By Conroe Family Dentistry
May 30, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Say goodbye to tooth loss when you welcome dental implants into your life.

Dental Implants

Did you know that 120 million people in the US are missing at least one permanent tooth? This statistic might surprise you, but there are clearly many adults out there dealing with some degree of tooth loss. If you are one of the 120 million, you may be wondering if there is a restoration out there that will look and feel just like a real tooth. If so, our Conroe, TX, restorative dentists, Dr. Logan Wood and Dr. Michael Guzman, are here to tell you about a restoration known as a dental implant.

About Implants and How They Work

If you were to look at a dental implant you might be surprised to discover that it’s a very tiny post or screw made from metal. So, how can this little restoration actually replace one or more missing teeth? The implant is designed to take over the role of your missing tooth roots.

This means that our Conroe dentist will need to make sure that your jawbone is strong and healthy enough to support this implant. If there is significant bone loss, we may recommend getting bone grafting prior to implant placement.

Of course, once the implant is surgically placed within the jawbone over time the bone and tissue will begin to heal, and as they do they will grow around the implant and naturally fuse together with it. How? Through a naturally occurring process known as osseointegration.

The titanium used to create your implant is actually biocompatible, meaning that the natural bone and tissue in your mouth won’t reject it. Once the bone and implant have become one, it’s time to move on to the next step in your treatment process.

There are many different kinds of implants out there, and the type you get will determine the steps involved in your treatment. For example, some implants already have an abutment attached to it. An abutment serves to connect the implant within the jawbone with the artificial tooth (the part of the implant that is actually visible when you smile).

Some implants do not have an abutment already built-in. In this case, we will need to perform another minor procedure where we will open up the gums to reveal the top of the implant. The abutment is then attached over top and secured in place.

Once the gums have had several weeks to fully heal it’s the perfect time to attach the dental crown. The crown will then be cemented over the abutment to complete your restoration. If you are missing multiple teeth, implants can still be used. Instead of placing one implant we will place multiple implants throughout the jawbone to support a partial or full set of dentures.

Are you ready to take the next step toward getting dental implants in Conroe, TX? If so, don’t hesitate to call our office and schedule a consultation with us. We would be happy to help you choose the right tooth replacement to meet your needs.