Considered the gold standard for tooth replacement, dental implants provide our Pearland, TX patients with a long-lasting and natural-looking solution to tooth loss. Dental implants replace the natural tooth and its root with an implant-supported crown that is meant to last for many years. At Made Ya Smile, we can use dental implants to replace only one, several, or even all of your teeth, depending on your oral health and unique situation. The implants themselves are biocompatible titanium posts that are placed in the jaw to provide a good foundation of support for a crown, bridge, or denture. This oral surgery has grown in popularity over recent years because dental implants replicate natural teeth more closely than any other restoration. With effective solutions for tooth loss, you no longer have to let missing teeth negatively impact your smile, health, or confidence. To find out if this treatment can help you regain the health and beauty of your smile, contact our comprehensive dental practice and speak with a member of our team.
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Best Candidates for Dental Implants
If you are missing one or more teeth on the upper or lower jaw, you could potentially qualify to receive this life-changing treatment. Dental implants could also work for you if you have significantly decayed or damaged teeth that need to be extracted and replaced altogether. To determine if you are a candidate for dental implants, our skilled dentist will perform an evaluation of your gums and jawbone. The strength of your jawbone is a huge factor in deciding your candidacy for dental implants because the metal post needs a strong support structure to stay in place. If you have certain medical conditions, use tobacco products, or are pregnant, then dental implants may not be your ideal solution.
These restorations are able to replace natural teeth via a process called osseointegration. This occurs when the titanium post fuses to the jawbone, forming a solid connection. Once the post is put in place, your crown, bridge, or denture will be placed over it. Our veteran team has a wide range of skills, and we are no strangers to implant dentistry. We can restore the look and function of your mouth with long-lasting and effective dental implants.
What To Expect
Made Ya Smile in Pearland, TX is proud to provide you with all of your dental restoration needs, including dental implants. Our skilled and capable team can perform your entire procedure at our office, saving you time and money in the process. We used advanced 3D oral imaging and digital x-rays to gain a comprehensive view of your mouth, teeth, gums, jawbone, skull, and more. Using these scans, we will be able to determine the strength of your jawbone and effectively plan your dental implant treatment program.
Before your surgery, we will numb your gum and bone tissues with an anesthetic. We may also administer some form of sedation depending on your level of fear and anxiety. Once you are fully numb, we will make an incision into the gums and place the titanium post into place. When your implants are secured, your gums will be closed delicately. You will need time to heal as the biocompatible post integrates with your jawbone. you may be given a temporary restoration in the meantime depending on your needs and condition. After your implants have fully healed, you will come in so we can place your custom-made restoration (crown, bridge, or denture). Before you leave, we will make sure that the fit and your bite is comfortable and make any necessary adjustments so that your dental implant feels as natural as it looks.
After your implant surgery, our team will give you detailed instructions to help you care for your incision sites. We will also go over what kind of post-op side effects you can expect and when you should call our office for assistance. In the days following your treatment, you may notice swelling, bruising, and discomfort in the face, gums, and jaw, but this can be alleviated with prescribed or over-the-counter pain medicine. The osseointegration process that fuses the titanium post to your jawbone will take roughly 3 – 6 months to complete. Once your implants are fully integrated into your jaw, your restoration will be placed. The crown, bridge, or denture will be created at our partnered dental laboratory and crafted with high-quality materials. Once the restoration is affixed to your implant post, we will let you know how you can properly care for your new smile. We always advise patients to maintain a consistent oral care routine that involves daily brushing and flossing. When you attend your twice-yearly check-ups at our office, we will monitor the health of your mouth and the condition of your implant.
To find out if your insurance plan will cover some of the costs of your dental implants, a member of our financial team will contact your carrier, learn about your benefits, and file a claim on your behalf. If you have any out-of-pocket costs, or if you do not have dental insurance, Made Ya Smile is happy to accept a number of payment methods, including cash, most major credit cards, and medical financing either through our office or via a trusted third-party company, such as CareCredit®.
new-age tooth replacement
Advancements in modern dentistry have made tooth replacement a more streamlined and effective process than ever. Dental implants and implant dentistry have become increasingly more popular among adult patients who have experienced tooth loss and those who have severely damaged or decayed teeth. Implant-supported crowns, bridges, and dentures are a long-lasting solution that can improve the health, function, and beauty of your smile. If you have dental concerns such as tooth loss or decay and are interested to learn more about dental implants, contact our office and find out if you're a candidate for this life-changing procedure.