Dental implants have been making headlines for just over three decades, and with good reason. This revolutionary invention offers patients a tooth-replacement solution that closely mimics nature’s design. While dentists had long perfected the art of mimicking the look of teeth, it wasn’t until dental implants came along that they could mimic the function of teeth, as well.
A dental implant is a small, titanium post that functions like a tooth root. Titanium is a unique substance in that bone tissue will fuse with it. Once inserted into your jawbone, the bone tissue grows around the implant, creating a secure foundation for your replacement tooth. This means that your new tooth or teeth are independently anchored, i.e. they don’t rely on surrounding teeth for support. This reduces the occurrence of jaw bone deterioration and creates a restoration that can potentially last a lifetime.
What dentists and patients love about dental implants is their versatility. They can be used for a variety of applications, including single-tooth replacement, multiple-teeth replacement, and full-denture stabilization. Whether you’re missing one tooth or several, dental implants may be the solution for you. For the most successful result, patients should have adequate jaw bone mass, and they should be in good overall health.
Dr. Dodig works with a periodontist who comes into our West University Place office to place the implants. This gives you the benefit of having the care of a specialist without having to leave the office. Dr. Dodig oversees the entire implant process, and then she places the restoration after the implant site has healed. Once in place, your implant-supported teeth will look natural, feel comfortable, and function like natural teeth. You may even forget which tooth/teeth you lost!
Dr. Dodig and team are currently welcoming new patients. Call our West University dental office today to reserve your appointment, consultation, or second-opinion visit. Our convenient West University office serves patients from Bellaire and the surrounding areas.