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Houston residents looking for an affordable tooth replacement option with dental implants need to look no further than our quality team here at Best Dental. Dental implants have become the number one option to replace missing teeth becoming more popular than dental bridges in recent years.
According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID), over 3 million American’s now have dental implants, and that number is growing annually.
In this article, we will go over what dental implants are, how they work, and how they can benefit you.
An Overview of Dental Implant Surgery
Dental implant surgery is a procedure that replaces your natural tooth with titanium posts that emulate the roots of your teeth. They ultimately replace your missing teeth with artificial teeth that look and function just like your real ones. This procedure has replaced traditional dentures and bridgework as the number one tooth replacement option across the country. Unlike a traditional dental bridge, dental implants do not require the shaving down of adjacent teeth to replace your missing tooth.
How your dental implant surgery will be performed will depend on the type of implant being placed, and the condition of your jawbone. Dental implant surgery may require several procedures to complete the case. Once the implant rod is placed, the bone around the implant requires time to heal to create the fusion between your bone and the implant itself. This can take many months.
Why Is Dental Implant Surgery Performed?
Dental implants are surgically placed in your jawbone by an oral surgeon, where they serve to emulate the roots of missing teeth. The titanium rods fuse with your jawbone, allowing the restorative crowns or dentures to remain stable on top of them. The great news is unlike dental bridges, implants are not susceptible to dental cavities.
In general, dental implants may be right for you if you:
- Have one or more missing teeth
- Your jawbone has completed its growth
- Have enough bone in your jaws to handle implants
- Have healthy gum tissue
- Don’t have health conditions that interfere with bone healing
- Are unable to wear traditional dentures (gagging, pain)
- Wanting to improve the way you speak
- Don’t smoke
- Understand that it will take several months to complete
What Are Some Risks Associated With Dental Implants?
Like all surgeries in the body, dental implants can impose some health risks. Most of the risks are minor, and they include:
- Infection of the implant
- Adjacent tooth damage if improperly placed
- Nerve damage which can lead to pain and numbness in the area including your lips, gums, and cheeks
- Sinus problems if the implant lodges into your sinus cavities
How To Prepare for Dental Implant Surgery?
The planning process for dental implants may require a variety of specialists depending on the complexity of your case. These can include prosthodontists, oral and maxillofacial surgeons, periodontists, and ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialists.
Your initial appointment will entail the following with your general dentist:
- A comprehensive dental examination
- Review of your medical history
- A custom treatment plan tailored for your individual case
Some patients will have medical conditions that require an antibiotic to be given prior to your surgery to help prevent infection.
To control any pain during your surgery, your dental team will also provide you with a few different anesthesia options: these include general anesthesia and local anesthesia. Most of our patients choose local anesthesia meaning that they are awake for their dental implant surgery. Talk to your specialist to see which option is best for you. If you’re having general anesthesia, make sure you get instructions on eating and drinking before your surgery, and have someone ready to drive you home after your treatment.
What To Expect from Dental Implant Surgery?
Dental implant surgery is commonly an outpatient procedure that is performed in phases with healing time between procedures. The process of placing a dental implant involves the following steps:
- Tooth extraction
- Bone grafting
- Dental Implant placement
- Bone healing
- Abutment placement
- Artificial crown placement
The entire process takes at least 3-5 months to complete with most cases leaning towards the 5-month mark. Depending on your case, some of the steps may be combined to speed up the process.
When Is Bone Grafting Required?
If your jawbone isn’t thick enough, you may need what’s known as a bone graft; artificial bone placement prior to having dental implant surgery. This is needed because the implant rod requires a certain amount of bone circumferentially around the implant for the rod to stabilize during the healing process. A bone graft creates a solid base for implant insertion. If a bone graft is not placed in these conditions, the dental implant will likely fail.
There are different types of grafting materials used by clinicians to rebuild the jawbone. Options include natural bone graft from other areas of your body, cadaver bone from dead humans, or synthetic bone created by some companies. Take to your dentist to see which option is right for you.
After your bone graft is placed, it normally takes 4-6 months for new bone to properly develop to support a dental implant. The amount of bone grafting required will depend on how much bone is needed for your individual case.
How Are Dental Implants Placed?
During surgery to placement the dental implant, an oral surgeon will make a cut to open your gum tissue to expose your jawbone. Holes are drilled into the bone where the metal implant rod will be placed. Since this post will serve as the tooth root, it is commonly placed deep into the bone. Once the implant is placed the area is cleansed and sutured.
You will have a gap in this area where your tooth is missing. A temporary partial appliance may be fabricated and can be placed for cosmetic reasons if needed.
Waiting For Bone Growth and Fusion
After the implant post is placed in your jawbone, osseointegration begins. During this process, a chemical fusion between the rod and your bone tissue occurs. This process takes several months to complete, which is why you must wait until you get your new tooth (teeth).
After osseointegration is completed, you may need an additional surgery to place an abutment, which is the piece that connects the implant post to the crown. This procedure (known as an uncovery) is typically performed under local anesthesia.
To place the abutment:
- The oral surgeon will reopen your gum to expose the dental implant
- Attach the abutment to the exposed implant site
- Close the gum tissue around the abutment
In some cases, the abutment can be placed at the same time of implant rod placement. This means you will not require an extra surgical step. The healing abutment will be noticeable inside your mouth and will stick above the gumline. After the osseointegration process, and gum tissues have fully healed, an artificial tooth can be attached to the implant.
Your New Artificial Teeth
Once the gums heal, your dental team will make impressions of your mouth, and remaining teeth. These impressions will be used to make the crown (your artificial tooth). The artificial tooth is either cemented onto the abutment or screwed into it. Once placed, the artificial tooth cannot be removed.
Implants can also be used to fabricate snap on dentures, which are simply dentures that snap into dental implants. In this case, instead of an artificial tooth, a denture is fabricated for your individual case.
The Cost of Dental Implants
The average cost of dental implants in Houston, TX is $4,000. This includes the implant, abutment, and crown. Prices may vary on the complexity of your case, and whether bone grafting or other procedures are needed during the treatment. At Best Dental, we charge $1,995 for our dental implants, which includes the abutment, and dental crown as well.
Does Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?
Some dental insurance carriers cover up to 50% of dental implants. Plans vary, so check with your insurance company to understand what your individual plan entails. There are quite a few plans that do not cover any portion of dental implants, swaying patients towards dental bridges for financial reasons.
Dental Implant Financing Options in Houston
At Best Dental, we do our best to make implants as affordable and cost-efficient as we can for our patients. We also understand that they are not cheap, even with the discounts that we give our patients. This is why we have various payment plan options to reduce the price burden as much as we can. With the use of finance companies, costs can be as low as $99 a month for some patients who qualify.
If you are a Houston resident, and are looking for an affordable dental implant, look no further than our company at Best Dental. From the surgical treatment to the restoration, we will make sure we provide you with the best quality care while saving you your hard-earned money.