If you are missing one or more teeth you know how you feel when you look in the mirror, especially if one or more of those teeth is in the front of your smile.
Missing teeth cause problems for self-esteem, but they also cause issues with your other teeth.
For example, if you have a missing tooth on the bottom, the tooth at the top will try to move in to the space. In some cases a missing tooth will cause your other teeth to crowd or move position as well.
All of these issues can be solved with dental implants.
Dr. Randy Mitchmore has over 40-years’ experience and advanced training in cosmetic dentistry and will help determine if dental implants are the best solution for your missing teeth.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implant posts or screws are manufactured out of titanium or other materials for people who are sensitive to titanium.
The posts are surgically implanted into the jaw. After you have healed from surgery, which could take up to 12 months or longer if you have had bone graft surgery, your new natural looking dental restorations are placed on top of your posts to restore function.
With a 98 percent success rate, dental implants are the best replacement for missing teeth providing you with the best results.
If you are missing one, two or multiple teeth, or need your teeth extracted, call or send a direct message and talk to LifeSmiles in Houston today.
Modern dentistry no longer needs wooden pegs, seashells or animal teeth. You see, the Ancient Greeks and Ancient Romans used these items along with human teeth to replace missing teeth.
Thankfully, things have changed with the advent of dental implants. Dental implants are made from titanium, or other human grade materials for people with allergies.
How Dental Implants Work
During the minor surgery the implant is inserted in or on the jawbone where the missing tooth used to be.
After healing, the implant crown is attached to the screw. This can take from 6 to 12 months depending on the individual. It is at this time the phenomenon known as osseointegration takes place.
Osseointegration is the process where the implant fuses to the bone making it just like a natural tooth root.
Types of Dental Implants
There are several types of dental implants available, single, multiple and full sets of dental implants. There are also implant supported dentures and partial implants.
Single Dental Implants
Single dental implants, instead of bridges and dentures, are the best replacement for one missing tooth. Don’t forget that implants never need to be replaced so they are more economical in the long run as well.
Multiple Dental Implants
Multiple implants don’t require one post for each implant. Instead your implant teeth will be like fixed bridgework. In other words, if you are missing three teeth in a row, LifeSmiles will place two implants on each side of the remaining gap with a crown in middle.
Full Tooth Replacement
Supported Removable Dentures
Dental implants make removable dentures comfortable and effective again. Conventional dentures rest on your gums. This puts pressure on the bone actually accelerating bone loss.
In today’s world dentists attach removable dentures onto implants. This means there is no slipping and less pressure on the bone.
Although dental implants are artificial teeth they still need to be taken care of. Poor oral hygiene is the number one reason for implant failure.
Regular dental cleanings, brushing and flossing are a must with dental implants. In addition, clenching and grinding can easily damage implants. If you have a habit of it, talk to LifeSmiles by Randy Mitchmore D.D.S. about custom made night guards to improve your investment.
Keep Your Baby’s Teeth Healthy
The first time you feed your baby is first time you will clean your infant’s gums. Make sure you keep up the habit and introduce your baby to LifeSmiles in Houston when you feel it is necessary or after the first tooth erupts.
If you are unsure, contact Dr. Mitchmore and the LifeSmiles team for more information.
Chronic tooth pain is a sign of something more sinister. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Mitchmore if you notice any pain regardless of how severe it is.
Any pain is an indication that something is probably wrong with the inside of the tooth. Bacterial infections are common with tooth decay and need to be treated quickly to avoid an abscess and root canal therapy.
Oral Surgery Procedures
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If you would like to learn more about dental implants, call or send a message and schedule an appointment with your implant dentist in Houston today.
Get In Touch
For more information contact Dr. Randy Mitchmore from LifeSmiles in Houston today.