Dental Implants – Lasting Tooth Replacement
Dental implants serve as the ultimate tooth-replacement option, by securely anchoring artificial teeth directly to the jawbone for a result that looks and feels completely natural. At the Texas Center for Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry, we provide patients in The Woodlands, as well as Houston and surrounding areas, with outstanding implant dentistry services, including the surgical placement of dental implants.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are tiny posts composed of medical-grade titanium, a metal that is biocompatible with oral tissues. The implant is surgically placed in the jawbone, where it functions as an artificial tooth root. Implants anchor replacement teeth, individual crowns, or full or partial dentures directly to the jawbone. Unlike removable restorations, dental implants cannot slip out of place, and, with proper maintenance, can last a lifetime.
Implant Dentistry Benefits
Implant-supported restorations offer numerous benefits. Since dental implants are anchored securely to the jawbone, there is no risk that they will shift out of place. Patients can therefore eat, speak, and laugh with absolute confidence. Implant-supported crowns and dentures generally require minimal maintenance, since they are not subject to the wear and tear of tooth-supported restorations. Finally, the porcelain crowns and dentures are made of beautiful, tooth-colored porcelain that looks remarkably natural, making dental implants an excellent option for a total smile makeover.
The Implant Dentistry Process
The implant dentistry process involves two phases: surgical placement of the dental implant(s), and placement of the restoration. The Texas Center for Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry is distinguished among Houston-area implant dentistry centers, since we perform both phases here at our facility in The Woodlands, TX. Both are performed while the patient is under local anesthesia. We provide advanced pain-management options, including sedation dentistry, to make the implantation process as comfortable and stress-free as possible.
Dental Implants Surgery
The dentist begins the surgery by making a small incision in the gums in order to access the jawbone. Next, a small hole is drilled into the bone and the dental implant is carefully inserted. Finally, the implant is covered with gum tissue and allowed to heal. A temporary restoration may be worn until the implant site has healed. The healing process, called osseointegration, generally takes several months, during which time the dental implant adheres to the gums and jawbone. When the implant site has healed completely, the patient returns to our office to have the restoration placed.
Placement of the Restoration
We are able to replace individual teeth with porcelain crowns and multiple teeth with implant-stabilized dentures (full or partial). To place the restoration, the dentist begins by uncovering the dental implant. Next, the restoration is carefully attached to the dental implant, assuring its fit with the surrounding teeth and bite. This step completes the restoration and the patient can leave our office with a fully restored smile.
Don’t wait another day to restore your smile! Start the process by contacting our office in The Woodlands, Texas to schedule a consultation.