When you’ve lost a tooth, it’s common to want to fill in the gap in your smile. One of the best ways to deal with missing teeth is by getting dental implants. They look and act just like your real teeth and are implanted into your bone. So, implants look natural and last a long time. Let’s take a look at how implants can work for you from Lovett Dental Conroe.
Why Use Dental Implants?
If you lose a tooth, why should you consider an implant? There are several good reasons to choose dental implants to replace missing teeth, such as:
- Implants don’t move when you chew or bite.
- They don’t put stress on your other teeth the way a partial denture can.
- You take care of implants like your real teeth.
- Implants help keep your natural face shape.
- They last longer than dentures.
- Replacing missing teeth can help prevent teeth from shifting.
- The long-term cost of dental implants is a good value.
The fact that dental implants are long-lasting is a key feature that many people say they like. Once your implant is anchored in the bone (a healing process called osseointegration), you might forget that the implant is there. You might not even remember that you lost a tooth.
The Implant Procedure
To start the process of getting an implant, first, you’ll have a thorough dental exam. Your dentist will consider your overall health and whether you’re a good candidate for an implant. Then a dental specialist will make a recommendation just for you.
Simply put, the implant procedure involves an oral surgeon drilling into the bone to create a hole where the implant post goes. Then you need to heal and allow time for osseointegration. After that, the crown — the part that looks like the tooth — is expertly attached.
If the implant is going into an area of your bone that isn’t strong enough to hold the implant, you will probably need bone grafting first. Your dental specialist will let you know if you need this procedure at our general dentistry.
Dental Implants Can Last a Long Time
So we know that implants are excellent for replacing missing teeth, and what the procedure is like. What do we know about how they hold up? The length of time implants last can depend on several factors, like:
- How well your bone receives the implant, which can depend on the health of your bones
- How well you are taking care of your teeth
- How healthy you are, and if you have a chronic disease or are in poor health
- If you grind your teeth
- If you smoke
Implants can last up to 25 years, but the part that looks like the tooth (the crown) may last 10 to 15 years. An implant’s durability depends on many factors, though, and this varies from person to person.
The best way to make sure your implant lasts as long as possible is to take good care of it and take good care of your real teeth. That’s why you need to make daily oral hygiene and regular teeth cleaning visits a priority.
Overall, patients who get dental implants in Conroe with us say that they are satisfied with how their implants are working out for them. And they last a long time.
Find Dental Implants at Lovett Dental Conroe
Concerned about missing teeth? We’d love to help you get your natural smile back. If you are interested in dental implants, contact Lovett Dental Conroe at 936-760-2400 for a free consultation. We offer dental implants in Conroe, and we have several other locations, too. Let us take care of your missing teeth the natural way!