Many individuals suffer from tooth loss and serious decay. For these individuals, there is no longer a need to be self-conscious of their smiles or to endure excruciating dental pain, thanks to dental implants. With over 20 years of history, different types of dental implants have proven to be predictable, durable and highly cosmetic. With its versatility, the dental implant has changed the practice of dentistry forever. Nothing simulates a lost tooth better than a dental implant. It is now regarded as the standard of care in the replacement of single tooth loss. Because Dr. Van Slate has received training in all aspects of restoring dental implants, we are pleased to offer them at our Houston, TX, practice.
Benefits of Dental Implants
The benefits of dental implants are numerous and only increase as people age and their dental health deteriorates. These benefits include:
- Improved dental health
- Clearer speech
- Restored ability to bite and chew
- Pain relief
- Improved appearance
- Improved self-esteem
Dental implants are also much more convenient than other dental restorations, as they come closest to replicating the look and feel of real teeth. There is no slipping or sliding as there are with removable dentures, since the dental implants are permanently attached beneath the gum line. Simply stated, dental implants are incredible! Dental implants are the most durable and stable tooth replacement option; with proper maintenance, implant-supported restorations can last for decades, and possibly even a lifetime.
The Implant Procedure
Depending on your dental needs, Dr. Van Slate will recommend an oral surgeon that will surgically place your dental implants. Dr. Van Slate will work with oral surgeon to oversee and plan the placement of your dental implants. The placement of the implants is usually an outpatient procedure performed at the oral surgeon’s office with general anesthesia. The length and complexity of the procedure depends on the number of implant posts being placed. Most patients report little pain during or after the procedure.
The implant restoration has three basic parts: 1) The dental implant that the surgeon places into the jawbone, 2) the abutment that rests above the gum tissue and screws into the implant and 3) the crown that is cemented on the abutment that simulates the missing tooth. Completed healing time of the implant, called osseointegration, varies from two to six months.
Learn More about Dental Implants
At the Cosmetic and Restorative Dental Practicer of Dr. Van Slate, we aim to help our patients make informed decisions concerning their dental health. Dr. Van Slate and our knowledgeable staff will gladly answer any questions or concerns you may have about dental implants. So if you are considering dental implants and are in the Houston area, contact Dr. Van Slate today.