Dental Implants Overview
If you have lost teeth or currently have severely damaged teeth, finding a sound tooth replacement solution is a vital part of keeping your smile healthy, functional, and attractive. Implant dentistry is a highly effective treatment option that offers long-term benefits to your oral health. Integrating with the jawbone for solid support, dental implants replace the crowns and roots of teeth for a treatment method that most closely resembles natural tooth structure. Implants are made of titanium posts and natural-looking crowns, bridges, or dentures and can effectively replace any number of damages on missing teeth.
Skilled general dentists Dr. Joe Prasifka and Dr. Trey Nguyen are proud to offer high-quality and comprehensive solutions to Sugar Land, TX patients. Our dentists can help you decide if dental implants are a good choice for your tooth replacement. The loss of natural teeth does not have to affect the quality of your smile or your ability to eat and speak comfortably. For more information on implant dentistry options, contact our friendly Made Ya Smile Dental team and schedule your implant consultation right away.
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Dental implants are very flexible tooth replacement solutions and can replace one or multiple teeth that are missing from the lower or upper arches. These tooth replacements are placed within the jawbone and are so effective due to their ability to firmly fuse with the jawbone, similar to natural tooth roots. Implants may be the right choice for your smile if you have lost teeth or have decayed or damaged teeth that are simply beyond repair. Many patients favor implants over removable tooth replacement options for the permanence and long-term benefits they offer. They may not be a good choice, however, if you are pregnant, have certain systemic medical concerns, or use tobacco products.
To be effective, dental implants need a sufficient amount of bone in the jaw for support. Patients who wish to have implants placed but have suffered bone loss in the jaw may need a bone graft to rebuild the jaw structure before moving forward with dental implant placement. Once the titanium post portion of an implant is placed and integrates solidly with the bone (osseointegration), our dentists then custom create a natural-looking crown, bridge, or denture appliance that attaches securely to your implant post(s).
What To Expect with Dental Implants
Made Ya Smile Dental is your premier one-stop-shop for comprehensive dental solutions. Our team of dentists uses the latest in technology to plan for the placement of dental implants. 3D cone beam imaging scans allow us to visualize your teeth, bone, nerves, and landmarks within your jaw and create the best possible outcomes for your smile. Bone loss or other treatment needs may need to be addressed first before beginning the implant placement procedure.
To place dental implants, our team will numb your jaw thoroughly and can offer sedation dentistry to keep you calm and relaxed, if you prefer. A small incision in the gums will be made that will allow us to position your dental implant posts at precise locations within your jaw. Your gum tissue will then be sutured to close the site or around the post to leave a small part of the implant exposed above the gums. Over the next few months, your implant will be given time to integrate with the surrounding bone. A temporary restoration may be worn over your implant during this time, depending on your unique needs and preferences. When proper healing of your implant sites has occurred, our dentists will create a custom crown, bridge, or denture that will attach to your implant and complete your tooth replacement procedure. We can make any adjustments to your bite at that time to ensure comfort and proper oral function.
Dental Implants Recovery
After your dental implants have been positioned within your jaw, your mouth will be given time to heal. We will give you instructions on how to take care of your mouth during this time. If you have any concerning symptoms surrounding your implant sites, please contact our team so that we can take a look. Swelling, bruising, and minor discomfort in the gums and jaw are not uncommon and can often be relieved with prescription pain medication from our team and cold compresses against the face.
In general, dental implants take about 3 – 6 months to fully integrate with your jawbone. After that time, we will bring you back in and take an impression of your mouth so that our lab can customize your implant crown, bridge, or denture. Our partner lab uses high-quality material to make replacement teeth that look and feel just like your own. When your implant restoration arrives at our office, we will schedule a visit for you to return so that our dentists can bond or screw your new restoration on to your implant post.
Dental implants look and act like real teeth and are cared for as such. We will demonstrate the best technique to use when brushing and flossing each day to keep the tissues supporting your implant in top shape. At each of your routine cleaning visits with our team at Made Ya Smile Dental, we will be sure to check the health of your implant sites and to make sure your tooth replacement is still serving your smile as intended. When cared for properly, dental implants offer long-term benefits to your smile.
Dental Implants Insurance Coverage
To learn if your dental plan offers any coverage toward dental implant procedures, our business team will contact your provider and learn about your specific benefits. Our caring team at Made Ya Smile Dental wants all patients to have access to the high-quality care they deserve. We proudly partner with CareCredit® to bring low- or no-interest financing solutions to our patients and accepts several flexible payment options. If you decide that implants are right for your smile, our team will work with you to help you find a way to fit this tooth replacement treatment into your budget.
Dental implants may be an excellent choice for your smile if you have suffered tooth loss or have damaged teeth that need to be replaced. Dr. Prasifka and Dr. Nguyen are proud to offer dental implant solutions to help Sugar Land, TX patients restore oral function, natural appearance, and confidence back to their smiles. Dental implants are a permanent solution that integrates firmly with the jawbone to offer incredible oral health benefits. If tooth loss is threatening your lifestyle, contact Made Ya Smile Dental today and schedule a visit to learn about your tooth replacement options.