Missing teeth can compromise your oral health, appearance, and quality of life. Dental implants are small titanium posts used to replace missing tooth roots and provide the ultimate support for crowns, bridges, or dentures. The dentists at Fort Bend Dental can plan and perform every step of implant placement and restoration at our office, with no need for referrals. Our caring team is passionate about helping patients achieve the comfort and confidence they deserve through this life-changing procedure. To learn more about how you can benefit from dental implants placed at our Missouri City, TX, and Richmond, TX, locations in Fort Bend County, please contact us today.
Why Dental Implants?
To date, dental implants are the only restorative treatment that can allow you to chew any foods you like, enunciate with full clarity, and prevent the jawbone atrophy that occurs following tooth loss. Traditional dentures and bridges can restore some function, but they are not as integrated a solution and they cannot stop jaw atrophy. If you are missing teeth, dental implants can be a great investment for your oral health.
Placing Dental Implants
We offer traditional, mini, and All-on-4® implants. Traditional implants require at least two surgeries, while All-on-4® and mini implants can be placed and restored in a day. Each provides unique advantages, and your dentist can help you decide which is right for you.
If you choose traditional implants, the initial surgery involves placing the implants in the jaw. The gums are sutured closed over the top of each implant to facilitate healing. In the meantime, you will be provided with a temporary restoration. Over the course of four to six months, your implant will become permanently fused to the jaw bone. Once this process is complete, you will undergo a second surgery in which abutment pieces are attached to the implants. These serve as the connection point with your restorations. The gums are sutured in a way that leaves the abutments exposed above the gum line. When the gums have healed, we can create your implant-supported crown, bridge, or, denture.
Mini implants generally require only one surgery, and they can be restored immediately following placement. They are often recommended to replace one or more teeth, but not an entire arch.
If you choose All-on-4® implants, the initial surgery involves placing four implants at specific angles in the jaw to support a full denture. In many cases, your dentist can immediately attach a permanent denture. In some cases, your current denture can be modified to fit your implants. You can begin experiencing the benefits of your implant-retained denture immediately as the implants are healing.
The health of your jaw and the proximity of your sinus tissues to your upper jaws are major considerations when planning implant surgery. If you have waited to replace your teeth and have experienced some jaw atrophy, you may require a bone graft to restore lost tissue and create a stable base for implants. If your sinuses lie too close to the treatment area, we can perform a sinus lift, in which donor tissue is added to the upper jaw to lift the soft tissues of the sinuses, creating room to safely place implants. We also offer platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, a treatment that uses your own growth factors to expedite healing of the bones following these procedures.
Contact Us to Learn More
Dental implants are the most effective means of replacing a missing or severely damaged tooth. If you are missing one or more teeth, or suffer from severe dental decay or damage, contact us today to schedule a consultation and determine whether implants are right for you.