Houston Dental Implant Services
Millions of American adults will lose one or more teeth over the course of their lives, and unpleasant consequences can follow if the situation is left untreated. A gap in your smile can cause nearby teeth to shift in an effort to fill the empty socket, and increased risk of tooth loss and other oral health concerns are quick to follow. Even simple activities that you once enjoyed -- like eating and laughing -- can become painful and embarrassing. If you’ve experienced tooth loss, don’t wait. Start pursuing dental implants in Houston, the state-of-the-art reconstructive solution you and your smile deserve.
For over 40 years, dental implants have been transforming the landscape of reconstructive dental care and dentistry in general. Now, instead of damaging bridges and unsatisfying dentures, patients can enjoy a solution that mimics nature’s design, virtually seamlessly.
Dental implants in Houston are practical, versatile, and there are several variants available once Dr. Steve Koo knows more about your unique needs and preferences. All treatment solutions help you regain the strong, naturally beautiful smile you’ve been missing.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
By giving you back your tooth's missing root as well as its crown, or the part you see, dental implants provide a comprehensive tooth replacement. They are small titanium posts that are surgically placed beneath the gum line. Here, they gradually fuse with the jawbone -- a process known as osseointegration, which provides unsurpassed stability for the prosthetic tooth that is affixed on top.
Once your jaw has grown around the dental implant, it is ready for the final restoration. Your individual crown, bridge, or denture will be attached using a connecting abutment. The result is a set of teeth that looks, acts, and feels just like your natural smile.
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What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
The advantages of Houston dental implants are significant. It is the ideal solution for pretty much any case of tooth loss. By supporting the jaw through osseointegration, or the implant’s fusion with the bone structure, dental implants promote continued oral health. They also allow you to resume eating, speaking, and smiling with the total confidence of a beautiful, natural-looking smile.
But perhaps the most significant benefit of dental implants is the fact that, with proper maintenance, they can last forever. Non-implant supported options in tooth replacement will require refitting or replacement over the course of a lifetime.
Ideal Candidates for Dental Implants
Wondering whether or not implant dentistry is a good option for your own tooth replacement? Many patients who wish for a comprehensive solution for their missing teeth are good candidates for dental implants.
Your dentist will confirm that you have adequate oral and overall health to undergo the surgical implant procedure. Healthy periodontal and bone tissue is necessary for the proper anchoring of the dental implants. Diseases that affect the immune system, like uncontrolled diabetes or HIV/AIDS, impede a patient’s ability to recover from surgery. Smokers or tobacco users are also unlikely to have a successful implant procedure.
How Much Does a Dental Implant Cost?
Learning the financial specifics of your tooth replacement can help you make the right decision for your wallet and your oral health. The cost of your Houston dental implants depends on where in the mouth the missing teeth are located, and the type of dental implants that are used. A patient who is missing a single tooth in the front of the mouth will pay considerably less than someone who is missing an entire row of teeth in the upper or lower jaw. And if you have partial coverage through your dental insurance, your dental implant(s) will cost less. No matter the cost of your dental implants, the comprehensive tooth replacement is a wonderful investment in your continued oral and overall health. Dr. Koo offers competitive prices on dental implants and related procedures in the Houston area -- please contact us to discuss the specifics of your dental implant costs.
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Types of Dental Implants
Today's dental implants come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and in two materials. Dr. Koo will recommend the best type of dental implant to replace your missing teeth.
Most dental implants are two-stage, meaning they are completed over the course of two procedures -- initial placement and final restoration. Some patients are eligible for one-stage dental implants, in which the prosthetic tooth is placed without the need for an additional surgery.
Depending on the amount of space in your jaw, Dr. Koo may recommend a standard, wide, or mini dental implant. Most are made from titanium, but zirconium implants are available, too.
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History of Dental Implants
Did you know that humans have been using some type of dental implants for centuries? Evidence of the first dental implants can be found in Mayan skulls dating back to 600 AD. These shells inserted into the gumline were crude, but they were better than nothing.
Modern dental implants took on their current form in the 1950s, when it was discovered that bone matter can actually fuse with titanium. People have been benefitting from osseointegrated tooth replacement with titanium dental implants ever since.
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Dental Implant Care Tips
After you have your teeth replaced with dental implants, make sure you maintain excellent dental hygiene habits to keep your tooth replacement healthy and functioning for a lifetime to come.
Clean above and around the gum line with special tools, removing plaque and prevent tartar buildup on the teeth and around the dental implant abutments. Use a non-abrasive toothpaste and rinse with an antimicrobial mouthwash to kill bacteria. Your dentist will advise you on how often to come in for regular preventive care.
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Related Oral Surgery Procedures
Depending on the state of your mouth and jaw, you may require preparatory procedures before undergoing the dental implant surgery. Tooth loss causes the bone tissue to degenerate, creating a bad environment for implant dentistry. Bone grafting adds structure to the jaw bone for successful anchoring of the dental implants. A sinus lift increases volume in the sinus for the replacement of the upper molars.
Bone augmentation procedures add time and cost to your dental implant treatment -- but they allow you to benefit from the very best in tooth replacement.
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Dental Implant FAQs
No matter how much you read about them beforehand, we know you've probably still got questions regarding your tooth replacement. Take some time to read through our dental implant FAQ to learn even more about this whole-tooth replacement. Still have doubts? Please don't hesitate to get in touch with our Houston dental implant experts at Piney Point Dental Implant Center to discuss your options.