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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?

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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.

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.

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dental implants surgarland txWhy 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.

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.

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

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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:

Placement 

With minimal gum disruption, the titanium implant is screwed down into the socket left from the natural tooth.

Osseointegration

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!™).

Abutment

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.

Crown

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.

“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 

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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.

 

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.

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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.

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Why choose Smile Texas for my dental implants?

If you need to replace a tooth or a series of teeth, look no farther than our beautiful offices in Sugarland. Between Dr. Kline and Dr. Davis we’ve performed thousands of implant procedures. We were performing our well-known Teeth-By-Tonight™ procedures while other practices were still trying to figure out how to place a single implant. We’ve changed the lives of thousands of people since that time, giving them an entire new smile in a single day.

Both Dr. Kline and Dr. Davis have advanced specific training in dental implant planning, technology, and placement. It’s the kind of experience you can count on to successfully replace your missing teeth with beautiful dental implants.

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To learn more about Dental Implants or to schedule a consultation, call our Smile Texas Sugarland office at (281) 265-7645.

Dentures FAQs:

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Why do I need a dental implant?

You do need to replace a missing tooth or teeth, or to have that heavily decayed tooth removed and replaced. This isn’t an arbitrary thing. Yes, there are many people who are missing at least one tooth — 178 million Americans, to be exact (35 million of those people are missing all of their teeth) — but why do you want to go around with a hole in your smile? It’s bad for your jawbone, which needs energy passed down through teeth (or dental implants) to continually rebuild healthy new bone mass. It’s bad for your diet, as you avoid eating hard foods such as fruits, nuts, and vegetables if you’re missing more than a tooth or two.And it’s bad for your smile. If you’re missing one of your front teeth, there’s no doubt you subconsciously limit showing your teeth. If you’re missing a molar, everyone can see it when you’re talking or laughing.

Dental implants look, feel, and function just like a natural teeth. They’re highly resistant to staining and will likely last the rest of your life. Let’s get that smile whole again!

Are there alternatives to dental implants?

The main alternative to a dental implant is to replace the missing tooth with a bridge. Traditional bridges consist of porcelain crowns placed on the healthy teeth on each side of the missing tooth with an artificial tooth between them. The artificial tooth is fused to metal that is covered with gum-colored acrylic. The entire bridge is a single piece.We place plenty of bridges at Smile Texas, but we feel an implant is a better solution for replacing a single tooth or even two missing teeth. They last longer (generally for the rest of the patient’s life versus 10-15 years for a bridge) and the patient doesn’t need to worry about breaking his or her bridge.

If you’re missing many teeth, we love to use implant-supported partial dentures or Teeth-By-Tonight™ full implant-supported arches. The implants provide the support usually missing with either partial dentures or full dentures.

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.

When are dental implants needed?

In you ask any of us at Smile Texas, any time you’re missing a tooth or need to have a badly damaged or heavily decayed tooth extracted, that’s when an implant is needed. It’s far and away the best option for replacing a tooth. As mentioned elsewhere on this page, not replacing a tooth is a really bad idea. Yes, you may save a few dollars now, but you’ll likely pay much more later when your teeth start moving around. Remember, when you’re missing a tooth or a few teeth, the adjacent teeth no longer have any pressure to remain in place and they tend to slide over into the gap. This destroys your bite and can lead to all sorts of issues, including temporomandibular joint disorder.

Do I Need An Implant For Every Missing Tooth?

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.

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.

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.

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.

How common are dental implants?

The American Dental Association estimates that over 5 million dental implants are placed every year by dentists like Dr. Kline and Dr. Davis. And that’s only in the United States!

To learn more about Dental Implants or to schedule a consultation, call our Smile Texas Sugarland office at (281) 265-7645.

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Smile Texas offers top value in Houston Dental Implants. Our Houston Dental Implants prices are affordable and our affordable financing options make it easy to get the smile of your dreams right away!

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