Dental Implants in Houston

What are Dental Implants?

dental implants Houston TXDental implants offer the closest alternative to real teeth. An implant is a titanium “root” which can be placed into the jawbone. Once the root of the implant has healed it can be used to support a crown, a bridge, or secure complete dentures. Dental implants may be used to replace other tooth replacement techniques.

Dental implants have been successfully used for over thirty years, and have a high success rate, and function and feel like your natural teeth. Dental implants are now the standard of care for replacing missing teeth.

Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?

To be a candidate for an implant that are some pre-requisites that the doctor would need to discuss with the patient and usually will require a CT scan of the area where the implant is needed. We have our own 3D imaging equipment so that can be done at one of our offices

Dental Implant Options:

  • Full Arch Implants 

Full arch implants are dental implants that can be placed to accept a full arch of teeth. The arch is removable yet functions like a full set of normal teeth.

  • Tooth Implants 

Tooth implants may be suggested if a tooth has been extracted or is missing. First, we place a titanium implant base into the jawbone. This will act as the root of the tooth. We allow a period of time to pass in order to allow the jawbone to heal. After the healing process we custom fit the base for a crown.

An abutment is then screwed onto the base of the implant. We then use a custom fabricated crown and place it over the abutment. This crown will act and look like a normal tooth.

How Can I Prepare for the Procedure?

The best thing to do is to schedule an appointment with your Dentist to see if you are a candidate for a dental implant.

Dental Implant Procedure  

There are two phases of implant dentistry.

Phase 1: An incision is made and implants are placed into in the jawbone. The jawbone is tapped with a small drill and then is made wider. An implant is inserted into place. The incision is then closed and some time is taken to assure a successful healing process. Healing may take anywhere from 3-6 months to ensure a strong base and best results.

Phase 2: After it heals, we then place an abutment on top of the implant. This is so we can place a new custom-made crown. Implants can replace a single tooth, several teeth or your dentures.

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Full Arch Implant

Dental Implant Benefits

  1. Since dental implants are fused together with your jawbone, it offers the same look and functions of your own teeth and will guarantee a more natural appearance.
  2. Since implants are permanent, they functions much like your natural tooth root and offer a strong foundation for the dental bridge or replacement tooth that will later be attached to it.
  3. Dental implants contribute positively to the improvement of speech and will not cause slurring and impede your speech like other ill-fitting dental appliances.

What Happens if I Do Not Replace a Missing Tooth?

Many things can happen if you do not replace a missing tooth. Teeth adjacent and above or below the missing tooth will then begin to shift and move to close that space. This can eventually cause misaligned, crooked, collapsed, and super erupted teeth that could lead to more tooth loss and costly procedures to correct the damage from the teeth shifting

Is Getting a Dental Implant Painful?

With this procedure, there can be mild discomfort but it decimates pretty quickly. Following the procedure, many patients return to work the next day.

Anesthesia Options

We use a local anesthetic, called conscious sedation (N2O nitrous oxide) for dental implant procedures.

For patients who are anxious regarding dental procedures, we also offer sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry is ideal for patients who may need an oral medication to allow them to relax while receiving dental care.

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

Dental implants can last as well as you care for them. We have patients that have had implants for 10 to 15 years. A dental implant is pretty much just like a tooth and has to be cleaned and cared for to get the maximum amount of time out of it, just like your teeth.

Recovery

The recovery process is very minimal and most patients return to work the next day, with some limitations.

Schedule a Consultation

If you are missing teeth, you may be a good candidate for dental implants. Call (713) 330-7700 to schedule a consultation. Our office serves Houston, Sugar Land, Pearland and surrounding areas.

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