After teeth extraction, you are left with gaps that are not only unsightly but also affect your structure. If left unfilled, these gaps can lead to a significant bone loss. Various dental options are available that can help fix and replace the missing teeth such as dental bridges and implants. However, if you are looking for a long-term dental solution, then the implants are ideal for you. Below we answer some common questions about dental implants.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are made of titanium screws that are surgically fixed on the jaw to act as roots for the artificial teeth or crowns.
What Options Do You Have?
There are several options that you can choose from and all are fixed differently. You can either get endosteal or Subperiosteal implants.
Endosteal implants are the most common as they are fixed directly to the jawbone, but you need to have enough bone for the implants to be done.
Subperiosteal implants, on the other hand, are fixed above the jawbone and are ideal for people who have insufficient bone density.
There are mini dental implants that are perfect if you don’t want the traditional implants. If you are missing multiple or all teeth on the upper jaw, then the All-on-4 dental implants will be ideal.
Am I A Candidate for the Dental Implants?
Similar to all the dental procedures, you need to meet the minimum requirements. To be eligible for dental implants you should be above 17 years, have healthy gums and teeth, no dental decay or tooth sensitivity. Plus, you need to have enough jaw bone.
What Happens If I Don’t Have Enough Jawbone?
Our dentist can recommend a bone graft procedure that helps to build your bone. The bone graft procedure involves using bone granules or blocks from a body or cadaver. Once the procedure is done, it can take up to nine months for the bone to be ready for implants.
What Does the Dental Implant Procedure Involve?
Our dental implants in Sugar Land, TX are done in a few steps:
• Dental assessment and evaluation
Before our dentist begins the procedure, he has to ascertain that you are eligible for the procedure. Using modern technology, the dentist will check the health of your gum, teeth, or presence of dental decay. If everything is okay, they will proceed to the next stage.
• Fixing the implants
The dentist will numb the gums with local anesthesia. If you have severe dental phobia and anxiety, sedation can be used to keep you calm and reduce discomfort. The titanium screws are then fixed on the jawbone in a procedure that will last for about two hours.
The healing process can take five months to seven months depending on where the implant is fixed. Keep in mind the procedure can take longer if a bone graft is done.
• Placing the abutment
The abutment or connector needs another surgical procedure and is done after the osseointegration process is complete. The dentist can, however, fix the connector with the implants, but this only in special situations.
• Fixing the temporary crown
The crown is given to protect the teeth as the permanent ones are being made. After 14 days, the dentist will either cement/ screw fixed or removable permanent crowns.
Can I Have Same-Day Implants?
Yes, if you have sufficient bone density. Since the implants are placed on the same day, there won’t be time to do a bone graft. The dental implants are convenient, but the success rate is minimal because the implant may not fuse properly to the bone.
Are There Any Risks of Dental Implants?
Yes, despite their success rate, there is still a five percent chance of failure. Certain factors such as autoimmune disease, infections, poor blood supply, allergic reaction, nerve and tissue damage, and implant rejection can cause the implant to fail. Contact our dentist immediately you experience any gum pain and discomfort.
What Are the Available Financial Plan?
Most dental insurance companies don’t cover dental implants. It is, however, important to speak to your dental insurance if the implants are covered. Plus, reach to us for a discussion on the available dental implant financing options available.
If you are looking for dental implants in Texas, contact or visit our Aliana Family Dentist for an assessment.