IMPLANT SUPPORTED CROWNS
An implant supported crown is a dental restoration that replaces a missing tooth by inserting an artificial titanium root into the jawbone and attaching an artificial tooth to it. It is cemented in place permanently.
CUSTOM IMPLANT ABUTMENTS
An abutment is a connecting element. This is used in the context of a fixed bridge (the "abutment teeth" referring to the teeth supporting the bridge), partial removable dentures (the "abutment teeth" referring to the teeth supporting the partial) and in implants (used to attach a crown, bridge, or removable denture to the dental implant fixture).
ADVANTAGES OVER DENTURE OR BRIDGES
Conventional bridges and dentures are not fixed to the bone, and can therefore be unstable. This can make it difficult to eat or smile with confidence. Implants not only look more natural, but feel and act more like normal teeth, with a stronger biting force. Also, because they don’t directly rely on neighboring teeth for support, implants don’t compromise the health of your natural teeth. They also prevent jaw bone atrophying and have a longer lifespan than bridges.
POST TREATMENT CARES
Consider your replacement teeth to be the same as natural teeth. They require the same daily brushing and flossing, and the same amount of regular checkups. Just like your natural teeth, the better you take care of your replacements, the longer they will last.
OUR IMPLANT SERVICES INCLUDE
SINUS LIFT AUGMENTATION
Often the sinuses will enlarge following loss of the upper back teeth. This can preclude placement of dental implants in the upper back areas of the mouth, since the sinus is an air-filled space and dental implants need to be surrounded by solid bone. A sinus life augmentation/graft is a surgical procedure that restores the sinus cavity to its original size, and replaces the bone that has been lost as a result of the enlarged sinus. This new bone graft typically takes nine to twelve months to heal before the dental implants can be placed into the grafted bone.
AUTOGENEOUS BONE GRAFTING
Occasionally, the ideal areas for dental implants do not have sufficient bone quality to support the implants. In these cases, it is often necessary to “borrow” bone from another area of your mouth and graft it into the deficient area. Often, the area of choice is from the chin or in the back of the jaw where your wisdom teeth used to be.
IMPLANT SITE DEVELOPMENT
When a tooth needs to be removed due to infection, it is not uncommon to have lost bone around the infected tooth. In these cases, various types of bone grafting can be done at the same time the tooth is removed to facilitate the placement of a dental implant at a later date.
COMPUTER ENHANCED TREATMENT PLANNING
We have special software on our computer that allows us to evaluate your dental CT scan in three dimensions for placement of you dental implants. This also allows us to work closely and smoothly with your restorative dentist to ensure an ideal result of your dental implants.
Once your dental implant restoration is completed, it is important to keep the area clean and infection-free. Dentals implants can accumulate plaque and tartar just as teeth can. Whether you have just one tooth replaced by an implant or several, a professional cleaning schedule will be necessary to keep your implants healthy. The time interval for these professional cleanings will be determined by your individual needs.
CONTACT US TO SET UP YOUR IMPLANT CONSULTATION
Do you need a dental implant and are looking for that perfect dentist for the job? Give us a call to schedule your implant consultation. We will answer your questions and by the end you'll understand why so many people in The Woodlands choose Carrie Muzny D.D.S. for their dental work. Take a look at our contact page to get directions to our location and view our hours.