A modern alternative for tooth replacement.
What is a dental implant?
An implant is a dental device that replaces missing teeth. The device is implanted in the bone of your jaw and functions as an artificial tooth root.
Dental prosthetics such as crowns, bridges, and dentures can be attached to the implants to restore the function of your teeth and create an aesthetically pleasing smile.
The field of dental implantology was first introduced more than 50 years ago, but rapid advancements in the field in recent years have allowed implant procedures to become more widely used.
Need a new smile? We’ll exceed your dental implant expectations at Crabtree Dental.
We provide both convenience and continuity of care at Crabtree Dental. Dr. Crabtree has received advanced training in dental implant procedures so there is no need to see a specialist for dental implant services.
Not only will you get to stick with the experts and office that you know best, but you can also take advantage of our top-of-the-line technology. 3D digital imaging is imperative for dental implant treatment planning to guarantee the safest surgeries.
3D imaging allows Dr. Crabtree to see your jaw bone from all angles and carefully assess your surgical options. The imaging permits your team of professionals to plan and complete your procedure with complete precision, which can reduce healing time and minimize risk for complications.
How do dental implants work?
Dental implants are metal posts surgically inserted into the jawbone to serve as replacement roots for missing teeth. Replacement teeth are later attached to the implant and look, feel, and function like natural teeth.
The most common kind of implant is a root-form endosseous implant. It is made of medically pure titanium; the same material used for orthopedic appliances such as hip and knee replacements. Thanks to the process of osseointegration; the jawbone fuses to the titanium implant, creating a strong anchor for prosthetic dental restorations such as crowns, bridges, and dentures.
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
You may have lost a tooth to periodontal disease, decay, or trauma. Or, your tooth may be missing from birth due to a congenital anomaly. Regardless of the reason for tooth loss, if you want to enjoy a stable and natural looking smile again, you may be a candidate for dental implants.
How can a bone graft improve the success of dental implant surgery and other dental procedures?
After a tooth has been extracted, the bone can shrink and become so thin that an implant may not integrate effectively. In such cases a bone graft can be performed to increase the functional and/or aesthetic success of an implant. In fact, bone grafts can improve the outcome of many dental replacements and restorations.
The grafting material is made from mammal bone which has been ground into powder and sterilized. All the organic material is removed from this natural, processed bone material, leaving only the mineral content. The dentist places this powder at the site of the extraction or area where bone is needed. The graft serves as a “biological placeholder” by acting as scaffolding to prevent surrounding tissues from caving in. It also keeps the surrounding bone shrinkage to a minimum while the body begins to heal.
Over time, a process known as “guided tissue regeneration” occurs when the human body biochemically recognizes the material as bone and begins to resorb and replace it as the body’s own. Bone tissue can regenerate completely when provided the space in which to grow, eventually replacing the introduced graft material with newly created native bone.
3D X-ray and Imaging System
This x-ray system enables our staff to take three-dimensional (3D) x-ray images. While two-dimensional (2D) panoramic images are used to diagnose and treat many conditions including gum disease, impacted wisdom teeth, tooth and jaw development, and abnormal pathology, they lack viewable depth. With a 3D image, the dentist is able to see internal conditions that are hidden or distorted in a 2D view.
This 3D imaging system also enables the dentist to rotate and view those images from any angle, which increases his diagnostic abilities. H
Having images in 3D is beneficial for nearly every dental procedure in which seeing all angles of the tooth and bone is important, but it is particularly beneficial when performing root canals and implants.
Most general dental practices do not have the benefit of 3D technology in their offices and we are proud to offer this technology to our patients. It is another tool utilized in our practice to deliver exceptional dental care.
To learn more about how dental implants can change your life, call our dentist in Katy, TX today.