Implants are the only dental restoration that replace a lost or extracted tooth in its entirety, from root to crown. There are a number of advantages and oral health benefits to restoring one or many missing teeth with implants, but there are some conditions that must be met in order to be a candidate. Dr. June Goodall offers dental implants in West Houston, TX.
Dental Implants in West Houston, TX
Q: What is a dental implant?
A: Implants are a full dental restoration that consist of two parts: a small titanium implant that is surgically placed in the socket of the missing tooth in place of the root. The implant slowly begins to fuse with the surrounding bone tissue in the gums, which helps to secure it in place and to prevent the erosion of healthy bone tissue, a side effect of tooth loss. Once the implant has healed, a cosmetic crown is attached to complete the restoration.
Q: What is the difference between an implant and other restorations like crowns or dentures?
A: Traditional cosmetic crowns and dentures restore the crown, or visible portion, of the tooth. Although quality crowns and dentures are very durable and effective when they are properly cared for, they generally have to be replaced over time due to factors like wear and tear, or changes to the size and shape of your gums. Most dentures are also removable and often require additional adhesives. Implants are designed to be permanent and look and feel just like your natural teeth once they are in place. With proper care and follow up dental treatment, implants have a very high success rate.
Q: Are implants right for me?
A: Implants are available for adult patients in good general health. You must have enough healthy bone tissue to support the implant in the gums. Implants also require dedicated oral hygiene at home and follow up dental care on a regular basis.
Q: How many teeth do I have to be missing to get implants?
A: Implants can be used to replace individual teeth, so they are a good option if you are missing just one tooth or several. Implants can also be combined with dentures (known as implant overdentures), without the need to get an implant for every single tooth.
Find an Implant Dentist in West Houston, TX
For more information on how dental implants work and to see if they are the right solution for you, contact our office by calling (713) 461-3200 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Goodall today.