Putting Tooth Loss
Behind You Permanently
Whenever a patient comes to Dr. Barker and asks about replacing their missing teeth, he always brings up dental implants. Why? Because they simply offer the best of everything when it comes to a dental prosthetic. They look natural, they can be trusted to stay firmly in place, and they have been proven to last for decades. If you’re ready to make tooth loss a problem you don’t have to think about anymore, consider dental implants from our Houston, TX dentist, and contact Bluebonnet Dental to learn more about this state-of-the-art treatment.
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What is a Dental Implant?
With a dental implant, a small titanium post is placed into the jawbone where a tooth used to be. There, it bonds with the surrounding bone, basically becoming a brand-new tooth root. From there, it can be topped with a restoration such as a crown, bridge, or denture to fill the gap in someone’s smile. Today, implants are the only treatment that brings back an entire tooth, which is why they are widely considered the gold standard among dentists.
What makes dental implants better than standard bridges and dentures? When a patient chooses to get implants, they also choose to enjoy a huge list of advantages, including:
- Implants never move or slip while eating and speaking.
- Because implants are rooted below the gum line and topped with custom-made restorations, they look extremely lifelike and fully restore the appearance of someone’s smile.
- Bone loss in the jaw can be prevented and even reversed with the placement of dental implant roots.
- With just regular brushing, flossing, and routine checkups, implants have been shown to last for 30+ years, which is multiple times longer than traditional prosthetics.
Are Dental Implants
Pretty much anyone dealing with tooth loss can benefit from implant dentistry. After giving you an exam and discussing your goals, Dr. Barker can recommend which of the following procedures would best suit your needs:
Missing Single Tooth
Rather than filing down the teeth near the missing one to place a bridge, Dr. Barker can position an implant root and crown within the mouth, preserving all of a patient’s remaining dental structure. The crown will be customized to perfectly match the rest of the smile.
Missing Multiple Teeth
Just two implants can be used to secure a bridge in place that brings back one to three teeth at the same time. For gaps throughout the mouth, single implants can be placed where needed and topped with crowns.
Missing All Teeth
Rather than just sitting on the gums, an implant denture is secured directly to the jawbone using just four to six posts. Not only do implant dentures fit better than removable ones, but they also allow a patient to have a stronger bite and eat a wider variety of foods with ease.
For a patient to get dental implants, they first need to undergo a minor surgery in which the roots are placed into the jawbone, and after a few weeks or months of healing, they are topped with a restoration. While other dental offices force patients to bounce between different dental offices for these procedures, Dr. Barker has the training and experience to complete the entire process himself, making the experience much easier and efficient from start to finish.
The Cost of
Dental implants are widely considered one of the best investments in all of dentistry because of their longevity, as they can easily last for decades. What’s important to know, however, is that the treatment has to be personalized for every patient, so the cost can vary depending on factors such as how many implants are needed, where they will be located within the mouth, and what kind of restoration they will support.