Dental Implants - Houston, TX - Replace Missing Teeth
People have missing teeth for a variety of reasons – untreated gum disease, accidents and tooth decay are just a few. Unfortunately, missing teeth in Houston, TX are a common problem, with almost 70 percent of adults missing one tooth by the time they reach their mid-40s. By age 74, more than 25 percent of adults have no teeth of their own.
To correct missing teeth, more patients are choosing dental implants instead of traditional dentures and fixed bridges. Although traditional dentures still safely replace missing teeth, they can also lead to problems:
• Bone deterioration. Dentures sit atop the gumline and eventually erode the jaw bone, causing the muscles in the face to sag and the dentures to slip and move around in the mouth.
• Embarrassing clicking noises. Eating and speaking with dentures can become a noisy, self-conscious chore due to chronic slippage.
• Diminished tooth strength. To function, dental bridges depend on some natural supporting teeth (abutments), which are grinded down to accommodate the bridge. This makes them more vulnerable to stress and injury.
To replace one or more missing teeth, Dr. Friedberg uses dental implants to remove the hassle and worry associated with wearing traditional dentures. An introduction is a great option for patients with prior dental work and want to strengthen or replace tired bridges and dentures.
A few good reasons why patients choose dental implants in Houston, TX to fix missing teeth:
• Look and feel like human teeth.
• Are made of titanium, a strong, cavity-resistant material that Dr. Friedberg places into the jaw bone to fuse with your existing bone (osseointegration).
• The success rate is high, and most patients enjoy them for decades.
• Eating and socializing are effortless with dental implants – no slipping or clicking noises when chewing and talking.
• They behave like your own teeth and roots to protect and stimulate the bones, unlike traditional dentures and bridges, which sit atop the gum line and cause deterioration.
Talk to Dr. Friedberg for an introduction to find out which dental implant procedure is the best option for your missing teeth. Additional steps may be required:
• Bone Loss. They need natural bone tissue to work. Patients who have lost too much bone may need to consider having a bone graft first.
• Health Issues. Talk with Dr. Friedberg about any medications or medical problems you have. If you’re OK to have basic dental procedures then you’re probably OK to perform implant dentistry.
• Gum Disease. Moderate to severe gum disease may need to be treated before getting treatment.
• Smoking. If you smoke, tell Dr. Friedberg because it could interfere with the success.
See why dental implants in Houston, TX are the best solution to replace your missing teeth, as opposed to traditional dentures. Learn more dental implants vs dentures and schedule an appointment with our dentist today.