Dental implants are a revolutionary method of replacing missing teeth, offering stability, durability, and a lifelike appearance. Implants can replace one tooth or several teeth, and implant-supported dentures can even restore your entire dental arch. Although Dr. Vlachakis does not place implants herself, she can restore and repair your restorations, providing custom-created crowns, bridges, and implant-supported dentures to enhance your smile and oral health.
What Are Dental Implants?
When you receive dental implants, your oral surgeon will place one or more titanium implant posts in your gums. Because titanium is biocompatible, your gums will naturally heal around the posts, allowing them to function as permanent dental roots. After your gums have healed, your dentist will attach abutment pieces to the top of the posts, and your restorations will connect to these pieces. If you are looking to replace only one tooth, you will receive a single dental crown. However, you can replace multiple teeth using an implant-supported dental bridge or full implant-supported dentures.
Refurbishing Your Dental Implants
Although dental implants are extremely durable, like your natural teeth, they are still susceptible to structural damage, such as chips or cracks. If your implants have been compromised, Dr. Vlachakis can attach a new restoration, which will be carefully created to match your previous crown, bridge, or denture. If you are interested in receiving implants for the first time, she can also refer you to an oral surgeon for treatment.
Caring for Your Dental Implants
Maintaining your dental implants is easy and convenient; you will simply need to practice good dental hygiene, brushing and flossing at least twice a day. You should also schedule routine dental visits so Dr. Vlachakis can remove oral bacteria, monitor your oral health, and check on the condition of your dental implants. When you have implants, it is especially important to maintain good periodontal health. Gum disease could cause your implant posts to loosen or come out. You should also avoid putting undue pressure on your teeth. Biting your nails, chewing ice, or using your teeth to open packages can damage your restorations, necessitating further restorative work.
Do You Qualify for Dental Implants?
If you want the best option for rebuilding your smile after tooth loss, then ask Dr. Vlachakis if you qualify for dental implants. To schedule an examination, call Healthy Smiles Family Dentistry today at (281) 974-4494. Located in Memorial City Plaza, we proudly serve the residents of Houston, Memorial City, Bunker Hill, West Beltway, City Center, Hedwig Village, and all surrounding communities.