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Dental Implants — Humble, TX

A Permanent Solution to Missing Teeth

Diagram of dental implants in Humble

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?

Model dental implant in Humble next to model teeth for comparison

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?

Portrait of Humble implant dentist Dr. Jose Cabrera, DDS

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

Woman checking smile in mirror after receiving dental implants in Humble, TX

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

Dentist showing patient dental implants in Humble, TX

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

X-ray of dental implant in Humble, TX

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

Illustration of abutment for dental implant in Humble, TX

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)

Fully integrated and restored dental implant in Humble, TX

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

Woman with dental implants in Humble smiling outside

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

Humble implant dentist holding model of implants and pointing to smile

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

Diagram showing single tooth dental implant in Humble

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

Model showing implant bridge replace multiple missing teeth in Humble

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

Model of implant dentures in Humble

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.

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Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

model implant and money stack represent the cost of dental implants in Humble

How much does it cost to get dental implants in New Caney? There’s no clear-cut answer; we have to consider multiple factors when determining the price of your new pearly whites. These include the number of teeth you’re replacing, their locations within your mouth, and whether you need preparatory procedures before dental implant surgery. 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.

While dental implants often cost more up-front than dentures and dental bridges, they can actually save you money in the long run because of their impressively long lifespan. Additionally, our team can help you navigate your financial options and make your new smile affordable.

Preliminary Treatments & Dental Implant Surgery

group of dentists performing dental implant surgery

To ensure your mouth and jaw are ready to receive dental implants, you may need to complete one or more preparatory treatments. For example, gum disease will need to be treated to prevent the infection from causing your implants to fail. Another common issue is jawbone loss if a patient has been without their teeth for an extended period of time. This must be remedied with a bone graft; otherwise, the implants won’t have enough bone mass to integrate with. These procedures increase your overall costs, but they also give your new teeth the strong, healthy foundation they need to last for decades to come.

Your dental implant surgery, as well as any sedation or anesthesia used, also incurs its own cost. Unlike many dental practices, Dr. Jose Cabrera can handle this procedure right here at Progressive Dental Group. As a skilled implant dentist in New Caney, he can help you avoid the need to pay a separate bill to an outside practice, making the process simpler.

The Parts of Your Dental Implant

implant dentist in New Caney placing a crown onto a model of a dental implant

The dental implant posts and the abutments that go on top of them can all be crafted from various materials, each of which is ideal for specific situations and comes at its own price point. Dr. Cabrera will be transparent as to which type of dental implant he chooses for you.

Depending on the number of teeth you’re missing, your costs will also change. Not only will you have to pay for the implant posts and abutments, but the restoration – crown, bridge, or denture – also has a specific price. Generally, the larger a restoration is, the more it costs.

How Dental Implants Can Save You Money  

man admiring his new dental implants in New Caney

It’s important to note that while the cost of dental implants in Humble tends to be higher than that of other 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 seven to 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!

Does My Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?

dental insurance paperwork on a blue clipboard

Although many dental insurance plans do NOT cover dental implants, there are always exceptions to the rule. Your plan is likely to cover a portion of the cost of any preliminary treatments you need, such as gum disease therapy. It may also partially fund your restoration. Our team can help you understand how much coverage your insurance plan will give you, and we even offer in-network savings with many of the nation's leading PPO plans.

How We Make Dental Implants Affordable

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Even patients without insurance, or those whose insurance plans don’t provide enough coverage, can enjoy affordable dental implants thanks to our partnership with CareCredit. This third-party financing organization provides low- to no-interest payment plans that can easily fit within most people’s monthly budgets.

Dental Implant Post- Op Instructions

Closeup of patient who just got dental implants in Humble

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

Couple with dental implants in Humble brushing their teeth

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.

Dental Implants FAQ

woman wondering about dental implants in Humble

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.

Can I take dental implants out?

Dental implants in New Caney have the potential to stay in place forever because your jawbone will fuse to the posts through a process called osseointegrations. As a result, you can’t remove them on your own. Only a trained and qualified dental professional can take them out. While you can’t remove the posts, some implant dentures are removable for cleaning.

Does getting dental implants hurt?

You’ll need oral surgery to place titanium posts in your jawbone. It’s normal to be concerned about a long, painful process, but there isn’t any reason to fret. Your implant dentist in Humble will use a local anesthetic to numb your mouth. It’s also common for a sedative to be used, so you won’t feel any pain or discomfort during the procedure. Not to mention, your jawbone doesn’t have any nerve endings. After your procedure, it can take a few hours for the medications to wear off. Your mouth will be a bit sore for a few days. Contrary to rumors you may have heard, recovering from your placement surgery is comparable to a tooth extraction. You can manage your discomfort using OTC medications and applying a cold compress to the outside of your mouth. It’s also best to sleep with your head elevated to prevent the blood from pooling, which can cause throbbing pain. After about 2-3 days, your discomfort should gradually improve. If it doesn’t get any better or worsens, contact our office.

Are dental implants safe?

Most patients who have good oral and general health can benefit from dental implants with little risk of complications. When placed by a qualified professional and on the ideal candidate, they are completely safe. Your dentist will perform a thorough consultation to determine if dental implants are right for you. Based on an examination of your smile, reviewing your medical history, and taking a CT scan of your jaw, your dentist will create a personalized plan to restore your smile. It’s not uncommon for patients to need additional treatments to become a candidate for the procedure, like tooth extractions or bone grafting. If you have any pre-existing conditions, like cancer or diabetes, you may still be a candidate for dental implants; however, your dentist will take extra precautions.

How can I tell if my dental implant is failing?

Dental implants are the most reliable option to treat missing teeth. The risk of dental implant failure is usually less than 5%; however, it can occur. Often, it results from a preventable infection called peri-implantitis. If treated early, you can avoid dental implant failure. It is best to head to your dentist immediately if you have severe pain around the implant. You may also experience inflammation or a feeling that the implant is loose. If you act fast, your dentist may be able to save your smile to ensure your dental implant continues to serve you for decades.