When we see patients in our Houston, TX, office suffering from tooth loss, we often replace the missing teeth with dental implants. Not only are they lifelike, but they also restore the ability to eat your favorite foods again and last for decades in some cases. At our office, we can complete the entire process from start-to-finish, whether your case is simple or complex, under one roof.
The Dental Implant Difference
Traditional dental prosthetics, like bridges and removable dentures, are held in place with suction, metal clasps, or crowns. However, since the jaw ridge changes shape due to tooth loss, this means they need replacement every 5 to 10 years on average. The changes in the jaw ridge occurs since the body suspends the flow of key nutrients to the jawbone, including calcium and phosphorus. Without these nutrients, the bone tissue begins to lose mass and density, changing shape and leading to further tooth loss and an aged appearance over time. With dental implants, the growth of the bone structure is stimulated as the body recognizes dental implants as natural tooth roots. Not only will your prosthetic last for decades to come, but your facial structure remains intact too!
Placement and Restoration
In some practices, the placement process will need to be performed at a separate location. However, our team can handle every step under one roof. Working with a periodontist, an oral surgeon, and an prosthodontist, we can plan and implement the placement process, inserting the biocompatible titanium implant into the jawbone, where it bonds with the bone structure through a process known as osseointegration. After the bonding process is complete, we can add an abutment to the hold a restoration in place. Typically a crown, the restoration addresses the visible portion of your new tooth and ensures you enjoy a durable and dependable chewing surface that absorbs daily bite forces and pressures.
Simple and Complex Cases
In addition to addressing a single lost tooth, we’re also capable of handling more complex cases. For example, if you lose several of your natural teeth, our team can place enough implants to support a bridge or a fixed denture, even a partial denture if necessary. We want to help restore your smile to optimal health, function, and beauty with strong and durable tooth replacements. If you have any questions about this process, then feel free to contact our team.
DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT IMPLANT DENTISTRY?
We want to help you obtain new smile that not only looks natural, but lasts for years to come! To learn more about our approach to implant dentistry, schedule an appointment by calling MMC Dental in Houston, TX, today at (713) 926-8896.