What are

Dental Implants?

Dental implants rejuvenate your smile by providing an attractive and permanent solution to missing teeth. Believe it or not, missing teeth go beyond cosmetic concerns and in addition to altering your facial structure and making you want to hide your smile, they can lead to bone loss and interfere with speaking and chewing. Dental implants are small titanium posts that are surgically placed below the gums in the jawbone. They simulate the function of the tooth’s root and provide a sturdy anchor for an artificial replacement tooth. Dr. Jung, our Houston cosmetic surgeon,┬ácan restore a confident, healthy smile and the full function of your teeth.

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Dental implants

consist of three parts:

Replacement Teeth

If you’re replacing one tooth, a crown, sometimes referred to as a cap, will be attached to the post. It will look and function like your natural tooth. When replacing multiple teeth, or all of your teeth, a prosthetic, such as an overdenture or a full-arch fixed bridge, will be designed to anchor to the implant system.

Implant Post

This is the anchor for the replacement tooth that is inserted into the jawbone. It’s crafted from biocompatible titanium alloy material so your body will accept it.

Abutment

This piece is attached to the exposed part of the implant post to offer a seamless connection between the post and the crown, which will be created by a prosthodontist or restorative dentist.

Benefits

of Dental Implants

Permanent and comfortable way to replace missing teeth

Procedure doesn’t damage healthy teeth or bone

Implants look and function just like natural teeth and preserve oral health and facial appearance

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Treatment

Considerations

In most cases, dental implant surgery is done in two rounds. First, Dr. Jung replaces the tooth’s root with the titanium dental implant by anchoring it into the jawbone under the gum line. You’ll wear a temporary replacement tooth or dentures, depending on how many teeth are missing, for about two to four months while the jawbone grows around the implant. Once it bonds with the titanium, you’ll have a strong base.

During the second phase, Dr. Jung will attach abutments to your implants. In the meantime, your restorative dentist will have designed your crowns or prosthetic piece. These will be cemented or screwed into place to cover the abutment and give you your smile back.

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Pre + Post

Op Care

Prior to your dental implant surgery, Dr. Jung will give you instructions to follow to ensure the procedure is safe and effective. There is little downtime after dental implant surgery and most patients are back at work a day or two after the procedure. You may experience minor bleeding and bruising at the implant site and some swelling and mild soreness in the gums and face for two to three days after placement. This is completely normal and can be alleviated with the use of an ice pack for twenty minutes on and twenty minutes off for the first 24 hours after surgery. Dr. Jung may prescribe pain medication to ease any discomfort. Be sure to take it as directed.

Oral hygiene is extremely important to prevent infection and implant failure. Dr. Jung will provide you with detailed instructions on how to care for your mouth. You’ll need to brush and floss diligently. We typically direct patients to do saltwater rinses starting the day after their surgery and to avoid heavy smoking.

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