Dental implants are an amazing way to replace missing teeth. However, they do need to be properly taken care of! A dental implant is a large responsibility and investment in your smile. Let’s talk about how implants work, what the best ways to maintain them are, and what happens if you don’t. Please feel free to contact our Houston, TX dental office if you have any additional questions or concerns.

At Antoine Dental Center, we offer a variety of dental implant options designed to help you achieve a healthy, functional smile after losing some or all of your natural teeth. Regardless of your needs, we work hard to help you find the option that is right for you. If you currently have one or more dental implants or even if you don’t, this article may help you determine if dental implants are a good choice for your dental health care habits.

What is a dental implant?

If you are unfamiliar with how dental implants works, let’s talk about it for just a minute. As mentioned before, dental implants are designed to replace missing teeth. They are crafted to act as prosthetic tooth roots. These “tooth roots” are usually made of titanium and are inserted directly into your gum. Here, they are left to heal and fuse to the jaw bone. This creates a strong, secure foundation for the dental restoration that will be placed upon the implant. The restoration can come in the form of a single crown or a full-arch denture depending on your specific needs.

This set-up is a very natural and reliable way to replace missing teeth. However, they do require regular maintenance. Fortunately, dental implants are fairly easy to take care of and often offer very few problems for the patient.

 Look Good. Feel Good. Chew Good.

If your missing teeth are near the front of your mouth or they leave a noticeable gap in your cheeks, then implants will not only help restore your confidence and happiness in your appearance but help you eat the foods you enjoy. Implants seamlessly replace your missing teeth and due to great advances in the look of prosthetics in recent years, no one will be able to tell that they aren’t the real deal.

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What is the best way to maintain my implant?

Maintaining a dental implant is fairly easy. Let’s talk about the four major ways you can help to make sure your implant stay strong and secure:

  1. Brush twice per day with a soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head.
  2. Floss between each and every tooth.
  3. Avoid sugary snacks. Sugary substances feed the bacteria that cause gum disease!
  4. Visit the dentist for regular cleanings and exams. We recommend visiting our office once every six months.

You may notice that these four things are the same things that you need to do to prevent gum disease and decay in natural teeth! That’s right! To properly maintain implants, simply care for them like they are your own real teeth. If there is anything special you need to do for your implant, your dentist will let you know after placement.

What happens if I don’t take proper care of my implant?

If you DON’T follow the steps above and allow gum disease to take hold, you will run into some serious problems with your implants. Just like natural teeth, implants can fall out due to deteriorated jaw bone. Periodontal disease is the major culprit of jaw bone deterioration and can wreak some serious chaos in your mouth. Again, to prevent this, follow the steps above.

We want your implant investment to last for as long as possible — hopefully for the rest of your life! Do make that happen, please take proper care of your smile. We don’t want you to lose any more teeth … and certainly not your implant! If you have any concerns about losing your implant, please contact our office right away.

How can I schedule an appointment?

If you are due for your bi-annual cleaning and checkup, have a question, or are otherwise concerned about your dental implant, please contact our office as soon as possible. We would be happy to help you in whatever way we can. You can reach us by calling 713-364-8990.

Dental implants are an important investment in your smile. We want to help you preserve them. If you need help, don’t hesitate to ask for it. Our friendly, helpful team would be delighted to assist you in caring for your smile.

 Look Good. Feel Good. Chew Good.

If your missing teeth are near the front of your mouth or they leave a noticeable gap in your cheeks, then implants will not only help restore your confidence and happiness in your appearance but help you eat the foods you enjoy. Implants seamlessly replace your missing teeth and due to great advances in the look of prosthetics in recent years, no one will be able to tell that they aren’t the real deal.

Sign up for a free dental implant consultation!

 
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Effective March 21, 2020 Governor Greg Abbott has announced an Executive Order requiring all Texas-licensed healthcare professionals (including dentist) postpone all procedures that are not medically necessary until midnight April 21, 2020. Antoine Dental Center will not be seeing regularly scheduled procedures until then.

Effective March 25, 2020, Stay Home Work Safe order goes into effect in Harris County, Houston TX.

Antoine Dental Center will be operating under the Emergency Services Sector from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

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Noticia De Ultima Hora:

A partir del 21 de abril de 2020, el gobernador Greg Abbott anunció una orden ejecutiva que requiere que todos los profesionales de la salud con licencia de Texas (incluyendo dentistas) pospongan todos los procedimientos que no sean médicamente necesarios hasta la medianoche Abril 21 2020. Antoine Dental Center no verá los procedimientos programados regularmente esta fecha.

A partir de Marzo 25 2020, la orden Stay Home Work Safe (Toque de Queda) entrará en vigencia en el condado de Harris, Houston, TX.

Antoine Dental Center estará operando bajo El Sector De Servicios De Emergencia de 11:00 am a 2:00 pm los Lunes, Miércoles y Viernes.
Los Servicios Dentales De emergencia y la atención dental de urgencia se consideran esenciales. Haga click aquí para más detalles.