There’s a good chance that you’ll lose a tooth at some point in your life, whether due to a traumatic injury or decay. There’s no shame in losing an adult tooth. But it can impact the way your mouth looks and functions. Therefore, it’s prudent to explore your options after losing a tooth to avoid complications like jawbone deterioration.
As a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon, John P. Freeman, MD, DDS, FACS, is no stranger to tooth and jaw optimization. At his self-titled private practice in Katy, Texas, Dr. Freeman provides a variety of reconstructive and restorative procedures so his patients can enjoy healthy jaws and aesthetically balanced facial features for the rest of their lives.
Dental implants are always in high demand, with around 500,000 satisfied patients undergoing dental implant surgery in the United States every year.
Dr. John Freeman uses the latest dental technology for treatment planning. The X-Guide Dynamic 3D Navigation System enhances his control over the treatment process, starting with your very first consultation. The system provides a digital 3D model of your mouth and jaw that he can manipulate and examine from all angles to plan complication-free implant surgeries.
Planning your treatment with X-Guide gives many people the option for same-day implant placement while offering other additional benefits, including:
Thanks to this technology, dental implants can give you a stunningly functional and visually appealing smile that suits your facial features.
A significant draw of dental implants compared to other tooth replacement options is that they last a lifetime. Thanks to a process called osseointegration, your jawbone fuses with the titanium implants, making them permanent parts of the jaw. A single implant functions just like the root of a tooth, holding a crown or other restoration. If the restoration ever wears down or breaks, the implant isn’t damaged.
You can confidently rely on your implant-supported restorations for:
Dental implants are remarkably sturdy, making biting and chewing easy. Unlike traditional dentures, implant-supported devices feel just like your natural teeth. With implants, you won’t have to worry about breaking your restorations.
Missing teeth often change the way you speak. Replacing missing teeth with dental implants balances the flow of air through your mouth when you use your voice so you can clearly enunciate your words.
Losing one or more teeth can alter your appearance. In fact, losing a single tooth leaves an open gap in your smile, while losing many teeth can collapse your entire facial structure, leading to sagging skin, a shorter face, and bite misalignment.
Restorations that attach to dental implants, like custom crowns, bridges, and dentures restore your facial contours while giving you teeth that look like your own. Dr. Freeman studies your facial structure to strategically place your dental implants and designs your restorations according to the shapes and sizes of your original teeth.
You’ll be proud to put your brand-new smile on display once your restorations are securely attached to the dental implant. You must continue caring for your implant-supported restorations with exceptional oral hygiene and avoid unnecessary strain on your devices, like biting down on hard candies, to keep your implants beautiful and functional.
Enjoying the many benefits of dental implants begins with a detailed consultation at the office of John P. Freeman, DDS, MD, FACS. Click the online scheduling tool or call the office to book your visit today.