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Dental Implants: Effectively Replacing Your Missing Teeth

Dental Implants

Dental Implants Webster TX | Houston

Dental implants are the most realistic looking and healthiest way to replace your missing teeth. When you lose teeth, the roots of those teeth go with them, and when there are no roots, the bone and gum tissue that surrounded the root is not supported anymore. When the bone and gum tissue have no roots to keep them healthy, they begin to deteriorate. There are a number of things that can happen when bone and tissue start to deteriorate, including a change in appearance and the shifting of natural teeth that you have remaining.

Implants are small rods of titanium that resemble a screw and when inserted into your jaw attach to replace missing teeth. They are the most stable restoration option available and create a strong and beautiful smile while also functioning like a natural tooth. After inserting implants, they immediately begin to merge with the bone in your jaw and act as the roots of your teeth. Implants keep your jaw healthy, act as replacement roots for your teeth and ensure that you don’t fall victim to bone and gum tissue loss.

When you choose to replace your missing teeth with dental implants, you are making a choice that you won’t regret because it is the healthiest choice that you can make! Dental implants replace the roots of your teeth and make sure that bone and gum tissue don’t deteriorate. This will ensure that your appearance stays intact and that your smile is looking gorgeous for everyone to see!


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Why Should missing teeth Be Replaced?

When you lose teeth, the roots of those teeth go along with them. When you lose the roots of your teeth, the bone and gum tissue that once surrounded that tooth no longer support anything. Since bone and gum tissue no longer have a tooth to support they will begin to deteriorate. As the tissue deteriorates, it will not only affect your oral health but it will also cause your jaw to shrink.

Jaw shrinking not only affects your oral health but will have a great influence on your appearance because it causes wrinkles to show up on your face and make you look older than you really are. Implants provide something for the surrounding tissue to support and a permanent replacement for the missing tooth root.


Candidates For Dental Implants

Most patients, regardless of age, are good candidates for dental implants to replace missing teeth. However, patients that have been missing teeth for a long period of time may not be candidates. If the jaw deterioration is severe patients will need to resolve that issue, sometimes with a bone graft, before they can receive implants. Dr. Das and the staff at Clear Lake Dental Care can discuss your options during your consultation.

Dr. Das talks about candiates for dental implants.

Benefits of Dental Implants

The most amazing thing that dental implants do is replace the roots of your teeth to ensure that gum tissue and bone don’t deteriorate. The dental implants effectively take the place of the roots that were lost along with your natural teeth. Once the implant is in place, we can attach your replacement teeth to them and give you a perfectly beautiful and functional smile.

Dr. Das talks about the benefits of dental implants.

Types of Dental Implants

Dental implants are a decision that will last for a lifetime. Dr. Das and his staff are highly trained to place dental implants. At Clear Lake Dental Care, we offer a variety of dental implants including Teeth in a Day, All-on-Four implants and Ceramic.

We always utilize the newest implant technology based on your needs. NobelPearl™, a 100% metal-free, two-piece ceramic implant solution with a cement-free internal connection, provides a unique new alternative to titanium. Designed to support a natural soft-tissue appearance, these implants can help patients gain the natural aesthetic excellence they desire.

All of these procedures are performed out of our comfortable office in Webster, TX!

Teeth in a Day

Teeth in a Day, or immediate implants, are a quick and effective way to get replacement teeth in your mouth and working as quickly as possible. This procedure is so convenient because it only takes one day for Dr. Das to place both implants and replacement teeth in your mouth. These replacement teeth can be crowns, bridges, or dentures. You will walk out of our office with a smile on your face.

Clear Lake Dental provides All-On-Four Implants

Our permanent teeth replacement system, known as All-on-Four dental implants involves placing four implants in your jaw. These four implants, two in the front and two angled in the back, anchor to replacement teeth. This makes for a healthy, secure smile.

The Dental Implant Procedure

In most cases, the dentists at Clear Lake Dental Care can place your implants and the artificial teeth atop them in the same day. Formerly, the titanium implant needed months for the bone to grow around the implant. First, we perform an examination of your current condition. We may have to pull badly decayed remaining teeth or ascertain how much bone loss has occurred. This step will include x-rays and a CT scan to give Dr. Das, or Dr. Pham the precise position for your implants. Clear Lake Dental Care uses a computer simulation to map out the plan for your mouth.

To start the placement procedure we will make a tiny incision in your gums and insert the implant(s). The screw-shaped titanium implant will anchor the false tooth above. Next, we attach a small metal post, an abutment, to the implant. The final step is to place the temporary acrylic tooth onto the abutment. This temporary tooth will be in place while your jawbone grows around and accepts the titanium implant. During this process, you will eat a soft diet to avoid placing stress on the implant. Once your jawbone has fully integrated the titanium implant, a process that usually takes 6-8 weeks, you return to our office and we remove the temporary teeth and replace them with crowns. Now, you can eat a regular diet and enjoy your beautiful new smile.

Will I Be Sedated For The Procedure?

The easy answer to this question is, yes. Here at Clear Lake Dental, we use sedation dentistry to help patients feel relieved of their anxiety or discomfort. After our undergoing sedation dentistry, our patients usually have little-or-no memory of the visit.

Although sedation produces a relaxed state, it does not have the same effect as anesthesia, which is used for most dental procedures. A patient will still require an injection of local anesthesia to eliminate the pain caused by the procedure. The patient is usually sedated prior to getting anesthesia to reduce any anxiety about its injection.

Caring for Your Dental Implants

Implants behave exactly like your natural teeth and their care is the same as well. Simple daily brushing and flossing is all that is required to keep your new smile looking great.

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I can’t imagine having dental implants done by anyone/anywhere else. Dr. Das and his entire staff is personable, professional, and caring. Thank you, my friends for all you’ve done for me. My dental health before I came into Dr. Das wasn’t so great. I had a lot of cavities and irritation and sensitivity in my mouth. When I came in, the staff was so comforting and helpful in every way possible. I recommended my whole family and they all love Clear Lake Dental Care as well. Dr. Das does an amazing job at keeping you relaxed and pain free. I will definitely continue to refer others here! — Halee – Webster, TX

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

Dental implants often last for the remainder of a patient’s life. If you have a full-arch prosthetic with a complete set of false teeth, it won’t last as long as individual implants, but replacing it is a simple process.

Are Dentures an alternative to Implants?

Although dentures are an alternative, they don’t protect your jawbone from deterioration. Instead, they actually accelerate the process. Additionally, dentures do not allow patients to eat all the foods that they love. Implants function and have the strength of natural teeth, allowing patients to enjoy all their favorite foods.

Dr. Das speaks about how implants can be the solution for your denture issues.

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What is the process of Implant-Related Procedures?

If patients choose not to immediately replace their missing teeth they can suffer from bone loss. In those cases, patients can run into problems that prevent implants from being immediately placed. Additionally, patients can have underlying issues that delay implant placement. Clear Lake Dental Care offers procedures that can fix those problems and allow the patient to receive implants.

Ridge Augmentation

When you lose a tooth, there will be a socket left in its place. This leaves your oral health in danger because food and other sediments can become trapped in your empty socket and can cause the socket to become infected. Patients can receive a ridge augmentation to fill the socket with bone-substitute material and give your gumline a natural look again. You will no longer be in danger of having food and other sediment stuck inside of gaps, and the new bone will be able to support a tooth replacement.

Sinus Lifts

In the case that your sinus cavity is too close to your upper jaw, we can perform a sinus lift. To space the sinus cavity and upper jaw apart, we can add bone to your upper jaw and raise the sinus cavity to make room for this extra bone. This is often done to prepare a patient to have dental implants.

Bone Grafts

If your oral health has been affected to the point where you have lost bone that once surrounded your teeth, you may need a bone graft to restore your bone. A bone graft is a procedure that will give you back the bone that you’ve lost. You will need this bone not only to keep your smile looking attractive but also to have implants placed. However, this procedure is rarely necessary now as we can place implants at a 45° angle to mitigate the need for bone grafting.

Bridges vs Implants

Whether you’re replacing a single tooth or all of your teeth, Dr. Das, and Dr. Pham believe dental implants are far and beyond the superior option. Fixed bridges are an alternative, but they don’t have the lifespan of implants.

Dental Implant Results

Patients receive all the benefits of natural teeth with their dental implants. It is important to continue good oral hygiene with the implants to prevent bacteria buildup, which can cause gum disease or bone loss.

Cost Of Dental Implants

There are many factors that contribute to the cost of dental implant services. Some examples of these factors include: the number of teeth being replaced, whether or not the teeth have already been extracted, if any grafting is required, etc. On average the fee to replace a single tooth with an implant is approximately $3,600. Don’t worry, if you want to replace all of your teeth with implants, it is not necessary to place an implant for every missing tooth.

What materials are used to make the components of a dental implant?

At Clear Lake, we use both titanium implants and ceramic implants. This is the screw-shaped portion of the dental implant that provides the artificial root to anchor the implant. A stainless-steel post is attached to the implant base. The crown/artificial tooth attached to the post is made of porcelain.

How long does it take for dental implants to settle?

How long it takes a patient’s jawbone to grow around the implant base varies depending on the rate of bone growth. This process is known as osseointegration. It takes anywhere from two months up to six months, depending on the patient.

What is the downside of dental implants?

There aren’t any true downsides to dental implants. Dr. Das and our team at Clear Lake feel dental implants are far and away the best option for patients to replace a missing tooth or two. If more teeth are needed, implants function as excellent anchors for partial or full dentures.

As for “potential” downsides, you could count these:

The artificial tooth attached to the post and implant can wear out or break — This is true, but the tooth can easily be replaced if it is somehow damaged (which is rare). When comparing to a bridge, which is the only alternative to replacing teeth, bridges can break and wear out much more easily than the tooth in an implant.
You must have substantial bone mass to support them — This is true, as you need to have adequate jawbone mass to anchor the implant base. If an implant is placed into weak or inadequate bone it may fail. But, again, this isn’t a downside, as decreasing bone mass is a problem for any person in any dental situation. You may require a little bone grafting to rebuild bone mass for the implant, but this is not a difficult process.
The initial cost is higher — People often look at the higher up-front cost of having a dental implant placed, comparing it to a bridge. What they aren’t considering, however, is that the implant is likely to function and remain in place for the rest of the patient’s life. This is a single procedure. A bridge only lasts 10-15 years before it typically needs replacing, so if you opt for a bridge, you will need at least two, possibly three new bridges in the future and the costs will add up.
The process takes too long — It is true, with a traditional implant it takes up to six months to wait for the implant base to become integrated and the gums to heal before the artificial tooth can be attached. A bridge may only take a couple weeks. While implants do take much longer, their quality of function makes them worth the wait for most of our patients from Webster and the surrounding areas.

How long is the recovery time for dental implants?

Recovery time is broken into parts that match the above procedure steps. After the implant is placed, your gums will heal quickly where we made the small incision. But you’ll need to wait from three to six months for the next step in the process, as your jawbone needs to grow around the implant. This isn’t recovery, it’s simply time spent waiting for the jawbone to accept the implant. Once we attach the post to the implant, your gums will need to heal again, and we allow a few more weeks to let them fully get back to normal. Again, “recovery” time would only be for a few days. After the artificial tooth is attached to the post there is no recovery; you can use your new tooth immediately.

Are there limitations while getting my implant?

You will have two periods where you will have to alter your diet a bit during the implant process. When Dr. Das/Dr. Pham/Dr. Acevedo places your implant base into your jawbone, you’ll need to eat a soft diet for a few days to let your small gum incision (made to access your jawbone) heal. This will be true again when we place the post into the implant and then allow the gum tissue to settle in around the post before we place the crown.

These are only minor inconveniences. Most of our patients are surprised at the relative ease involved with placing a dental implant.

Can I combine my implant process with other treatments at Clear Lake Dental Care?

Whether you receive All-on-4 implants to replace full arches of teeth or whether you receive a single traditional implant, these aren’t single session treatments. Since we will see you again during the process, we will likely combine other services with your implant.

For instance, you’ll still need to care for your other teeth (unless you’re getting All-on-4 on both arches) so you’ll need to have your twice-yearly professional cleanings and exams. We could whiten your other teeth during the process. If another tooth has extensive damage or decay, we could place a crown on it to preserve the tooth and return function. We could use bonding to correct a cosmetic flaw with a tooth or two.

If you want to combine services into a single appointment, we can easily make that happen.

Cost Of Dental Implants

There are many factors that contribute to the cost of dental implant services. Some examples of these factors include: the number of teeth being replaced, whether or not the teeth have already been extracted, if any grafting is required, etc. On average the fee to replace a single tooth with an implant is approximately $3,600. Don’t worry, if you want to replace all of your teeth with implants, it is not necessary to place an implant for every missing tooth.

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To learn more about dental implants call 281-557-8097 now or schedule a consultation online with one of our dentists. Clear Lake Dental Care is located in Webster, Texas and serves surrounding areas.

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