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Dental Implants Specialist

City Smiles Dental and Orthodontics

Orthodontists & Cosmetic & Family Dentistry located in Houston, TX

Missing teeth don't just change the look of your smile. They can also affect your speech, your ability to chew, and even the shape of your face. Dental implants offer a solution for missing or damaged teeth that look, feel, and function, just like the real thing. Gustavo Salas DD, MS, and the team at City Smiles Dental and Orthodontics perform dental implant procedures using the most advanced techniques and technology. To schedule a free consultation for dental implants, call the office in Houston, Texas, or request an appointment online today.

Dental Implants Q & A

What are dental implants?

Dental implants provide the most durable and long-lasting option to replace missing or broken teeth, and they also look and feel natural so they can restore and enhance the beauty of your smile.

You can choose dental implants to replace some or all of your teeth. Dental implants also help anchor a bridge or removable denture appliance if your original teeth can't provide enough support. 

Who is a candidate for dental implants?

Most adults with one or more missing teeth whose jaws have finished growing can benefit from dental implants. However, your provider at City Smiles Dental and Orthodontics might not recommend implants for the following concerns: 

  • Smoking
  • Alcohol or substance abuse
  • Pregnancy
  • Immunodeficiency
  • Some chronic health conditions

You also need to have enough remaining jawbone to receive the implant post. In some cases, a bone graft can restore your jaw so your provider can install dental implants. 

What is involved in dental implants?

The first step towards dental implants is a comprehensive consultation with one of the experienced dentists at City Smiles Dental and Orthodontics. This includes an oral exam, X-rays, a CT scan, and other types of diagnostic imaging. If you have any underlying oral health issues or you need a bone graft, your provider addresses this before beginning the implant process.

When it's time to begin the process, your dentist starts by drilling a hole in your jawbone for each replacement tooth. They place a metal post inside the opening, which fuses with your bone as it heals, usually over several months. Full-mouth implants may require multiple appointments to complete.

When your jaw has fully fused with the post, your provider attaches your replacement teeth to each post. These artificial teeth, or crowns, match your existing enamel color. Once installed, you can bite and chew normally, and enjoy a stunning new look to your smile. 

How long do dental implants last?

Good oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups can help you keep your implants in good shape. With the right care, your implants can last a lifetime.

To end the distress and embarrassment of missing teeth, schedule a consultation with a skilled dentist at City Smiles Dental and Orthodontics. Call the office or request an appointment online today.