If you are missing teeth or living with the pain of oral disease, you are in a prime position to make your life better. In our Houston office, we are interested in working with patients to improve their chewing function, their smile aesthetic, and their quality of life. One way we do this is by offering innovative treatments like the All-on-4 dental implant solution.
Dental implants provide a new base for oral health. Made of titanium, implant posts sit in the jawbone in place of natural roots. When implanted here, implants invite bone tissue to grow around them. Over the course of several weeks, bone gradually encases each implant, firmly securing these new roots into place. Because the mouth is a cohesive system of teeth, gums, and bone, the replacement of roots is integral to long-term function. Roots are the link between all other parts of the oral system, which is why we are proud to offer the latest implant techniques.
All-on-4 dental implant treatment is appropriate for most patients, even those who have experienced a degree of bone loss or who have worn traditional, unsecured dentures. General considerations for dental implant treatment include:
- Good oral health
- Being in good general health for minor surgery
- Being a non-smoker
- Avoidance of medication that could inhibit healing
If there are problems in the mouth, appropriate treatment can be conducted before the insertion of dental implants. This is an important first step in the process because dental disease is a direct threat to the integration of titanium posts in the jawbone.
General health issues such as diabetes or impending or recent radiation treatment are also inhibitive of dental implant treatment. Before undergoing restorative dental treatment, it may be necessary to schedule a routine check-up with your primary care doctor to assure your health is sufficient for the minor oral surgery and, more importantly, the healing that needs to occur afterward. In addition to evaluating general health, your physician and dentist may converse about medications you are taking to assure none pose a risk to the long-term success of implants.
Smoking robs tissues of oxygen and makes it harder to heal from injury or surgery. The inflammation caused by smoking and the toxic chemicals in cigarettes also degrade gum health, a vital aspect of the stability of implants.
There are few contradictions to dental implant treatment, which means you are likely a good candidate for this procedure. To consult with Dr. Peters about restorative care, call (281) 486-8061.