Losing permanent teeth increases the risk of oral health problems and changes your facial appearance. If you’re tired of wearing dentures and want a more permanent solution, consider dental implants. At his practice in Katy, Texas, board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon John Freeman, MD, DDS, FACS, places dental implants with the X-Guide™ Navigation System. The 3D technology allows him to visualize the surgical area, minimizing complications and optimizing recovery. To make an appointment, call the office or click the online booking feature today.
Dental implants are small metal posts that Dr. Freeman inserts into the empty sockets where your permanent teeth used to be. The implants integrate with your natural bone, providing a foundation for crowns or implant-supported dentures.
To ensure safe, consistent, and aesthetically pleasing results, Dr. Freeman places dental implants with the X-Guide™ Navigation System. X-Guide Navigation uses three-dimensional imaging technology and real-time guidance to help Dr. Freeman to increase placement accuracy.
Dental implants offer various benefits, including:
Dental implants are also convenient. Instead of soaking them in a cleaning solution like dentures, you brush and floss them like your natural teeth.
If you want dental implants, you need enough bone volume in your jaw and/or upper palate to support them. If you have low bone volume, Dr. Freeman might recommend a prerequisite treatment, like a bone graft, before moving forward.
Getting traditional dental implants takes at least three visits.
If Dr. Freeman determines that you can benefit from dental implants, he numbs your mouth with a local anesthetic and inserts a series of titanium posts into your empty tooth sockets.
After the procedure, your mouth heals for several months while the implants fuse with your lower jaw or upper palate.
When the implants finish integrating with your bone, you return to Dr. Freeman’s office. Dr. Freeman takes digital impressions of your mouth and sends them to a dental lab. Techs at the lab use your impressions to design and manufacture custom dental restorations that fit perfectly.
When your custom restorations are ready, you visit Dr. Freeman for the last time. Dr. Freeman attaches the restorations to your implants, polishes your teeth, and provides care instructions.
Caring for your dental implants is easy. Dr. Freeman recommends brushing and flossing twice daily, visiting the office every six months for professional teeth cleaning, and wearing a mouthguard to protect your implants from damage if you play sports.
To explore the benefits of dental implants, request a consultation at the practice of John Freeman, MD, DDS, FACS, by calling the nearest office or booking online today.