Missing or damaged teeth impact the way you bite and speak, and it can even affect your self-confidence. To help restore beauty and function to your smile, Dr. Miles A. Mason provides permanent dental implants at Montgomery County Periodontal Associates. With two locations in The Woodlands and Conroe, Texas, Dr. Mason makes it easy for patients to access the care they need. To speak with Dr. Mason about restoring your smile with dental implants, book an appointment by phone or online today.
Dental implants are a long-term solution for decaying and damaged teeth. Dental implants are artificial tooth roots made from titanium that are surgically mounted to the jawbone. Once affixed, custom-designed replacement teeth and bridges can be mounted to the implant.
Once Dr. Mason determines that you’re an appropriate candidate for dental implants, your treatment begins with X-rays to map out your procedure. Dental implants are inserted into the jawbone for optimal support.
For successful implantation, you must have adequate gum tissue and bone to support the titanium post. For implant areas especially close to the sinuses, a sinus lift may be required prior to the procedure.
There are three parts that make up a dental implant: the implant itself, the abutment, and the crown.
The implant is the artificial titanium root that is surgically mounted to your jawbone. The implant replaces the root of your missing tooth.
The abutment serves as the connector between the implant and your replacement tooth. The abutment is semi-permanent and can be removed or replaced by Dr. Mason if needed.
The crown is the replacement tooth. Once your gums have healed, the crown can be securely attached to the abutment.
There are many reasons you may opt for dental implants over other options for treating damaged teeth. For one, unlike dentures, dental implants won’t loosen, allowing for more comfort and confidence when eating and speaking.
Dental implants are also surgically mounted to the jawbone. This means that they don’t rely on support from your other teeth to stay in place. Dental implants also feel more natural and look more similar to your original smile.
Dental implant procedures are performed using local anesthesia, similar to a filling, so you won’t feel the actual implantation. Because dental implants require drilling into the jawbone, some soreness and discomfort can be experienced after the procedure. Sedation is available for patients anxious about the procedure.
Although discomfort varies, your doctor may recommend over-the-counter or prescription pain relievers to relieve pain should you experience any.
In order to achieve long-term success with dental implants, you need to take care of your oral hygiene to ensure the appearance and function of the dental implant.
To avoid complications, it’s important to schedule regular dental visits, brush your teeth twice a day, and floss daily. It is also a good idea for you to avoid smoking and chewing on hard foods, like ice and hard candies, as they can weaken the bone structure and cause damage to implants.
Call Montgomery County Periodontal Associates or make an appointment online today.