Dental Implants – Katy, TX
Replacing Teeth from Top to Bottom
You should always replace teeth when you can, but what if you could choose a tooth replacement option that mimicked natural teeth closer than any other treatment? With dental implants, you can do exactly that. Dr. John Siu and our expert dentists at The Dental People offer every stage of dental implant process in-house, so your treatment is more convenient overall. No other solution offers the long-term restorative benefits that dental implants do, making them one of the most recommended solutions in dentistry to date. To see if you’re eligible for dental implants in Katy, TX, schedule your consultation by calling our dental office!
Why Choose The Dental People for Dental Implants?
- Dental Implants Placed & Restored in One Convenient Location
- State-of-the-Art Dental Technology for Safe, Precise Treatment
- Multiple Dental Sedation Options for Maximum Comfort
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are the only tooth replacement solution that replaces both the visible portion of the tooth and the missing tooth root structure. The implant itself is a small titanium rod that is surgically inserted into the jawbone beneath the gumline. The biocompatible implant fuses with the surrounding jawbone in a natural process called osseointegration, which usually takes several months. Once the healing process is finished, a crown is securely attached to the top of the implant via a metal abutment, successfully replacing the missing tooth and boosting the person’s appearance. A dental bridge or denture can also be secured onto multiple implant posts in order to bring back several missing teeth at once.
The 4-Step Dental Implant Process
Unlike other dental offices that refer patients out for oral surgery, Dr. Siu places and restores dental implants entirely in his dental office. Not only is this more convenient, but it makes your implant treatment more personalized. Communication between dentists and offsite oral surgeons can make the process more complicated, but keeping it exclusive to one dentist ensures that all of your needs are met. As part of your treatment, Dr. Siu works with Dr. Boldridge, the dental office’s dedicated prosthodontist. As a specialist in creating dental restorations, she and Dr. Siu will make sure that your new smile looks and feels incredibly natural.
Although no two dental implant treatments look exactly alike, you can expect to go through four basic steps: your initial consultation, dental implant surgery, osseointegration, and the placement of your implant restorations.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Because dental implants replace the root structure that extends into the jawbone, your replacement tooth is sturdy and feels like a natural part of your smile. Chewing stimulates the jaw (alveolar) bone, which prevents bone material from resorbing back into the body. As a result, your biting force is retained, and you don’t have to worry about your implant shifting or slipping throughout the day. Eating your favorite foods feels natural and you don’t have to make dramatic changes to your diet just because you’ve lost teeth.
Additionally, dental implants look incredibly natural because of the porcelain materials used to create the restoration. You can feel confident about your new smile and show it off to others without worry. With success rates as high as 98 percent, even after 10 years of use, dental implants are considered the most cost-effective investment you can make in the long run.
Who Dental Implants Can Help
One of the other notable benefits of dental implants is their versatility. Not only can you replace single teeth, but you can replace multiple teeth at a time or even an entire arch, all with the help of dental implants. Take a moment to consider your options below to see which path may be best for you!
Missing One Tooth
A single titanium post and porcelain crown can effectively replace a single tooth. Titanium is biocompatible, meaning its properties are designed to integrate with the existing bone and soft tissue. Porcelain best mimics natural tooth enamel. However, it is more stain-resistant overall.
Missing Multiple Teeth
A pair of dental implants can hold a three- or four-crown bridge, effectively replacing one to two missing teeth at a time. Instead of removing tooth enamel like you would a traditional bridge, a dental implant is placed on either side to anchor the restoration.
Missing All Teeth
Are you tired or frustrated with your dentures? Then you’re in luck! Just four to six dental implants can support a full denture with ease. This means you can say goodbye to uncomfortable, slipping dentures and enjoy a new smile that you’ll feel confident will stay in place! Plus, implant dentures cause no gum sores and can restore 75% or more of your natural biting force, allowing you to comfortably eat apples, steak, nuts, and all your other favorite foods!
What’s more, thanks to Dr. Boldridge’s expertise, we offer All-on-4 dental implants as well! This type of implant denture is held in place with just four strategically placed dental implants, making it an ideal choice for those with lower jawbone density. All-on-4 dental implants can often help patients skip preliminary bone grafting and enjoy a new denture the same day as their implant surgery!
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
The cost of your dental implant treatment is difficult to determine until you have a consultation at our dental office. For one, if you need preparatory treatments to receive dental implants, including bone grafts, sinus lifts, or periodontal therapy, your overall cost will increase. Furthermore, replacing more teeth requires more implants and more complex restorations to complete, therefore raising costs.
With that said, dental implants are still considered to be the most cost-effective solution because of the many restorative and functional benefits they provide. As a long-term investment, you won’t need to maintain them as often as other tooth replacement options and you’ll be able to eat all the foods you want without worry. The same cannot be said for bridges or dentures because they do not replace the roots of teeth.
Types of Dental Implants
There is no fixed dental implant cost because every patient is different. The total amount you’ll end up paying is dependent on several factors, such as how many teeth you need to get replaced. On average, you can expect to pay more if you’re missing more teeth since you’ll need a higher number of implant posts to treat your tooth loss. Another factor that will affect the cost is the type of material the implant is made of, such as titanium or ceramic.
What Are the Stages of Dental Implant Treatment?
Each step in the process of replacing your missing teeth with dental implants will incur their own costs. Some of the steps may include:
- Initial consultation – You’ll need to get a CT scan as well as x-rays to determine your candidacy for implants as well as where exactly they’ll need to be placed.
- Preliminary treatments – Many patients require additional treatments prior to placing implants, such as periodontal therapy, tooth extractions, or a bone graft.
- Sedation or anesthesia – Depending on how many teeth you’re receiving and your general level of dental anxiety, you might need more than just a local anesthetic to get you through your implant placement procedure.
- Number of implants – You’ll have to pay a certain amount of money for each implant that’s being placed.
- Abutment – Each post needs a connector piece known as an abutment.
- Restoration – Your restoration will cost differently depending on whether it’s a crown, bridge, or denture.
Are Dental Implants Worth the Investment?
While you’ll likely pay more initially for dental implants than other options, you’ll also find that they can save you money in the long run. With an incredibly high success rate of over 95%, you can trust that your implants should last for decades to come. As long as you take good care of your implants, you shouldn’t have to worry about getting them replaced.
Additionally, dental implants preserve your oral health by stimulating your jawbone in a way that dentures and bridges do not. This prevents you from losing any more jawbone mass. Dental implants also fill the gaps in your smile, stopping your remaining teeth from drifting into the space and lowering your risk for further tooth loss. This decreases your risk for expensive dental problems in the future.
Does My Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?
Although most dental insurance carriers will not cover the entire cost of dental implants, they are likely to pay for some portions of the treatment. While every policy differs, most plans will cover some aspects of the cost once you have met your deductible, such as preliminary treatments like gum disease therapy or a bone graft.
If you don’t have dental insurance, our Katy dental office also accepts CareCredit, a third-party financing option that allow you to pay for the dental care you need with little to no interest. You can pay for your new smile one step at a time without breaking the bank.
Dental Implant Technology
At The Dental People, we use the latest technology to ensure that our patients enjoy the most precise, comfortable, safe, and predictable treatments. With advanced instruments like 3D cone beam imaging, guided implant surgery, and a digital impression system, it’s never been easier to get dental implants. Plus, our hi-tech equipment contributes to the incredible success rate of dental implants – 95% even after 10 years. Read on to learn more about dental implant technology in Katy!
3D Cone Beam Imaging/3D CT Scanning
Traditional X-rays only take 2D images of the mouth, which can often leave underlying issues unchecked. Plus, it’s difficult to view the exact size, shape, and strength of the jawbone. However, CT scans allow us to create a 3D image of your oral structures, giving us a better understanding of the strength and size of your jawbone and the condition of your oral health. Once a 3D image is created with a CT scan, we can confidently and precisely place dental implants for the highest rate of success and safety.
Guided Dental Implant Surgery
Our implant dentist in Katy uses guided dental implant surgery to ensure that any risks and/or surprises are minimized. This groundbreaking technology makes the already predictable dental implant surgery even more precise, successful, and safe. Using advanced imaging technology and dental instruments, we can use a 3D version of your mouth as a guide for the manufacturing and placement of your implants. By letting us see all the anatomical structures in your mouth, the jaw, teeth, and surrounding tissue, guided dental implant surgery allows you to receive the most lifelike and seamless replacement available. In fact, we are proud to make our own surgical guides with our in-house 3D printer!
Digital Impression System
Have you ever gone to the dentist for a restoration like a dental crown or bridge? If so, you may have experienced the putty that is traditionally used to take impressions. This putty tastes strange, and it’s uncomfortable to experience during your appointment. Thankfully, we have a digital impression system that eliminates the need for messy putty and creates beautiful, natural looking and feeling restorations. It works by taking highly detailed images of the affected area, which are combined to create a digital impression. Once this impression is made, we can create your personalized restoration for your implants. The best part is that our digital impression system is much more comfortable and accurate than traditional putty. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our dental office to request an appointment.
Dental Implant Frequently Asked Questions
Are you looking for a solution that will address your missing teeth? If you are considering dental implants, our team at The Dental People invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Boldridge to discuss your eligibility as well as any concerns or questions you might have about treatment. We understand this is a big decision and costly investment, which is why we are here to provide complete transparency. In fact, we’ve compiled some frequently asked questions about dental implants to help you become more well-informed and ultimately, make the right decision about the future of your smile.
Will I be unable to eat certain foods with dental implants?
One of the best things about dental implants is that you can continue to enjoy the foods you love and no longer worry about your restoration falling out or slipping. Whether you have one implant or a full implant denture, these customized restorations sit permanently within your jawbone and act just like regular teeth. While it is advised that you try to avoid hard, crunchy foods, you may choose to cut these up into smaller, more bite-sized pieces to avoid accidental injury to one of your implants.
Do dental implants hurt?
When arriving for your dental implant placement surgery, you will receive local anesthesia to ensure you feel no pain at all during the procedure. Because it will be necessary for the oral surgeon to make one or more small incisions in your gums, it is common for there to be some soreness and swelling in these areas after you return home to recover. If necessary, Dr. Boldridge will provide an antibiotic or recommend an over-the-counter pain reliever to help minimize discomfort.
Once you’ve fully healed from your placement surgery, your implants should feel normal within your mouth and no longer cause any pain.
Will I first need a bone graft or sinus lift?
During your scheduled consultation, our team will examine your oral cavity and determine if you are eligible for dental implants. If it is discovered that your jawbone is not firm enough to hold up your implants, it will be necessary to undergo a bone graft or sinus lift. These common oral surgeries make it possible to strengthen the jawbone and allow patients with missing teeth to go on to receive dental implants after they’ve fully healed from the necessary bone graft or sinus lift.
How do I care for my dental implants?
Another added benefit of dental implants is how easy they are to maintain. Because they are surgically placed into the jawbone, they cannot be removed, making them much easier to clean. In fact, you can continue with your regular oral hygiene routine while wearing dental implants because they will look and feel like natural teeth. Although they cannot decay, it is important that you continue to brush your teeth twice daily, floss at least once, and rinse with an antimicrobial mouthwash. This will prevent cavities and other dental problems from developing, all of which can be problematic for your dental implants.
What is the success rate for dental implant placement?
While there is a small chance that your dental implants could fail, it is highly unlikely for this to happen. Research has shown there is an extremely high success rate when it comes to dental implant placement. As long as you are seeing a licensed professional who has extensive training, you can expect a 95-98% success rate.