Replacing natural teeth that are lost or severely damaged is an important part of maintaining a healthy smile and confident appearance. Dental implants effectively replace the crowns and roots of missing teeth by bonding with the jawbone for long-term tooth replacement options. Implants can replace anywhere from one missing or damaged tooth to all of your teeth and are comprised of biocompatible titanium posts positioned in the jaw that provide a solid support for a crown, bridge, or denture restoration.
Dental implants are the tooth replacement method that most closely mirrors natural teeth in appearance and function. At Made Ya Smile Dental, our general dentists and periodontist work together under one roof to complete implant procedures at our modern family practice locations. Tooth loss does not have to impact your health and wellness. To learn if dental implants are right for your smile, schedule a visit with our experienced, multi-specialty Houston, TX team today.
A dental implant procedure may be ideal for your smile if you have lost one or more teeth in the upper or lower jaw. You may also be a candidate for implants if you have severely damaged or decayed teeth that are beyond repair or wish to enjoy a permanent alternative to removable dentures. Implants do, however, require a sufficient amount of bone in the jaw in order to replace your teeth properly. This option may also not be ideal if you have certain medical conditions, use tobacco, or are pregnant.
Dental implants replace teeth by forming a solid connection with the jawbone through a process called osseointegration. A natural-looking dental crown, bridge, or denture is then attached to your posts to complete your tooth replacement procedure. Implants are highly revered for the benefits and oral health advantages they bring to your smile over the long-term. Our elite team of dentists has years of experience and advanced training in implant techniques. A consultation with our dental group can help you learn if dental implants are right for you.
What To Expect
At Made Ya Smile Dental, we take pride in being a one-stop-shop for dental implant procedures. Our team can save you time and money by completing your entire procedure, from surgical placement to restoration, under one roof. We use advanced 3D intraoral imaging and other technologies to generate the best implant results for your tooth replacement. If you have lost bone in your jaw, a bone grafting procedure may be necessary before implant placement to build up the jaw for sufficient support.
On the day of your implant surgery, our periodontist will numb your gum and bone tissues. Sedation dentistry services are also available if you are anxious about receiving care. We will make an incision in the gum tissue and place your implant posts at an exact location within your bone. After your implants are positioned, we will suture your gums fully covering the implant post or leave a small portion of the post exposed in your mouth. Your jaw will be given time to heal and integrate with your dental implant posts. Depending on your procedure and oral health needs, a temporary restoration may be placed to wear during the healing phase. When your implants are ready, our general dentists will custom-create individual crowns, a bridge, or denture and attach your tooth replacement firmly to your implant posts. To ensure comfort, we will make any necessary adjustments to your bite and the fit of your implant restorations.
When your implant surgery procedure is finished, our team will provide post-op instructions on how to care for your sites while you heal and let you know of any symptoms that should be reported to our team. You may notice some bruising, discomfort, or swelling in your gums, face, and jaw. Our dentists may write a prescription for pain medication or recommend over-the-counter pain relievers to minimize soreness following your surgery. The integration process between your jaw and implant posts usually takes about 3 – 6 months. After this time, we will have you return to our practice so that we can take an impression of the area and have our lab custom create your implant crown, denture, or bridge. We work with only the highest quality materials and design implant restorations to blend with your smile and replicate the look and feel of real teeth.
Your new tooth replacement will be screwed on or affixed to your implant posts with permanent cement. To help you maintain healthy tissues around your implants, we will provide at-home care instructions for effective brushing and flossing techniques. Implants are maintained in the same manner as natural teeth. We recommend keeping up with your routine dental cleaning and exam visits at Made Ya Smile Dental as recommended by our dentists to keep your implants in top shape and enable our team to assess the function and appearance of your tooth replacements.
Depending on your specific plans and coverage details, part of your implant procedure may be covered by insurance. We accept most PPO insurance plans and will contact your provider to review coverage information. At Made Ya Smile Dental, our team is dedicated to helping patients enjoy the best possible solutions for their smiles. To help cover personal costs associated with implant procedures, we accept low-interest financing plans with CareCredit® along with several convenient payment options.
Choosing dental implants for your smile can let you eat and speak with greater ease, improve self-confidence, and enjoy a long-term solution to your tooth loss. At Made Ya Smile Dental, our dentists and periodontist collaborate to streamline your procedure and make getting the care you need under one roof convenient and time-saving. To learn if implants are your ideal way to replace missing or damaged teeth, talk to our caring Houston, TX team and schedule your visit today.