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Dental Implants in Houston, TX

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What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants have almost single-handedly changed the face of cosmetic dentistry with their ability to naturally and beautifully replace missing teeth. The dentists at Cosmetic Dental Associates in Houston, Texas can use dental implants to replace one or multiple missing teeth. Through a technical process, a titanium implant is secured into the jawbone where it will fuse to the bone through osseointegration. Once secured, the implant acts as a foundation where a crown, bridge, or even dentures can be securely attached. A stunning smile is restored, as well as proper function where a patient can eat, chew, and speak properly once again.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

There are many benefits of dental implants, including:

  • Customized options
  • Long-lasting results
  • An improved smile with desirable outcomes
  • Enhanced oral health
  • Replacement of missing or damaged teeth without the inconvenience of removable dentures
  • Less difficulty chewing and eating

Am I A Good Candidate For Dental Implants?

Dental implants are used to replace any number of lost teeth, from a single tooth to many. You might be an appropriate candidate for dental implants if you have suffered from the loss of teeth, require one or more tooth extractions, or are having problems with your existing replacement teeth. To be successful, dental implants need strong bone mass, healthy gums, and a stable oral environment. Some individuals may need other dental work before they qualify as ideal candidates for implants. They may not be right for you when you are an expecting mother, a tobacco user, or have certain health problems. At your appointment, your Cosmetic Dental Associates dentist can help you decide if oral implants are right for you and your dental goals.

What CAn I Expect with Dental Implants?

Prior to the dental implant procedure, a thorough examination will be conducted. The dentist will examine the teeth and jawbone to assess whether the gums are healthy enough and if the patient has enough bone to properly support an implant. X-rays will be taken to help the dentist develop impressions of the mouth to ensure replacement teeth fit accurately and naturally. A local anesthetic can be given prior to the implant to minimize pain and discomfort. The dentist will place the small titanium post implant into the missing tooth’s bone socket. During the course of the jawbone healing, it will grow around the implant.

The jawbone healing process can take 3 – 6 months as it lays a strong foundation for the replacement tooth to be placed. At this time, a small abutment, or connector post, is attached to the implant so that a new tooth, called a crown, can be placed. Other replacement options, such as bridges or dentures, can be used as well. The replacement will match the color, shape, and size of the patient’s natural teeth to give it a consistent look.

Temporary vs. Permanent

Once the dental implant is set, a patient has the option of temporary or permanent replacement teeth. Permanent teeth such as crowns and bridges are fixed into place. Some patients may opt for removable dentures that can be moved as needed. The dentist will work with the patient in order to determine the best option.

What happens after treatment?

After the dental implants are installed, most patients report little to no pain. If there is any soreness, an over-the-counter pain medication can be taken. It is important for a patient to practice good oral hygiene after the procedure. This includes regularly brushing, flossing, and rinsing with antibacterial mouthwash. It’s also important to keep up with regular dental appointments. If a patient practices proper oral hygiene and treats the implant with care, a dental implant is extremely durable and should last for a lifetime. In some instances, the replacement teeth may deteriorate due to wear and tear and may need to be replaced.

How much do Implants Cost?

The cost of dental implants can vary widely depending on the number of teeth being replaced and the complexity of the case. For the most part, dental implants can cost $1,000 to $3,000. Insurance usually doesn’t cover implants but if the implants are deemed medically necessary, a patient’s insurance plan might cover some of the costs.

Dental Implants FAQ

Is getting dental implants painful?

Getting dental implants can be uncomfortable for some people – like any dental procedure. However, Cosmetic Dental Associates offers multiple anesthetic and sedation options to help keep you comfortable during the entire procedure. During the recovery phase, it is normal to experience minor swelling, tenderness, and bruising, which is easily controlled with pain relievers.

How long does having dental implants placed take?

Placing dental implants is a two-step process. First, the metal post implants that hold the restoration in place are installed. It typically takes about six months to heal from this procedure, during which time you will wear a temporary appliance. When you are healed, you return to have your permanent crown, bridge, or full denture attached.

Are dental implants safe?

Yes, they are. All surgeries, no matter how minor, carry a small amount of risk – and this includes dental implants. However, for the vast majority of patients eligible for dental implants, the procedure is very safe and effective. Dental implants have more than 30 years of use with a 98% success rate.

How long do dental implants usually last?

The metal base studs are permanent and typically last a lifetime. However, the attachment (crown, bridge, dentures) usually has a lifespan of up to 20 years with proper oral hygiene and dental checkups.

Can dental implants replace multiple missing teeth?

Yes, dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or even a full set of teeth. Implants can support individual crowns, bridges, or implant-supported dentures, providing versatile solutions for different tooth replacement needs.

How do I care for dental implants?

Dental implants require regular oral hygiene practices, such as brushing, flossing, and routine dental check-ups. It's essential to maintain good oral health to ensure the longevity of the implants and prevent complications.

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If you want to be proud of your smile again, dental implants can fill in missing teeth for a more attractive appearance. Anyone who has missing teeth is encouraged to call our office today to make a consultation and find out about their dental implant options.

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