Dental Implants in Houston
Dental implants provide a safe and reliable cosmetic solution for patients with broken, missing, or decayed teeth. Using small prosthetic posts, inserted directly into the bone structure of the jaw, dental implants offer a stable tooth-replacement solution while maintaining the natural appearance of your smile. When you lose a tooth (or several teeth) the remaining teeth may shift, causing discomfort and/or a change in your appearance. A dental implant serves as a replacement root and tooth, helping maintain proper overall tooth alignment. People lose and damage teeth through all stages of life due to many causes, including:
- Accident or Injury
- Heredity and Genetics
- Periodontal (Gum) Disease
- Tooth Decay, and More
Patients with dental implants regain the ability to once again enjoy their favorite foods with ease and comfort. Dental implants are very easy to care for requiring the same brushing, flossing, and regular dental care as your natural teeth. Cosmetic dental implants work to restore your smile to the fullest, helping increase self-confidence and improving self-image. Feel comfortable and confident smiling, speaking, and laughing in social situations with dental implants by Dr. John Barras.
What is the Procedure for Dental Implants?
Dental implants require collaboration between a skilled cosmetic dentist and a trusted periodontal specialist. Dr. Barras has been working alongside Dr. Akers, the in-house periodontist, since 2006 to restore countless smiles in the greater Houston area and beyond. Together they ensure your dental implants are safe, functional, and have the proper cosmetic appearance. Depending on your personal needs Dr. Barras and Dr. Akers will create a dental implant solution right for you. This may mean the replacement of one tooth, several teeth, or many teeth.
- First, implant posts are placed securely into the jawbone using local anesthetic at our office in the Galleria area. The posts require time to heal while they fuse to the bone structure, building a strong foundation for the implanted tooth. While the post is anchoring, temporary teeth may be used for cosmetic and practical purposes.
- Once your implant post has become fully secure a crown is inserted, completing the process. Dental implants are a reliable solution for tooth replacement with a long life-expectancy.
- For single-tooth replacement, a prosthetic post is inserted into the gums. Once it heals a crown is mounted onto the post for a secure and visually-pleasing result. There are no visible clasps, helping achieve a completely natural-looking appearance for the implant.
- For multiple-tooth replacement, implants can be mounted using a combination of anchored crowns and implant-supported bridges. These are preferable to dentures as they are secure and do not risk becoming dislodged, and do not need to be removed overnight or for brushing.
Types of Dental Implants
There are two types of dental implants recognized by the American Dental Association (ADA) for safety and function:
- Endosteal Implants
Endosteal implants are surgically inserted directly into the jawbone. Once the gums have healed a post is connected to the implant. A crown is then attached to the post, anchoring it firmly in place.
- Subperiosteal Implants
Subperiosteal implants are for patients with shallow jawbones unable to provide a firm base for endosteal implants. Subperiosteal implants consist of metal framework inserted underneath the gums, but above the jawbone. The frame houses the posts necessary for the attachment of artificial teeth.
Are Dental Implants Right for Me?
Patients who achieve the best results from cosmetic dental implants have healthy gums and adequate bone structure to support the implant. Our office periodontist Dr. Akers specializes in these areas and will make recommendations for overcoming any challenges you may be facing. Due to the many different situations cosmetic dental implants are appropriate for recommendations are best given after a comprehensive examination. It is recommended that smokers discontinue tobacco use to preserve the quality of their implants, gum health, and jawbone structure. Ultimately, patients must commit to a proper dental hygiene regimen to maintain the integrity of their dental implants, and to achieve maximum implant benefit and longevity.
If you have broken, damaged, decayed, or missing teeth cosmetic dental implants may be the solution you are looking for. If you’re interested to see how dental implants can help you achieve a uniform, confident, and natural-looking smile, contact our office covering the greater Houston area today for a consultation with Dr. John Barras, DDS LVIF. During your consultation he will determine the best implant solution for you, explain the procedure and costs, and will answer any questions you may have. A full, confident smile is only a phone call away!