If you’ve lost one or multiple teeth as the result of an accident or injury, dental implants provide a replacement option that mimics the strength and durability of your natural, permanent teeth. Hugo Artaza, DDs, and the caring dental team at Artaza Dental in Katy, Texas, are experienced in the art of molding and installing dental implants. If you dream of restoring your smile to its original, vibrant condition, call the office or book a consultation online today.
A dental implant is a type of false tooth that’s surgically implanted into your jaw. The implant itself is made of titanium or another durable metal and is attached to a pontic, or false tooth.
Dental implants are incredibly versatile and can be used to replace one tooth or multiple teeth. Implants can also be used to help anchor a bridge or dentures if you’re missing most of your natural teeth.
Dental implants present an array of benefits over traditional tooth replacement options like dentures and bridges.
For one, they’re surgically affixed to your jaw, which prevents common problems such as sliding, clicking, and difficulty speaking or chewing. Dental implants can also:
Dental implants are stronger than your natural teeth and aren’t attached to nerves or tissue, eliminating common oral health problems like tooth decay.
If you’re an adult who is missing one or multiple teeth, or you wear dentures and aren’t happy with how they fit, you’re probably a good candidate for dental implants. You may also qualify for dental implants if you need to have a crown or bridge replaced.
On the other hand, if you have a history of gum disease, are a heavy smoker, or have been diagnosed with a chronic illness such as diabetes or heart disease, you may benefit from another type of tooth replacement.
As an experienced oral surgery specialist, Dr. Artaza performs bone and tissue grafts for patients who don’t have enough healthy bone or tissue to support dental implants. These procedures remove a small amount of bone or tissue from one area of your mouth and place it in another. Over time, your tissue and bone regenerate to support your implants.
A comprehensive exam and consultation with Dr. Artaza can help you determine whether or not you’re a good candidate for dental implants.
Thanks to modern surgical techniques and anesthetics, dental implant surgery is considered safe and generally well-tolerated. However, don’t be alarmed if you experience some swelling, bruising, and mild discomfort after your operation.
At Artaza Dental, Dr. Artaza and his staff provide you with a comprehensive list of aftercare instructions. Follow them as closely as possible, and you should be able to return to work and other normal activities within a day or two.
To learn more about the smile-restoring benefits of dental implants, call Artaza Dental or use online booking to schedule an appointment today.