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People have depended on dentures for generations—and they still do. That's because they work, both in restoring dental function and a smile marred by missing teeth.
But they have one major drawback related to bone health. That's because living bone has a life cycle: as older cells die, new ones form to take their place. The pressure generated when we chew stimulates this growth. But when this stimulus goes missing along with the teeth, the cell replacement rate slows and bone volume and density gradually diminishes.
Traditional dentures can't transmit this chewing pressure stimulus. And because they rest directly on the gum ridges, they can adversely affect the underlying bone and actually accelerate bone loss.
But implant technology potentially solves this bone loss problem with dentures by using implants rather than the gums to support them. It's a two-fold benefit: first, the implants relieve much of the irritation to the gums and bone caused by traditional dentures. Primarily, though, the implants themselves can slow or even stop continuing bone loss.
Most implants are made of titanium, not only because it's compatible with the body, but also because it has an affinity with bone. Over time bone cells grow on the titanium post imbedded in the jawbone. This process not only creates stability and durability, it can improve bone health.
In recent years dentists have incorporated implants with dentures to create two exciting treatment options. With one option, the dentist installs two or more implants in the jaw, to which a specially fitted removable denture can be attached. You would still have the ease of removing the denture for cleaning, while gaining greater stability and a reduced risk of bone loss.
The other option is a fixed denture (or bridge) attached permanently to implants. For this option, a patient's jawbone must be adequate and healthy enough to support at least four to six implants. A fixed denture is also often costlier and more complex than a removable denture, but it can feel more like real teeth. It also promotes better bone health too.
Although both options are more expensive than traditional dentures, they can pay dividends for long-term dental health. Implants could help you enjoy your new dentures and resulting smile for a long time to come.
If you would like more information on dental implant-supported restorations, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Overdentures & Fixed Dentures.”
Dental implants can make a huge difference in your appearance and your dental health, but it's important to make an informed decision any time you have a procedure done. That's why dentist, Dr. June Goodall, is committed to providing accurate, detailed information about dental implants to her patients in West Houston, TX. If you've been considering dental implants to replace one or more of your missing teeth, you've come to the right place!
Parts of a dental implant
Dental implants from your West Houston dentist start as a tiny metal post with ridges on it, similar to a screw. This is the part that implanted in your jawbone during a brief procedure at our office. Healing is easy and typically requires no downtime or special instructions, but it will take several months before the post integrates with the bone, which grows back around it to permanently lodge it into place. After an X-ray confirms that the post is firm, it will be time to attach the abutment, a tiny metal piece that serves as the middle portion of the implant. The crown is the final piece to your dental implant; it will be the only visible portion. Crowns are made from porcelain that is shaped, painted, and polished to look just like a natural tooth.
How dental implants can help you
As you've probably guessed, dental implants improve your appearance by giving you the appearance of a full and healthy smile again. But there's more to dental implants than just good looks! The way that they're designed actually protects the health of your remaining teeth by keeping them from shifting out of place. The post of the implant "tricks" your jawbone into behaving as if there's a natural tooth there, keeping it healthy, strong, and stable, while the crown allows the surrounding teeth to have support above the gum line. Best of all, dental implants do not need to be removed for cleaning or adjustments. They can last a lifetime with proper care.
If you're ready to take the first step toward a new smile, call your dentist in West Houston, TX, to schedule an appointment with Dr. June Goodall today.
Are you wondering what makes someone a good candidate for this tooth replacement?
If you’ve just had a tooth extracted then chances are good that our West Houston, TX, dentist Dr. June Goodall has started talking to you about different ways to replace the missing tooth. After all, the sooner you replace the tooth the better for your oral health. Of course, before deciding whether dental implants are right for you, you’ll need to understand more about them and what makes someone an ideal candidate for this restoration.
What is a dental implant?
This small titanium tapered post is designed to take the place of your missing tooth’s roots. The roots of your teeth are an integral part of your oral health, providing your jawbone with the stimulation it needs to remain strong.
Without this stimulation, the jawbone will begin to deteriorate. The only way to prevent bone loss is by placing a dental implant. An implant even fuses together with the jawbone and gum tissue to become a permanent and stable foundation from which to support a false tooth.
Am I a good candidate for dental implants?
There are many things to consider before getting dental implants in West Houston. Of course, the first step is to schedule a consultation so that Dr. Goodall can sit down with you and help you decide the best tooth loss treatment to fit your specific needs. Some factors that determine your candidacy for implants include,
Your oral health: We will need to make sure that your mouth is healthy enough to receive implants. Since we will need to place the implant into the jawbone, we will also need to run X-rays to make sure that the jawbone is dense enough to support your restoration.
Your overall health: We will also need to go through your detailed medical history to make sure that there aren’t any conditions that could impact your recovery process or implant surgery. For example, conditions such as heart disease or diabetes can slow the healing process, which can delay your treatment. We will want to make sure that you have these conditions under control.
Other factors that affect your candidacy include:
- Your oral hygiene
- Your dedication to treatment
- Your budget/financial constraints
- Your lifestyle and habits (e.g. smoking; pregnancy)
If you are dealing with tooth loss in West Houston, TX, and want to learn more about dental implants and whether they are right for you then call our office today to schedule your consultation. We would be happy to discuss your tooth replacement options with you.
For whatever reason, you’ve put off replacing a missing tooth for awhile. Now you want to fill that empty gap in your smile with a dental implant restoration.
But if your tooth’s been missing for a long time, there could be a problem with space. This is because the teeth on either side of the space may have gradually drifted into it, leaving no room for the implant. You could need orthodontic work first to return these teeth to their proper position.
We could use braces, metal orthodontic devices with wires threaded through brackets bonded to the teeth that are then anchored, usually to back teeth. The orthodontist uses elastics or springs as well as possibly incrementally tightening of the wire against the anchors. These techniques create pressure or tension on the teeth for the desired direction of movement. The teeth’s natural mechanism for movement does the rest.
But while effective, braces can be quite noticeable, an embarrassing thought for many adults having to wear them over several months of treatment. But there may be an alternative: clear aligners, a succession of slightly different plastic trays usually worn in two-week intervals. Sequentially wearing each tray gradually moves the teeth to their desired positions.
Though not appropriate for all bite situations, clear aligners have a number of benefits when they can be used. They’re nearly invisible to others and can be removed for hygiene tasks or rare special occasions. What’s more, the orthodontist may attach a temporary prosthetic (false) tooth to the trays to camouflage the missing space during treatment.
There’s one other issue you may have to deal with: if your tooth loss was related to periodontal (gum) disease, the gums and underlying bone may be in poor condition. In fact, substantial bone loss could rule out an implant altogether. But we may be able to remedy both gum and bone deficiencies through grafting or plastic surgery. It may be possible to regenerate enough bone to support the implant; and surgically repairing your gums will help ensure the implant appears natural.
If you have problems like these, don’t give up on your restoration goal just yet. With some orthodontic and dental work ahead of time, we may still be able to make implants a reality for you.
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.