Dental Implants in Houston, TX
What are Dental Implants?
The closest alternative to your real teeth, implants will fill in your missing teeth with a natural alternative. An implant is a titanium “root” which can be placed into the jawbone. Once integrated with your bone, the implant can be used to support a crown, a bridge, or secure a complete denture. Dental implants may be used to eliminate partial plates and dentures.
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.
Dental implant treatment represents a slightly greater investment than conventional treatment; however, the benefits of implant therapy for most patients outweigh the minor additional cost involved.
The ideal 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.
Multiple Tooth Implants
Multiple tooth implants may be placed if you need or desire to permanently replace an extracted or lost tooth. Titanium implant bases are placed into the jawbone to replace the job of the tooth roots. We allow a period of time to allow for the jawbone to heal over the bases before fitting for a crown. Next, abutments are screwed into the bases of the implants to allow crowns to be attached. Finally, custom fabricated crowns are placed over the abutments and will function like a real tooth.
Single Tooth Implants
A single tooth implant procedure may be done if a tooth has been extracted or is missing. A titanium implant base is placed into the jawbone to resemble the tooth root. We allow a period of time to allow for the jawbone to heal over the implant base before fitting for a crown.
Next, an abutment is screwed into the base of the implant to allow for a crown to be fitted on top. Finally, a custom fabricated crown is placed over the abutment to function like a real 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
The Dental Implant procedure
There are two phases to implant dentistry.
Phase 1: Using very accurate surgical techniques, an incision is made in the gum tissues and implants are placed into dimensionally controlled sites (depth and width) in the jawbone.
First, the gum tissue is opened and the jaw bone is tapped with a small drill and then drilled with a wider drill. The implant is inserted into place. The gum tissues are then closed and the healing phase begins. This may take anywhere from 3-6 months to ensure a strong base.
Phase 2: An abutment is secured to the top of the implant placing a new tooth crown onto the implant abutment. Implants can replace a single tooth, several teeth or your dentures.
What are the advantages of Dental Implants?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 can happen if a missing tooth is not replaced?
Many things can happen if you do not replace a missing tooth. Teeth adjacent and above or below the missing tooth will begin to shift and move to close that space resulting in 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. We have many patients return to work the next day after this procedure.
What kind of anesthesia is used?
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.
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.