Understanding Dental Implants

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When you lose teeth, you have a few different options to get them replaced. Whether you lost the teeth as a result of poor oral health, or a different, unfortunate accident, Dr. Jose Lopez and the team in Houston, Texas have the tools necessary to help you recover.

One of the options they’ll likely recommend is dental implants. But what are they, and do they make any kind of a difference whatsoever over other replacement options? Well, let’s take a look at those answers.

What are they?
At their simplest, dental implants are exactly what they sound like. They’re fake teeth implanted into your gums. They’re a lot like dentures that just never come out, and don’t need constant refitting and adjustment.

Why would I need them?
Most people who need dental implants have had some serious tooth damage at some point. Whether it was accidental or resulted from tooth decay or gum disease, they’re likely using implants to replace lost or dead teeth.

In some cases, they can be used to replace teeth where a crown may have accomplished the same thing. The final decision to use an implant is between you and Dr. Jose Lopez.

What’s the process like?
Implants are really easy to install. They’re just a titanium post, inserted directly into your gums where your old tooth was. Then, that post is capped with a crown, completing the look of a real tooth.

If you have more questions or think you may be a good fit for dental implants, don’t wait to contact JF Lopez DDS, MD, RPh, PA today at 713-622-8607.