subsequent visits, the dentist will check on the healing process, which varies for each person.
In order to qualify for a dental implant, you need to have enough bone to support the post. In some cases, the dentist might use a bone graft to support the post and help hold it in place. It may take some time for the post to heal. If you require full or partial dentures, the dentist may install more than one post.
Types of Dental Implants
We recommend dental implants for clients looking for a permanent solution for tooth replacement. It’s essential to understand the options available and how they apply to your particular situation. As mentioned, you can replace one or multiple teeth.
The three options for implants include:
- Removable dentures
- Fixed dentures
- Fix crown or bridge
Whether you need full or partial dentures, your cosmetic dentist can install one or more posts to support them.
Lovett Dental Webster has three options for dental implants that restore the functionality of your lost teeth. Snap-on dentures connect to the implants, and you can remove them yourself for cleaning or when you need a break. Hybrid dentures, also referred to as Teeth in a Day, remain in place and require a dentist to remove them. You can also have a single post installed to replace a lost tooth with a crown.
Lovett Dental Webster’s Full-Service Dentistry
Lovett Dental Webster can handle all your dental needs, from annual exams to teeth cleaning services.
Here are some of our most popular services:
We have a diverse team of specialists, including orthodontists, general dentists, and cosmetic dentists. So, we can treat your whole family, from children needing annual exams to older adults needing dentures.
In addition, if you dread going to the dentist, it’s worthwhile to ask how sedation dentistry can help you relax during your procedure.
Learn More at Lovett Dental Webster
For dental implant services, we recommend that you make an appointment for a consultation at Lovett Dental Webster. Losing bone density can impact the surrounding teeth and your oral health in general. So, the sooner you replace lost teeth, the more bone density you can keep. Contact us at 832-932-5584 today to find out how dental implants can help you permanently recover the function of lost teeth.