Dental implants offer hope for a restored smile to those who have lost teeth. They are a permanent solution that looks and feels just like natural teeth. Dental implants are titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone. They act as a replacement for the tooth root and provide a strong foundation for artificial teeth.
People live longer than ever, and while regular brushing, flossing, and checkups allow many of us to maintain our natural smiles for a lifetime, sometimes our teeth can’t keep up. If you’ve lost a tooth (or multiple teeth) due to injury or disease, cosmetic dental procedures in Texas can rejuvenate both your smile and your oral health.
The ideal candidate for implants is a non-smoker with good oral health, including a sufficient amount of bone in the jaw, and healthy gums with no sign of gum disease. If you suspect that you need implants, reach out to Wambaugh Dental today at 281.501.7849.
Single or Multiple Dental Implants
Implants are versatile. If you are only missing one tooth, one implant plus one replacement tooth will do the trick. If you are missing several teeth in a row, a few strategically placed implants can support a permanent bridge (a set of replacement teeth). Similarly, if you have lost your teeth, a full bridge or full denture can be permanently fixed in your mouth with a strategic number of implants.
What Are the Advantages of Dental Implants Over Dentures or Bridges?
Conventional bridges and dentures are not fixed to the bone and can therefore be unstable. This instability can make it difficult to eat or smile with confidence. Implants look more natural and act more like regular teeth, with a stronger biting force. And because they don’t directly rely on neighboring teeth for support, implants don’t compromise the health of your natural teeth.
Bridges are only expected to last seven to ten years, even less with root canals, whereas implants will typically last a lifetime. Dental implants offer many advantages over more traditional dentures and bridges.
- Are a permanent solution – Unlike dentures that need to be readjusted or replaced every few years, dental implants are designed to last a lifetime with proper care.
- Look, feel, and function just like real teeth – You won’t have to worry about your implants slipping or clicking like you might with dentures.
- Are easier to care for than dentures – You can brush and floss your implants just like your natural teeth.
- Help preserve healthy bone – Dentures and bridges can cause the loss of bone in the jaw, but dental implants actually help preserve it.
Consider your replacement teeth to be the same as natural teeth. They require the same daily brushing and flossing and the same amount of regular checkups. Like your natural teeth, the better you take care of your replacements, the longer they will last.
If you’re missing teeth, contact Wambaugh Dental today at 281.501.7849 to see if dental implants are right for you. We’ll be happy to answer any questions and help you get on the path to a healthier, more beautiful smile!
Dental Implant Services in Woodlands, TX
At Wambuagh Dental, our implant services include:
Autogenous Bone Grafting
Occasionally, the ideal areas for dental implants do not have sufficient bone quantity to support the implants. In these cases, it is often necessary to “borrow” bone from another area of your mouth and graft it into the deficient area. Often, the best choice is from the chin or the back of the jaw, where your wisdom teeth used to be.
Implant Site Development
When a tooth needs to be removed due to infection, it is not uncommon to have lost bone around the infected tooth. In these cases, various types of bone grafting can be done simultaneously when the tooth is removed to facilitate the placement of a dental implant at a later date.
Computer-Enhanced Treatment Planning
We have special software on our computer that allows us to evaluate your dental CT scan in three dimensions for bone quality, bone quantity, and bone location. These dimensions enable the best possible placement of your dental implants. As a result, it allows us to work closely and smoothly with your restorative dentist to ensure an ideal result where your dental implants are concerned.
Once your dental implant restoration is completed, keeping the area clean and infection-free is important. Dental implants can accumulate plaque and tartar just as teeth can. Whether you have just one tooth replaced by an implant or several, a professional cleaning schedule will be necessary to keep your implants healthy. Your individual needs will determine the time interval for these professional cleanings.
Contact Wambaugh Dental
At Wambaugh Dental, we want to ensure that your dental health is the best that it can be. Therefore, if you need dental implants, we want to make that possible. Reach out to Wambaugh Dental today at 281.501.7849, or contact us online to learn more about our dental options.