General and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Houston, TX
Are you looking to replace missing teeth? Trident Dental provides patients with durable, natural-looking dental implants in Houston, Texas. With dental implants, you can restore your smile with replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like the real thing. If you’d like to find out if dental implants are right for you, call Trident Dental or use the online scheduling tool and book a consultation at the office today.
Dental Implants Q & A
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are metal posts or frames that are surgically placed in your jawbone to support replacement teeth. With dental implants, prosthetic teeth don’t slip or slide around inside your mouth. Prosthetics attached to implants are the next best thing to your natural smile.
How are dental implants placed?
First, your dentist evaluates you to make sure dental implants are the right procedure for you to replace missing teeth, as you need sufficient jawbone to support implants. If your jawbone is too weak, one of the Trident Dental team members can graft on bone-like material to strengthen your jawbone or recommend another type of tooth replacement option.
As for the oral surgery itself, your dentist uses a special dental drill to surgically insert the implants into your jawbone. During a process called osseointegration, the metal posts naturally fuse to your jawbone. This process takes several months.
Once your implants have fully melded, you come back in for a follow-up appointment to have durable, natural-looking prosthetics attached to your implants. This second visit is very simple and straightforward.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants do more for your appearance than just enhance your smile. You see, when you lose teeth, your face droops and loses volume. Your face sags because your jaw, accustomed to supporting a full mouth of teeth, suffers bone loss. Implants help reverse those effects and restore your appearance.
Also, gaps in your smile can cause surrounding teeth to shift over, leading to harmful tooth decay or gum disease. Implants fill gaps and prevent tooth shifts from occurring. Implants also help improve chewing, speaking, and digesting.
How long do dental implants last?
As long as you take excellent care of your dental implants, there’s no reason they can’t last practically a lifetime. Be sure to brush your replacement teeth and floss them just like you would your natural teeth. It’s also crucial to maintain regular visits to Trident Dental for checkups and cleanings.
If you’re curious about dental implants, don’t wait. Call Trident Dental today or use the online scheduling tool and book a consultation at the office to learn more.