A dental implant can replace any teeth patients are missing and give them a renewed sense of confidence in their smile. Dental implants are easy to take care of – you treat them as you would your natural teeth. Dr. Anne Chee, DDS in Houston, TX, can give you more information about implants and how to care for them.
An implant is a post that your dentist uses to restore teeth that are missing or have been removed from the jawbone. They’re placed in the gum tissues where your natural tooth would be, stimulating the jawbone and acting as the root of the tooth.
A titanium post is often used, which acts as an anchor for your implant. The post is surgically inserted into its proper placement in the mouth, typically in the jawbone, where it heals. During the healing process, the jawbone bonds to the post in a process known as osseointegration. This secures the implant and ensures that it will not move or shift out of position.
Once the jawbone has healed, an abutment is attached to the dental implant, and you can prepare for a brand new smile.
Your dentist uses the appearance of your natural teeth to design a cosmetic restoration that blends in naturally when placed. The implant will be indistinguishable from your biological teeth, allowing you to feel confident in your smile. The restoration will be fitted into the mouth and checked to make sure it fits comfortably and functions as it should.
If you’ve had to stop eating your favorite foods due to missing teeth, you can enjoy them once more – implants allow you to eat, drink, speak, and laugh with fearlessness.
You can schedule an appointment with Anne Chee, DDS to get further insight into your oral health and learn more about restoring your smile with dental implants. Your dentist can go over the benefits of implants as well as any special care they may need to remain healthy and secure. Give our office a call or come in for a visit.