Dental Implants Specialist

Kerry M. Bloom, DDS -  - Dentist

Kerry M. Bloom, DDS

Dentist located in Houston, TX

Dental implants are prosthetics that replace damaged teeth and fill in gaps. Made to match adjacent teeth, implants function just like your natural teeth would. Contact Dr. Kerry M. Bloom and his team in Houston, Texas, if you think your teeth might be damaged or if you’re looking to fill in annoying gaps.

Dental Implants Q & A

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are the most common solution for fixing missing and damaged teeth.

After removing the affected tooth, Dr. Bloom and his team surgically insert metal roots into the jawbone. It’ll take a few months to fully fuse with the bone. This may sound scary, but there’s no reason to worry.  

Your dentist uses titanium, the primary material in implants, which ensures that your bone doesn’t reject the implant and that it integrates with your body with no complications.

Once assimilated, these metal roots act as the support for the replacement tooth and make sure the tooth blends in with the rest of your teeth.

Dental implants are alternatives to bridges and dentures and don’t need neighboring teeth for support. As a result, they decrease the risk of damaging natural teeth.

When should you get a dental implant?

Dr. Bloom and his team recommend that you consider getting a dental implant if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Tooth instability
  • Gum swelling
  • Lingering, unprovoked pain
  • Severe toothache

Dr. Bloom and his team will consider the following topics when deciding whether dental implants are the right treatment for you:

  • Your health
  • Your preferences (dentures, implant, bridge)
  • Jawbone density in the affected area
  • Emplacement of the future implant

How does it work?

The procedure can take several months. Dr. Bloom and his team take the time necessary to ensure that your mouth has the time both to prepare for surgery and heal at every step of the process. Here's a chronological breakdown:

  • Removal of damaged tooth
  • Preparation of jawbone for surgery
  • Placement of metal root implant in the jawbone
  • Healing period
  • Placement of the abutment
  • Fabrication of tooth mold
  • Placement of final replacement tooth.

The procedure won’t take long. However, you’ll need to give your body the time it needs to heal between each phase. Naturally, the healing process varies from person-to-person.

Do dental implants have side effects?

Dental implants have some side effects, though they are unlikely. These include:

  • Damage to neighboring teeth
  • Nerve damage
  • Sinus problems
  • Implant infection

Dr. Bloom and his team are committed to providing their local and international patients comprehensive and expert care throughout the dental implant process. Visit the website, or call to book an appointment and find out more.

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