Dental Implants: Effectively Replacing Your Missing Teeth
Dental implants are the most realistic-looking and healthiest way to replace your missing teeth. They are the most stable option available because they are firmly connected to your jaw. They also keep your jaw healthy because they act as replacement roots for your teeth. Dental implants are a decision that will last for a lifetime, especially as Dr. Das is highly trained to place traditional implants, permanent teeth replacement, Teeth in a Day, and immediate implants. He performs all of these procedures out of his comfortable office in Webster, TX!
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are small rods of titanium resembling a screw. They are inserted into your jaw and attached to replacement teeth to create a strong and beautiful smile. When implants are inserted, they immediately begin to merge with the bone in your jaw and act as the roots of your teeth, which ensure that you don’t fall victim to bone and gum tissue loss.
Would I be a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
Most patients, regardless of age, are good candidates for dental implants to replace missing teeth. The only question usually is jawbone mass. If you have been missing a number of teeth for a long period of time, the jawbone beneath those missing teeth may have started to lose bone mass. This is because the teeth naturally transfer energy from biting and chewing down into the jawbone, and this energy triggers the jawbone to continually build new cells. Without that energy, the jawbone begins to deteriorate. If you have a large amount of bone loss, you could require some bone grafting to rebuild your jawbone before you can have implants placed. But this is rarely necessary, as implants can now be placed at a 45° angle to mitigate the need for bone grafting.
What is the process of placing Dental Implants?
In most cases, the dentists at Clear Lake Dental Care can place your implants and the artificial teeth atop them in the same day. Formerly, the titanium implant had to be screwed down into the space occupied by the natural tooth root and then it needed time for the bone to grow around the implant. This took months. Now we can place the implant and the artificial tooth in the same day, a process called “Teeth in a Day.” Then for the next 6-8 weeks you eat a soft diet to allow the implants to become part of the jawbone.
The procedure is now condensed, but it follows this path:
First, we perform an examination of your current condition. We may have to pull badly decayed remaining teeth or ascertain how much the wearing of dentures has led to bone loss. This step will also include x-rays and a CT scan to give Dr. Das, Dr. Darcey, or Dr. Pham the precise position for your implants. It will include computer simulation to map out the plan for your mouth. Now it’s time to place your implants:
• Placement — We make a tiny incision in your gums and insert the implant or implants. The screw-shaped titanium implant will anchor the false tooth above.
• Abutment — Next, a small metal post, called an abutment, is attached to the implant.
• Temporary teeth — The final step is to place the temporary acrylic tooth onto the abutment. This temporary tooth will be in place while your jawbone grows around and accepts the titanium implant. During this process, you will eat a soft diet to avoid placing stress on the implant.
• Permanent teeth — Once your jawbone has fully integrated the titanium implant, a process that usually takes 6-8 weeks, you return and we remove the temporary tooth or teeth and replaces them with your permanent porcelain teeth, called crowns. Now, you’re good to go and eat a regular diet and enjoy your beautiful new teeth.
Teeth in a Day
Teeth in a Day is a quick and effective way to get replacement teeth in your mouth and working as quickly as possible. This procedure is so convenient because it only takes one day for Dr. Das to place both implants and replacement teeth in your mouth. You will walk out of our office with a smile on your face.
Permanent Teeth Replacement
Our permanent teeth replacement system places four implants in your jaw – two in the front, two angled in the back – that are then anchored to replacement teeth. This makes for a healthy, secure smile. Not only does this option provide you with functional replacement teeth, but it will also make sure that you don’t suffer from the loss of gum tissue and bone surrounding your teeth.
Immediate implants are placed in your mouth in the same visit as your replacement teeth, whether crowns, bridges, or dentures. A great example of immediate implants would be Teeth in a Day, in which implants are attached to crowns or dentures in the same visit.
How do I care for my Implants
Implants behave exactly like your natural teeth and their care is the same as well. Simple daily brushing and flossing is all that is required to keep your new smile looking great.
Missing Teeth Problems If Left Untreated
The number one thing that people know about dental implants is that they will give you a beautiful smile through replacing missing teeth with new, functional teeth. But perhaps the most important thing that dental implants do is that they greatly improve your oral health. When you lose teeth, the roots of those teeth go along with them. When you lose the roots of your teeth, the bone and gum tissue that once surrounded that tooth no longer have anything to support.
What will happen when the bone and gum tissue no longer have a tooth to support is that they will begin to deteriorate. When they begin to deteriorate, it will not only affect your oral health but it will also have a great influence on your appearance. The reason that your appearance will change is because the loss of bone and gum tissue will shrink your jaw. When your jaw shrinks, it will cause more wrinkles to show up on your face, which will make you look older than you really are!
How long will my Implants last
Dental implants often last for the remainder of a patient’s life. If you have a full-arch prosthetic with a complete set of false teeth, it won’t last as long as individual implants, but replacing it is a simple process.
Effects of Tooth Loss
When you lose a tooth, there will be a socket left in its place. This leaves your oral health in danger because food and other sediment can become trapped in your empty socket and can cause the socket to become infected. In addition, the bone that was attached to your tooth will begin to deteriorate, changing your appearance and making it difficult or impossible to receive implants.
What is Ridge Augmentation?
What a ridge augmentation will do for you is fill your socket with bone-substitute material and give your gumline a natural look again. You will no longer be in danger of having food and other sediment stuck inside of gaps, and the new bone will be able to support a tooth replacement.
Benefit of Dental Implants
The most amazing thing that dental implants do is replace the roots of your teeth to ensure that gum tissue and bone don’t deteriorate. The dental implants are inserted into your jaw and effectively take the place of the roots that were lost along with your natural teeth. Once the implants are placed, your replacement teeth can be attached to them to give you a perfectly beautiful smile that is also functional!
If you choose not to replace your missing teeth, or even replace them with ineffective dentures, you won’t be able to eat all of the foods that you love because your teeth won’t be able to chew them without breaking or becoming damaged. When you are making the decision about how to replace your missing teeth, remember that the healthiest replacement option is dental implants at Clear Lake Dental Care!
Sinus lifts are performed when your sinus cavity is too close to your upper jaw. To space these apart, we can add bone to your upper jaw and raise the sinus cavity to make room for this extra bone. This is often done to prepare a patient to have dental implants.
If your oral health has been affected to the point where you have lost bone that once surrounded your teeth, you may need a bone graft to restore your bone. A bone graft is a procedure that will give you back the bone that you’ve lost. You will need this bone not only to keep your smile looking attractive, but you also will need it if you plan to have dental implants placed but don’t have sufficient bone to do so.
Are there any alternatives to Dental Implants?
Whether you’re replacing a single tooth or all of your teeth, Dr. Das, Dr. Darcey, and Dr. Pham believe dental implants are far and beyond the superior option. Although dentures are an alternative, they don’t protect your jawbone from deterioration, instead they actually accelerate the process. Fixed bridges are an alternative, but they don’t have the lifespan of implants.