How Dental Implants Work – Baytown, TX
A Reliable and Attractive Form of Tooth Replacement
The dental implant insertion process is in a class of its own when it comes to replacing missing teeth. That’s because it’s the only procedure that completely replaces a tooth from the root to the crown. When you visit us at Aesthetic Family Dentistry, you can finally have a full set of teeth, heightened confidence and the restored functionality you’ve been missing. Read on to discover how the procedure works. Then, contact us today to request an initial visit with Dr. Hutto to get on the path to a brand-new smile!
The Initial Dental Implant Consultation
We understand that the dental implant process is a major undertaking. That’s why when you visit our Baytown office, Dr. Hutto will take the time to carefully assess your oral health to make sure the dental implant process will be successful. He’ll also take into account the number of teeth you have missing and the amount of healthy bone mass that remains.
At the conclusion of the visit, you’ll sit down with your dentist to discuss what the findings are and to have any of your questions answered. Once you feel comfortable with all the information and you’ve been cleared to move forward, the process can begin.
Dental Implant Surgery
One of the perks of receiving dental implants in Baytown is that the process is done completely in-house. Therefore, you can rest assured that you’ll receive only the highest quality care available.
Here is what you can expect from the dental implant insertion process:
- Local anesthesia is applied to the treatment site.
- An incision is made into the gums, and a titanium dental implant is inserted.
- Over a period of three or more months, your gums will heal so you can move on to the next phase of treatment.
Throughout the process, we’ll be right there with you monitoring your progress so you can continue traveling down the road to a complete restoration.
Dental Implant Osseointegration and Abutment
Throughout the healing process, your existing bone mass will fuse (called osseointegration) with the dental implant to create a solid foundation. Once this phase is completed, another sturdy titanium piece can be added: the abutment. Its function is to allow a final porcelain restoration to be securely attached.
The biggest benefit of this is that patients don’t have to worry about a set of prosthetic teeth falling out their mouth. Better yet, there won’t be any shifting or sliding. With a reliable and sturdy abutment acting as the anchor, the final result will be a smile that looks and feels like you were born with it.
Placement of Dental Implant Restorations
The dental implant procedure has three main parts: the implant insertion, the abutment placement and the addition of the permanent restoration. The latter is what the world will see, but little will they know that beneath what appears to be a natural tooth, tedious work has gone into restoring your smile and oral health to normal.
If you’re only missing one tooth, then a single dental crown will be added. For patients with two or more missing teeth, there is the option of receiving an implant-retained bridge. The apparatus consists of a series of porcelain teeth that are affixed to the single structure, and it’s held in place via the abutment.
If you’re missing a full set of teeth, then you’ll need a set of implant-retained dentures. After a series of strategically-placed implants have healed and fused properly, the abutments can be added. They will attach to special snaps at the bottom of the dentures to create a secure, natural and appealing smile.
To find out which method of replacement will work best for you, contact us today to request an initial visit!