If you're embarrassed by missing teeth, dental implants can boost your self-confidence. At Maple Leaf Dental in Houston, Texas, Lisa Giovanetti, DDS, MS, offers in-house implant procedures. Dr. Giovanetti works with an oral surgeon to provide in-office implant surgery. Dr. Giovanetti delivers top-quality implants in one convenient location, so there's no need to schedule a visit with a separate provider. To learn more about dental implants, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.
Dental implants are a permanent option for patients with missing teeth. Unlike removable dentures, implants fuse with your jawbone. An implant looks and feels like your natural teeth. With an implant, you can talk and laugh with confidence.
Each implant contains two parts: a titanium screw and a crown. An oral surgeon places the screw into your jawbone, where it acts like the roots of your natural teeth. The crown serves as the replacement tooth.
Implants are ideal for patients who are missing a few teeth. Missing teeth create gaps in your smile. Over time, your remaining teeth can shift into these gaps. An implant helps keep your remaining teeth in alignment.
Implants also keep your jawbone from eroding. After losing a tooth, your jaw bone can deteriorate. An implant protects against bone loss and future jaw problems.
If you're missing several teeth, dentures may be an option. However, some patients feel self-conscious about dentures. They may worry about their denture shifting as they eat or talk, and others may want to avoid the nuisance of cleaning their dentures. Implants help you avoid these concerns.
Most implant patients are missing just one or two teeth, but patients with several missing teeth are still eligible for implants. Dr. Giovanetti offers full-mouth reconstruction for patients with complex dental problems. Your reconstruction treatment plan may include multiple implant procedures.
Dr. Giovanetti also offers fixed bridges for patients with several missing teeth. Bridges are false teeth that usually attach to your natural teeth, but a fixed bridge can attach to implants, too. Dr. Giovanetti can provide more details about this option.
Dr. Giovanetti provides free consultations for patients considering implants. During your consultation, Dr. Giovanetti examines your mouth and takes X-rays, then helps you review your treatment options.
If you opt for implants, she takes molds and selects your crowns. Each crown is created in a high-quality dental lab and shipped directly to the practice, where they are custom-made to look like your natural teeth.
Dr. Giovanetti performs every part of the implant procedure in-house. On the day of your procedure, your oral surgeon comes to Maple Leaf Dental to place the screw. Once your gums and jawbone are ready, Dr. Giovanetti attaches the crown.
You can care for the implant, just like your natural teeth. Brush and floss your implant daily and avoid chewing hard objects. Dr. Giovanetti can provide more details on protecting your implants. During each office visit, Dr. Giovanetti checks your implants for signs of damage.
Maple Leaf Dental offers in-house dental benefits plans to help reduce the cost of your implants. To learn more, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.