Thinking about getting dental implants to replace your missing teeth? You’ll find countless dentists and patients alike singing their praises online, but it can be tough to find answers to some very basic questions. That’s why we have taken the time to answer some of the most common implant questions we receive every day. This is a great placed to get started, but if there is anything else you’d like to know about implants, don’t hesitate to give our office a call.
Dental implants are the most lifelike tooth replacement available today. They replicate the form and function of a tooth more completely than other prosthetic devices such as a bridge or denture. A dental implant is comprised of a titanium post that is embedded in your jawbone, an abutment that connects the implant to your tooth restoration, and the restoration itself—a crown, bridge or denture.
The average cost for a single dental implant in Houston is approximately $2,000. This can fluctuate if you need more than one implant. The type of restoration you need will also influence the final dollar amount. Dental insurance plans may not cover the cost of implantation, but they often cover a portion of the restoration, so be sure to check the details of your policy.
Dr. Gray begins with a detailed plan for placement that is based on X-rays, photographs, impressions, and measurements of your mouth. The placement surgery begins with local anesthetic to keep you comfortable throughout the procedure. Then, a small incision in your gums reveals the bone where the implant will be inserted.
If you’ve received one implant, then the healing time runs between three to six months. However, more implants will lengthen the time you need to heal. During this time, the implant and surrounding bone tissue fuse together. Called osseointegration, this process is what anchors the implant, providing a solid footing for your tooth restoration.
If you need to replace all of the teeth along one arch, then All-on-4 dental implants may be an option for you. As the name suggests, this procedure involves strategically positioning four dental implants along your jaw in order to support a full denture. These implants can be smaller than standard implants and are usually angled to take better advantage of your jawbone’s density. Once these are placed, you’ll receive a temporary denture on the same day.
With a commitment to good oral hygiene, you can expect dental implants to last a lifetime. All you have to do is brush and floss your implants just as you would your natural teeth and don’t forget to schedule regular dental checkups at least twice each year with your dentist in Houston. At these appointments, Dr. Gray will ascertain the integrity of your implants and examine for infection.