Dental Implants Specialist

Elizabeth Peeling, DMD -  - Dentist

University Oaks Dental

Elizabeth Peeling, DMD

Dentist located in Houston, TX

Missing teeth not only diminish self-esteem, but they also cause you to suffer additional oral issues. One way to combat these problems is through the use of dental implants. Dental implants are popular and effective because they blend in with your other teeth and last a lifetime with proper care. To find out if dental implants are right for you, call or make an appointment online today with Dr. Elizabeth Peeling at University Oaks Dental in Houston, Texas.

Dental Implants Q & A

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are surgically implanted artificial tooth roots made up of titanium or other materials. These metal posts or frames get positioned in a way that allows your dentist to mount replacement teeth onto them. Dental implants are an option for people who have lost teeth as a result of periodontal disease, injury, or other reason. The implant procedure that University Oaks Dental practices are "endosteal", or in bone implants. This is the most common dental implant, which gets placed into your jawbone. This type of implant is an alternative to bridges and removable dentures.

What are Immediate or Same-Day Dental Implants?

University Oaks Dental offers immediate, same-day dental implants that allow for placement the during the same dental visit your tooth gets extracted. This more efficient, immediate procedure reduces the number of appointments required during the dental implant procedure and leads to a quicker overall result.

With same-day dental implants, patients aren’t required to wear an uncomfortable partial or full denture while their implants heal. With dental implants completed in one day, patients can eat and speak in relative comfort during the healing process, with minimal disruption to their daily life.

How is the Dental Implant Procedure Done?

There are three primary steps involved in the dental implant procedure. The first step begins when Dr. Elizabeth Peeling at University Oaks Dental surgically places the dental implant into your jawbone. At that point, Dr. Peeling will guide you through step two --the healing process -- often referred to as osseointegration. During this period, you may consume soft, cold foods and warm soup.

Osseointegration allows your bone to grow around the dental implant and hold it in place. Depending on how quickly you heal, this process could take several months and must be complete before your mouth is ready for replacement teeth to get attached to your dental implant. During this healing process, temporary teeth may help you eat and talk normally. Dr. Peeling will help evaluate your individual situation and advise what options are best for you.

Once the healing process is complete, Dr. Peeling completes step three and connects the specially designed crown, bridge, or denture to your dental implant. The prosthetic gets designed to blend in with your other teeth.

How Do Dental Implants Work?

Since your jawbone grows around your dental implant, it looks, feels, fits, and functions like the rest of your natural teeth. With the comparable function and appearance of dental implants, you'll be able to experience:

  • No slipping or clicking
  • No deformities due to missing teeth
  • No cavities
  • No removal
  • No damage to healthy teeth

To improve your smile or to learn more about the efficient and effective same-day dental implants, call or book an appointment online today with Dr. Peeling at University Oaks Dental in Houston, Texas.