Dental Implants – Friendswood, TX
Having missing teeth can be inconvenient in several ways. Not only does it hinder your usage of your teeth, but depending on the location of the gap, it can also affect your confidence. It can also have negative effects on the structure of your jaw and remaining natural teeth – the teeth that neighbor the gap can move along the gumline and shift into the empty space. If this happens, your bite could be affected. Because the underlying bone no longer has to support any teeth after they have been lost, it can start to recede, eventually changing your facial structure and making you appear older. Bridges and dentures can restore appearance and function fairly well, but dental implants offer a more stable and effective solution.
Our team of dentists have the required experience in dentistry to offer dental implants in Friendswood, ensuring a improved dental care of the patients.
How do dental implants work?
Dental implants are small titanium posts. While bridges and dentures sit on the gumline, implants are surgically inserted directly into the jawbone where they eventually act as tooth roots. A dental restoration can then be fixed onto the implants to not only restore function to the teeth but to allow a use that is very close to natural teeth.
Benefits of dental implants
In addition to being more stable, allowing for improved speech and eating, implants also:
Will not come loose, as dentures or bridges can
Prevent or slow down bone loss
Are easier to clean and maintain than other tooth replacement solutions
More than one appointment to Friendswood Smiles will be needed to have dental implants placed. Your dentist will first ensure that you have sufficient bone structure in your jaw to support the implants. A bone graft can be performed to build it up if needed. This will require an additional healing period.
To place the implants, a small incision will be made in the gum line over the site of the missing tooth or teeth (one implant can support more than one prosthetic). Your dentist will prepare the underlying bone, then insert the implant into place. The gum tissue will then be stitched closed over the implant, and the site will be left for approximately four months. During this time, the implant will fuse into the bone through a process called osseointegration. At the end of this period, once your dentist has ensured that the implant is stable enough, the artificial tooth/teeth will be fixed to it. With proper care and maintenance, dental implants can be expected to last a lifetime.
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