Dental Implants Specialist

Periodontal Implant Group

Periodontist located in Houston, TX

Every year, dentists across the United States place 5 million dental implants to replace lost teeth. If you’re missing a tooth or several teeth, the team at Periodontal Implant Group in Houston can install natural-looking dental implants to preserve your smile and dental health. Call Periodontal Implant Group or schedule a consultation online today to learn how dental implants can restore your smile.

Dental Implants Q & A

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are an excellent prosthetic option to replace missing adult teeth. Implants consist of:

  • A post, which is placed directly into your jaw and acts as a root
  • A crown, which replaces the visible part of your tooth
  • An abutment, which connects the post and crown

The posts are usually made of titanium, which is used in many prosthetic devices because of its unique ability to bond with bone in a process called osseointegration.

Crowns are usually made of a combination of a metal center and a porcelain or ceramic shell for durability and a natural appearance. Your crown is custom-crafted and tinted to match your remaining teeth to provide a natural appearance.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Dental implants provide many benefits. Dental implants look and act like natural teeth, providing you with a beautiful smile restoration. The post not only forms a foundation for the rest of the prosthetic, but it also stimulates bone growth in your jaw, just like a natural tooth root does. This helps keep your jaw strong and able to support your teeth and implants.

Dental implants are also permanently placed in your jaw, so you don’t have to worry about sticky adhesives or poorly fitting dentures.

Dental implants are extremely easy to care for. You need to brush your teeth and implants twice a day and floss at least once. While your implant isn’t vulnerable to decay, you still need to take care of your gums and remaining teeth to avoid future tooth loss.

What happens during the implantation process?

The team at Periodontal Implant Group usually places dental implants in four stages. The first stage is preparation. Your dentist examines your gums and jaw to ensure it’s strong enough to support a dental implant. If your X-ray shows low bone density, your dentist performs a bone graft to strengthen your jaw.

When your dentist is satisfied that your jaw is ready for implants, he begins the next phase: the implantation of the posts. After he surgically implants the posts, you’ll need to wait several months for your posts to bond with your jaw.

Finally, when your posts have integrated with your jaw, your dentist attaches the abutments and takes molds and images, which are used to custom-make your crowns. When your crowns are ready, your dentist bonds them to your abutments.

If you’re looking for a permanent and natural-looking option for tooth replacement, call Periodontal Implant Group or make an appointment online today.