Having a missing tooth not only causes some patients to feel self-conscious about the way they look, but it also negatively impacts the future of your oral health.
Leaving a gap in your smile can cause bone loss and shifting teeth, creating a chain reaction that leads to conditions with your bite in addition to future tooth loss.
One of the most convenient ways to replace missing teeth is dental implants. Dental implants provide exceptional esthetics, convenience, and health benefits that allow our patients to enjoy a healthy smile for years to come.
What Is a Dental Implant?
A traditional dental implant typically consists of three parts: an implant post, a custom abutment, and an implant crown.
The dental implant post mimics your natural tooth’s root and is made of biocompatible metal such as titanium. The design of dental implants has improved over the last decade, and most patients enjoy a high success rate and longevity.
The abutment is a post that attaches to your dental implant and provides a stable foundation for an implant crown. We design custom abutments that offer the best fit and function.
Your dental implant crown is the part of your implant that people will see when you smile. Typically, Dr. Shah will design a porcelain crown that blends perfectly with your other teeth and gives your smile a natural appearance.
Dental Implant Treatment
In most cases, dental implant treatment requires several steps.
Surgery – Dr. Shah determines the correct location for your dental implant and surgically places it in your bone. Most patients find they recover from surgery quickly and experience only mild discomfort.
Healing and integration - It can take up to several months for your dental implant to integrate fully with your jawbone. While this waiting time may seem like the hardest part, it is essential to the longevity and stability of your dental implant.
Restoration – Your implant crown is the final step in completing your dental implant treatment. Like our traditional dental crowns, Dr. Shah creates each implant crown individually to meet your unique needs. She is meticulous in designing an implant crown that is the correct size, shape, and color to provide exceptional fit, function, and esthetics.
Dental Crowns Provide Unsurpassed Convenience
You can care for your dental implant crown in the same way you care for your natural teeth – by brushing, flossing, and keeping your regular dental exams and cleanings. We will monitor the health of your dental implant at each appointment to make sure it is still healthy.
Contact Us for a Dental Implant Evaluation
At Hillcrest Dental, we look forward to providing you with tooth replacement options that make sense for your health and lifestyle. Contact our Castle Hills, TX dental office to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Namrata Shah.