What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a small titanium cylinder that is surgically inserted into your jaw to replace the root of a missing tooth. Titanium is biocompatible, so in the months following dental implant, a process called osseointegration takes place. Surrounding bone forms a strong bond with the dental implant, and, as a result, the implant becomes a permanent fixture in your jaw.
At Artistic Smiles, we use dental implants at our Nassau Bay, TX dental office to support various prosthetics, including a single dental crown, dental bridge, or entire denture. Since dental implants are a complete replacement tooth, they function better and last longer than appliances that don’t have a root-like structure to support them.
Candidates for Dental Implants
To be a good candidate and get the maximum benefit from dental implants, you must have adequate bone to support osseointegration at the implant site. If you have been missing a tooth for a long time, or have congenital bone defects in your jaw, there may not be enough bone available to support the implant.
Fortunately, there is a procedure called bone grafting that adds bone material at the implant site. While this is an additional step in the dental implant process, it increases your chances of positive treatment outcomes.
Call Us to Get Started
If you would like to learn more about dental implants at our Nassau Bay, TX dental office, please call Artistic Smiles to schedule a dental appointment.