Houston Dental Implants
The superior answer for replacing missing teeth
A missing tooth or two seem innocuous enough, but you’d be surprised at the havoc they can create with your smile. The surrounding teeth move and your bite and alignment can become skewed. Plus, if the tooth is visible it can make a person hide their smile, and that’s a crime!
At Smile Texas, Drs. Kline and Davis love replacing missing teeth with dental implants. They look and function just like natural teeth, you can eat whatever you like, and they often last the remainder of the patient’s life. What’s not to love?
Smile Texas Porcelain Veneers
Before and After
What Is A Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a prosthetic replacement for a missing tooth. The tooth could have been lost due to injury or accident, or it could be so badly decayed that it cannot be saved. The name implant actually refers to the anchoring portion of the prosthetic. Shaped like a screw, the implant is made of titanium and screws down into the bone in the socket formerly occupied by the tooth root. The bone then naturally grows around the implant, making it a part of the jaw. Once this process is complete, a post is placed into the implant and an artificial tooth atop that. Dental implants, because they are integrated into the bone, behave exactly like a natural tooth. At Smile Texas, We offer a comprehensive amount of Dental Implant options.
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BEST DENTIST AND STAFF! My husband was so nervous about starting his dental work, five minutes after walking into this office we felt like family! Dr Rick Kline immediately addressed all of our concerns and eased all of my husbands fears. Dr Rick Kline is an ARTIST with teeth! I was a dental assistant for years and have never been so impressed by a doctor or staff like I was with this office! We will never go anywhere else!
Why replace a missing tooth With Dental Implants?
Many people lose a tooth or two and simply don’t replace them. Of course, this leads to cosmetic issues with front teeth, but it can also lead to the person avoiding certain foods if the missing tooth is a molar.
Beyond the cosmetic issues, missing teeth cause problems with the other teeth and lead to bone loss. Without the pressure to stay in place, the adjacent teeth tend to slide over into the open gap, creating problems with your bite and the alignment of your teeth. Plus, when a person chews, a tremendous amount of bite force energy is transferred through the teeth down into the bone. This stimulation continually creates new bone mass. Without the stimulation (due to missing teeth above), the bone in that area begins to deteriorate and resorb. That’s why many people with many missing teeth appear as if their face is collapsing inward around their mouth.
Dental Implants Vs. Dentures
Replacing a whole arch of missing teeth with dental implants can be too costly for many patients, so they opt for traditional dentures. But traditional dentures, while giving the patient back their smile, have never been a great solution. This is because the dentures are not anchored; they simply sit atop the gums. This allows them to slip when eating or even talking. Plus, they can leave the gums sore and irritated. And dentures don’t transfer bite energy down into the jawbone, so the jawbone continues to deteriorate. That’s why dentures need to be refit every year or so.
Dental implants operate as independent individual prosthetics. Because they are anchored into the jawbone implants function just like natural teeth. No slipping. No limits on what you can eat. No extra maintenance — just normal brushing and flossing is required. And implants never need to be refit. Even if the artificial porcelain tooth breaks, it is simple to create another and attach it to the implant base.
Still, replacing all of your teeth with implants isn’t realistic for most patients. That’s why we use implants to anchor full arches of artificial teeth with our Teeth by Tonight® procedure. We place four to six implants per arch and then attach the prosthetic to them. Now the patient has a full arch of beautiful teeth that are fully anchored and cannot slip. Teeth by Tonight® and dental implants are far superior to dentures.
Dental Implants Vs. Dental Bridges
Traditional bridges have long been used to replace a missing tooth or two. When replacing a few missing teeth, bridges are sometimes called partial dentures. Traditional bridges are anchored on both sides of the gap by crowns placed on the healthy teeth. The crowns are then attached to a metal base with the artificial tooth/teeth fused to it. The crown is one piece and is anchored by the two crowned teeth.
There are a few problems with crowns. First, the healthy teeth need to be shaved down to accept the crowns. Second, bridges only last 10-15 years in most cases. Third, bridges can break or come loose when eating certain foods.
At Smile Texas, we prefer to replace a single missing tooth or two with dental implants. If more teeth are missing, we place at least one implant and can then anchor the partial artificial teeth to the implant/implants. This solution is far more durable, less likely to break, and the healthy teeth don’t need to be shaved down to accept crowns.
candidates for dental implants
At Smile Texas, we love the way dental implants change our patients’ lives. Confidence returns. They are proud of their smile. They can eat anything they want. To that end, we feel just about anyone is a great candidate for implants. If you have been missing teeth for a long time, you may have some bone loss. In those cases, we may need to use bone grafting before placing implants.
Otherwise, we feel that anyone with normal bone mass is a good candidate for an implant or implants. Other times a few implants may not be enough, which is why we also offer full mouth restoration.
Are Dental Implants Painful?
The process of receiving dental implants involves very little pain. Really, the only pain involved is the minor incision made in the gum tissue to access the jawbone when placing the titanium implant base into the jaw. After we place the implant base, your gums need to heal for a couple weeks, but this isn’t overly painful. Placing the implant itself is not painful, as your jawbone doesn’t have nerves.
Different Types Of Implants
A dental implant is an individual prosthetic that basically creates a new tooth. Implants can be placed individually to replace a single missing tooth, or they can be used to anchor full-arch prosthetics or partial prosthetics. When replacing the entire arch, Dr. Kline has developed the Teeth by Tonight® procedure that places four to six implants as anchors on each arch. A full arch prosthetic of beautiful teeth is then permanently attached to those implants. Amazingly, we can perform this procedure in just one day. Patients then eat a relatively soft diet as the implants become fully integrated into the jawbone. When the implants have fully integrated, the patient returns are we attach his or her permanent final prosthetic to the implants.
The Dental Implant procedure with smile texas
During your consultation with Dr. Kline or Dr. Davis, we will perform a full oral exam, along with a CT Scan, to determine if you have sufficient bone mass to support implants. Once that is decided, the process involves four steps:
With minimal gum disruption, the titanium implant is screwed down into the socket left from the natural tooth.
This is the process where the bone grows around the implant, fully integrating it. This can take from three to six months if only placing single implants (not Teeth By Tonight!™).
Once the implant has securely integrated with the surrounding bone, we attach a small metal post called an abutment to the implant. We then allow the surrounding gum tissue to heal for approximately another six weeks.
The final step is to attach the false tooth, known as a crown, onto the abutment. This false tooth is custom-made at a dental lab and perfectly matches the surrounding teeth. After placement, you’re ready to go out and use your new implants.
Dental Implant Patient Testimonial
“Smile Texas completely transformed my smile. I used to have small teeth and was always self conscious and went to smile Texas and got veneers. I absolutely love my smile now and get so many compliments on my smile. Everyone at smile Texas is so nice and friendly and I definitely recommend it. Smile Texas changed my life!!” – Kelsey
Results OF Dental Implants
After the dental implant procedure, you will receive all the benefits of natural teeth with your dental implants. It is important to continue good oral hygiene with the implants to prevent bacteria buildup, which can cause gum disease or bone loss.
Dental Implant Before and after
Benefits of dental implants
Dental implants function exactly like your natural teeth. Unlike dentures, you don’t need to worry about them slipping and you can say goodbye to messy adhesives. You can eat anything you want without worry; favorite foods such as corn on the cob can return to your diet! Dental implants help with:
- Enhanced Esthetics
- Reduction Of Bone Loss
- Preservation Of Adjacent Teeth
- Easier Eating
There won’t be any gaps in your smile or whistling when you talk. And your confidence will soar with your beautiful new smile.
Can Dental Implants Become Stained?
If you have opted for porcelain for the artificial tooth or teeth, it is incredibly resistant to staining. These implants stain far less than natural tooth enamel. If you have opted to have acrylic resin for the artificial teeth, it can stain.
This depends on how many teeth you are missing and where they are located. It also depends on whether you are suffering from serious issues (gum disease) with your remaining teeth. If you’re missing just a couple of teeth, it’s wise to replace each missing tooth with an implant. However, if you’re missing a large number of teeth, we may opt to use dental implants to anchor an entire new set of upper and/or lower teeth. Typically, four to six implants are usually needed to restore an entire arch of teeth. Dr. Kline pioneered this amazing solution with his Teeth By Tonight!® procedure.
Maintaining Your New Teeth implants
Not only do implants feel and function exactly like your natural teeth, but they also require the same care. Daily brushing and flossing. as well as an annual cleaning at your dentist’s office, are all dental implants need.
Cost OF dental implants
Dental Implants do in fact have a very high upfront cost compared to most other dental procedures, but they become more of an economical choice in the long run. Once you schedule a consultation, our doctors will consult with you to find the best plan, but remember the total cost will be affected by how much work you need to be done. We offer many different finance options to fit your budget because our main goal is to help you receive the smile you deserve.
How long do dental implants last?
There is no known limit to how long a dental implant can last. If you keep your gums and surrounding teeth healthy, there’s no reason your dental implants won’t last the remainder of your life.