Tooth loss can be traumatic and overwhelming at any age. From difficulty eating and even speaking clearly, to the emotional toll on confidence and self-esteem, living with tooth loss can have a negative effect on your oral health and quality of life. Yet millions of Americans (roughly half, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), are missing at least one tooth. Dr. June Goodall, your West Houston, TX dentist, recommends dental implants for healthy adults with sufficient bone density in the gums to support an implant.
Dental Implants in West Houston, TX
The use of implants to restore the roots of missing teeth has been in place since the mid-1960s, according to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. While other restorations, like dentures and caps, replace the crown of the tooth, the implants are surgically placed in the gums to replace the root, which then fuses to the existing bone tissue, securing the implant in place. A cosmetic crown is then attached, creating the most natural looking and functioning replacement for a real tooth.
Who Should Consider Dental Implants?
Implants are available for healthy adults with enough bone tissue in the gums to fuse with the implant. An implant can replace a single tooth, without the need for a bridge or abutments to adjacent teeth. For patients missing most or all of their natural teeth, a few implants can be used to secure a set of dentures. Once in place, they have an extremely high success rate. In addition to being in good overall health, a commitment to rigorous oral hygiene and follow-up dental care is necessary to ensure continuing oral health and success of the implants.
Find a Dentist in West Houston, TX
Dental implants can give you your smile and oral health back after tooth loss. For more information, contact the office of Dr. June Goodall by calling (713) 461-3200 to schedule an appointment today.