By Office of Dr. David Citek
September 25, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Dental ImplantsCould dental implants be exactly what you need to treat your toothless smile?

Many years ago losing a tooth seemed like the end of the world. While it’s still not an ideal situation your Houston, TX family dentist Dr. David Citek offers a variety of tooth loss treatments to cater to just about anyone’s lifestyle and needs. Imagine getting a replacement tooth that both acts and functions just like a real one? Now you don’t have to imagine when you say yes to dental implants.

How do dental implants work?

What is it about dental implants that make them so unique from other tooth replacement options? One advantage that this dental restoration has over others is that it actually becomes a permanent fixture within your mouth. This means you don’t have to worry about taking it out every night or dealing with slippage while eating and talking. Implants actually become one with your jawbone.

How?

An implant is a small post that looks like a screw and is made from titanium, a metal that is biocompatible with the soft tissue in your mouth. This means that the dental implant won’t be rejected when placed into the jawbone. A small hole is drilled in the area of the jawbone where the missing tooth once was. Then your Houston, TX dentist will place the implant into the drilled hole. Over the course of several weeks the bone and tissue will begin to grow around the implant. This phenomenon is known as osseointegration and it’s what makes your implant so successful.

How long do dental implants last?

Since implants become a part of your jawbone they are designed to last a lifetime. Of course, this still requires proper care on your part. Just because an implant is an artificial structure doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t care for it like it is a real tooth. To prevent infection or other issues from damaging your implant you’ll want to maintain the best oral care regime possible. This also means seeing your dentist in Houston every six months to make sure your smile and implant are still healthy and free of problems. If you follow these simple tips you can expect your implant to last you the rest of your life.

Let your Houston, TX dentist give you something to truly smile about. Fill those gaps and regain that perfect smile with dental implants. Schedule your initial consultation today!

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