At the Houston dental office of Mark Gray, DDS, we offer a variety of dentistry services to help our patients achieve their healthiest, most beautiful smiles. If you’ve experienced tooth loss, dental implants are our gold-standard restoration option. We can help you complete the dental implant restoration process right here in one convenient location. Call our team to find out more or schedule a consultation appointment with us today. We look forward to seeing you soon.
To replace one tooth, there are two options. Traditionally, dentists relied on dental crown supported fixed bridges to replace one tooth. This treatment uses healthy teeth on either side of the empty socket to support the replacement tooth. The new tooth is fused to dental crowns on both sides. The crowns are then attached to healthy teeth for support. While this restoration preserves the structure of your smile, it doesn’t necessarily provide the stimulus necessary to maintain jawbone density and gum tissue volume, and it requires the removal of tooth enamel to attach the dental crowns.
In many cases, we recommend dental implant supported tooth replacement instead of fixed bridges to repair the smile from the roots up. While this treatment option takes a greater time commitment, it also delivers longer lasting, more natural results and preserves healthy tooth enamel and supportive structures.
To replace a single tooth with dental implants, we’ll need to plan for and complete a multi-phase dental restoration process. The first step is preparation. This could include removing damaged teeth, placing a bone or soft tissue graft, and offering services like gum disease treatment to ensure optimal oral health before we begin.
Once your smile is prepared, we’ll place your dental implant post directly into your jawbone. This process involves making a small incision in the gums. Then, a protective cap is placed over the top of the implant site to protect it as it heals and maintain the gum tissue shape until we can attach the dental crown.
For three to six months, the implant will be allowed to fuse with the gum and bone tissue. Then, an abutment is attached, and we design the dental crown. When the lab returns the custom dental crown to our office, you will return for the final step in the process. We will affix your dental crown to the implant post, recreating your flawless smile.
While no treatment is right for everyone, some of the many benefits that make implant supported tooth replacement so effective include: