Dental Implants – Deer Park, TX
State-of-the-Art Tooth Replacement
Your most obvious concerns while replacing teeth will be restoring your ability to talk clearly and chew different foods. But have you thought about the roots of the teeth that used to be attached to the jaw? Without roots, your replacement teeth won’t be able to provide any of the stimulation that the underlying bone needs to keep itself healthy. That’s why Dr. Mosley will take the time to determine whether you’re a candidate for dental implants; if you are, then you’ll be able to enjoy the benefits of replacing the entire tooth’s structure. Call us today to schedule a consultation to discuss dental implants in Deer Park, TX.
Why Choose Deer Park Dental - Gregg Mosley, DDS for Dental Implants?
- Partners with Experts in Implant Placement
- Honest Dentist Who Treats to Your Dental Needs
- Beautiful, Lifelike Dental Restorations
What Is a Dental Implant?
Dental implants serve as a permanent base for replacement teeth. They are very small posts that are normally made out titanium and are surgically inserted into the jaw. Once there, they can bond with the bone cells in your jaw. Any restoration attached to an implant is firmly anchored in place and won’t slip. That means you won’t have to worry about them moving while you’re trying to eat. Additionally, implants keep the jawbone healthy and strong, preventing it from losing its density.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Thanks to their unique advantages, dental implants provide long-term value in a way that traditional restorations can’t. Some benefits you can enjoy include:
- A Natural Look: No one will see the implant post itself, and it will be topped by a dazzling, natural-looking restoration provided by Dr. Mosley.
- A Comfortable Fit: The feel and function of dental implants is very close to that of natural teeth.
- A Long Lifespan: Implants can last much longer than traditional restorations; they might even last the rest of your life with minimal maintenance.
- Reliability: The success rate of implants is very high, especially for patients that have good oral health overall.
- Improved Chewing: With 70% of the chewing power that regular teeth possess, dental implants will let you eat anything you want.
- Improved Facial Appearance: A loss of jawbone height can cause your face to collapse and look older, but you can avoid this problem with dental implants.
Are Dental Implants Right for Me?
First, Dr. Mosley needs to check your jaw and evaluate your overall health; you’ll need to have plenty of density in your jawbone to support the posts, and your mouth needs to be able to heal itself properly. If you’re a candidate for implants, the process will be different depending on your situation.
Missing One Tooth
Obviously, you’ll only need a single dental implant if just one tooth is missing. We’ll place a ceramic crown over the post to act as your new tooth. By using a single implant instead of a bridge, you can fill in the gap in your mouth without affecting your remaining teeth.
Missing Multiple Teeth
You don’t need four implants to replace four missing teeth in a row. A pair of implants can provide support for a dental bridge (a prosthesis made of two crowns and several artificial teeth). An implant-retained bridge can be used if you’ve lost 3 to 6 teeth in a row.
Missing All of Your Teeth
Even patients who need full dentures can benefit from having dental implants placed. An entire arch can rest on 4 to 6 implant posts. This prevents the slipping that sometimes occurs with traditional dentures. You also won’t have to worry about having your teeth refitted in the future since the implants prevent your jaw from changing shape.
Partners with the Best in Harris County
If Dr. Mosley thinks dental implants are your best option, he’ll refer you to one of the top experts in Harris County to have the surgery performed. While implants are generally reliable, there are some risks associated with an improperly performed procedure; that’s why we’ll make sure that you receive care from someone that’s highly experienced and skilled in performing the procedure. Afterwards, you can return to our dental office so that we can provide you with a beautifully crafted dental restoration.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
Before you agree to a dental implant procedure, it’s important to fully understand the cost. It can be difficult to give an average price for implants because there’s several variables that need to be considered. One implant and a crown, for example, are not going to cost the same as six implants and dentures. That’s not even factoring in the different stages of the process. Some patients might even need to pay for bone grafting, periodontal therapy, or another procedure in order to make sure their jaws can successfully support and join with implant posts. Your initial dental implant consultation at Deer Creek Dental will give us a chance to evaluate your situation and provide an estimate.
When thinking about the price compared to other treatments, it’s worth remembering that dental implants will not have to be replaced as often. And with the numerous benefits they offer, many patients agree that they’re well worth the investment!
Dental Implant FAQs
Are you sick and tired of dealing with the inconveniences caused by missing teeth? With dental implants in Deer Park, you can revitalize your smile and your ability to eat and speak clearly, comfortably, and confidently. Below, we’ve answered some frequently asked questions about dental implants so that you have a better idea of what to expect during the process.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
With the proper maintenance, dental implants can last for 30+ years, potentially even for the rest of your life. That’s more than four times the average lifespan of traditional bridges and dentures. Caring for your dental implants is actually pretty straightforward. Here are some tips to make your new teeth last:
- Keep up with a daily routine of brushing and flossing.
- Visit us at least twice a year for routine checkups and cleanings.
- Avoid chewing particularly hard or sticky foods.
- Don’t use your implant-retained teeth (or your natural teeth, for that matter) as tools for opening packaging, chewing ice, holding bags, etc.
- Protect your teeth from grinding by wearing a nightguard.
- Wear a mouthguard whenever you play a high-contact sport.
- Maintain a nutritious diet with limited sugar and lots of fresh produce.
Will I Need a Bone Graft Before Getting Dental Implants?
After tooth loss, your jawbone is no longer stimulated by the tooth’s roots through biting and chewing. As a result, the bone gradually shrinks. Oftentimes, it can no longer accommodate dental implants. If this is the case, bone grafting can strengthen your jaw.
We can graft bone tissue (whether from elsewhere on your body, a donor, or artificial material) onto your existing jawbone. Once the graft has fully integrated (which can take up to six months), your jawbone should be strong enough to support as many dental implants as you need.
Does Dental Insurance Cover the Cost of Dental Implants?
Most dental insurance companies initially viewed dental implants as a cosmetic procedure, so they didn’t cover them. These days, though, more and more insurance plans offer at least partial coverage for dental implants. Our team will gladly look over your plan and determine how much coverage you’re entitled to. Even if your insurance won’t pay for the implants themselves, it might mitigate the cost of other steps of the process, such as your restoration.
Are Dental Implants Safe?
Dental implants have been used for more than four decades to replace any number of missing teeth. Countless studies have proven that dental implants are a completely safe, effective, and beneficial solution to tooth loss.