Dental Implants in Houston, TX

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What Are Dental Implants?

Replacing missing or severely damaged teeth with dental implants can bring the functional qualities and cosmetic appeal of a natural smile back to your life. Dental implants integrate with the jawbone to form a solid connection similar to that of natural tooth roots. Thanks to this stability, implants can offer most patients a long-term solution to replacing one, several, or a whole arch of missing teeth. Dental implants in Houston, TX, are fabricated from titanium screws that mimic tooth roots and a natural-looking crown, bridge, or full-arch denture appliance that offers a natural-looking aesthetic resembling the visible portions of teeth.

As a full-service dental practice, Made Ya Smile Dental West 8 is pleased to bring the long-term benefits of implant dentistry to the smiles of our patients. One of our general dentists can evaluate your tooth replacement needs and help you determine if implants are a good choice for your oral health. Do not let the loss of any number of teeth keep you from enjoying your life to the fullest. Schedule your visit with our Houston, TX practice today to learn more about tooth replacement with dental implant solutions.

What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?

There are several benefits to dental implants in addition to replacing a missing tooth or teeth. Some of the other common benefits include:

  • Provide support for adjacent teeth
  • Prevents further bone loss
  • A safe and long-term option for replacing a tooth
  • Dental implants function and look like your natural teeth

Am I a Candidate for a Dental Implant?

As a versatile tooth replacement option, dental implants can replace upper or lower teeth, from a single missing tooth to an entire row. Dental implants are highly revered for their ability to fuse with the jaw and form a solid, long-term connection for replacement teeth. In this way, they closely resemble natural teeth and tend to offer the same functional abilities and natural-looking appearance. Dental implants may be the tooth replacement of choice if you are looking for a solution that can serve your smile with the feel, function, and appeal of real teeth. This tooth replacement option may not be ideal if you use tobacco products, have certain medical conditions, or are pregnant.

Dental implants rely on an adequate level of bone in the jaw to remain supported and lasting. If you are interested in receiving dental implants but have bone loss, we may partner with a specialist to see if a bone grafting procedure could improve your candidacy for this treatment solution. Dental implants are surgically placed within the jawbone and given time to fuse with the surrounding tissue (osseointegration). Once this process is complete, we can then customize your replacement crown, bridge, or full-arch appliance that attaches to your dental implant posts securely for solid, stable tooth replacement.

How Do single Dental Implants Work?

Made Ya Smile Dental West 8 is proud to bring state-of-the-art solutions to Houston, TX patients and uses the most advanced technology to plan for your teeth implants in Houston, TX. Our 3D cone beam scans show your teeth, nerves, jawbone, and other oral structures in great detail and allow for highly accurate planning of your dental implant placement. This allows us to optimize your care and generate the best possible results for your oral health. Any procedures, like bone grafting that are needed to prepare your jaw for implants, will need to be completed before beginning your implant process. To complete your tooth replacement treatment and bring comprehensive care to your smile, we may partner with other dental specialists for implant dentistry services.

At every step of the way, our team is committed to your comfort and will numb your mouth thoroughly when treatment calls for a local anesthetic. We can also complement your procedure with sedation dentistry if you are feeling a little anxious about your care. Dental implants are surgically placed in the jaw through a small incision made in the gum tissues. Once your implants are in place, your gums will be sutured, leaving a small portion of the implant post exposed or closed completely to cover the implant. Your implant will then be given time to bond with your jawbone, typically over the course of 3 – 6 months. To hold the space and maintain oral function, a temporary restoration may be worn over your implant while the site heals. After the integration process is complete, we will then customize your crown, bridge, or full-arch appliance and affix it to your implants. Any necessary adjustments to the fit or your bite will be made, completing your tooth replacement process.

What are implant bridges and implant dentures?

When multiple teeth are missing in a specific area of the mouth, our dentists at Made Ya Smile Dental West 8 may consider an implant bridge as a solution. With this option, two or more crowns are bonded together and firmly attached to dental implants. If full mouth dental implants are necessary, an implant-supported denture may be right for you. With implant dentures, two or more dental implants are placed at different locations within the upper or lower jaw.

What are all-on-4 dental implants?

All-on-4 implants are an innovative tooth replacement system in which four special dental implants are placed within the jaw and support a full-arch set of beautiful replacement teeth. All-on-4 dental implants offer full-arch restoration for those who have already lost their teeth or need to have multiple damaged teeth removed and replaced. Losing teeth can affect how you feel about yourself, along with your ability to talk, bite, chew, and smile with confidence. By replacing an entire arch of teeth with All-on-4 implants, you may be able to experience improved oral function and quality of living along with a smile that can make you look and feel more youthful.

After Dental Implant Placement

Special instructions on how to take care of your dental implants in Houston, TX, as they heal will be reviewed with you by our team. Please get in touch with us right away if you have any concerns or symptoms surrounding these areas. You may notice bruising, swelling, and discomfort around your surgery sites in the days immediately following placement. You may be given a prescription for pain medication or advised to use cold compresses during this time to keep you comfortable.

In the 3 – 6 months following placement of your dental implants in your jaw, the process of osseointegration will occur, and your implants should fuse with the bone. We will bring you in to take an impression of the implant site for our dental lab to use when creating your custom implant crowns, bridges, or full-arch tooth replacement. Implant restorations are made of the highest quality materials that are designed to replicate the look and feel of natural tooth structure. Once your new restoration is complete and arrives in our office, we will have you return, so we can screw or bond it to your implant screws, completing your tooth replacement process.

Dental implants, whether they are all-on-4 dental implants, full mouth dental implants, or single implants, can serve your smile and oral health for many years when they receive proper attention. Even though dental implants are replacing natural teeth, they should still be taken care of with proper brushing, flossing, and routine dental cleanings at Made Ya Smile Dental West 8. Our team will show you how to properly brush and floss around your implants to help keep the surrounding gums and bone healthy. When you visit us for dental checkups, we will be sure to evaluate your implants and make sure they are still functioning at their best.

Are Dental Implants Covered by Dental Insurance?

Your dental insurance may provide some coverage for your tooth replacement with implanted crowns, bridges, and dentures. Before beginning your procedure, we will review your plan specifics and calculate your personal costs. At Made Ya Smile Dental West 8, we believe that all patients should enjoy a healthy, complete smile and offer several convenient payment solutions to help your care fit within your budget. Our team is happy to provide information on low-cost financing solutions for covering implant procedures with CareCredit® plans.

Dental Implant FAQ

Do dental implants hurt?
Your procedure to place your dental implants in Houston, TX, should cause you little to no discomfort. You may experience some soreness at your implant site following surgery, but this can be managed with over-the-counter pain medications and should subside quickly. If you have any questions about pain or dental anxiety, please don't hesitate to talk to our Houston, TX dental team.

How long is a dental implant procedure?
Your teeth implant procedure may take an hour or more to complete depending on how many teeth are being replaced and the locations of those teeth. You may also have to complete the implant process in a series of appointments if an extraction is required before the implant can be placed. Be sure to talk to our implant dentist in Houston, TX, to get all your questions answered prior to your procedure.

How long do dental implants last?
As dental implants are not susceptible to tooth decay or dental disease, they can last for many years. It is vital to note that your surrounding gum tissue will still be vulnerable to dental disease. Please continue to care for your implants as you would your natural teeth. During your regular appointments, our dental team in Houston, TX, will check on your implants to see how they are doing.

A Long-Term Option for Missing Teeth

If you have lost teeth or have teeth that need to be removed, dental implants may be a great solution for your smile. Implants integrate with the jaw and offer functional, health, and aesthetic benefits that closely match those of real teeth. Replacing missing teeth with implants can help you once again eat, speak, and smile with confidence and enjoy better oral health. To learn more about the long-term advantages of implants and whether this option is right for you, schedule a visit with an implant dentist at us at Made Ya Smile Dental West 8 at our Houston, TX practice location today.

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