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By MARK LUKIN
January 29, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Has a missing tooth affected your life more than you expected? Gaps in your smile don't just affect the way you look, but may also make it dental implantsharder to chew or even pronounce words clearly. Fortunately, dental implants offer an effective, long-term solution to tooth loss. Sugar Land, TX, dentists Dr. Stephen and Dr. Mark Lukin share some information about dental implants.

How do dental implants work?

A dental implant creates a brand new tooth, starting with a synthetic root. Implants are small titanium posts that fit in openings made in your jawbone. Lightweight titanium is an excellent choice for implants because the metal bonds to bones during a process called osseointegration. This process takes about three to six months and is crucial to ensuring the strength and stability of your new tooth.

Once the implant is completely bonded to your jawbone, an abutment is added to it. The abutment serves as a connection between the implant and the dental crown, the artificial tooth that will fill the gap in your smile.

Is an implant a good option for me?

Although many people can benefit from a dental implant, you'll need an examination in our Sugar Land, TX, office to determine if you're a good candidate. Implants are usually recommended if:

  • You have one or more missing teeth. There are no limits regarding how many teeth can be replaced with dental implants. If you've lost all of your teeth, implant-supported dentures may be a good choice. Implant-supported dentures are more comfortable than traditional full dentures and offer improved biting power.
  • You're tired of living with the challenge of a missing tooth. Eating can be much more difficult if you've lost a tooth. If the lost tooth is near the front of your mouth, it may be difficult to tear into food. A lost molar at the back of your mouth can make it hard to chew food completely.
  • You don't smoke. The health effects of smoking may also interfere with healing.
  • You practice good oral hygiene. Daily brushing and flossing will keep your implant healthy. If you're not a diligent flosser or brusher, a dental implant may not be the best option.

Complete your smile with dental implants! Call Sugar Land, TX, dentists Dr. Stephen and Dr. Mark Lukin at (281) 265-9000 to schedule an appointment.

By MARK LUKIN
October 11, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Smile problems? With options like dental crowns and bridges, your Sugar Land, TX dentist can take your smile from being so-so to simply restorative dentistrybeautiful. Dr. Stephen Lukin and Dr. Mark Lukin at Lukin Family Dentistry offer a complete range of dental services. Keep reading to find out what dental crowns and bridges can do for your smile.

Crowns Overview

Dental crowns are "caps" that are placed over damaged or weak teeth to improve their size, shape, strength, and appearance. Dental crowns can be made of ceramic, resin, metal, or porcelain fused to metal. Dental crowns are cemented onto teeth, and can only be removed by a dental professional. 

Benefits of Crowns

Crowns are used to treat teeth that have decayed or broken so much that they cannot be fixed with fillings. Your dentists in Sugar Land sometimes use dental crowns after root canal therapy to seal the tooth and prevent it from breaking. Crowns are also used to improve how teeth look. They can instantly correct misshapen teeth, tooth discoloration, cracks, chips, fractures, and more. 

Bridges Overview

Millions of people suffer tooth loss, mostly due to decay, periodontal disease, or injuries. A bridge replaces one or more teeth by placing dental crowns on the teeth on both sides of the gap, and attaching fabricated teeth to them. Bridges can only be removed by a dentist because they are attached to the mouth.

Benefits of Bridges

A bridge can restore your smile and improve your appearance. Bridges look great and match real teeth exceptionally well. If you have missing teeth, you may find it difficult to eat certain foods. Dental bridges will restore your ability to chew food. A bridge can also prevent your existing teeth from drifting out of place.

If you need a dental restoration why wait? Start your journey today! Call Lukin Family Dentistry at 281-265-9000 now to schedule a dental appointment in Sugar Land, TX. Remember, a better life starts with a better-looking smile.

How dental implants from Sugar Land can save your smiledental implants

If you’ve worn dentures for a long time, chances are you’ve noticed the firm contours of your face beginning to sag. You may have lost the firm jawline you once had. Dental implants can help restore the contours of your face and help you feel better about yourself. Your dentists at Lukin Family Dentistry in Sugar Land, TX want to share how to protect the integrity of your jaw bone with dental implants.

Wearing dentures or partials for a long time can cause the bone to diminish. That’s because dental appliances put pressure on your bone, causing the bone level to decrease, a process known as resorption.

In contrast, dental implants actually increase your levels of bone. That’s because dental implants are made of titanium, a uniquely biocompatible material that is gentle to soft tissue and bone.

After a dental implant is placed, your body will produce increased bone to fuse with the dental implant. Over time, your dental implant will be completely surrounded by strong, healthy bone. Increased bone helps to restore the contours of your face and a firm jawline, making you look younger!

In addition to protecting the integrity of your jaw and restoring bone, dental implants have many other benefits which are unmatched by conventional dental appliances. When you choose dental implants, you will enjoy:

  • A beautiful, natural-looking solution to tooth replacement
  • An increased oral health because you can brush and floss normally
  • A convenience because you never have to take them out
  • Stability because they are embedded in bone and won’t move
  • A stain-resistant tooth replacement solution that will never decay
  • A permanent tooth replacement solution that can last a lifetime

Dental implants also boast an outstanding success rate of over 95 percent, according to the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. That’s higher than any other surgical implant!

You deserve a firm jawline and youthful face, and now you can achieve it with dental implants. Why choose conventional dental appliances which can make you lose bone when you can protect the integrity of your jaw bone with dental implants? For more information about dental implants and other dental services, call your dentists at Lukin Family Dentistry in Sugar Land, TX. Call today!

By MARK LUKIN
December 16, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

If you need to replace missing teeth, dental implants could definitely be your solution.

Don’t let tooth loss stand in the way of having a gorgeous smile. While you may feel defeated you certainly don’t have to give up. With dental implantsdental implants our Sugar Land, TX dentists--Dr. Stephen Lukin, Dr. Mark Lukin and Dr. Forrest Arguelles--are making it easier for those suffering from tooth loss to fight the good fight and win. Discover more about dental implants and how they could restore your smile.

What are dental implants?

These restorations are designed to replace one or more missing teeth by taking over the role of tooth roots. Implants may not look like tooth roots (in fact, they just look like small metal posts) but they are designed to function just like tooth roots. These artificial tooth roots will be placed into the jawbone to support dental restorations like crowns.

How are dental implants placed?

All dental implant surgeries are performed while under local anesthesia so the area is fully numb prior to implant placement. Then our Sugar Land general dentist will place the implant into a pre-drilled hole in the jawbone. Then the gums will be stitched back up.

During the healing period the implant and the bone will naturally fuse together. Now the implant is a permanent structure from which to support a false tooth. If you are looking to replace a single missing tooth then a dental crown will be placed over the implant. If you need to replace multiple or even a full jaw of teeth we will place a dental bridge or removable dentures over your implant.

How do you care for implants?

Since implants function just like natural teeth they don’t require special care. Just make sure to maintain good oral hygiene and brush and floss regularly. You will also want to keep up with your six-month cleanings and exams to make sure that your implant remains healthy. Oral hygiene is of the utmost importance when you have a dental implant.

Don’t let tooth loss be the final say when it comes to the health of your smile. Turn to Lukin Family Dentistry in Sugar Land, TX to get dental restorations that are meant to last a lifetime. Call us today to get started!

For patients who are missing teeth, dental implants offer a convenient and effective solution for restoring their smiles. Dental implantsdental implants look and function like natural teeth. Additionally, installation is permanent so there is no risk of the dental implants coming loose or falling out. The experienced dentists at Lukin Family Dentistry install dental implants in Sugar Land, TX. They can help you determine if dental implants are a good option for you.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants can do so much for your smile. Before having dental implants installed, some patients report not smiling as often. Having gaps in their mouth due to missing teeth left them feeling less confident. A primary benefit of having dental implants installed is that patients finally feel like smiling again. In fact, many patients report feeling more confident after having dental implants installed to replace missing teeth. In short, patients tend to experience improved self-esteem with their new and improved smile.

In addition to improved confidence, other benefits of dental implants are that they can improve the functions of speaking and eating. Having even just one or two teeth missing can make both speaking and chewing much more difficult. The gaps left behind by teeth that are missing can alter tongue placement when speaking, as well as put more strain on existing teeth when eating. Dental implants fill in these gaps so that speaking and eating can resume normally again.

Installation

Dental implants consist of three main parts: the implant, the abutment and the crown. The implant is installed below the gum line and acts as the tooth root. The abutment is screwed directly on to the implant and holds the crown in place. The crown sits above the gum line and serves as the replacement tooth. Once installed, the implants will look just like your natural teeth. Lukin Family Dentistry is your experienced Sugar Land, TX, dental implant provider and can provide complete details about the installation process.

Dental implants can do many positive things for your smile. To find out if they are right for you, contact Lukin Family Dentistry at (281) 265-9000 for dental implants in Sugar Land, TX.