How Does A Dental Implant Work?

Modern dentistry allows Dr. Spiker Davis and Dr. Matt Guerre at Cosmetic Dental Associates many professional treatment options to replace missing teeth. Dental implants are one of the best options that we offer our patients in Houston, TX. There is no other tooth replacement choice that will give you more long-lasting results. Implants help to preserve tooth-supporting bone that will naturally deteriorate when you lose a tooth. Bone loss is one of the most serious side effects of tooth loss. When you’re interested in learning more about dental implants, our professional team can evaluate your oral health to determine if you’re a viable candidate for the procedure.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are screw-like posts that are placed directly into the jaw. It is used to replace the root of a missing tooth. This surgery is minor and requires a healing process where the implant fuses with the jawbone. This provides a stable support for the dental implant. A crown is placed on top of the dental implant after this healing period is complete.

The main benefit of choosing dental implants is that they replace damaged or missing teeth. When compared to other procedures, they are the most durable choice. Dental implants aren’t as susceptible to falling out of place like dentures. Implants also help restore oral health as a whole as they keep food particles from sinking into the missing tooth gap.

Who is a candidate for dental implants?

Anytime a patient is facing the loss of a permanent tooth, a dental implant may be a viable option. Dr. Davis and Dr. Guerre are committed to saving natural teeth as much as possible. However, in some cases, this is unavoidable. Some of the most common causes of tooth loss in Houston, TX include:

  1. Trauma or injury

  2. Disease or tooth decay

  3. Infection

While many teeth can be treated and saved, there are times when extractions are needed. Dental implants can help restore function of a missing natural tooth successfully.

How do dental implants work?

At Cosmetic Dental Associates, we will use local anesthesia to place the titanium post into your jaw with an incision in your gums. Once we are satisfied with the placement, we will close your incision with sutures. A temporary restoration will be placed while your jaw heals. After several months, when full integration and healing has occurred for the patient, we will place the permanent restoration after we believe that full integration and healing has occurred for the patient. This crown is custom made to match the shape, size, and color of your other natural teeth, so that it blends seamlessly.

Are dental implants safe?

Dr. Davis and Dr. Guerre have successfully used dental implants for many patients at their Houston, TX office. It is one of the most reliable cosmetic dentistry procedures to replace missing teeth. It allows our patients to return to eating and speaking comfortably. They can last a lifetime with proper oral hygiene as well as regular dental exams and routine dental cleanings.

To ensure that your dental implant doesn’t loosen and fail, proper oral hygiene is important. Poor oral hygiene, and lack of regular dental exams and routine dental cleanings can lead to infection.

How much do dental implants cost?

The cost of a single dental implant can vary from $3,000 to $4,000. This price includes the surgery for placement, the components associated with the procedure, and the implant crown. Many insurance companies will exclude dental implants as a covered benefit, but will cover a lower cost alternative such as dentures. Our professional team can work with you to determine what your insurance will cover before you commit to the procedure.

Learn more about what dental implants can do for your oral health

If you’re facing tooth loss and are looking for tooth replacement options, dental implants may be the answer. At Cosmetic Dental Associates in Houston, TX, Dr. Spiker Davis and Dr. Matt Guerre can examine your teeth and gums to determine if you’re a viable candidate. To learn more about dental implants and to schedule an appointment, call our Houston, TX office.

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