Pasadena, Texas Dental Implants
What is a Dental Implant?
A Dental Implant is a titanium post that is inserted into your jaw. Once the bone has grown around the dental implant the implant is locked in place. Now the dental implants can serve as a replacement root upon which to build a new tooth, implant bridge or implant denture.
Dental Implants are a permanent answer for lost teeth and they will keep you smiling for life. Dental implants are very durable and are designed to last a lifetime. However implants do require the same devotion as natural teeth. You must still brush, floss and continue to receive regular dental check-ups.
Patients love dental implants because:
- They are permanent (the don’t come out at night)
- Never get decay
- Never need a root canal
- Longest lasting tooth replacement option
- They never slip or shift in your mouth while eating and speaking
- Only tooth replacement option that stimulates and preserves bone levels
- Do not damage other teeth
Reasons to get a Dental Implant:
- Replace one or more teeth
- Want the best tooth replacement possible
- Enhance chewing comfort
- Gain confidence while smiling, talking and eating
- Provide support for an implant denture
- Improve the support and stability of full upper or lower denture
- Improve appearance
- Regain overall self-confidence
Dental Implants Preserve Bone:
Without the presence of a natural tooth, the bone that once supported the tooth will shrink and disappear. The remaining teeth will shift and start to migrate into the missing space. This bone loss will cause you to have a premature elderly appearance.
Who is an ideal candidate for Dental Implants?
Dental Implant patients are normal people who have one or missing teeth due to injury, decay, trauma, or gum disease. The determining factor if a dental implant will work is the amount of available bone.
Am I too old for Dental Implants?
NO! Your general health is the larger determining factor. If you are healthy enough to have a tooth extracted then you are healthy enough for dental implants. Having a tooth extracted is much harder biologically on your body then having a dental implant placed.
Why are Dental Implants better than a Dental Bridge?
Bridges merely “bridge” over the missing tooth. There is not replacement of the root structure on the missing tooth. Thus, there will be bone loss where the missing tooth is. This creates a discrepancy of the gum tissue and bone causing an unattractive appearance. Furthermore, to do a bridge the adjacent teeth must be irreversibly damaged and cut down to support the bridge. The bridge will be one piece and will be difficult to clean. Almost half of all bridges fail at the 12 to 15 year mark. When a bridge fails it cause greater dental and financial problems than the original problem. Fortunately, all the negative aspects of an old fashioned bridge can be avoided by using a dental implant to replace a tooth. Plus, a dental implant is the only tooth replacement options that stimulates and preserves bone levels.
How will Dental Implants affect my life?
Dental implants look, function and feel like natural teeth. You are free to eat and drink whatever you like without any complications or discomfort. Your self-esteem will be raises as you have confidence to smile and laugh.
Will my new teeth look natural?
When dental implants are used in combination with modern restorative dentistry, their appearance, comfort, and function will most likely surprise you. When done correctly, they are hard to tell apart from your natural teeth.
Is Dental Implant treatment painful?
How will I care for my Dental Implants?
Your dental implant teeth will be brushed and flossed just like natural teeth!