Enhance & Restore Your Smile with Dental Implants.
As dentistry has evolved, dentists have continued to develop innovative ways to replace missing teeth. No longer must patients rely on fixtures that sit on top of the gums to provide them with the stability and appearance they desire. Dental Implants are a great way to replace missing teeth and also provide a fixed solution to having removable partial or complete dentures. At Peters Dental Associates, we perform dental implant treatments to restore optimal functionality and oral health. Visit our office in Clear Lake, TX to learn more about dental implants.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are artificial roots and teeth surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone. Historically, tooth replacement focused on the restoration of a tooth-like structure. With dental implants, your surgeon replaces the entire anatomy of a tooth, including the root.
Implants are small posts, typically made of titanium, which are inserted into the jawbone. In the months that follow implant surgery, posts integrate themselves into the bone. The stabilized implant lays the foundation for a lifelike restoration. The teeth attached to implants are very natural looking, as comfortable as real teeth, and often enhance or restore a patient’s smile!
What are the benefits of an implant?
The main advantage is that you can achieve the highest degree of stability for your crown, bridge, or denture. Because implants integrate into the jawbone, these fixtures can last a lifetime with good care. The materials and technique promote longevity. However, it is important to take good care of your gums to maintain successful results. Advanced gum disease affects the bone, which can weaken the stability of implants just as it does natural teeth.
In recreating the natural structure of teeth and roots within the jaw, dental implants achieve something no other treatment can: bone regeneration. The bone in the jaw relies on stimulation that transfers through teeth and roots from chewing. Without this activity, the density and height of the jawbone will decrease over time. By supplying proper stimulation, implants help patients retain normal facial structure across the lips and cheeks.
What to Expect
Dr. Peters performs the dental implant procedure in our Clear Lake office with local anesthetic. The length of the process will vary based on the number of implants needed. This method of tooth replacement can be used when one tooth has been lost, or even when a full arch of teeth needs replacing. Peters Dental Associates’ goal is to prioritize your comfort and peace of mind, as well as to plan your implant surgery to be a stress-free, pain-free event.
My family and I have been coming to Peters Dental Associates for 15 years. I have been very pleased with all the services they provide. They are like family to us. They are always professional and helpful. I would and have recommended them to many others.
Planning for Recovery
Dental implants are situated beneath the gums. It can take several months for posts to become encased in newly developed bone. During this time, we will use a temporary fixture such as a bridge or denture to restore your smile. You will be able to eat, though it is advisable to consume softer foods for the first week or so after your procedure. Post-operative discomfort is typically minimal. You can use over-the-counter pain medication, or one prescribed by your dentist, to help manage any pain. For additional information on how to care for your implants after the procedure, read our blog post on preserving your dental implants.
Implants are a Cost-effective Solution to Tooth Loss
At Peters Dental Associates, we understand that the cost of dental implants is an important factor in determining your course of treatment. The initial cost of dental implants is higher than alternatives such as dentures or a bridge. However, the longevity of the implant restoration is a significant consideration. Some insurance providers also extend a certain amount of coverage for restorative care.