Implant Restoration

Brad Barker, DDS, LVIF -  - General Dentistry

Houston Dental Smiles

Brad Barker, DDS, LVIF

General Dentistry located in Houston, TX

Dental implants are one of the most advanced technologies available for replacing missing teeth. At Houston Dental Smiles, Brad Barker, DDS, LVIF, and his team of dental experts offer implant restorations to fill the holes left by missing teeth and make your smile beautiful and functional again. To learn more about what implant restorations can do for your smile and oral health, schedule a visit today by calling the Houston office or using the convenient online booking tool.

Implant Restoration Q & A

What are dental implants?

Dental implants one of the most technologically advanced tooth replacement solutions available today. They’re small posts that are surgically implanted into your jawbone, where they function as artificial tooth roots. 

Dental implants are usually made of titanium, which your body doesn’t recognize as a foreign substance, allowing the implant to fuse to your jawbone as you heal from the placement surgery. 

Once fused, a dental implant provides a stable foundation on top of which Dr. Barker can attach a restoration.

What are implant restorations?

An implant restoration is the finishing touch that Dr. Barker puts on top of your dental implant, like a crown, bridge, or dentures. 

Your implant and restoration work together to create a fully functional replacement tooth that looks and works just like the rest of your natural teeth, making your smile beautifully whole and providing a number of oral health benefits.

What are the benefits of dental implants and implant restorations?

The biggest benefit of dental implants and implant restorations is that they make your smile whole again by replacing your missing teeth. Missing teeth are more than just a cosmetic concern, as they can lead to a number of more serious conditions such as:

  • Bone loss in your jaw due to lack of stimulation 
  • Sagging facial muscles around the missing tooth
  • Shifting teeth that drift towards the hole in your smile
  • Changes in your bite’s alignment and distribution of force
  • Difficulty speaking and eating properly

By filling in the missing holes, dental implants restore the original design of your mouth, which keeps it operating properly. 

And unlike a bridge or traditional dentures, dental implants provide stimulation to your jawbone, which keeps it healthy and prevents the bone loss that typically occurs when you’re missing teeth.

How do I get implant restorations?

Dr. Barker installs your dental implants in a few different office visits. 

During your first visit, he surgically inserts the implants by making an incision in your gum and drilling a hole in your jawbone. You need a few months to heal from this part of the procedure, during which time your implant fuses with your jawbone.

After your implant fuses, Dr. Barker places your abutment, which is a tiny post that connects to your implant, sticks up out of your gumline, and connects to your restoration. 

In some cases, you need to heal from the abutment surgery before he attaches your restoration, but it can sometimes be done in the same appointment.

Once your abutment is ready, Dr. Barker seals your restoration in place with a dental cement, and you leave with a fully functional smile that looks as good as it feels.

Make your smile whole and beautiful by scheduling a visit at Houston Dental Smiles online or by phone today.