An attractive, healthy smile is important in our society and boosts self-confidence. Employment, social situations, and friendships are simply easier when a missing tooth is replaced with a dental implant.
Dental Implants are an excellent long term solution for a missing tooth, according to Pinnacle Dental in the Galleria area of Houston, Texas. Dental implants are durable, attractive, and function like a normal tooth. They can be implanted in a relatively short time period and Pinnacle Dental’s Houston area patients overwhelmingly like the results.
The number of people in the United States who could benefit from a dental implant is surprising. According to recent estimates approximately 120 million people in the United States are missing one or more natural teeth. Approximately 30% of these people have no teeth, which makes them candidates for dentures. These numbers are staggering because most of these people have lost their teeth because of poor oral hygiene.
Any dental procedure has a small amount of risk which is largely influenced by the overall health of the patient. Dental implants are an excellent solution for a missing tooth. Sometimes problems arise such as infection, prolonged bleeding, and longer than expected bone healing. However, skilled dentists can address any dental issue that arises from a dental implant procedure.
Absolutely. It is an excellent replacement for a natural tooth and most people will never know the difference. It will maintain the patient’s smile and chewing motion and keep other teeth in alignment. The care and cleaning of a dental implant is the same as the natural teeth.
The average lifespan of a dental implant is about 25 years. However, that number can vary depending on the chewing habits, oral hygiene and overall health of the patient.
The teeth and bones are not fully mature in children and very young adults. An individual’s jaw is still growing until the very late teens so most dentists will hesitate to surgically insert an implant before full maturity.
Generally people over the age of 80 tend to have more chronic illnesses that could negatively impact the healing process of a dental implant procedure. There are other options for this group.
The chemicals in tobacco and tobacco smoke significantly increase the risk of dental implant failure. Some of the more toxic chemicals are hydrogen cyanide, carbon monoxide, and nicotine and they have a negative effect on blood flow and the healing process.
Medical conditions such as diabetes and cancer will usually dissuade a dentist from implanting an artificial tooth.
People with poor oral hygiene usually develop diseases and other dental issues and are usually poor candidates for a dental implant unless they have made a commitment to change. A dental implant will not decay or develop a cavity but the surrounding area can develop problems with poor oral hygiene.
The cosmetic dentists working at Pinnacle Dental in the Uptown and Galleria areas of Houston, Texas, have seen patients from all walks of life. One thing they all want is a beautiful, healthy smile. A dental implant can offer a significant improvement in a person’s smile. A full set of teeth and a beautiful smile radiates self-confidence and health. An attractive smile plays an important part in the happiness and well-being of a person’s life. It gives the staff great satisfaction to see patients get more enjoyment out of life.