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Many patients are under the assumption that the results of implant dentistry are indefinite. In fact, clinical data does demonstrate this likelihood. Studies show that as much as 95% of implanted root replacements remain functional after 20 years. This is significant in comparison to traditional methods of tooth replacement. Bridges, for instance, tend to last only about a decade; and floating dentures require relining or complete redesign from time to time.

Most situations in which tooth replacement is necessary can be successfully handled with dental implants. However, there are things that you need to know in order to elongate the lifespan of these restorations.

The first step to success is choosing an experienced dentist to perform your implant surgery. The manner in which tiny posts are inserted into the jawbone sets the stage for optimal stability through osseointegration. Your surgeon will also be mindful of important considerations such as:

  • The location and depth of implants
  • The spacing of multiple implants
  • The appropriate number of implants based on the final restoration (bridge or denture)
  • Planning and implementation of surgical technique

Your Turn!

dental implants houston tx at royal dental usaOnce your implants are in place, it is up to you to maintain the level of oral health that will support lifelong stability.

Is it possible to damage an implant when it is hidden beneath the gums? The answer is yes. One of the primary factors in failed implant treatment is gum disease. Therefore, it is necessary to promote gum health through good habits. Dentists encourage patients treated with implants to avoid the use of tobacco products, as the chemicals in cigarettes and smokeless tobacco rob tissues of oxygen, setting the stage for inflammation and infection.

Oral health is affected by general health, and vise versa. There are numerous benefits to guarding your general health, and the success of implants is just one. Conditions such as diabetes and even stress can throw the delicate balance of the oral environment off, creating a pathway for bacteria to damage gum and bone tissue. Patients are encouraged to brush and floss regularly, see our dental team as recommended, and live a healthy lifestyle.

Dental implants can, in fact, remain functional for life. Team up with Royal Dental to foster a healthy, attractive smile.

Historically, braces have been something that we expect to see in the smile of a teenager. Thanks to advances in dentistry, treating misalignment is now more appealing to adults and teens. At Royal Dental, patients from the Houston area can consult with an experienced dentist about the best orthodontic treatment for their needs. In addition to the popular Invisalign treatment for older teens and adults, we also offer early orthodontic evaluation for younger patients.

Optimal Timing for Braces
Dental Braces in houston texas at royal dental usaOrthodontic treatment typically begins sometime around the age of twelve. While braces are efficient at optimizing tooth position, there are benefits to addressing potential issues before the jaw has completed its growth cycle. We encourage parents to schedule an orthodontic evaluation for their children around the age of 7. At this time, it is possible to identify spacing issues that may occur in the coming years. This gives us the opportunity to intervene beforehand, securing significant benefit for the young patient.

Early orthodontic intervention is not always necessary. When we do recommend treatment, it is because we see a benefit in guiding the jaw’s development from an early stage. Doing this, we can minimize the chances that oral surgery or tooth extractions will be necessary later on.

Benefits of early orthodontic care include:
• Maximize the space in the mouth for permanent teeth to grow in without crowding
• More harmonious symmetry across facial features
• Decreased risk of protrusion of the front teeth
• Full orthodontic treatment can be completed more quickly

Every Child is Unique
Not all children need early care to have a healthy, straight smile. An orthodontic evaluation considers each child’s jaw and rate of growth, enabling us to determine the proper course of pediatric dental care. Some of the conditions that are assessed during an orthodontic evaluation include the bite, jaw position, and the harmony amongst teeth.

Early intervention of orthodontic problems does not eliminate the need for formal braces later on, because treatment is completed before all permanent teeth have grown in. A short time in braces can ensure that teeth are in line and that the bite is healthy for life.

Schedule your visit with a Royal Dental office near you.

 

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