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Implant Restoration
Houston, TX


3D rendering of a dental implant next to healthy teeth at McDonald Dental in Houston, TXSince their inception, dental implants have proven to be a crucial asset in the backbone of restorative dentistry. From replacing missing or damaged teeth to solving severe bite problems caused by malocclusion and filling spaces that might otherwise lead to other teeth shifting out of position, these marvels of innovation are quite versatile in their applications.

Demand for them increases every year, pushing us to evolve and expand on how we can make the best product possible. Today, we’ll be taking you through some of the most common questions about implants, including their construction, materials and post-operative care. If you or a loved one believe you may need a dental implant and wish to schedule a consultation with Dr. Louis McDonald to discuss your options, please call McDonald Dental today at (346) 250-3575.

What Are Dental Implants?


An implant is essentially an artificial tooth designed to do the job of your missing teeth’s roots. It is composed of a titanium screw (abutment), which is inserted into your jawbone to hold the restoration in place for a stable foundation, and a crown modeled off of your real teeth applied on top.

What Are Implants Made Of?


Modern implants are made strictly with the best osseointegrative materials (materials that integrate naturally alongside bone, such as jawbone), to ensure a consistent success rate. The most common choice, especially for long-term restorations, is titanium. Sporting ideal biocompatibility without disrupting bone growth and being less expensive, it has become the standard for implant treatments. One rarer and more recent, but promising option is zirconium dioxide or “zirconia” for short. While still being tested, it is showing results as a prime alternative.

What Are The Benefits?


Implants can not only restore, but also improve your quality of life. In addition to repairing and alleviating numerous dental problems, they can grant you a better, more beautiful smile.

Who Is A Good Candidate For Implants?


For this procedure to be recommended, you must have adequate dental and overall health, including competent jawbone strength & density (enough to hold the artificial abutments and dental crowns in place) and healthy periodontal (gum) tissue devoid of diseases. Even for edentulous patients (patients missing all their teeth), however, all hope is not necessarily lost so long as you meet the other conditions.

Who Is Not A Good Candidate For Implants?


While most of these factors will not guarantee disqualification from receiving an implant, they can and are likely to delay your procedure as well as making it more difficult:
•  Having too little bone in the area of the missing tooth.
•  Detection of gum disease or decay.
•  One or more bite complications.
•  Poor overall health.
•  Smoking will affect your chances based on how long and frequently you’ve done it.
•  Certain medications known to cause bleeding (Ex- Blood thinners) will affect your candidacy. For this among other reasons, Dr. Louis McDonald will need to review your medical history.
•  Before treatment is approved, any of the above listed traits that your case matches must be addressed. Ex- A bite complication will need to be treated before an implant can be safely attempted.


How Do I Take Care Of My Implant After Treatment?


•  Care for your implant with the same diligence you would give your real teeth. Proper at-home oral hygiene and professional cleanings are essential for it to last.
•  It’s generally recommended that you come in for an exam and clean every 3-6 months. During this, we will evaluate the condition of your implant and dental health with an X-ray.





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Louis McDonald, DDS, 15757 FM 529, Houston, TX, 77095-2890 - Tags: dental implants Houston TX• missing teeth Houston TX• tooth replacement Houston TX• (346) 250-3575• www.mcdonalddental.com• 10/28/2020