A dental implant is a procedure for root replacement that provides a firm base for replacement teeth. The replacement teeth can either be fixed or removable. It is performed when individuals lose their teeth due to numerous causes like old age, decay, oral disease, and accidents like a facial injury or a blow to the face. The procedure for dental implants involves placing a small titanium post called an abutment in the tooth socket. The tooth socket is cleared off of bacteria, and the surface is smoothed out before placing the abutment. The fixed or removable teeth are then placed over the abutment.
The new tooth or teeth are built by taking impressions of the existing teeth. A bite model of your mouth is constructed for making the replacement teeth in a dental laboratory. Lastly, a crown is placed over the abutment. Dental implants have many advantages. They help improve speech, comfort, and oral health, allow easier eating, and prevent the facial structure from deteriorating. Periodontal and Implant Surgeons of Houston can provide you with a team of experts to help you through a dental implant procedure.
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Prevention of Facial Structure Deterioration
Due to tooth loss, the jawbone is left with nothing to stimulate bone growth, so the body considers it unnecessary, and the bone starts to dissolve. This can result in the deterioration of the facial structure, causing marionette lines and the lips to fold in. Implant placement helps prevent the wearing-out of the facial structure by promoting osseointegration. They look, feel, and function like one's natural teeth.
Unlike dentures, implants do not need to be removed and cleaned. The individual can brush and floss their teeth naturally and can also sleep without having to remove them.
Traditional tooth replacement involves the use of bridges. Placing bridges requires re-contouring of the adjacent teeth as well. The clasps used in the bridges can put pressure on the adjacent teeth gums, causing them to deteriorate. For implant placement, no compromising on the adjacent teeth is required. Improving your overall oral health without any side effects.
Implant replacement teeth do not cause any slurring or mumbling of speech, making it easier for the individual to speak. They also allow the patient to eat their favorite edibles and are durable. If properly looked after, implants can last for a lifetime.
Improved Overall Health
Since implants are easy to care for, maintaining good oral hygiene is easy. It also prevents the patient from acquiring any other oral diseases. One common oral infection is periodontitis, which is caused by inadequate oral hygiene and plaque build-up. It can have adverse consequences like gum inflammation, recession, bleeding, pocketing, bad breath, and eventually, tooth loss if not treated on time. It can also affect an individual's overall health by causing severe health issues like cardiovascular diseases, stroke, and more.
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Dental implants are a popular choice among individuals with oral health issues that are looking to help replace any missing teeth. They help improve oral health without any repercussions leading to an improvement in overall health. Periodontal and Implant Surgeons of Houston experts can be reached out through 713-785-9599 for any further queries on dental implants.