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Three small sections make up one impressive dental restoration: the dental implant.
You've probably heard of dental implants, which replace natural teeth. But do you know how they're made? At Kingwood Caring Gentle Dentistry in Kingwood, Texas, we believe in educating our patients about their dental health, so we've outlined the parts of a dental implant so you can better understand how these amazing restorations work.
Perhaps the most important part of a dental implant from your Kingwood dentist is the least visible. The post, which is made from lightweight, hypoallergenic titanium, is implanted in the jawbone under the gums where the natural tooth once was. Its placement makes it similar to the root of a natural tooth, so it firmly holds the rest of the implant in place once the jawbone grows around it. This process takes approximately six months and will be monitored by either Dr. Mary Marbach or Dr. Brian Porter.
Another tiny, but integral part of the implant is the abutment. After the post site has healed, your Kingwood dentist will place the abutment on top of it by making a tiny incision in the gums. The abutment is also made from titanium and will stick up above the gum line in order to provide a foundation for the visible portion of the implant: the crown.
Finishing off the dental implant from your Kingwood dentist is the crown, a porcelain or ceramic restoration which looks just like a natural tooth. It is carefully designed to fit the space perfectly and to match the teeth around it. Dental crowns may be placed at the same time as an abutment, or they may be fitted afterwards.
If you think you're ready for a dental implant, call Kingwood Caring Gentle Dentistry in Kingwood, Texas at (281) 358-6414 to set up a dental appointment. We'd be happy to schedule a consultation for you with Dr. Mary Marbach or Dr. Brian Porter!
Everyone wants to have a beautiful, full smile. Find out how implants can do just that.
If you are dealing with tooth loss it probably goes without saying that you want a tooth replacement that is going to last and truly look as close to your natural teeth as possible. If so, then you’ll want to talk to our Kingwood dentists Dr. Mary Marbach and Dr. Brian Porter about our dental implants in Kingwood. It’s incredible how many benefits these dental restorations can offer:
They are durable and built for a lifetime
The implant itself is made of titanium and functions just like tooth roots. Also, because the implant fuses with part of the jawbone, it is the strongest foundation from which to hold a dental restoration like a dental crown. With the proper care, an implant can last you the rest of your life.
Sure, implants cost more upfront, but you’ll enjoy a complete smile each and every day. On the other hand, dental bridges and dentures are only designed to last for five to 10 years and will need to be replaced (and also periodically adjusted).
They don’t require support from natural teeth
When you get a dental bridge, your general dentist in Kingwood will need to shave down a portion of your neighboring healthy teeth in order to place dental crowns over them to support your bridge. This can put unnecessary pressure on healthy teeth (not to mention you’ll lose some of the healthy natural tooth to a dental crown), but you won’t have to worry about that with implants. Implant dentistry doesn't require natural teeth for support (just a healthy jawbone!).
They promote a healthy jawbone
One of the complications of tooth loss is shifting teeth and deterioration of the jawbone. Since the roots of the missing tooth are no longer stimulating the jawbone the bone will start to lose density and recede. Before this happens it’s time to consider getting implants. Implants are the only dental restoration that actually stimulates the jawbone to produce new bone cells so it stays healthy. With other tooth restorations, your jawbone will continue to deteriorate.
You experience renewed confidence
Nothing feels better than having a full smile again. Not only will this give a major boost to your self-esteem but you can also enjoy the fact that your implant is secure and not going anywhere. Those with dentures or removable restorations have to worry about teeth moving around while talking or eating. But not with implants! Enjoy eating all your favorite foods or talking with friends in public. Your implants are staying put!
If you want to find out if dental implants or any of our other family and cosmetic dental services could complete your smile then it’s time to schedule a consultation with your cosmetic dentist practice in Kingwood by filling out our contact form or giving us a call at (218) 358-6414. Kingwood Caring Gentle Dentistry is here to give you a beautiful smile that lasts a lifetime.
Are Veneers Right For Me?
Porcelain veneers can enhance your smile on several different levels.
Cosmetic dentistry means that people don't have to hide the flaws in their teeth, instead smiling proudly with beautiful and natural-looking restorations. Veneers in Kingwood are often responsible for the most dramatic transformations. These wafer-thin, tooth-shaped sections of porcelain fit on natural teeth to correct a variety of common flaws. If you're wondering "Are veneers right for me?", look no further for the answer. Dr. Mary E. Marbach and Dr. Brian Porter of Kingwood Caring Gentle Dentistry in Kingwood, Texas have listed a few of the dental situations that veneers can resolve.
Whitening and Brightening
Shaping and Lengthing
Teeth can wear down over years of use, giving them the appearance of being too short. Some teeth grow in to be different sizes, shapes or lengths than their neighboring teeth. With porcelain veneers, your teeth will be proportionate and evenly shaped; your Kingwood dentists make sure each veneer has an optimal shape and size.
Gapping and Overlapping
Are your teeth stained or discolored in such a way that leaves you with little confidence in your smile? If so, you're not alone, as many Americans today would benefit from teeth whitening procedures that work quickly and effectively.
At Kingwood Caring Gentle Dentistry, the our Kingwood dental professionals can administer the fastest-acting teeth-whitening solutions to your mouth that are both long-lasting and safe. Known as the state-of-the-art Power Bleaching system, this procedure will transform your smile so that you can regain the confidence you've lost in it!
The Power Bleaching Technique
Specifically, the Power Bleaching technique will whiten your teeth in less than an hour-and-a-half using hydrogen peroxide, an activating laser, and a protective dam that's placed on your gums. This synthetic placement will keep your gums out of the way of the whitening results occurring simultaneously on your teeth.
If you'd rather not have the procedure done in the office, you can use the take-home bleaching system instead. However, this option takes longer (about two weeks) to achieve the full tooth whitening results you want than when you have it done on-site.
You could also combine both the in-office and the take-home Power Bleaching programs so you can maintain your rejuvenated smile going forward.
Regardless of which of the dental treatments you choose, check out some of the primary advantages the Power Bleaching technique.
Power Bleaching Advantages
- Brings results faster than other teeth-whitening solutions
- Very comfortable, as all you need to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy your teeth getting whiter
- Less troublesome than most take-home teeth whiteners, which are only moderately effective when you follow their directions precisely and consistently
For more information on the Power Bleaching system and why it's already brought whiter smiles to people throughout Kingwood, TX, and surrounding areas, give our Kingwood dentistry office a call today at (281) 358-6414 and get your teeth-whitening experience started!
Expert Endodontic Treatment at Kingwood Caring Gentle Dentistry
Your teeth are the main cogs that make up your dental profile - so if they're not up to par, then your dental health won't be, either! That makes achieving optimal dental health more than just striving for an aesthetically-appealing smile, despite the fact that we all want that elusive golden grin in the process.
Endodontic Treatment for Painful Teeth
One of the biggest dental problems today starts with an unhappy tooth that causes pain in your mouth, which can be a telling sign of infection or inflammation. At Kingwood Caring Gentle Dentistry, an infected tooth needs endodontic treatment in Kingwood right away-- and that's just what will happen with the trusted hands of the family dentists on site.
Find out more about endondontic care and how it can even help you keep your infected teeth below:
Endodontics: What Is It?
Endodontics is a subset of dental science that looks at the intricate details of the inside of the tooth.
Common Dental Issues Requiring Endodontic Care Include:
- Pulp Inflammation
- Pulp Infection
- General Tooth Decay
Root canal therapy is perhaps the most well-known endodontic treatment; this surgery involves an expert dentist removing infected tissue from your teeth after first drilling a hole in the problem site. The hole is then filled after the infection is removed, helping to save the patient's tooth.
What Makes Endodontic Treatment Necessary?
Receiving the right endodontic treatment & care at Kingwood Caring Dentle Dentistry allows patients to retain their natural teeth. Once the infection is wiped out, the surrounding area is disinfected so the tooth can make a complete recovery, allowing the patient to use it to its full function in the future.
For more information on the many other general and cosmetic dental services offered at Kingwood Caring Gentle Dentistry, fill out our dental contact form or give one of our trusted dental technicians a call today at (281) 358-6414 for the family dentistry of choice right here in Kingwood, TX!