How Dental Implants Can Boost Your Confidence

Restoring missing or damaged teeth with dental implants can dramatically enhance your smile and positively impact your self-esteem for years to come.

Patients often explore the types of dental implants, costs, and other benefits before scheduling a consultation at Aesthetics Smiles Dentistry. Our state-of-the-art clinic offers an array of dentistry services to patients in Shenandoah, The Woodlands, Oak Ridge North, and nearby areas.  

What are Dental Implants?

A dental implant is a modern tooth-restoration treatment that is unlike traditional dentures and dental bridges because it’s a permanent solution. The implant itself is a tiny titanium device shaped like a screw. The device is designed to mimic the functions of your natural tooth root.

The titanium post provides a stable base for the new crown, or even dentures in some cases. Tiny connectors, called abutments, provide additional reinforcement. At the end of the restoration process, the dentist mounts the crown over the implant. It isn’t uncommon for the patient’s confidence to soar after seeing the results.

Types of Dental Implants

In terms of surgical procedures, there are two main types of implants. These are the (1) endosteal and (2) subperiosteal implants, according to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID).

  • Endosteal implant. The most common dental implant, this option requires placing the titanium screw in the jawbone. Patients with enough bone height make good candidates for endosteal implants.
  • Subperiosteal implant. This procedure allows the dentist to place the implant into the gum without involving the jawbone. The subperiosteal implant is an alternative if the patient does not have enough bone to accept the artificial tooth root. It is also an option for those who cannot undergo bone augmentation for personal or medical reasons.

If necessary, your dentist will restore or regenerate bone using a bone augmentation technique. Sometimes it’s necessary to add bone using a sinus lift technique, or make space for the implant to fit using a procedure called ridge expansion.

Ways Dental Implants Can Boost Your Confidence

Missing teeth causes people to become self-conscious, anxious, depressed, or even socially isolated. Dental implants are seen as a gold standard in the tooth-replacement industry because they do much more than simply fill the gaps of missing teeth. Let’s explore the link between dental implants and self-esteem.

Naturally beautiful

The crown is designed to mimic the texture, shape, and color of your natural teeth. In addition to having a natural appearance, the replacement tooth feels and functions like your natural teeth, helping to create a seamless, naturally beautiful smile.

Stable and durable

Implants provide a sturdy, permanent base that protects the replacement crowns from shifting or falling out. Since the titanium screws have been grafted to the gum tissue, they can only be surgically removed. This provides additional security and comfort.

Improved bite and chew functions

With implants, you can finally go back to enjoying your favorite foods. You will be able to bite and chew solid foods without worries. The new porcelain crown is strong and durable enough to withstand the full bite force without getting damaged.

Clearer speech

Implants can correct and improve speech problems caused by gaps in the mouth. You’ll be able to express yourself without feeling embarrassed or worried about negative judgment.

Improved oral health

Implants can be cleaned and cared for just like your natural teeth. They also protect against gum infection, tooth decay, and spacing of the teeth, as well as stimulate jawbone growth. One study suggests implants can potentially improve quality of life.  

How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?

Cost depends on factors such as the type of implant procedure, the expertise required, and whether additional dental work is needed. Your dentist will discuss different options and considerations during your initial consultation, including existing gum tissue and overall oral health. With proper care, your new teeth can last a lifetime.

Restore Confidence in Your Smile at Aesthetics Smiles Dentistry

We are the trusted leaders in cosmetic dentistry and dental implants in Shenandoah, TX. Our dental experts rely on state-of-the-art technology and techniques to help you reach your oral health goals. Call 281-501-7770 today to schedule a consultation or use the online form.