If you are missing one or more teeth, you may be embarrassed about a gapped smile, the shifting of other teeth, the inability to eat the foods you once could, or the inconvenience of wearing a bridge or partial denture. The jaw bone ridge where you are missing a tooth may have also sunk down. Without a tooth root to stimulate the jaw bone, this bone resorption will happen. Thankfully, dental technology has made it possible for dentists to replace missing teeth that provide patients with oral health benefits as well beautiful aesthetics. Dental implants are one of today’s modern solutions to tooth loss and, when properly cared for, can be a stable, life-long replacement for missing teeth.
“A dental implant is a surgical component that interface with the bone. Not every patient is a candidate for dental implants. Once the implant is ready we work close together with the dental lab to make the most beautiful and aesthetic crown for the patient. ”
Ricardo Tomei, DMD
“Un implante dental es un componente quirúrgico que se conecta con el hueso. No todos los pacientes son candidatos para implantes dentales. Una vez que el implante está listo, trabajamos juntos con el laboratorio dental para hacer la corona más bella y estética para el paciente.”
Ricardo Tomei, DMD
Dental implants are considered the gold standard of tooth replacement for their durability, longevity and health benefits. The process of getting dental implants in Houston, TX begins with digital x-rays of your jaw to better understand the levels of bone volume, location of nerves and surrounding teeth. Once we have planned out your implant procedure we begin the placement of the titanium post, which will begin to fuse to the jaw bone and provide healthy stimulation that prevents further bone loss. Occasionally, when significant bone loss has occurred, we may recommend bone grafting before your implant placement to restore adequate bone volume to support the implant post. In addition to providing health benefits, dental implant restorations (dental crowns) are also customized to be as close to the color, shape, and size of the original tooth for a seamless integration with your other teeth. Your new tooth will look and function much like a normal tooth and restore full function back to your bite.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants blend seamlessly into the smile to replace missing teeth with screw-like implants that adhere with the jaw bone. As you bite and chew with the attached dental crown, the implant provides the same bone stimulation as a natural tooth root, which keeps your bone levels healthy and protects the integrity of your smile for years to come.
Many times, a patient will visit a doctor who will place their dental implant, but then must be referred to a second doctor in order to have the implant restored. Luxadent Family Dental is pleased to provide both placement and restorative services at our office! Dr. Ricardo Tomei has received advanced implant training from Nobel Biocare—one of the world’s leading dental implants manufacturing companies—and takes a careful, detailed approach when placing your dental implants. He has also part of the International Congress for Oral Implantologists and has completed a one-year prosthodontics fellowship.