Restore Your Mouth and Make Your Smile Look Great Again
Our dentists want to give patients the chance to take smiling for granted again. Not to say that anyone considering restorative dentistry ever would! Simply, we understand how easily insecurity can fill the void of missing teeth. With dental implants, we offer the people of Houston a way to bring back the confidence they once had in their smiles.
How Dental Implants Work
Dental implants look, feel, and function like real teeth. In collaboration with a nearby oral surgeon, our practice offers you the highest quality solutions in the implant dentistry field.
Different types of dental implants are available to our Houston patients, depending on individual patient needs. Here we provide an overview of the traditional placement procedure, which requires two surgeries.
First, Dr. Lyons or an oral surgeon places the implant into the jawbone underlying the missing tooth or teeth. The successfully embedded anchor will serve as an artificial root for the new tooth to come.
Next, your gums heal, and the jawbone remodels with the previously inserted implant. This healing process between surgeries is called osseointegration and takes three to six months.
Finally, our Downtown Dentists will carefully attach a custom prosthetic tooth. This is done by re-exposing the implant and screwing in a metal connector holding the artificial tooth in place.
Dental Implants: Risks & Benefits
Our dentists conduct a thorough evaluation of each patient’s medical history to determine who is truly an ideal candidate. After all, you are our top priority! We know that although the success rate of placing dental implants is high, there are still risks, as this is indeed a surgery.
Potential risks include:
- Complications with the jawbone integration process
- Infection and tissue damage
- Sinus problems from upper jaw surgery
- Loosened implants that fall out or cause discomfort
Fortunately, most complications can be resolved expeditiously. Our satisfied patients say this is yet another reason to opt for dental implants. Ideal candidates can focus on reaping the benefits, such as well-functioning teeth that not only look natural, but are resilient to stains! With a regiment of proper hygiene, dental implants can last a lifetime.
View them as an alternative to other forms of restoration, such as removable bridgework and dentures.