Dental Implants from The Houston Dentists in Houston, TX

If you’re missing one or more teeth due to dental hygiene mistakes or mouth trauma, you now have a beautiful alternative to partial dentures, bridges, or full mouth dentures. Houston Dentists Dr. Tom Hedge, Dr. Kathy Frazar, and Dr. Raouf Hanna want to show you just how incredible dental implants can be.

Dental Implant Surgery Ensures a Beautiful Smile and Healthy Mouth

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With a success rate of 98% and a lifetime guarantee for patients according to Web MD, dental implant surgery is becoming more common for those who need teeth replacement or a substitute for dentures.

Dr. Tom Hedge, Dr. Kathy Frazar, and our on-staff periodontist, Dr. Hanna, are some of the top-notch dental implant dentists Houston has to offer, and they can provide you with dental implants that will make your tooth trauma completely unnoticeable! A dental implant surgery is a common and safe procedure that can help our patients in several areas:

  • Improved appearance and smile
  • Improved speech
  • Permanent comfort  compared to dentures
  • Durability
  • Better ability to chew tough foods
  • Higher self-esteem
  • Improved oral health

Many people make the switch from dentures to dental implants or select this corrective surgery for these reasons and more. Before our patients decides to have dental implants and experience the benefits after the procedure they should know more about what dental implants are, the purpose of using them, and what makes a good candidate for dental implants.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are essentially artificial tooth roots. They are constructed from durable titanium, and are inserted directly into your jaw bone.

Dental implant surgery is a way to replace the root of a tooth with a screw made of titanium and with an implant crown. A dental team works together to implant the tooth that needs to be replaced by first evaluating a patient’s health. If a patient is a good candidate for dental implants, the team will fabricate a titanium dental implant that will be placed in a small incision in the gum line. The implants are fitted so that they come into contact with the bone and it takes about two to six months to fuse the bone to the implant before a crown can be placed.

There are several different types of dental implant surgery and restoration procedures that can take place:

  • Single Tooth Replacement
  • Fixed Replacement for Multiple Teeth
  • Removable Replacement for Multiple Teeth
  • Sinus Augmentation
  • Ridge Modification

Dental implants function the same way as normal teeth do, but because of how they are attached to the bone, dental implants respond differently to disease, maintenance, and repair. All three options have great results for the patients. One reason some patients decide to have removable dental implants instead of fixed is because it is much easier to clean the dental implants.

The Uses of Dental Implants

Dental implants are so versatile because they have a variety of uses, including:

  • Anchoring a porcelain crown for a single missing tooth
  • Anchoring a bridge for several missing teeth
  • Anchoring a full-set denture with specialized All-on-4 implants
  • Utilizing dentures to give you a facelift

Therefore, dental implants can be used to address multiple smile problems, specifically missing teeth. They can also be a substitute for cosmetic surgery through the provision of a facelift.

Proper Care of Dental Implants

Just like taking good care of normal teeth, dental implants require a good hygiene regime that includes special cleaning just like any regular visit to the dentist. It is also best to avoid chewing hard foods such as hard candy, ice, and tough meats such as steak or beef jerky.  Also be aware of any tobacco or caffeine products such as cigarettes, coffee, and black teas which may stain the teeth.  If you tend to grind your teeth, especially during the night, ask about night guards for your new dental implants.

All-on-4 Implants for Dentures

If you’re tired of your dentures slipping and sliding, our top-notch Houston dentists can give you a set of All-on-4 implants to anchor your dentures.

Essentially, All-on-4 implants are a set of 4 implants which are inserted into the back of your jaw. These implants will be able to anchor a set of permanent new teeth, giving you a restored smile with longevity.

Purpose and Benefits of Dental Implants

Already you have learned the basic benefits of a dental implant procedure such as improved speech and ability to chew, higher self-esteem, and improved overall health. But a dental implant can also be a substitute for cosmetic surgery as a facelift if you wish to decrease the appearance and signs of aging. Dental implants help to strengthen your overall bite and health by reinforcing the structure to how the teeth use to be.

Mini Implants and Their Benefits

After evaluation, if we don’t determine that you are a good candidate for a full dental implant procedure, you still may be a candidate for mini implants and we provide that as well.

Mini implants are a good solution for candidates who do not have enough bone to uphold the full implants or are switching between systems. Similar to anchors, mini implants include minimal incisions and the healing time is much shorter than the full procedure.

Choosing Dental Implants over Dentures

Rather than using dentures which requires removal at night and constant cleaning, dental implants are a great long-term solution. Unlike dentures which tend to slip and cause irritation to the gums, dental implants stay in place and because they act like normal teeth, they are more comfortable. Dental implants may be more expensive than dentures but the pros of dental implants clearly outweigh those of the dentures.

However, if a patient so chooses to use dentures, dental implants can still be used to help anchor bridges, partials, and full dentures. Anchor dental implants cost less and do not include an incision into the gum line for placement.

What Makes a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

Each dental procedure plan is completely individualized to fit the needs of the patient, but whether or not a person is a good candidate for a dental implant procedure depends on several criteria:

  • General good oral health
  • No oral diseases
  • Including cavities and periodontal disease
  • Healthy gums and bone structure
  • Does not grind or clench teeth regularly
  • Fully developed adult teeth

To know whether you are a good candidate or not for a dental implant procedure, your dentist will perform an evaluation of your oral health which would include a CT scan of the teeth and gums.

Patients who may not be good candidates for dental surgery include:

  • Heavy smokers
  • Pregnant women
  • Patients suffering from other health diseases
    • Cancer
    • Uncontrolled Diabetes
    • Blood Disease
    • Bone Disease
    • Heart Disease
    • Patients who have experienced extensive radiation therapy to the head and neck

Adjusting to Dental Implants

So that a patient does not experience any discomfort during the procedure, a local anesthesia may be used to numb the surrounding area. Afterwards, the patient will most likely experience mild discomfort which can be treated with over the counter pain relievers such as Advil or Ibuprofen.

Disadvantages are few, but patients should pay close attention to how their implants are doing. It is not common, but the screws may loosen and therefore loosen any anchors or bridges in the process as well. Any trauma or extreme grinding in the mouth or jaw may cause failure and correction by a dental surgeon.

If you are considering dental surgery, there are many options available depending on your current situation. From anchors for dentures, mini implants, to full implants, dental surgery can help ensure a better smile and healthier teeth.

What is the Dental Implant Procedure Like?

Many people wonder how invasive the application of a dental implant is. The truth is that putting in a new dental implant is quite an invasive procedure, but well worth it.

It involves the placement of your artificial tooth root directly into your jawbone, which requires oral surgery. Afterwards our dental implant specialists will allow the bone to fuse with the implant, giving it the proper strength and stability.

After your artificial tooth root is securely fused with your bone, one of our dentists will place a denture, bridge, or porcelain crown atop your tooth root.

Although the procedure is invasive and requires oral surgery, you shouldn’t feel nervous because Dr. Hedge and Dr. Frazar use only the best oral and IV sedation techniques.

There are several steps to the procedure. They are:

  • A patient evaluation to determine whether you are a candidate for dental implants. An evaluation is essential because implants require adequate bone structure for placement.
  • Oral surgery with superior sedation techniques in which the titanium post is implanted into the jawbone for each missing tooth, or for the new teeth that will anchor the bridge or denture.
  • After this procedure, your dentist will allow your bone tissue to fuse with the titanium post, creating a solid foundation.
  • Once these implants are secured, a handcrafted, permanent crown will be attached to each post.

If you are looking for mini implants we provide that as well.

Dental implants mimic the entire natural tooth, down to the root. Implants are a prosthetic that essentially mimics nature. The result being restored tooth function and improved speech, along with strong and secure

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Eight over eight implants with fixed or cemented in crowns. This patient had removable dentures before.

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Dental Implants From The Houston Dentists

If you choose to get dental implants from The Houston Dentists, you can be confident that you are in good hands.

Houston implant dentists Dr. Tom Hedge, Dr. Kathy Frazar, and Dr. Raouf Hanna are experienced dental implant dentists who have spent years training in the field of dentistry. Through their Houston dental practice, they can provide patients with porcelain veneers, Invisalign®, bleaching, cosmetic bonding, gum lifts, and a variety of other cosmetic and general dental procedures.

  • Dr. Hedge, Dr. Frazar, and Dr. Hanna provide top-tier quality care for Houston patients. Dr. Hanna has extensive knowledge of periodontology and experience with providing high-quality dental implants.
  • Dr. Hanna is truly talented in his field. His education did not stop after dental school or after completing training for periodontology; he has attended many conferences and lectures on dental implants and other dental treatments. His research has been published in the Journal of Periodontology, and he serves as an international lecturer on implants and periodontics.
  • Dr. Hanna is also certified in oral and IV sedation, which he uses to help his patients feel more comfortable throughout the process of getting dental implants.

At The Houston Dentists, we would love to show you a revolutionary way to solve a multitude of your dental problems. If you have a single missing tooth, multiple missing teeth, or you are in need of a facelift, our Houston dentists can provide you with dental implants to remedy all of the aforementioned problems. If you are considering dental surgery, there are many options available depending on your current situation. From anchors for dentures, mini implants, to full implants, we can help ensure a better smile and healthier teeth.

For your dental implants in Houston, choose some of Houston’s top-notch dentists: Dr. Tom Hedge, Dr. Kathy Frazar, and Dr. Hanna. For a complimentary consultation about dental implants or any other procedure, call us today at 713.481.5666.

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