In a dental implant procedure, the roots of missing teeth are replaced by durable prosthetic devices. These artificial tooth roots support crowns, dentures, or bridges. They look and function just like natural teeth to give you a lasting smile.
Dr. Saalini Velamakanni at Northeast Dental Associates in Humble, Texas, is an experienced general and cosmetic dentist and recommends dental implant procedures as one of the safest and most effective options for tooth replacement.
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a screw-like post that replaces the root of a missing tooth. This artificial root is made of titanium and fuses with your jawbone to give the prosthetic tooth strength and durability.
A dental implant is made up of three parts:
- Implant: A titanium screw that acts as the tooth root and is firmly embedded into your jawbone.
- Abutment: A permanent but removable connector that joins the implant and the prosthetic tooth.
- The Crown: The prosthetic tooth made of zirconium or porcelain that replaces the missing tooth.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are a lasting and aesthetically pleasing solution for replacing missing teeth. Apart from giving you the confidence of having all of your teeth, implants also help preserve your jaw structure.
Tooth loss also puts a dent in your ability to chew and can also lead to bite and jaw problems in the future. But since implants are sturdy and strong, they can restore your teeth to their original functionality and prevent dental issues without negatively affecting neighboring natural teeth.
Furthermore, as dental implants are permanently embedded into your jawbone, you’ll never have to worry about them shifting or slipping.
What Are the Different Types of Implants?
Dental implants can replace one tooth, multiple teeth, or an entire set of teeth.
- Single Teeth
If you have lost a single tooth due to trauma or disease, you can restore it with the help of a dental implant and a prosthetic crown.
- Multiple Teeth
Dental implants are also used for supporting bridges when a patient is missing multiple teeth.
- Full Mouth Implants
Full mouth implants are for patients who need to replace a complete set of upper or lower teeth. In these cases, Dr. Velamakanni uses four or more dental implants to support a full arch of teeth.
Having solid and well-functioning teeth can improve your dental health as well as overall health. If you need a tooth replacement, schedule an appointment with Dr. Saalini Velamakanni at Northeast Dental Associates by visiting us at 19411 McKay Dr #150, Humble, TX 77338 or calling Dentist Humble, TX at (832) 818-8132.