If you’re one of the more than 120 million Americans missing at least one permanent tooth, consider dental implants. Implants replace your natural tooth roots, providing a foundation for restorations like crowns, a fixed bridge, or implant-retained dentures. At Care Dental Spa, cosmetic and general dentist Quang Luong, DDS, boasts years of experience placing and restoring dental implants. To make an appointment at the practice in Temple, Texas, call the office or schedule online.
Dental implants are synthetic tooth roots that Dr. Luong inserts into your jaw during an outpatient procedure.
The “root” is made of titanium and integrates with your natural bone structure over time. When the integration process is complete, your implants provide a strong foundation for dental restorations, like a crown or implant-retained dentures.
To get dental implants, you need healthy gums and enough bone volume to support them. If Dr. Luong determines you have gum disease or not enough jawbone density to hold the implants, he might recommend a prerequisite treatment like LANAP or a bone graft first.
During your first appointment, let Dr. Luong know if you have a chronic health problem like kidney disease or diabetes. These conditions won’t keep you from getting dental implants, but they may increase the risk of surgical complications, so it’s important they’re monitored.
Dental implants offer various benefits, including:
By getting dental implants, you also improve your oral health. Replacing missing permanent teeth significantly reduces the risk of gum recession or shifting teeth.
Getting dental implants takes at least three appointments spaced over several months.
Before recommending dental implants, Dr. Luong conducts an oral exam and takes digital X-rays. If you have healthy gums and enough bone to support the implants, he administers a local anesthetic and carefully inserts a series of titanium posts beneath your gums. Following the procedure, he provides care instructions.
Three or four months later, when the implants finish integrating with your natural bone structure, you return to the office. Dr. Luong again administers a local anesthetic and makes impressions of your mouth. He sends your impressions to a dental laboratory that uses them to design and manufacture a custom dental restoration.
When the laboratory completes your restorations, you visit the office for the final time. Dr. Luong administers a local anesthetic, attaches your restorations to your dental implants, and polishes them. You leave the office with a vibrant, fully restored smile.
To see if you’re a candidate for dental implants, make an appointment at Care Dental Spa by calling the office or scheduling online today.