Dental implants can be an ideal solution to replacing damaged or missing teeth. They can restore not only the functionality of teeth but can provide a great new look as well. They are a standard cosmetic dental option offered at Houston Dental Oasis.
People tend to assume that the gap left behind after losing a permanent adult tooth can remain empty. The reality is that it can cause teeth to shift out of alignment, lead to bone loss, and can cause other issues as well. With a dental implant, we can help patients avoid those oral health issues. We have the tools and skills necessary to provide patients with a customized implant to meet their specific needs.
A dental implant can even help prevent facial structure from changing, providing the functionality needed to perform the same as before the original tooth was damaged. Supplementing them with a dental crown can also ensure that the dental implant looks perfectly natural along with your other teeth.
If you are looking for a sturdy, lasting, and discreet replacement tooth, then call us to learn more about our dental implant procedures today.
Are Dental Implants the Right Solution for Me?
Not all patients with missing teeth are good candidates for a dental implant. Therefore, the goal of our Houston, Texas dentist is to create the best treatment plan for each individual to replace their missing teeth. Contact Houston Dental Oasis to book a consultation for dental implant today.
Advantages of Dental Implants in Houston
A dental implant can be used to replace a tooth or teeth that your dentist has had to extract due to decay or infection. Usually, your dentist will wait until the extraction site has fully healed, which may take several months, before proceeding with the implant process. You may also need it if you lose a tooth in a car accident or other traumatic event, or if you happen to be born without certain adult teeth.
Since bone loss can occur in the jawbone surrounding an empty tooth socket, it’s best to have a missing tooth replaced with an implant promptly. If you wait several years to have an implant put in place, your jawbone may not be strong enough or substantial enough to support the implant, and your dentist may need to perform a procedure called a bone graft to build up your jawbone prior to inserting the implant.
There are several advantages over other tooth replacement options like dentures and traditional bridges:
- Implants stimulate the jawbone, which helps prevent bone loss that can make the face appear sunken in.
- Implants, if maintained properly, have the potential to last for the rest of your life.
- Implants do not shift in the mouth like a denture may, and they do not need to be removed daily because they are fixed in place.
- Implants do not put strain on the neighboring teeth like a traditional bridge may.
Dental implants provide improved jawbone strength
Since the prosthetic root is made of surgical titanium, a metal commonly used for internal replacement parts, it will fuse safely and securely with the natural bone. The posts will stimulate jawbone after tooth loss, strengthening and restoring oral health. A dental implant is long-lasting, durable, and resilient. Once in place, the restoration could last a lifetime, if maintained properly.
Dental implants provide a natural, beautiful appearance
The replacement tooth is a custom-made porcelain crown. Custom restorations are created to match the color, shape, and size of the surrounding natural teeth perfectly. You can opt for implants whether you are missing one or multiple teeth. Implants can even be placed to restore an entire mouthful of missing teeth. Implant-supported bridges or dentures are a discreet tooth replacement option that is almost as strong as your natural teeth.
Long Lasting Tooth Replacement Option
There are many advantages to tooth implants, such as not having to remove your partial or full dentures and the ability to have replacement teeth permanently fixed in place. Patients who choose traditional dentures have to deal with messy adhesives, or suction to hold their plate in place. The long term bone loss may require new dentures to be made in the future, and the stability and fit may be affected. Dental implant has a solid and stable foundation. There is no threat of having your denture fall out of your mouth. What’s more, you can eat and enjoy food again, laugh and smile without worry.
Types of Dental Implants
The type of implants your dentist recommends will depend primarily on how many teeth you are missing, their locations, and the condition of your surrounding jaw bone.
Single implants replace one tooth. If you are missing multiple teeth, but they are not next to one another, your dentist will probably recommend a single implant to replace each tooth.
Implant bridges are used when you are missing several teeth in a row. Two or more implants are inserted into the jaw, and a bridge that features several false teeth is attached to these implants. Four or more screws are implanted into each jaw. A denture, which features a full arch of replacement teeth, is attached to these screws.
Cost of Dental Implants
Replacing a single tooth with an implant costs an average of $3,000 to $5,000, if bone grafting or other surgical procedures are not needed . Implant-supported dentures and implant bridges are more expensive. While the initial cost may deter some patients from getting a dental implant, this is often the most affordable tooth replacement option in the long-term. Other options, like dentures and bridges, cost less up-front, but since they are not permanent, you will have to pay for ongoing maintenance and replacements for the rest of your life.
Some dental insurance plans cover all or part of the cost of a dental implants. Others consider dental implants cosmetic in nature and therefore do not cover the cost. Contact your insurance provider to see what costs they cover. If you do not have dental insurance, talk to your dentist about financing options to make dental implants more affordable.
Facts from the American Academy about Implant Dentistry
More than 30 million Americans are missing all their teeth in one or both jaws
15 million people in the U.S. have crown and bridge replacements for missing teeth
3 million have implants and that number is growing by 500,000 a year
10% of all U.S. dentists place implants but that is increasing
The success rate of implants has been reported in scientific literature as 98%
Implants performed by U.S. dentists 5,505,720 (2006)
Implants performed by U.S. general dentists 3,103,930 (2006)
The dental implant market in the U.S. is projected to reach $5 billion by 2018
Questions to Ask When Searching for the Best Dental Implant Dentist in Houston
What treatment options do you use to restore missing teeth?
What’s your education and training in implant treatment?
Which technique* and type of replacement teeth or appliance do you recommend for me, and why?
What steps are involved in the process and where and by whom are they performed?
What should I expect throughout the process in terms of pain, recovery time, eating, etc.?
Will I have teeth throughout the process?
What type of anesthesia do you use?
What are the risks of the treatment option you’re recommending?
What are the benefits?
The Process of Installing Dental Implants in Houston
If one or more of your teeth are missing, you may qualify for a dental implant as a way to permanently replace the missing teeth. In order to find out, schedule an appointment with our dentist, in the Houston Heights area, by calling 713-331-3177. We will examine your mouth and jawbone to determine if the procedure is right for you. Before we begin the procedure, your gums need to be healthy, and your jawbone needs to be strong. If we identify any cavities or signs of gum disease, we will need to treat it prior to the dental implant procedure.
The next step in the procedure is to implant a metal post under the gum line. This aspect of the procedure is what sets an implant apart from other forms of cosmetic dentistry. The metal post is secured to the jawbone in order to create a durable, synthetic root system that rivals the strength of natural roots; with one exception that the metal cannot face infection. Over the course of a couple of months, the metal post and jawbone will fuse together. This creates a level of durability that cannot be replicated in other types of procedures.
Dental implant procedure
Once the implant is ready to be restored, Dr.Wang will take an impression of your mouth for the implant crown to be made in a dental lab. Each implant crown will match the size and shape of the surrounding teeth, along with having a perfect color match. This way your smile will appear completely natural once the procedure is completed. When the implant is ready, we will secure the new implant crown to the metal post near the gumline. The new crown is attached so securely, that patients can eat their favorite foods, maintain an active lifestyle, play sports, and more, without fear of their tooth becoming loose or falling out. Patients can enjoy the benefits that come from never having to worry about their tooth again.
Many patients are satisfied with the results since no one can tell the difference between which teeth are real and which ones are dental implant crowns.
Teeth restored with implants will not get cavities. A replacement tooth, or crown, does not decay like a natural tooth. However, you still need to brush, floss and care for it and your surrounding natural teeth in the same manner as natural teeth. Regular professional cleanings and dental checkups are also essential.
The team at Houston Dental Oasis provide dental implants in a way that is comfortable and functional and take the time to make sure that every aspect of the procedure is completed correctly.
Caring for Dental Implants in Houston
Once implants have been installed, they are extremely easy to care for. We hear patients throughout Houston ask questions that range from “Do implants come out” to “How do I brush my teeth”. Fortunately, the answers are not as complex as some people might believe. Since we install implants by creating a synthetic root system, they are durable and secure. The implants will not fall out or become loose. This means you can go play basketball, run in a 10k marathon, and wrestle with your kids – without worrying about your tooth coming out.
In order to care for your implants, we advise patients to brush and floss their teeth throughout the day like normal. Additionally, it is important to schedule dental exams and cleanings with Dr. Wang at least twice a year. The staff at Houston Dental Oasis will help to clean your teeth and ensure that they stay healthy. While dental implants cannot become infected themselves, the teeth and surrounding tissues around them can. If, in the future, you suffer from a severe case of gum disease or a dental abscess, the infection can spread into your jawbone. This puts your implants in jeopardy because in order to stay secure, the jawbone must be in good health. If it becomes infected, your implants and all of your teeth will be in jeopardy.
If you currently have implants and are experiencing dental pain, call (713) 331-3177 to schedule an appointment immediately. This way we can identify any infection and treat it before it can spread into the jawbone. As long as you follow these simple preventative care steps, your implants and natural teeth should remain in good health.
Houston Dental Implant Consultation
In order to find out if implants are right for you, call 713-331-3177. The team at Houston Dental Oasis are friendly, welcoming, and will take the time to inform you of all of your options. We will make a detailed recommendation about the best choice for your oral health by customizing it to your needs. Just remember that you can have a beautiful and natural looking smile by working with a professional implant dentist. If you are suffering from missing teeth, we can help you by transforming your smile. Schedule an appointment and let us transform your smile into something as beautiful as you are.
Dental Implants Near Me FAQ
Q. I need to replace two missing teeth next to each other. Can I just have one implant placed and attach it to one of my natural teeth and make a bridge?
A. Generally, this is not a good idea. We find that it is generally much better not to attach implants to natural teeth. We frequently attach implants to each other, which can improve strength and works well. So in a case like this, although it may be more expensive in the short term to place two implants instead of one, the long-term success is likely to be much better with the two implants.
Q. I lost my upper back teeth on one side and have gone for years without doing anything about it. My sinuses always seem to bother me more on that side than on the side that I have back teeth. Could these problems be related to one another?
A. In a large majority of people who are missing their upper back teeth for a long period of time, is the increasing downward growth of the maxillary sinus. At birth, it is the size of a pea and progressively grows as the skull matures. This growth is at the expense of the surrounding bone. If you are considering replacing those upper back teeth with fixed dental implants that stay in all the time, it may be necessary to perform a sinus elevation procedure to allow room for placement of dental implants into this area to support those teeth. This involves placement of bone and/or bone substitutes into an area which was previously occupied by the lower part of the maxillary sinus. Most importantly, this procedure increases the available bone use to place implants and restore the missing back teeth.
Q. I’ve had dentures for several years and have lost a lot of jawbone. My lower dentures are floaters and I need help. Is there still hope for me?
A. In most cases, with the new options available today in the field of dental implants, some form of treatment is possible. We encourage people to get help as soon as possible if they are already having some problems with their current situation. These problems include excessive use of denture adhesives, chewing only soft food, unable to taste some foods, constant mouth sores, unhappy with the appearance of one’s teeth and bite position (in some cases the nose and chin getting closer together). The sooner we correct the problems with dental implants, the more choices one has available for treatment. If you have any or all of the above symptoms, implants can very well be the answer for you.
Q. I am missing all of my teeth and am now wearing a full upper and lower denture. I can no longer tolerate my lowers. Will I need an implant for every tooth I am replacing on the lower jaw?
A. It is not necessary to have an implant for every tooth that is being replaced. The number of implants necessary to provide support depends on the type of implants used and the type of teeth (removable vs. non- removable) that will be attached to the implants. A thorough oral exam and panoramic x-ray is necessary to determine which implant can be used and how many must be used. Sometimes additional X-rays or CT scans are used in more complicated cases.
Q. I consulted a dentist several years ago about using implants to replace my lower denture and he told me that I did not have adequate bone available to place enough in-the-bone implants without danger of fracturing my now fragile jawbone. Are there any alternatives?
A. Because of the advances in the field of implantology, there are now more treatment possibilities for patients today. The technology, along with biomaterials available, and new techniques, may make it possible to accommodate a variety of dental situations.
Q. I had a root canal on a tooth that fractured and now it has to be removed. Can it be replaced with an implant or do I have to have a bridge or a partial?
A. Teeth that have root canals can fracture more easily than other teeth because they are weaker and somewhat dehydrated. They can sometimes be as brittle as glass. In the past, the best available treatment was to remove the tooth and file down the adjacent teeth to make a bridge – caps on the adjacent teeth with an attached “dummy” tooth between. Sometimes this still is the only way. However, in many cases an implant can replace the fractured tooth and we will not need to grind down neighboring teeth to at all.