If you’re missing one or more of your teeth, you may be an ideal candidate for dental implants, or custom-made tooth roots that are securely anchored into your jawbone and capped with a porcelain tooth. At Prestigious Smiles Family Dentistry, implant specialist Dr. Arezo Zarghouni provides comprehensive dental implantation services for Houston-area patients who want to restore their smile and protect their long-term oral health. To learn more, call the office or book your appointment online today.
Dental implants are one of the most popular offerings of restorative dentistry. These custom-fitted, artificial tooth roots made from medical grade titanium are designed to match your natural teeth perfectly, making them an excellent choice for filling gaps and restoring your smile.
Because they’re anchored to your jawbone much like a real tooth root, implants are strong, stable, and permanent. Once the implant fuses with your jawbone and the surrounding tissues have healed, it’s fitted with a custom-crafted dental restoration.
A single implant is capped with a porcelain crown, multiple implants are often finished with a bridge, and a full-arch replacement typically receives an implant overdenture.
Dental implants require adequate jawbone mass and healthy gum tissue. If your jawbone is strong enough and deep enough to support an implant, you should be able to receive dental implants without having to undergo any preparatory procedures like bone grafting or sinus augmentation.
To make sure you have sufficient bone structure, you need to undergo a 3D cone beam CT scan. This special x-ray creates a 3D image of your teeth, bones, soft tissues, and nerves. Besides revealing important details about bone quality and mass, this scan also helps Dr. Zarghouni determine the exact size and type of implant you require.
The dental implantation process starts with the surgery itself, which is an in-office procedure done with a local anesthetic. If your treatment plan requires any tooth extractions, Dr. Zarghouni will gently remove those teeth and prepare the area for implantation.
After surgically placing the artificial tooth root in your jawbone, Dr. Zarghouni stitches your gum tissue closed to help protect the implant as it fuses with your bone. For most patients, the healing and fusion process takes three to six months to complete.
Once the implant is fused and you’re ready for the next step, you return to the office to receive your custom-made porcelain crown, bridge, or overdenture.
To learn more about how you can benefit from dental implants, call Prestigious Smiles Family Dentistry today, or schedule an appointment using the convenient online booking feature.