We offer several dental implant procedures to restore your smile at Hill & Ioppolo Oral and Facial Surgeons of Lubbock. Dental implants are designed to be inserted into your jaw to replace a missing or damaged tooth. Patients lose teeth for a variety of reasons, but implants are a highly successful treatment that creates a sense of uniformity in basic daily activities, such as eating, drinking, smiling, and speaking. The ideal candidate to receive dental implants would be missing one or more teeth but still healthy enough to undergo a surgical procedure.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are small posts that are inserted into the area of your gums where the tooth or multiple teeth have gone missing. The posts are surgically inserted into the empty tooth socket, which allows the implants to integrate with your jaw and the prosthetic teeth to be positioned securely. The integrated posts act as a support system to keep a patient’s custom-made teeth permanently intact and fully functional.
The three-part design of the implant consists of the titanium screw, the abutment, and the prosthetic tooth (crown). The titanium screw acts as the new tooth’s root and provides the necessary support for the abutment and crown. Once the surgery site has had time to heal, the abutment is attached to the screw, and the crown is connected to the abutment. Once the process is complete, your implant will look and feel like a natural tooth.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are an excellent long-term approach for replacing a missing tooth or multiple teeth.
Some of the benefits of implants include
- Increased stability
- More natural-looking appearance
- Long-term solution
- Boosted self-confidence
- The strength to eat and/or drink what you want without discomfort
Dental Implant Procedures in Lubbock, Texas
Dr. Steven J. Hill and Dr. Robert B. Ioppolo are adamant about staying up to date with the constant advancements made in dental implant technology. These developments allow our oral surgeons to provide quality patient care and place your implants successfully and comfortably. Our staff in Lubbock, TX, is ready to work with you and schedule an oral consultation for any of your dental implant needs.