The best solution available today for tooth loss is dental implants. No other option provides the full range of benefits that implants do. Dr. Matthew Gemp, doctor of medical dentistry in Houston, is your first choice for dental implantation. Don’t leave gaps in your smile. Call today, or schedule your personal consultation online.
As the name suggests, dental implants typically use titanium posts inserted into the bone of the jaw in much the same manner as a tooth’s natural root. While that sounds like a major undertaking, the procedure is a relatively minor surgery that in some instance, Dr. Gemp will refer you to an oral surgeon or periodontist to achieve the best results and long term outcome.
The implant base takes several months heal, since it’s not only recovering from the implant process, but fusing with the surrounding bone tissue. Though the titanium post is common to virtually all implant procedures, Dr. Gemp may secure single or multiple restorations to a post or pair of posts, depending on your individual tooth loss.
It’s easiest to think of a dental implant as a one-to-one procedure. That is, one post is implanted for one lost tooth. The resulting implant, when complete, models the design of a natural tooth, with the post as the root and the crown as the visible portion of the tooth. This is the most effective and reliable way to replace a single tooth.
However, when you have more than one tooth missing, you may not need one implant for every tooth. If, for example, you have three adjacent teeth missing, your best option may be dental implants for the outer two teeth. The middle restoration connects to each of the outer crowns with no direct connection to a mounting post. This removes the need for bridges to natural teeth.
When your jawbone has sufficient density, implants can support a full, permanent arch. Think of this approach as permanent dentures. Implants may also support removable dentures, so you can avoid many of the common slippage and bone loss problems associated with full conventional denture plates.
Good oral hygiene prevents bacterial infections, to which the implant restorations are prone. However, the techniques of brushing and flossing are the same as for natural teeth, as is the need for regular cleaning and checkups. Excessive biting force may compromise implants, and if you grind your teeth, you may benefit from an oral appliance to cushion the effects at night.