Dental implants are artificial tooth anchors or roots that prevent jawbone atrophy and support artificial replacements for missing teeth. Dr. Hernandez, DDS, at The Dental Design Studios in Houston, Texas, is experienced in providing restorative dental procedures like dental implants and can help you regain your smile as well as your oral functions if you have lost your natural teeth.
When Are Dental Implants Necessary?
If you have lost one or several of your natural teeth, you may feel self-conscious when smiling or speaking. In addition, missing teeth can negatively impact your oral health and cause eating difficulties, leading to chronic health issues such as malnutrition and anemia.
Dental implants enable you to speak, smile, and chew just like before. They also preserve the jawbone preventing bone degeneration and support your facial structure.
Dental Implant Procedure
Dental implants are indistinguishable from natural teeth and offer the same durability and strength. However, dental implants do take time as they need to fuse with your jawbone.
The process whereby the implant fuses with the jawbone is known as osseointegration. It may take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months for the implant to become fully integrated.
Once the osseointegration process is completed, the dentist can place the crown, bridge, or implant-supported denture to finish the restoration.
Dental implants are suitable for adolescents and adults. However, patients with specific medical issues, such as active diabetes, cancer, or periodontal disease, may require further therapy before the procedure.
Recovery After Dental Implant Placement
The recovery time for dental implants depends on various aspects, one of which is the number of implants required.
Nevertheless, practicing good oral hygiene habits after the implant has been placed helps the implant bond with the skeletal structure.
If the procedure fails, it may be because the implant site and adjacent teeth are not cleaned adequately, leading to infection. Tobacco use has also been linked to a high likelihood of implant failure and must be discouraged after surgery.
You must follow up with your dentist regularly to track your progress after implant placement.
For more on the benefits of dental implants, contact The Dental Design Studios at (713) 468-5800 or visit us at 8391 Westview Drive, Houston, TX 77055.