Missing a tooth means a shifting bite, jawbone deterioration, and potential problems with eating or speaking. A dental implant from Angie Dinh, DDS, PA, can prevent these problems. At her self-titled practice in Houston, Texas, Dr. Dinh provides people with durable and sturdy dental implants that can support custom restorations for a lifetime. To learn more about dental implants and what you can expect during the placement process, schedule an appointment over the phone or online at Angie Dinh, DDS, PA today.
Dental implants look like tiny titanium screws but are actually posts that sturdily connect your jawbone to dental restorations like crowns, bridges, and dentures. When you get a dental implant, it’s there for the rest of your life and allows you to eat and speak as you did before you lost one or more adult teeth.
You may consult with Dr. Dinh about getting a single dental implant to support a crown or bridge or getting multiple dental implants to support implant-supported dentures. She examines your jawbone density using X-ray imaging and can plan where to place the implant. If your jawbone has lost density, Dr. Dinh may need to refer you to an oral surgeon for a bone graft.
Dental implants offer many benefits compared to tooth replacement alternatives, such as bridges supported by other teeth, partial dentures, or forgoing tooth restoration altogether. Dr. Dinh helps you weigh your options and compare dental implants to other treatments.
Just a few of the many dental implant advantages are:
The process of getting dental implants takes several appointments with healing time between them. Dr. Dinh advises you on how to care for your oral health during the recovery phases.
Getting dental implants is typically a months-long process with planning appointments and two surgeries. Your first surgery involves the placement of the implant in your jawbone. After that, you must wait for several months until the next surgery because your jawbone needs time to integrate with the titanium implant.
Once the implant is sturdy, and your bone has healed, the second surgery involves attaching a component called an abutment. The abutment attaches your jawbone to your restoration, which is custom-made. After Dr. Dinh attaches the restoration, you can use it just as you use your natural teeth.
To learn more about dental implants and explore the benefits, call Angie Dinh, DDS, or book a consultation online at your earliest convenience.