About Dental Implants
A dental implant is comprised of three parts, each of which is placed at a specific time to allow tissues to heal between phases for an optimal result.
Dental Implant Post
The dental implant post is made of medical grade titanium. Similar to a small screw, the titanium post is surgically implanted into healthy bone tissue. The implant takes about 3-6 months to fully heal and integrate with the bone. The compatible properties of the post allow it to fuse with jaw bone creating a lasting bond that will promote natural bone regeneration.
Once the implant has healed, an abutment will be attached to the top part of the implant. The abutment is designed to protrude from the gum-line and will be used to secure the final restoration.
Depending on the type of restoration you are receiving, Dr. Pruitt will either attach your new dental crown to the abutment or secure a denture or bridge to the post. Your new smile will provide lasting confidence in your ability to eat and speak normally.
Why Choose Dental Implants?
Dental implants provide a wide range of oral health and aesthetic benefits. Dental implants have nearly a 98% success rate, that is more successful than any other dental treatment. With proper oral hygiene, implants can last a lifetime. Dr. Pruitt will recommend dental implants for most patients with missing teeth.
Benefits of Dental Implants
- Provide normal chewing function
- Natural looking
- Long lasting, durable
- Stabilize bite
- Protects integrity of facial structure
- No dietary limitations
Choosing Dental Implants
Choosing dental implants is an investment in your oral health and overall well being. Missing teeth can lead to serious oral health complications. When left untreated, missing teeth can lead to decay, periodontal disease, and gum recession. Patients who have even one missing tooth could experience deterioration of the jaw bone. Without the structural support of the tooth root, the jaw bone begins to recede. The facial structure may begin to collapse and look sunken in, prematurely aging a patient’s face.
Dental implants help to secure the structure of the bite and integrity of the face shape. Dental implants are embedded in the jaw bone and function like a natural tooth root. Implants actually encourage bone regeneration for long term success.
Smile In A Day
With advances in dental technology, dental implant procedures can now be used for patients with less healthy bone structure, or to secure a traditional bridge. This allows patients who previously were not candidates for implants to receive the oral health benefits of dental implants and implant secured dentures. Dr. Pruitt will help patients determine if All on Four or mini implants are the right treatment plan to meet their cosmetic and oral health goals.
All On Four Dental Implants
All On Four dental implants allow patients with minimal healthy bone structure to receive the benefits of dental implants. All On Four uses strategic planning and coordination to remove teeth, place implants and secure a restoration all in one visit to our Houston, TX dentist office.
Mini implants are used to secure a denture. Mini implants allow patient to enjoy many of the added health and lifestyle benefits of dental implants with a denture. For patient with a full arch of missing teeth, mini implants help to secure the denture preventing embarrassing slippage. Patient can enjoy a more varied diet and the implants help to support the integrity of the jaw bone.