Are you one of the millions of Americans who are missing one or multiple teeth? If so, you may want to consider dental implants. Dental implants are a type of prosthetic teeth replacement that are fused directly to your jawbone. By restoring missing teeth, you can preserve your smile and chewing ability for years to come. At A Beautiful Smile at Lake Point, in Sugar Land, Texas, general and cosmetic dentist Lance Jue, DDS, regularly restores patients’ smiles using dental implants. If you’re tired of covering your mouth when you smile or laugh, call or click the provided link and book your appointment today.
Dental implants are replacement tooth roots that are implanted into your jaw. They look like metal studs and are typically made of titanium. Although It’s impossible to replace your permanent teeth, dental implants are the next best thing.
Dental implants offer an array of benefits. For example, the false teeth, or pontics, supported by dental implants are stronger and longer lasting than crowns and dental bridges. In fact, with proper care and maintenance, dental implants often last a lifetime.
Dental implants also make everyday tasks like chewing, speaking, and yawning easier. Furthermore, they preserve the health of your jawbone if you lose a tooth due to an accident or extraction.
Any adult who is in good overall health and missing one or more teeth can benefit from dental implants. However, if you smoke cigarettes or are living with a chronic disease like diabetes, it’s important to share this information with Dr. Jue. You should also talk to Dr. Jue if you have a medical history of gingivitis, periodontitis, or any other gum-related issue.
The process of getting dental implants typically takes between 6-12 months. While this may seem like a long period of time, it’s important to remember the end result is a beautiful smile that lasts a lifetime.
The first step in the implant process is the placement of your new tooth roots. Dr. Jue performs this procedure in-office, using local anesthesia. After placing your implants, he cleans the procedure sites and gives you a list of recovery instructions. You then wait three to six months for your new implants to fuse to your jawbone.
After your implants finish fusing to your jawbone, you return to A Beautiful Smile at Lake Pointe. During this appointment, Dr. Jue takes impressions of your teeth. If you only need one or two crowns, Dr. Jue can manufacture a same-day CEREC crown. For partial or full-mouth implants, he sends your impressions to a dental laboratory.
About a week later, you return for your third and final appointment. Dr. Jue removes your temporary crowns and replaces them with your permanent ones.
Do you regularly cover up your mouth whenever you laugh or smile? If so, dental implants are worth considering. Call or use the online booking tool to make an appointment today.