Dental Implants Houston TX
Dental Implants: Solutions for Missing Teeth In Houston Westchase
Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. The implants are tiny titanium posts which are placed into the jaw bone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, dental implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration which occurs when teeth are missing.
Dental implants are changing the way people live! With them, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh and enjoy life.
Evaluation for Dental Implants
No matter the age of a person there is a dental implant solution for you. This dental procedure is the solution of choice for people of all ages, even those with existing medical conditions, gum disease or problem teeth, currently wearing partials or dentures, smokers, or bone loss. Implant tooth replacement in children is usually deferred until jaw growth is complete. Dental procedures that can be performed or improved with dental implants are:
- Teeth in an HOUR
- Cosmetic Single Tooth Replacement
- Fixed Implant Dentures
- Removable Implant Dentures
- Full Mouth Reconstruction
If you need to replace one tooth, several teeth, or all of your teeth, Dr. McRay or Dr. Robbins will address your specific needs and will work with specialized team to complete your dental implant treatment solution(s). Call our office directly at The Dentists at Houston Westchase Phone Number 832-830-8226 or contact our team today for your Implant Consultation.
Dental Implant ProcedureDental implants are metal anchors, which act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jaw bone. Small posts are then attached to the implant, which protrude through the gums. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed within your jaw bone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums, gradually bonding with the jaw bone. You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time. At the same time, your restorative dentist designs the final bridgework or denture, which will ultimately improve both function and aesthetics.
After the implant has bonded to the jaw bone, the second phase begins. The surgeon will uncover the implants and attach a small healing collar. Dr. McRay or Dr. Robbins can then start making your new teeth. An impression must be taken. Then posts or attachments can be connected to the implants. The replacement teeth are then made over the posts or attachments. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.
Detailed 3D treatment planning
For detailed treatment planning, Dr. McRay and Dr. Robbins use 3D software to view and manipulate the scans from a CBCT machine. This makes the planning of the implant placement highly accurate and precise. Dr. McRay and Dr. Robbins can be certain about the amount of bone that you have available to support an implant. They can also plan the exact positions and angles of the implants with the oral surgeon, to make sure that your implants will be stable and that your treatment will result in a perfectly balanced bite.
Surgical guides for precision and accuracy
Using specialized 3D software, Dr. McRay and Dr. Robbins can create a surgical guide that is placed over your dental arch and has the exact positions and angles of the implants marked. Use of a surgical guide makes the actual placement of the implants fast, minimally invasive and highly accurate.
Minimally invasive bone grafts
Bone loss in the jaw is one of the natural biological effects of missing teeth. This can present a problem when a patient wants to get implants after having had missing teeth for a long time, because implants need a certain amount of bone support to be stable.
In certain cases of insufficient bone, Dr. McRay and Dr. Robbins are able to use special implants that are smaller in height (but equal in diameter) to provide patients with strong, stable new teeth without the need for bone grafting. In other cases, he may be able to perform a minor bone graft procedure at the same time as placing the implant, so that the new bone and the implant can fuse together during the healing process. In any case, Dr. McRay and Dr. Robbins will plan your treatment in such a way as to make it as fast, effective and minimally invasive as possible.
All-on-4™ Teeth In A Day Solutions
If you have multiple compromised teeth that are painful, loose, and/or fractured in one or both arches of your smile, doing basic things – such as biting and chewing – become more complicated. While removable dentures secured with oral adhesive can provide some improvements in function, implant-supported dentures offer vastly improved stability and comfort by holding your teeth in place with surgically embedded implant posts. Compared to traditional dentures, our All-On-4® technique procedure uses four implants with the back implants tilted to increase the bone-to-implant contact, which enables the “immediate load” and “immediate function” of the replacement teeth.
THE DIAGNOSTIC PHASE
At the first visit, hi-resolution photos, digital x-rays, a 3D CAT scan and a thorough clinical evaluation will take place followed by expert explanation of the case diagnosis and treatment options. During this visit, impressions are taken (to make the replacement teeth), and a detailed financial overview will be presented.
THE SURGICAL PHASE
The surgery takes place comfortably under non-IV or IV sedation. During this visit, the extractions (if necessary), bone grafts (if necessary) and implants are administered. Patients can awaken with removable, or implant secured, “temporary” teeth to return home with a beautiful smile. Patients resume a full schedule of activities within 72 hours. Follow-up visits are typically 1, 4 and 12 weeks after surgery.
THE RESTORATIVE PHASE
When the implants have fully integrated with the jawbone (3 to 4 months later), the “final” teeth are secured. Dr. McRay or Dr. Robbins will work closely with our patients to ensure the teeth are customized to each patients mouth.