Millions of Americans suffer from tooth loss, and while there are many replacement options to choose from, none give you the look and feel of natural teeth quite like dental implants. At Caspian Dental Center in Katy, Texas, Alieh Rastegari, DDS, uses these small titanium posts to replace your tooth roots and hold your prosthetic teeth firmly in place. If you think dental implants are right for you, call Caspian Dental Center or schedule an appointment online.
Dental implants are thin titanium posts that replace the roots of missing teeth. They screw directly into your jawbone to serve as a stable base for your prosthetic teeth — either dental crowns or dentures.
Unlike alternative tooth replacement options, dental implants are permanent additions to your smile. With proper care, they may never need to be replaced and can last up to 25 years in most cases.
There are many advantages to permanent dental implants, such as:
Once your dental implants are placed, they become a permanent fixture in your mouth. They need no special care, and you can treat the artificial tooth exactly like your natural teeth. If you care for your implants well, they can last decades — even a lifetime.
Just like your natural teeth, you can routinely brush and floss your dental implants. You don’t need to buy any special solutions or remove them like you would with removable dentures. Since dental implants replace your tooth roots completely, Dr. Rastegari also won’t have to reduce any of your surrounding teeth to place crowns like those that hold a bridge in place.
Removable dentures can look bulky and unnatural, especially if you have poor-fitting dentures. Since dental implants hold your crowns or dentures firmly in place, they always look natural.
Removable dentures sit directly on top of your gums, taking the force of your bite. This can leave your gums inflamed and tender. Because dental implants that hold dentures are secured in your jawbone, they eliminate the discomfort from dentures alone. And a dental implant with a crown feels just a comfortable as a natural tooth.
Removable dentures can shift on top of your gums when you chew, making for awkward social situations. Dental implants hold them firmly in place, so you can enjoy your favorite foods without embarrassment.
You must have enough healthy jawbone to support dental implants, and if you don’t have an adequate amount, Dr. Rastegari recommends a bone graft procedure as the first step.
Dr. Rastegari surgically inserts the implant directly into your gums and jawbone. Over the next six to 12 weeks, your bone tissue heals around the implant, further securing the implant in place. She attaches a small connector post to your implant and takes impressions of your teeth to create your new dental crowns or dentures. At your final appointment, Dr. Rastegari connects your new prosthetic teeth to your implants.
If you’re ready for a permanent tooth replacement option that lasts a lifetime, call Caspian Dental Center or book an appointment online.