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How Dental Implants Work – Houston, TX

Learn More About the Dental Implant Process

Dental implants are a close replica of your real teeth, allowing you to enjoy the next best thing to what nature gave you. Unlike any other prosthetic, a dental implant replaces the entire tooth structure. This will require you to undergo a multi-step process; however, it’s time well spent. When you’re finished, you’ll enjoy a solution that can last for a lifetime with the right care. We’ll explain each step in your treatment plan, so you feel confident in your decision.

Initial Dental Implant Consultation

parts of a dental implant

The first step toward rebuilding your smile involves scheduling your consultation with an implant dentist to see if you’re a candidate for this revolutionary treatment. We’ll take the time to discuss your oral, medical, and lifestyle history to look for any potential risk factors.

We will also perform a comprehensive examination that will include a CT scan. This allows us to see your oral health in its entirety to look for any issues that may be below the surface. Depending on the results of the examination, you may need additional procedures before getting a dental implant, like tooth extractions, periodontal therapy, a sinus lift, or bone grafting.

Dental Implant Surgery

single unit implant

After you’ve healed from any previous treatments, you’ll undergo oral surgery to place a titanium implant post into your jawbone to serve as a new root. Often, a local anesthetic is all that’s needed; however, if your treatment is complex or you’re having multiple teeth treated, you may need sedation or anesthesia. Your gum tissue is opened to expose your jawbone, and a small hole is drilled into it to insert the post. After the implant post is in position, your gum tissue is sutured closed, and you’ll spend the next several weeks healing.

Dental Implant Osseointegration & Abutment

model of dental implant

The implant post stimulates new bone growth, so your jaw will fuse to it through a process called osseointegration. This provides a secure foundation for your restoration while also allowing your post to potentially remain in place forever with the right after care.

After your jawbone is healed, you’ll need a second minor surgery to attach a special connector piece to the post. Your gum tissue is opened to expose the implant and an abutment is placed onto it. Your gum tissue will heal around it over the next couple of weeks.

Placement of Dental Implant Restorations

The final step in your treatment process involves attaching your restoration to your post. Your restoration is carefully crafted in the dental lab to mimic your natural teeth. It’s made from all-ceramic material to blend in when you smile. Rest assured, it will be strong and durable to last for several years. You’ll enjoy unmatched stability when compared to any other treatment.

Invest in a Complete Smile Today

If you’re ready to overcome the challenges of tooth loss, it’s time to invest in a complete smile with dental implants. Although it will involve multiple steps, you’ll enjoy a solution that can last for several decades. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation. We look forward to rebuilding your smile.