Dental implants can transform your smile if you’re missing your natural teeth because of dental trauma, extractions, or tooth decay. At The Dentists at North Cypress in Houston, Texas, Ginger Rome, DDS, Laura Santo Salvo, DDS, and the team specialize in placing and restoring dental implants. Implants can restore your chewing and biting abilities and improve your oral health. Call the dental clinic today or schedule an appointment online to learn more.
Dental implants are small metal screws that replace your tooth roots. Your dentist inserts them into your empty tooth sockets, where they integrate with your lower jaw or upper palate.
After the implants fuse with your bone, they provide a base for dental restorations, such as crowns, bridges, or implant-retained dentures.
Dental implants offer various benefits, including:
Dental implants make biting and chewing easier. The implants integrate with your bone, so they don’t slip or move out of position like dentures.
To support dental implants, you must have healthy jawbones. If you have gum disease or low bone volume, The Dentists at North Cypress recommend a bone graft. During a bone graft, your dentist inserts a piece of bone into an incision in your jaw. After placement, the graft encourages the growth of new, healthy bone tissue.
At The Dentists at North Cypress, getting dental implants takes several visits.
If the team determines you can benefit from implants, they numb your mouth with an anesthetic and insert a series of implants into your empty tooth sockets. After placement, your dentist writes a prescription for antibiotics and provides recovery instructions.
When the implants finish fusing with your bone, you return to The Dentists at North Cypress to have impressions made of your mouth, which they send to a dental lab. Techs at the lab use your impressions to create custom dental restorations, such as crowns, bridges, or implant-retained dentures.
A week or two later, you visit The Dentists at North Cypress for the third time. Your dentist attaches your custom restorations to the dental implants, checks your bite, and polishes your teeth.
Caring for dental implants doesn’t require any extra effort. The Dentists at North Cypress recommend brushing your teeth twice daily, flossing regularly, and visiting the office every six months for professional teeth cleaning and an oral exam.
Call The Dentists at North Cypress today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about dental implants.