Dental Implants in Harris County
Dental implants have transformed the way we replace teeth. Traditional tooth replacement methods only restored those parts of teeth visible above the gum line, but dental implants replace the vital root structure for a more natural looking and feeling result. Whether patients are missing one tooth or a full arch, dental implants can be used to support a custom dental prosthetic that replaces teeth and completes smiles. Contact our team to find out more or schedule a dental implant consultation today. We welcome Hamilton residents as well as patients from LaGrange and other nearby communities.
The dental implant tooth replacement process is completed in two phases. The first phase is the surgical placement of dental implants. The length of the procedure varies largely based on the location and number of implants to be placed, but the general method of placement remains the same. After creating a detailed surgical plan to ensure patients achieve maximum stability using the minimum number of implant posts, a small incision is made in the gums where the implant post is to be placed. Then, we carefully position the titanium implant below the gum line, and protect the implant with a cap. Over the course of three to six months, the dental implant fuses with gum tissue and supportive alveolar bone forming a solid foundation for a replacement tooth.
Implant-Retained Crowns & Bridges
After the three to six months it takes for the implant to fuse with the jawbone, patients return to our office to have their replacement tooth or teeth attached. Patients missing between one and four consecutive teeth may want to consider an implant-retained dental crown or bridge. A single replacement crown or two connected crowns are typically attached to one dental implant post. To support a three to four crown bridge, we will likely recommend two implant posts for optimal support, one at each end. In some cases, we may also recommend a series of fixed bridges to restore more extensive tooth loss, but this is an advanced surgical procedure and requires patients in excellent health with adequate jawbone density.
In case of more extensive tooth loss, we will likely recommend dental implant supported partials and dentures. Like their traditional counterparts, the implant-retained solutions combine replacement teeth supported by a gum-colored base. Rather than attaching the base with clasps to remaining healthy teeth or molding the base to create suction between the denture and gums, these prosthetics are supported by four to six strategically positioned dental implant posts. We offer both fixed and removable options to ensure ideal comfort for any patient.