Dental Implants—The Basics

 

Dental Implants at royal dental usa in houston texas

Ideally, you’d be able to keep all your natural teeth, but sometimes unforeseen circumstances, illness, or other dental problems can leave you with a hole in your smile. When this happens, dental implants can replace missing teeth and restore function. Keep reading to learn more.

What are dental implants?
Dental implants are artificial titanium roots that are placed in your jawbone to take the place of a missing tooth. Dental implants are often paired with dental bridges, dentures, or crowns to restore your teeth and give you a more natural looking smile.

dental implants at royal dental usa in houston texasWhen are they used?
Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth if it is missing or extracted. They can also be used to replace multiple teeth with a series of implants. Some patients also get dental implants to secure and support bridges, dentures.

What are the benefits of dental implants?
When there is a gap in your smile it is harder to talk, eat, and drink. Your mouth is more vulnerable to infection, your other teeth are more likely to become misaligned, and your jawbone can weaken and deteriorate from disuse.

Dental implants restore not just form, but function to your smile. This can improve your appearance, boost your confidence, make it easier to talk and eat, and prevent future oral health problems.

What should you expect?
Getting dental implants requires oral surgery, but it is worth it to improve your smile and make everyday life easier. The process happens in two phases. First, the titanium implant is inserted into the jawbone. This implant will be given time to take hold while your gums and jawbone heal around it. The healing process can take a few months.

After the implant is secure and your gums have healed, it is time for the second phase. During this phase, a crown is attached to the implant to give you a natural looking tooth that can be used to chew.

Dental implants offer a permanent solution if you take good care of your teeth in the future. To learn more about them, schedule an appointment at Royal Dental.

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