Dental Implants — Humble, TX
A Permanent Solution to Missing Teeth
We aren’t exaggerating when we say that dental implants are the most complete tooth replacement available today. Able to fully restore a tooth both above and below the gumline, they provide the next best thing to natural teeth, and now, you can get them right here at Progressive Dental Group. If you’re looking for a beautiful and permanent solution to missing teeth, dental implants in Humble, TX are the answer you’re looking for. Want to know if you are a good candidate for them? To schedule a consultation, give us a call today.
Why Choose Progressive Dental Group For Dental Implants?
- Seamlessly & Permanently Replace Any Number of Missing Teeth
- All-Inclusive Care: Placement & Restoration Under One Roof
- Dental Insurance Welcome & Flexible Financing Available
What Are Dental Implants?
So what makes dental implants so special compared to other tooth replacements like bridges and dentures?
It all comes down to the fact that implants are the only treatment that replaces both the crown and the root of a missing tooth. Other replacement options like dentures and dental bridges only replicate the crown, which makes them much less stable and more likely to wear down over time. With dental implants, however, the new teeth are firmly anchored into the jawbone thanks to a new titanium “root” placed within it, meaning whether you’re chewing or speaking, they aren’t going anywhere.
The root also serves a dual purpose. It provides internal support for the jawbone, preventing the bone deterioration that is common after tooth loss, which helps maintain the strength of the bite as well as the overall shape and appearance of the face.
The dental implant post in your jawbone can be topped with a custom-made crown, bridge, or denture depending on your unique needs. Whichever you choose, the end result is a smile that looks, feels, and functions just like natural!
Who Is Qualified to Place Dental Implants?
Any dentist can call themselves an implant dentist, which is why it’s important to choose a professional who is highly skilled and trained, in order to ensure that you end up with a great outcome. Dr. Jose Cabrera has dedicated hundreds of hours to advancing his training and sharpening his skills in implant dentistry. He is also an active member of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, which allows him to stay up-to-date with the latest advancements and techniques. With so much additional education and training under our team’s belt, you can rest assured that you’ll receive the best results when you visit Progressive Dental Group.
4 Step Dental Implant Process
Unlike other dental offices, we don’t have to refer you to a separate specialist to have implants placed. The entire process from the initial consultation to the final restoration can be handled right here, under a single roof. Our team will be at your side from beginning to end, until you finally have a strong, sturdy, complete smile again. The dental implant process will look slightly different for everyone, but the process can be divided into four basic steps, which you can explore in more detail below.
Initial Dental Implant Consultation
Before we can perform implant surgery, we have to answer a simple question: are you a good candidate for dental implants? To that end, an initial consultation is needed. After we’ve examined your mouth with the latest dental technology, we’ll discuss the steps that need to be taken before implants can be placed. You might have to undergo bone grafting or another form of preliminary work depending on the state of your jawbone or other oral structures. Once we’ve finished the necessary preparations, we can set a date for implant surgery.
Dental Implant Surgery
Your mouth will be numbed before we open up the gum tissue to access the jawbone. After creating a small hole in the jaw, we will insert a dental implant at a carefully chosen angle. Once all of the implants are in place, your gums will be carefully sutured shut. A protective cap is placed on your implants in order to shield them throughout the healing process. This also has the benefit of maintaining the shape of your gums.
Dental Implant Osseointegration & Abutment
Osseointegration is process where your implant posts fuse with your jawbone. It usually takes about three to six months depending on the number of implants used and your own healing capabilities. Successful osseointegration is needed if you want your dental implants to last. After osseointegration, a second, smaller surgery is performed to attach abutments to the top of your implants. An abutment is a small metal connector piece. It is what will hold the final restoration in place once it has been made.
Delivery of Dental Implant Restoration(s)
Every dental implant restoration is fully personalized. The first step is to take an impression of your mouth after abutment placement. We’ll send the impression to a dental lab; the team there will use the information provided to create a crown, bridge, or denture that looks like your natural teeth, all the way down to the color and the way they reflect light. You’ll return to our office to have the final restoration placed. We may need to make a few last-minute adjustments so that the restoration is the best possible fit. Once it’s in place, you’ll be able to start enjoying the advantages that come with new teeth that rest on stable, secure “roots.”
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants offer a range of benefits that other tooth replacement options just cannot match. Here are some of the major advantages:
- Replace Full Tooth: Because dental implants replace the entire tooth structure, including the missing roots, they look, feel and function almost exactly like natural teeth!
- Stimulate the Jawbone: Dental implants stimulate the jawbone to prevent bone deterioration. This keeps your face looking full and vibrant!
- Preserve Natural Teeth: Single tooth dental implants fuse with the surrounding jawbone and do not require the support of healthy teeth to remain in place. In contrast, fixed bridges involve shaving down healthy teeth and placing crowns on top of them in order to replace a missing tooth.
- Simple Smile Maintenance: Dental implants do not require any special care or maintenance. Just be sure to continue brushing twice a day, floss daily and visit our dentists every six months for a routine checkup.
- Long-Term Results: Invest in a tooth replacement solution that will last for many years to come. Dental implants can serve your smile for decades – or even the rest of your life – with proper care.
Who Dental Implants Can Help
Dental implants can help patients dealing with an entire spectrum of tooth loss, so what kind of implant restoration would be best for your particular smile? Our team can help you decide at a consultation depending on how many teeth you are missing:
Missing 1 Tooth
After placing a single implant root into the jawbone, it can be topped with a custom-made crown to fill in a gap in the smile. This new tooth will be able to stand on its own without support from the surrounding teeth, better preserving the integrity of a patient’s natural smile compared to a regular bridge.
Missing Multiple Teeth
For patients missing three or more teeth in a row, rather than replacing them with individual implants, two implants placed on either side of the gap can be used to support a strong and reliable bridge. This means the nearby teeth won’t need to be altered to hold supporting crowns, helping the implant bridge seamlessly fit into any smile.
Missing All Teeth
If you’re missing all your teeth on either your top or bottom arch (or both), a full denture can be firmly attached to the jawbone using just four well-placed implants. Compared to a typical removable prosthetic, an implant denture is much sturdier, less likely to slip, and also helps a patient have a much stronger bite.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
How much does it cost to get dental implants? It depends! Factors such as how many teeth a patient needs to have replaced, where they are located in the mouth, and what kind of restoration is used can all make the procedure more or less expensive. Plus, the need for preparatory procedures to ensure that a patient is ready to receive implants (such as a tooth extraction or bone graft) can add to the overall cost as well. In the end, the best way to determine what YOUR particular procedure will cost is simply to come see us for a consultation where we’ll be able to discuss the ins-and-outs of your specific process.
It’s important to note that while implant restorations tend to be more expensive than other traditional options, they often end up being the better long-term financial choice, largely thanks to their longevity. Regular bridges and dentures usually need to be completely redone every 7-10 years, compounding their cost, while implants can often last for 30 years or more. With implants, a patient can easily save thousands in periodic maintenance and retreatments as time goes on, all the while enjoying superior function and aesthetics as well!
Dental Implant Post- Op Instructions
It can be daunting going into surgery, but when you visit Progressive Dental Group for your dental implant treatment, we’ll make sure that the entire process is painless and hassle-free. Many of our patients worry that their dental implant placement will be unbearable; however, that’s not at all the case. Dr. Cabrera administers a local anesthetic beforehand to make sure that you don’t feel a thing throughout the surgery.
After the procedure, many patients report feeling tenderness and a dull pain, but it’s typically nothing that can’t be remedied with an over-the-counter pain reliever such as ibuprofen. Within a day or two, you’ll be able to return to your regular routine. Just be sure to maintain a soft diet and clean your dental implant placement site to prevent any healing complications.
Maintaining & Caring for Your Dental Implants
One great benefit of getting dental implants is that they’re easy to care for. In fact, because they’re so similar to your natural teeth, you can take care of them in practically the same way. Just be sure to keep up with your dental hygiene routine by brushing and flossing, maintaining a nutritious diet, visiting your dentist for semi-annual checkups and cleanings, and being mindful of eating any chewy, hard, or sticky snacks. If you notice any out-of-the-ordinary feelings or signs, don’t hesitate to contact our office so we can examine your implants and make sure that a problem isn’t developing.