Dental Implants Presentation
To provide you with a better understanding of dental implants, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to dental implants are discussed.
What are dental implants?
A natural tooth consists of a root and a crown. If you compare natural teeth to implant-supported replacement teeth, you’ll see they have the same basic parts. Both have a crown (the visible part used to chew food). Both have a root that holds the tooth securely under the gum and is anchored into the jaw. The difference is that the implant is made of titanium – the same time-tested material used by surgeons for artificial joints. When you lose a tooth, you lose both the root and the crown. Before replacing the crown, the root must first be replaced with a small dental implant.
Time is allowed for bone to heal and grow around the dental implant. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. A support post (abutment) is then placed on the implant and a new replacement tooth (crown) is placed on top of the abutment. In many cases a temporary replacement tooth can be attached to the dental implant immediately after it is placed. If all of your teeth are missing, a variety of treatment options are available to support the replacement teeth.
“Don’t be afraid to Smile.”
For years I’d felt like a part of my body was missing — because my teeth were. My dentist told me that dental implants would make me feel and look a lot better. OK, I said. Now, I’m thrilled. I can smile, eat anything, and enjoy a good laugh with my friends.
Recent advances in dental implant technology have opened the door for single stage implants. These implants do not require a second procedure to uncover them, but do require a minimum of six weeks of healing time before artificial teeth are placed. There are even situations where the implant can be placed at the same time as the tooth extraction – further minimizing your number of surgical procedures.
As Prosthodontists, we are experts in making sure that your prosthetic teeth, including dental implants, look and feel just like your natural ones. By carefully fitting and measuring with the help of the newest in imaging technology, we are able to ensure optimal function and aesthetics.
The Woodlands Prosthodontics
Patient Review by Sujatha M
I had regular cleaning initially and went back for my dental implants. Dr..Latthe did an excellent job and with 3 implants I have minimum bleeding and pain. I love the professionalism of both the doctor and the office staff and would definitely refer all my friends and family
- Sujatha M
Patient Review by Rick E
I am so happy I found this office! Dr. Latthe is an amazing dentist. He is gentle and kind, and takes time with you to explain what he is going to do and answers any questions I had. Alma is his right hand,who has been an assistant for 15 years, and they work together very well. She is so gentle and kind! Its like a well oiled machine! Dottie at the front desk is also Dr. Latthes office manager, and is very knowledgeable in all areas of the dental office. She was very kind and reassuring to me when I called. I LOVE THIS OFFICE!
- Rick E
Patient Review by Maria Z
Had a great experience at The Woodlands Prosthodontics! Have had lots of problems with my previous denture prior to coming to this new Office. Dr. Latthe and his staff are kind and patient.
- Maria Z