About Dental Implants
Have you lost one or more teeth and now have gaps in your smile? Dental implants are the preferred method used to replace missing teeth in dentistry in most cases. Dental implants help to restore your beautiful, healthy smile. They also help maintain your bone structure, which doesn't occur with dentures. Dr. Neela Patel of Houston Heights Dentistry surgically implants a titanium post into the jawbone to create the same foundation as a natural root, and then a crown is attached to the post. The crown is color matched to blend with the natural color of your teeth. Whether you need to replace one tooth or more, dental implants are a great solution that can lead to a natural and restored smile.
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What to Expect
Before a dental implant is placed, a thorough examination will be conducted to assess the health and strength of the gums and jawbone. If the patient is a good candidate for dental implants, digital x-rays and physical impressions will help determine the best placement for the dental implants during the procedure. Patients will be given local anesthesia and sedation if desired while Dr. Patel places the titanium post into the jawbone. Over 3 – 6 months, the bone and implant will fuse together while gum tissues are healing. Once the implant is secure, the records will be taken to place the crown(s). The crown(s) will be attached to the implant. Dr. Patel will adjust the replacement teeth for a comfortable and accurate fit.
Most patients have little to no pain after their dental implants are finished, but some may have temporary soreness and discomfort that can be relieved with an over-the-counter pain medication. To prolong the life of dental implants, you should have a good home oral care routine including brushing, flossing, and using an oral irrigator. Regular dental appointments for professional cleanings and dental exams are also important for implant care. Dental implants can last a long time with proper maintenance, but may eventually need to be repaired or replaced.
If your dental implants are considered medically necessary, your dental insurance plan might cover up to 50% of the costs. However, cosmetic dental implants are usually not covered by insurance. During your consultation, our office can confirm your insurance coverage and discuss payment options and financing plans.
Plan Your Procedure
Whether you are missing one tooth, several, or all, dental implants are a long-lasting solution that can look and feel natural. With dental implants, you don't have to worry about false teeth shifting, what you eat, or messy adhesives — you can simply smile and enjoy your beautiful new teeth. If you are missing teeth or if you have a bridge or removable dentures, talk to our team at Houston Heights Dentistry about the benefits of dental implants.