What Are Dental Implants?
If you have lost teeth in the past or have severely damaged teeth, identifying a great tooth replacement solution is an important part of keeping your smile healthy, functional, and attractive. Implant dentistry can be an excellent treatment option that offers many lasting benefits to your oral health. By integrating with the jawbone for optimal support, dental implants take the place of crowns and roots of teeth and closely resemble your natural tooth structure. Made of titanium posts and natural-looking crowns, bridges, or dentures, implants can effectively replace just one or even a full mouth of damaged or missing teeth.
Our experienced general dentist is excited to offer high-quality solutions to Houston, TX patients. We can help you determine if dental implants are the right option for your tooth replacement. You do not have to let tooth loss affect the quality of your smile or hamper your ability to eat and speak with ease. To get more information about our implant dentistry options, reach out to our friendly Made Ya Smile Spring Cypress team today to schedule your implant consultation.
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Am I a Candidate for a Dental Implant?
A flexible tooth replacement solution, dental implants can replace one or multiple teeth missing from the lower or upper arches. Placed directly within the jawbone, these tooth replacement solutions are highly effective due to their ability to solidly fuse with the jaw bone like natural tooth roots. Those with lost, decayed or damaged teeth that are simply beyond repair may find that dental implants are a great choice for their smile. Removable tooth replacement options can work for some, but many patients opt for the permanence and long-term benefits dental implants offer. If you are pregnant, have certain systemic medical concerns, or use tobacco products, dental implants may not be the ideal solution for you.
Patients who want to use dental implants need to have a sufficient amount of bone in their jaw for support. If you have suffered bone loss in the jaw, you may need bone grafting to rebuild the jaw structure before we can proceed with treating your tooth loss through dental implant placement. First, we place a titanium post portion of the implant and let it integrate solidly with the bone (osseointegration). Once this process is complete, our dentist creates your custom, natural-looking crown, bridge, or denture appliance to attach securely to your implant post(s).
How Do Dental Implants Work?
Made Ya Smile Spring Cypress is proud to serve as a one-stop shop for comprehensive dental solutions for our Houston, TX patients. Our experienced team uses the latest technology to plan for the unique placement of your dental implants. We use 3D cone beam imaging scans to help us visualize your teeth, bone, nerves, and landmarks within your jaw to construct the optimal plan for your best smile. Prior to your placement procedure, it may be necessary to deal with any existing bone loss or other treatment needs.
Once we are ready to place your dental implants, we will thoroughly numb your jaw to begin the procedure. For your comfort and to reduce anxiety if necessary, we can offer sedation dentistry to keep you calm and relaxed. We will then make a small incision in the gums to let us position your dental implant posts at precise locations within your jaw. After placement, we will suture your gum tissue to close the site around the post and leave a small portion of the implant exposed just above the gums. Your implant will then undergo an integration process with the surrounding bone, and during that time you will be given a temporary restoration, depending on your needs and preferences. Once your implant sites have healed, your crown, bridge, or denture will be custom-crafted and we will attach it to your implant to complete the process. At that time, we will make any necessary adjustments to your bite to make sure your implant is comfortable and supporting proper oral function.
After Dental Implant Placement
Once your implants are placed within your jaw, you will be given time to heal. Instructions for cleaning and care will be given to you for you to follow during the healing process. Concerning symptoms surrounding your implant sites should be noted and reported to us so we can ensure you are healing properly. It is not uncommon for swelling, bruising, and minor discomfort in the gums and jaw to occur, and these symptoms can usually be relieved with prescription pain medication, over-the-counter painkillers, or cold compresses held against the face.
Typically, dental implants take 3 – 6 months to integrate with your jawbone, and once that process is complete, you will return to our office. After you heal, we will take an impression of your mouth and send it to our lab, so they can customize your implant crown, bridge, or denture. High-quality material is used to craft your appliance and ensure your replacement teeth look and feel just like your natural teeth. When your implant restoration is returned, we will schedule you to return so that we can bond or screw your new restoration on to your fully-healed implant post(s).
Dental implants function almost just like real teeth and are cared for similarly. We will show you the best techniques to use when brushing and flossing to help you keep the tissues that support your implant healthy and strong. We will monitor your implant sites every time you come in for your routine cleaning visits with our team at Made Ya Smile Spring Cypress. Doing so lets us make sure your tooth replacement continues to serve your smile as intended. When they are cared for properly, dental implants can be a long-lasting support for your smile and overall oral health.
Are Dental Implants Covered by Dental Insurance?
To find out if your dental plan offers coverage for dental implant procedures, we will contact your provider and determine your specific benefits. At Made Ya Smile, we want all our Houston, TX patients to have access to the high-quality smile care they need. This is why we proudly partner with CareCredit® to offer you low- or no-interest financing solutions and accept several flexible payment options. If implants are right for your smile, our team will work with you to help you find a way to make this solution work with your budget.
A Long-Term Option for Missing Teeth
For those with tooth loss or damaged teeth that need replacement, dental implants may be an excellent choice. Our dentist is thrilled to offer high-quality dental implant solutions to help Houston, TX patients regain oral function, achieve a natural appearance, and restore confidence back to their smiles. As a permanent solution that integrates firmly with the jawbone, dental implants provide incredible, long-lasting oral health benefits. If tooth loss is threatening your oral health and affecting your life, reach out to Made Ya Smile Spring Cypress today and schedule a consultation to learn about your options.