If you’re missing permanent teeth due to oral trauma or decay, consider dental implants. Of all the dental restorations, implants are the sturdiest, most durable, and longest-lasting. At The Dental Design Studios, Ivis Hernandez, DDS, uses dental implants to transform smiles. To schedule an appointment at the practice in Houston, Texas, call the office or book online
Dental implants are metal posts of titanium placed beneath your gums during a quick outpatient procedure. They replace your natural tooth roots and provide a supportive base for dental crowns, a fixed bridge, or implant-retained dentures.
Dental implants mimic the appearance and strength of your natural teeth. Because they fuse to your jaw through a process called osseointegration, you don’t have to worry about them moving when you bite or chew.
Dental implants provide many advantages, including:
Dental implants also lower the risk of potentially serious oral health problems caused by missing teeth, such as gum recession, persistent bad breath, and bone loss.
Dental implants have a proven track record of success, but they aren’t right for everyone. To get implants, you need to have healthy gums and plenty of jaw to support them. If you don’t, Dr. Hernandez might recommend a prerequisite procedure like scaling and root planing or a bone graft.
During your first appointment, let Dr. Hernandez know if you have any health problems like kidney disease or a congenital heart defect. These conditions won’t necessarily disqualify you from getting implants, but they might increase the risk of complications.
Getting dental implants typically takes a period of between 6-12 months and three separate appointments.
If Dr. Hernandez determines that you can benefit from implants, she places them beneath your gums during an outpatient appointment. The number of implants you’ll need depends on how many teeth are missing and the type of restoration you’re receiving.
Several months later, after the implants fuse to your jaw, you return to The Dental Design Studios. Dr. Hernandez makes impressions of your mouth and sends them to a laboratory that creates your crowns, bridge, or implant-retained dentures.
About a week later, you return to the practice for the final time. Dr. Hernandez attaches your restorations to the implants, restoring your smile to its near-original condition. Afterward, she polishes them and provides you with care instructions.
To keep your dental implants in optimal condition, brush and floss regularly. In addition, visit The Dental Design Studios every six months for an oral exam and professional teeth cleaning.
To lower the risk of chips, fractures, or other damage, avoid bad habits like chewing on ice or opening items with your teeth. If you play contact sports like football, hockey, or rugby, invest in a protective mouthguard.
Don’t wait to request a dental implant consultation at The Dental Design Studios. Call the office or book online today.