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. Siu and the dentists at The Dental People offer every stage of dental implant treatment 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, schedule your consultation by calling our dental office!
Why Choose The Dental People for Dental Implants?
- Multiple Sedation Options Ensures Optimal Comfort
- Placement and Restoration Provided by Highly-Trained Specialists
- Exceptional Aesthetics Combined with Durable Materials
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 long-term investment you can make.
Indications for Dental Implants
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
Tired of your current denture? A series of four to six dental implants can hold a full or partial denture with ease. And, with Dr. Boldridge’s expertise, you can choose from All-on-4 or hybrid dentures to solve your extensive tooth loss.
Start to Finish Convenience
Unlike other dental offices that refer patients out for oral surgery, Dr. Siu places and restores teeth 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.
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.
Dental Implant FAQs
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 an implant-retained 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.
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