Missing teeth can damage your dental structure. Leaving these spaces unfilled for a long time will cause the surrounding teeth to shift to the available spaces. Not only that, but the alveolar bone (supports the teeth) will get reabsorbed by the body. The longer you stay without replacing the teeth, the faster the bone will be reabsorbed, weakening the teeth. Replacing the missing teeth is, therefore, more than a cosmetic procedure.
For a long time, the dental bridges were the treatment of choice for missing teeth. However, today, with the advancement of dental technology, we offer implant treatment in Magnolia, TX.
Teeth implants are replacement roots made of titanium fixed on the jaw to provide a permanent foundation for your artificial teeth. The dental implants are available in different types:
Implants are an effective dental solution but are not for everyone. For the dentist to fix the implants, you need to meet the following criteria:
Fixing dental implants in 77354 is a process and requires a few steps:
Planning for the implant surgery may involve various dental specialists such as an oral or maxillofacial surgeon. Our dentist will also perform a dental evaluation to assess the condition of your jaws.
A comprehensive medical checkup will be done. The dentist reviews your medical and drug history to determine if you are eligible for the procedure. Therefore, it is important to come with a list of the drugs you are taking, including supplements.
Your treatment plan is formulated based on the number of missing teeth, the condition of your jaw bone, and the type of implants you choose.
Our dentist in Magnolia, TX, will first numb your gums using local anesthesia. However, if you have dental phobia and anxiety, dental sedation may be used.
Next, the dentist will drill your jaw and fix the implant. It takes about 12 weeks for the gums to heal and the bone to fuse to the implant. The osseointegration process must be successful for the implants to be anchored properly.
After the bone and implant are fused, the dentist will place the abutment, connecting the implant and the crown. Your dental impression is taken for making the dental crowns.
Sometimes before the implants are fixed, the dentist may perform a bone abutment. This procedure is done to stimulate new jaw bone growth.
You can choose to have the crowns either fixed or removable. The removable crowns are partial dentures fixed on the abutment using a metal frame. You can take the dentures out for daily cleaning. The fixed crowns are either screwed or cemented in place.
You will have slight discomfort after the implants are fixed. There may also be swelling on the face and gums, pain and bruising at the implant area, and minor bleeding.
The dentist will prescribe some pain relievers and antibiotics. However, if the swelling and bleeding continue, visit Tamborello Dentistry for assessment and treatment.