Dental Implants

Dental Illusions

General & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Houston, TX

When you’ve lost a tooth or teeth, not only does it affect your smile and your confidence, but it can also cause problems with your remaining teeth and the health of your jaw. At Dental Illusions, located in the Champion neighborhood of Houston and West University, Texas, George Saliba, DDS, and Basil Moukarim, DDS, offer dental implants. Dental implants are a natural looking, permanent solution for lost teeth. Call or request an appointment online today to find out if dental implants are right for you.

Dental Implants Q & A

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are a natural-looking and permanent solution for missing teeth. Dental implants are placed directly into your jaw. They consist of a titanium post, which acts like your tooth’s root, a crown, which replaces the visible portion of your tooth; and an abutment, which connects the two.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Not only are dental implants a permanent solution to replacing your missing tooth or teeth, but they look natural.
Another benefit of implants is the titanium post acts like a tooth root, which stimulates healthy bone growth and prevents demineralization, a weakening of your jaw that can lead to further tooth loss.

Implants also keep your other teeth in place. Often, when you have a missing tooth your other teeth will shift to use the available space, which can cause abnormal gaps and spacing.

What happens during implantation?

Implants also keep your other teeth in place. Often, when you have a missing tooth, your other teeth will shift to use the available space, which can cause abnormal gaps and spacing.

At your first appointment, your dentist implants titanium posts in your jaw. You’ll wait for a few months for the posts to bond with the bone in a process called osseointegration. This creates a strong and stable base for the rest of the implant.

During your second appointment, Dr. Saliba or Dr. Moukarim will attach the abutments and take molds of your mouth so your crowns can be customized to fit in with your other teeth. You’ll wear temporary crowns while your permanent ones are made.

Finally, at your last appointment, Dr. Saliba or Dr. Moukarim will attach your permanent crowns, check your bite, and polish them until they shine and match your natural teeth.

How should I take care of my dental implants?

Dental implants are very easy to care for, you simply brush for two minutes at least twice a day and floss at least once every day. Even though your implants are resistant to staining and decay, you still need to have dental checkups every six months so your dentist can monitor your overall oral health and any remaining natural teeth.

Call or schedule a consultation online today to learn more about dental implants and learn if they’re the right tooth replacement option for you.