DENTAL

IMPLANTS

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A - IMPLANT

B - ABUTMENT

C - CROWN

Think of dental implants as artificial tooth roots, similar in shape to screws.

A. When dental implants are placed in your jawbone, they bond with your natural bone. They become a sturdy base for supporting one or more artificial teeth, called crowns.

B. A connector – known as an abutment – is placed on top of the dental implant to hold and support your crowns.

C. The crowns are custom-made to match your natural teeth and fit your mouth.

Modern dental implants have been used successfully for over 30 years. They are the strongest devices available to support replacement teeth – and even better, they allow these new teeth to feel, look and function naturally. When performed by a trained and experienced dental implant dentist, dental implant surgery is one of the safest and most predictable procedures in dentistry.

Why should you consider dental implants?

If you, like millions of Americans, have lost one or more teeth, you may be all too familiar with the unpleasant consequences. For many, missing teeth lead to an unattractive smile, embarrassment from loose dentures, and pain or difficulty with eating. Traditional dentistry can provide replacements for missing teeth using bridges, removable partials and dentures; however, each of these has its problems.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

IMPROVED APPEARANCE

Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth. And because they are designed to fuse with bone, they become permanent.

IMPROVED SPEECH

With poor-fitting dentures, the teeth can slip within the mouth causing you to mumble or slur your words. Dental implants allow you to speak without the worry that teeth might slip.

IMPROVED COMFORT

Sliding dentures can make chewing difficult. Dental implants function like your own teeth, allowing you to eat your favorite foods with confidence and without pain.

EASIER EATING

Sliding dentures can make chewing difficult. Dental implants function like your own teeth, allowing you to eat your favorite foods with confidence and without pain.

IMPROVED SELF-ESTEEM

With poor-fitting dentures, the teeth can slip within the mouth causing you to mumble or slur your words. Dental implants allow you to speak without the worry that teeth might slip.

IMPROVED ORAL HEALTH

Because nearby teeth are not altered to support the implant, more of your own teeth are left intact, improving long-term oral health. Individual implants also allow easier access between teeth, improving oral hygiene.

DURABILITY

Implants are very durable and will last many years. With good care, many implants last a lifetime.

CONVENIENCE

Removable dentures are just that; removable. Dental implants eliminate the embarrassing inconvenience of removing dentures, as well as the need for messy adhesives to keep them in place.

Am I a candidate for dental implants?

In the case of missing teeth, dental implants are commonly the treatment of choice. A few medical conditions preclude the use of dental implants. Studies show that smoking will increase the likelihood of implant rejection. Uncontrolled diabetes, on-going chemotherapy, radiation and medically compromised patients can reduce the success of implants, or it might not be an option. At Mustre Dental Clinic we will evaluate these factors and risks in your initial consultation.

SINGLE IMPLANTS

A - IMPLANT

B - ABUTMENT

C - CROWN

If you are missing a single tooth, one implant and a crown can replace it. A dental implant replaces both the lost natural tooth and its root. By replacing one single tooth and avoiding the conventional bridge approach, the adjacent teeth are preserved. Dental implants come in various sizes of length and width.

Since molars typically do most of the work during chewing, using an implant of maximum size is always preferred. By determining the exact jaw dimensions prior to implant surgery, the implant team is able to decide on just the right implant for the tooth to be replaced. Dental CT scan technology is used to plan the implant surgery in a precise manner by using computer-assisted planning software. A connector – known as an abutment (B) – is placed on top of the dental implant to hold and support your crowns. The crowns are custom-made to match your natural teeth and fit your mouth (C).

Modern dental implants have been used successfully for over 30 years. They are the strongest devices available to support replacement teeth – and even better, they allow these new teeth to feel, look and function naturally. When performed by a trained and experienced dental implant dentist, dental implant surgery is one of the safest and most predictable procedures in dentistry.

What are the advantages of a single-tooth implant over a bridge?

A dental implant provides several advantages over other tooth replacement options.

In addition to looking and functioning like a natural tooth, a dental implant replaces a single tooth without sacrificing the health of neighboring teeth. The other common treatment for the loss of a single tooth, a tooth-supported fixed bridge, requires that adjacent teeth be ground down to support the cemented bridge.

Because a dental implant will replace your tooth root, the bone is better preserved. With a bridge, some of the bone that previously surrounded the tooth begins to resorb (deteriorate). Dental implants integrate with your jawbone, helping to keep the bone healthy and intact.

In the long term, a single implant can be more esthetic and easier to keep clean than a bridge. Gums can recede around a bridge, leaving a visible defect when the metal base or collar of the bridge becomes exposed. Resorbed bone beneath the bridge can lead to an unattractive smile. And, the cement holding the bridge in place can wash out, allowing bacteria to decay the teeth that anchor the bridge.

Time of Treatment and Variables?

The time between surgical implant placement and final crown placement is typically shorter on the lower jaw than it is on the upper jaw.

This is a result of denser bone in the lower jaw, which allows for faster fusing (osseointegration) of the bone with the implant’s outer surface. Lower implant restorations can be completed in less than 10 weeks from surgical implant placement, as compared to at least 16 weeks for an upper back tooth.

If the teeth being replaced need to be removed, their extraction may be completed at the same time as the dental implant placement. This “one-stage” protocol can be followed when the tooth to be replaced has a single root and is not infected. Molars have at least two roots and usually require a “two-phase” treatment sequence. The two-phase sequence requires that the remaining roots are removed first and bone filled (grafted). The bone graft is allowed to heal for up to 12 weeks before the implant is surgically inserted in the second phase.

Case Study

SINGLE TOOTH

MULTIPLE TEETH

Am I a candidate for All on X like on TV Commercials?

“All on X” is one of many techniques to replace your failing teeth with dental implants.

Multiple Teeth Implants Fixed Bridge

If you are missing multiple teeth, multiple implants can replace a few or all missing teeth in one arch.

This modality of treatment requires great planning by highly specialized professionals in the area. At Mustre Dental Clinic we used the latest technology from digital smile design, CBCT tomography and 3D printing of implant surgical template for a precise positioning of your implants and long-lasting prognosis.

Do I need one implant per tooth?

There is no necessity to place one implant per tooth replacement.

In the contrary, it is not indicated. Different from a tooth root, dental implants are not a live material, but a biomaterial (metal). Placing so many implants together, will compromise the blood supply of the supporting bone creating potential complications over the years.

How many implants will I require per each jaw?

At Mustre Dental Clinic we recommend a minimum of 6 implants per jaw to replace a total of 12 teeth per arch. There is a widely common treatment modality called “All on X”; this modality can require as minimal as 4 implants per arch to anchor a fixed bridge. Even though we believe it is an option of treatment, we at Mustre Dental Clinic try to preserve as much bone as possible when treating multiple teeth replacement. The concept of “All on X” requires excessive bone removal. We are very conservative at Mustre Dental Clinic and will treat you as we treat our family.

Do I have to remove my teeth at night?

Multiple teeth replacement are fixed bridges that are not removable by the patient. This are bridges that anchor to multiple implants by bio-engineered titanium screws. Only your dentist is able to remove the bridge if necessary for any maintenance.

How long does the process take?

Multiple teeth implants can take from 3 to 8 months for completion. Every individual situation is different. At Mustre Dental Clinic we take the necessary steps and time to treat our patients right the first time. In most instances our patients have fixed teeth all along their treatment.

Case Study

SINGLE TOOTH

IMPLANTS & DENTURES

There are various types of complete dentures

A conventional full denture is made and placed in the patient’s mouth after the remaining teeth are removed and tissues have healed which may take several months.

An immediate complete denture is inserted as soon as the remaining teeth are removed. The dentist takes measurements and makes models of the patient’s jaws during a preliminary visit. With immediate dentures, the denture wearer does not have to be without teeth during the healing period. Even if you wear full dentures, you still must take good care of your mouth. Brush your gums, tongue and palate every morning with a soft-bristled brush before you insert your dentures to stimulate circulation in your tissues and help remove plaque.

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Dentures FAQs

ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS SAFE?

Are Dental Implants Safe?

So many patients wonder- are dental implants safe? The answer is yes! Not only are they safe, but they also can prevent additional oral health problems. Implants help to strengthen the jaw and support artificial teeth, leading to better oral health over time.

Who Should Avoid Dental Implants?

Of course, no single dental procedure is the best choice for every patient. Patients who are sensitive to certain metals might have a reaction to titanium implants, which means they are better off choosing another procedure. In addition, patients who are heavy smokers might not be good candidates for implants.

Dental implants need to be placed in healthy jaws and gum tissue. If you have jaw or gum issues, bone grafts, gingivitis treatments, and other procedures can help to heal the area so you can get implants in the future.

Will There Be Side Effects?

Some patients might experience side effects after getting dental implants. However, these are usually mild and will subside as your surgery site heals. Common side effects include swelling, pain, or bruising around the surgery site, as well as sensitivity while eating or drinking. While it’s extremely rare, infection can happen after getting dental implants. Call your oral surgeon right away if you develop a fever or any other infection symptoms.

Will My Dental Implants Fail?

For over 95% of patients, dental implants are a success. Of course, that means a small number of implants do fail. Luckily, there are options for these patients and oral surgeons can usually try the procedure again. Monitor your symptoms as you recover and attend all of your follow-up appointments so your oral surgeon can ensure your implants are healing correctly.

The Bottom Line

Dental implants are a safe and reliable way for patients to improve their smiles. However, we understand that some patients will be nervous about the procedure or have additional questions. The Houston Dental Implant Center team is here to guide you through your implant journey. Call us today to learn more or to book a consultation.

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