Just lost a tooth? We’ll start off with the good news: you’re not alone. In fact, the majority of people in the United States over the age of 35 are missing at least one according to the American College of Prosthodontics.
Piney Point Dental Implant Center Blog
October 15, 2017
October 10, 2017
After you have lost a significant number of teeth, you need a tooth replacement that will stand up to a lot. Finding a stable, long-lasting option should be a priority — and once you begin your search, you may need to decide between a dental bridge or implant retained dentures.
October 5, 2017
Almost all dental implants are made out of titanium — a trusted solution, given titanium’s ability to integrate with healthy bone tissue. But because this material may not be a viable option for everyone (like people with metal sensitivities), new research showing that magnesium can be a suitable alternative to titanium is encouraging for the implant world.
September 16, 2017
So you’ve decided you want to replace your missing teeth with dental implants — great! You’ve made a wonderful decision for your oral and overall health.
But wait. You’ve heard you need to undergo another procedure in advance of getting dental implants?
If your implant dentist told you that you need to have a bone graft before your dental implant surgery, there’s no reason to worry. It’s a routine procedure that a lot of patients require, and sometimes, the implants can be placed on the very same day as the bone graft is completed.
If you have been keeping up with our blog at all, you know we’ve written again and again about the benefits of tooth implants. That’s because we really can’t stress enough how excellent this tooth replacement option is compared to any other method. Next to a fixed bridge or traditional denture, there’s really no contest in terms of stability, appearance, comfort, and long-term financial investment.
September 14, 2017
You don’t have to do a ton to prepare for your tooth implant surgery, but we will give you a few pre-op instructions before your procedure. You’ll want to take these steps to ensure things go as smoothly and efficiently as possible on the day of your surgery.
Aside from wearing loose clothing and not eating anything before you come in for your appointment, there’s one more step you can take in the days before your procedure to make your life easier after it’s done. Maybe you’re not one for planning, but stick with us — because you’ll be so happy you stocked your fridge with soft, easy-to-eat, and nutritious foods NOW rather than trying to get your soft foods diet figured out after the procedure.
But what’s on a soft foods menu? We’re excited to show off our culinary prowess in this week’s blog post. Keep reading for the ideal post-dental implant surgery menu — it’s enough to get anyone’s mouth watering! (more…)
August 16, 2017
No matter how your tooth loss occurred, the next most important thing is finding a replacement ASAP. Dentures have long been trusted as a way to fill the gaps left by a significant number of missing teeth, and they have never been more effective than they are today. Dentures can be full, partial, and retained by dental implants or not. Keep reading to find out which one might be best for your smile — we know you’ll be glad you did!
August 12, 2017
A child’s first set of teeth (primary, or “baby” teeth) usually fall out beginning around age 6 or 7. When everything goes like it should, each one is replaced by a permanent, or secondary, tooth. But sometimes, there is not an adult tooth waiting to replace the first one — and that can lead the baby tooth to hang around in the jaw line for years after the others are lost and replaced. We call these lingerers “over-retained” baby teeth. Dental implants provide a successful replacement — keep reading to find out more about solutions for adult baby teeth.
July 22, 2017
As more dentists begin offering dental implant services, this comprehensive tooth replacement solution is booming in popularity. There are a number of billboards and other advertisements touting dental implants in the Houston area, and it seems like you can get them done anywhere and at anytime — but is that really the best idea? Not necessarily, says the team at Piney Point Dental Implant Center. Dental implant placement is still oral surgery, and you want to make sure you visit an expert who will get the job done right the very first time. A prosthodontist fits the bill.
July 12, 2017
While the popularity of dental implants is on a dramatic rise, there still remain many myths and misconceptions about this common method of tooth replacement. If you are missing one or more teeth (and maybe even if you’re not), it’s important that you have all the facts about dental implants. Dr. Steve L. Koo and our team are here to separate fact from fiction!