Published: 08/03/2018

The second week of August happens to be National Smile Week, and what better way to prepare for this fun celebration than to visit your periodontist? Now is the perfect time to make sure your pearly whites are shining bright and in a healthy state so you can flash that smile with everyone you see. But what if your teeth are severely damaged or some happen to be missing? You can talk to Dr. Alejandro Kovacs about long-term solutions, such as dental implants.

Options for Missing Teeth

Some people think that dentures are the only option when you have missing teeth, but implants are becoming increasingly popular. Dentures have many benefits, mainly helping you to eat and speak without the need for an invasive procedure. However, they also have their drawbacks – such as requiring special care and the risk of slipping in your mouth while you are moving your jaw.

Dental implants are a long-term solution for missing teeth. While they tend to cost more upfront, they are securely in place in your mouth, which means you can eat all your favorite foods and do not have to stress about them slipping during meals or while you are talking. You also care for them just like you do your real teeth – regular brushing and flossing and visits to your periodontist. With proper care, implants can last for decades or even a lifetime.

The Procedure

The procedure is usually done over a few office visits. Dr. Kovacs determines if you are a good candidate for implants and if you require a bone graft. Once your jaw bone is in a good state, a titanium post is inserted into the bone where the implant will go. The post fuses to the bone through osseointegration, and once the healing is complete, a natural-looking crown is placed on top. That is all!

Schedule a Consultation Today

Getting your mouth into a healthy and smile-ready state may take some work, but it is worth it to get your life back to normal and your confidence back. Contact our office in Texarkana, TX to schedule your consultation with Dr. Kovacs today!

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