Dental Implants: Teeth Replacement That Last a Lifetime

In spite of enhancements in dental care, millions of Americans experience tooth loss, mostly because of periodontal disease, decay, or injury. For many years, the only available treatments for missing teeth were dentures and bridges. Today, you can get dental implants, which look, feel, and work just like real teeth — and they last a lifetime.

Dental implants are actually post-like surgical fixtures implanted into your jawbone that serve as the anchor for your replacement teeth. The bone in your jaw fuses with the implants over the course of a few months. In other words, the implants function as replacements for roots of your teeth.

Cosmetic dentist Anne Chee, DDS, is proud to offer the latest in dental implant technology to her valued patients in Houston, Texas. If you're missing teeth, schedule a consultation to learn how dental implants could enhance your speech, appearance, and self-esteem. Here's what you should know about this procedure.

Eligibility for Dental Implants

To establish whether implants are appropriate for you, Dr. Chee examines your gums and teeth thoroughly and evaluates your jawbone quantity and density. She may use computer tomography or CT scans and X-rays to ensure your bone structure is adequate for implants and to determine exactly where she should place the implants.

Depending on the state of your oral hygiene and oral tissues and your dedication to adhere to aftercare instructions, she recommends the most suitable treatment approach. In the event that you have inadequate gum or bone tissue, you might need soft tissue or bone grafts.

The duration of your treatment and number of appointments are dependent on how many implants you need and your overall oral health. Dr. Chee tells you what to expect after every procedure. She can also discuss the estimated cost and anesthesia options.

Kinds of Doctors Who Specialize in Implants

Any licensed dentist can perform implant surgery as long as they adhere to the standard of care in the patient's best interest. But implants require surgical placement, so dental professionals who perform routine surgery are ideal for this type of dental procedure.

Oral surgeons and periodontists often specialize in the placement of dental implants. Once the implant is fully fused into the jawbone, the replacement teeth — a crown, bridge, or implant denture — are connected to the implant. A prosthodontist or general dentist typically perform this phase.

With Dr. Chee, you can be assured that you’re getting the best care in one location. She has skillfully performed many dental implants and has advanced training through the International Team for Implantology.

Benefits Associated with Dental Implants

The advantages related to dental implants include:

Enhanced appearance

The surgical fixtures feel and look like your teeth. They're also meant to blend with the bone so they become permanent.

Enhanced comfort

Dental implants become part of your jawbone, thereby eliminating the discomfort of removable dentures.

Improved speech

Poor-fitting dentures can slip within your mouth, causing you to slur or mumble your words. Implants enable you to speak without worrying that your teeth might slip.

Enhanced oral health

Unlike other teeth-replacement options like tooth-supported bridges, dental implants don't require alteration of neighboring teeth. The procedure, therefore, can leave more of your teeth intact, enhancing long-term oral health. Implants also permit easier access between teeth, enhancing oral hygiene. And implants strengthen your jawbone, which can begin to atrophy when teeth are missing.

If you're looking for a permanent solution for your missing tooth or teeth, schedule an appointment with cosmetic dentist Dr. Chee, who has extensive experience improving smiles with dental implants.

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