When a tooth has been lost or is so unhealthy that it needs to come out, there are many options your Houston dentist can use to replace it, so you are not missing a tooth. A relatively new procedure and one of the best is a dental implant, which provides a strong, anchored replacement tooth. Best of all, a dental implant requires no special care beyond ordinary routine brushing and flossing once it is in place. If you are missing a tooth, dental implants are well worth looking into.

What exactly are dental implants?

A dental implant is used to replace a missing tooth by placing a metal implant directly into the jaw bone. The bone tissue in your jaw will then actively remodel itself to hold the implant firmly in place. Your Houston dentist will then build the artificial tooth upon the implant. Dental implants are very strong, and, unlike a dental bridge, do not rely on adjacent teeth to hold them in place.

What does getting a dental implant involves?

The dental implant procedure involves outpatient dental surgery that takes place in several steps. First, the damaged tooth to be replaced is removed if it is not gone already. Then the jawbone is prepared to receive the implant, and the implant is placed. Then there is a waiting period while the bone tissue actively grows into and connects to the implant, giving it strength. Finally, an abutment is attached to the implant, and a crown is placed on top. The whole process can take several months, but in the end, you have a strong, artificial tooth.

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During and after the dental implant procedure, there will likely be some discomfort typical of dental surgery that will resolve itself over time, and which can be managed in the interim with common medications. Symptoms you may experience can include pain at the location of the implant, minor bleeding, swelling, and bruising.

How to care for your dental implant

Once your dental implant is in place and your gums have had a chance to recover, caring for your teeth is just like before, involving regular brushing and flossing. Your dental implant will seem very much like having a natural, healthy tooth in its place, as it is anchored directly to your jaw and does not depend on other teeth for support.

To learn more about whether a dental implant is right for you, or for any other dental care needs, contact Ingenious Dentistry today.