If you have missing teeth, you may be tired of being restricted in the types of food you can enjoy and being self-conscious about your smile. Maybe you’ve tried tooth replacement options like dentures or bridges before, but they haven’t worked out. Fortunately, another solution is available. Dental implants are small titanium posts that replace the tooth roots and support a dental prosthetic to restore your smile. You can find them at Colony Dental in Sugar Land, TX.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant cannot function as a tooth on its own. Rather, it is inserted directly into the jawbone where it effectively acts as a tooth root to support a dental prosthetic. The result is a stable and natural-looking restoration.
What can dental implants treat?
- Tooth decay
- Root canal failure
- Gum disease
- Tooth injury or trauma in the mouth
- Excessive wear and tear on the teeth
- Congenital disabilities (defects at birth)
Advantages of dental implants
Dental implants offer several advantages over other tooth replacement options. Not only do they improve your speaking and eating abilities, but they are more comfortable than dentures or bridges. “They feel the most like natural teeth and have an excellent success rate”. Dental implants do not require any special care – you can clean them as you would with normal teeth, making oral hygiene easier.
An adequate amount of jawbone is required to support a dental implant. For patients who do not have enough jawbone, bone grafting may be necessary. A bone graft will create a solid base for the dental implant to anchor to. Several different options could be used for the bone graft. Primarily, part of a bone from another part of the patient’s body is used. Bone from a cadaver or an animal could also be used as an alternative. After the bone is grafted, it may take several months for enough new bone to be generated to support the implant.