If you have one or more missing or damaged teeth, Oral & Facial Surgery Institute of Houston is your destination for high-quality dental implants in Houston, TX. Our oral and maxillofacial surgeon, provides patients with a variety of effective restoration solutions. These treatments not only eliminate tooth pain but also provide a beautiful new smile that patients will be proud to show off.
Sometimes, the fear of losing a tooth and living with an incomplete smile can prevent patients from seeking treatment for damaged or missing teeth. Some patients will suffer from severe tooth pain because they do not know the best solution for providing immediate relief. Whether a tooth must be removed or it is already missing, dental implant placement is the best tooth replacement solution to ensure the long-term health of your mouth.
What is a dental implant
A dental implant is a small, medical-grade titanium post that is inserted into the jaw to support your permanent replacement tooth or teeth. Implants are made of a biocompatible material (titanium) that fuses with the bone in the jaw to create a stable foundation for the restorative crown or prosthesis.
There are three parts to a dental implant: the screw, the abutment, and the crown.
The screw is inserted into your tooth socket, where it integrates with the jaw bone to create a stable base for the new tooth. The screw replaces the root of your natural tooth.
The abutment connects the screw to your new prosthetic tooth, creating a secure and permanent hold.
The crown is the prosthetic tooth that is placed on top of the abutment. Crowns look and function just like a natural tooth. Some patients receive multi-tooth prostheses or bridges instead of individual tooth crowns, depending on the number of teeth being replaced.
What are the benefits of replacing a missing tooth with dental implants?
Most healthcare professionals recommend that patients consider dental implants their first option for tooth replacement because they are permanent, secure, healthy, and natural looking.
Dental implants are becoming one of the most popular restoration options in Houston because they offer a variety of benefits over other tooth replacements like fixed bridges, removable partial dentures, and traditional dentures. Some of these benefits include
Maintaining the Health of Adjacent Teeth. When placing dental implants, there is no need to grind down or damage adjacent teeth to cement a bridge. Additionally, your new prosthetic teeth can be brushed and flossed just like your natural teeth, making it easier to maintain the overall health of the mouth and avoid tooth decay or periodontal disease.
Providing Stable and Permanent Tooth Replacements. The medical-grade titanium screw, which integrates/fuses with the jaw bone during the healing period, creates the most stable hold possible, ensuring that you can eat your favorite foods without worrying about your teeth coming loose or slipping.
Beautiful Smiles. Dental implant crowns are custom-made to fit each patient’s mouth perfectly. Every restoration looks just like a healthy, natural tooth, allowing patients to smile confidently. Most people can’t even tell which teeth are real and which are fake.
Preserving Bone Health. When a tooth is missing for an extended period of time, the jaw bone beneath the gums can begin to deteriorate. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that stimulates the jaw bone and prevents bone loss.
Where can I find tooth loss solutions in the Houston, TX, area?
Our practice offers patients high-quality oral surgery treatments at competitive costs for the greater Houston region. If you are interested in seeking treatment for your missing or failing teeth, we encourage you to contact our office to schedule a consultation. Our oral surgeon will gladly review your situation and find out which treatment option is best for you and discuss pricing of dental implants. Our main office is located in the Houston Medical Center, and we proudly serve the greater Houston community and surrounding cities.
Are dental implants the right solution for me?
During your initial consultation, your oral surgeon will review your medical history and perform a thorough oral examination to determine if you are a candidate for dental implants. Most patients who are healthy enough to have a tooth removed are also healthy enough to undergo a dental implant procedure. If the bone in your jaw is too sparse, you may need a bone graft to restore jaw bone height and width.
Your health history and the number of missing or deteriorating teeth in need of replacement will determine the exact treatment that our doctors will recommend. This can range from single tooth restorations to the restoration of two or three teeth using an implant-supported fixed bridge. Dental implants can also restore a full upper or lower arch of teeth by securing a full fixed denture in place.
What can I expect during the procedure?
The best way to find out which treatment plan is right for you is to schedule a consultation with an oral surgeon. The exact number and type of surgeries needed will depend on the extent of each patient’s condition. Some patients will need to undergo bone grafting or tooth extractions before receiving their replacement teeth. We have provided a general outline below to describe the treatment process for most patients.
In general, patients can expect to undergo a consultation and treatment planning appointment, one surgical procedure, and an abutment placement procedure to complete their dental restoration. In some cases, the abutments can be placed during the surgery procedure to reduce the number of visits for the patient.
During the consultation, your oral surgeon will take scans of your mouth and form a custom treatment plan. These scans allow us to create surgical guides that perfectly fit your mouth. To help reduce anxiety and prevent any pain during the treatment, Dr. Johnson will review options for anesthesia and sedation during the initial consultation. Most patients choose to undergo IV anesthesia, allowing them to sleep comfortably throughout the procedure.
Your next appointment will be the initial surgery procedure. After administering the agreed-upon anesthesia, your oral surgeon will place the screw (which replaces the tooth’s root) into the bone beneath the gums. In some cases, patients having bone grafting or general tooth extractions can have their implants placed during the same surgical procedure. Following the first procedure, patients will undergo a healing period of three to six months so that the bone beneath the gums can repair itself properly. A diet consisting of soft foods may be necessary for a while to protect your implants while they heal.
When healing is complete, your surgeon will place the abutments, which will support your new replacement teeth (crowns). Your oral surgeon will also coordinate with your restorative dentist concerning the final crown placement. Patients can expect the entire process to take roughly four to six months and can expect minimal impact on their day-to-day activities.