Ashley Smile Dental

Winifred O. Dike, DDS

General Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Houston, TX

There are several options out there when it comes to replacing missing teeth, but no restoration compares to dental implants. At Ashley Smile Dental in Houston, Texas, Dr. Winifred Dike offers sturdy dental implants that support natural-looking prosthetic teeth without any slipping or sliding. These metal posts that naturally meld into your jawbone can last a lifetime and enhance your chewing and speaking abilities, as well as your jaw health. To find out more about dental implants, call or schedule a consultation online today.


What are dental implants?

Dental implants are an excellent option when it comes to replacing missing teeth. They provide excellent stability, in the form of metal posts or frames that Dr. Dike inserts into your jawbone to support prosthetic teeth.

Implants work great for dental appliances like dentures or bridges, so your replacement teeth don’t slide around your mouth.

What are the advantages of dental implants?

Implant-supported prosthetics have more support than, for example, dental bridges that are bonded to surrounding teeth. Since dental implants form naturally into your jawbone, your jaw provides stability and improves functions like chewing, speaking, and digesting.

They also help you retain your natural face shape and smile. When your jawbone doesn’t have teeth to support, it can deteriorate, affecting your facial structure and jaw health.

Dental implants are the only restoration options that promote and stimulate improved jaw health when you’re dealing with missing teeth. With dental implants, you can also eat virtually anything you want without worrying about your teeth sliding around or falling out.

How do dental implants work?

Dr. Dike first assesses your jawbone to make sure it’s strong and healthy enough to support an implant. If there isn’t sufficient bone, Dr. Dike can graft bone-like material — or sometimes actual bone — for added strength. But in this case, it can take several months before your jawbone is strong enough for implants.

For the dental implant procedure, Dr. Dike uses sedation to make the experience as comfortable and painless as possible. She then surgically places your metal implant into your jawbone using a small surgical drill, with a small portion left above the gum line where your replacement tooth will eventually be attached.

After this initial procedure, it takes several months for your new implant to naturally fuse to your jawbone, in a process called osseointegration. Once your implant and jawbone have fully healed, Dr. Dike attaches your replacement tooth or teeth to the implant.

How long do dental implants last?

Another one of the benefits of dental implants is that with proper care, they should last a lifetime. As long as you maintain regular visits to the office for cleanings and check-ups, and brush and floss diligently, there’s no reason your dental implants can’t be a permanent solution.

If you have questions or concerns about dental implants, call or schedule a consultation online today.