Dental Implants Pasadena TX
Dr. Paul Covell is proud to provide premier care for placing dental implants in Pasadena, Texas. Dental implants are titanium anchors implanted into the jawbone that hold replacement teeth in place. The root of the implant sits in the jawbone beneath the gum line and the visible tooth, or crown, is attached to the root. Implants look and feel much like natural teeth. They support individual artificial teeth, bridges, and dentures.
What Are The Benefits Of Dental Implants?
Dental implants fit securely and allow patients to chew normally. They are cosmetically similar to natural teeth, so patients can smile without being self-conscious. Implants also prevent decay in the jawbone that can accompany tooth loss. Some of the benefits include:
- Dental implants behave exactly like a natural tooth, so the patient can eat any foods and chew normally.
- Unlike bridges, where adjacent “abutment teeth” need to be crowned to anchor the bridge holding the false tooth or teeth, implants stand alone.
- Implants keep adjacent teeth from moving.
- implants are load-bearing teeth, so you don’t have to avoid chewing or biting with them. Plus, they transfer energy down into the jawbone just as natural teeth do.
- Implants have a 90 to 95% success rate and can last for decades, giving the patient back his or her smile and the ability to eat any foods.
Will The New Teeth Feel Natural?
Yes, dental implants look and feel much like natural teeth. They are constructed to mimic real teeth and are fused to the jawbone so they feel secure. Implants are often more comfortable and fit better than other replacement options.
Are Dental Implants as strong as natural teeth?
Pretty darn close. The artificial tooth placed onto your implant is made of dental-grade porcelain, which is very hard and highly resistant to staining. These artificial teeth are nearly as strong as natural teeth. It is possible to break them, just as it is possible to break a natural tooth.
Dental implants feel and function just like natural teeth. Once your jawbone fully integrates the titanium implant base, it will remain in place the remainder of your life, unless you develop advanced gum disease. The crown/artificial tooth atop the implant can also last the rest of your life. If you do happen to break or damage the crown, a nice benefit in contrast to a natural tooth is that we can simply have another artificial tooth made.
Who Is A Candidate For Dental Implants?
The most important determining factor with dental implants is jawbone mass and density. As we mentioned above, missing teeth can lead to jawbone deterioration and loss of mass. If the patient has waited a length of time before having a missing tooth or teeth replaced, the jawbone may not have enough mass to adequately hold an implant. In these cases, the patient will need one or more jawbone graft procedures to make it ready for implants. These are not difficult procedures, but they will add time to the overall process.
Otherwise, if the patient doesn’t have another dental issue such as gum disease, most people of all ages are good candidates for implants.
Does the Dental Implant procedure hurt?
It’s easy to assume that drilling down into the jawbone, cutting the gums, and the other steps involved in placing a dental implant would be painful. Truth is, the process is less painful than a tooth extraction. First, Dr. Covell uses a local anesthetic during the procedures, so you’ll be awake, but will feel nothing. Second, the jawbone doesn’t have any pain-sensing nerves, so drilling and placing the implant into the jawbone doesn’t involve any pain.
Afterwards you will have some discomfort, possibly in the chin, cheeks, even underneath the eyes. There may be some bruising. An ice pack can reduce the swelling, while ibuprofen is usually sufficient to deal with any aching or pain.
Your gums will need to heal for a week or so where Dr. Covell made the small opening to place the titanium implant base, but this process isn’t overly painful. It simply requires a soft diet for a few days.
How long is the process for getting Dental Implants placed?
The process for receiving a dental implant with Dr. Covell takes some time. To start, he’ll place the titanium implant base into the jawbone. Then we need to wait while your jawbone grows around the implant, the process of osseointegration. This takes from 3 to 6 months.
When the implant is fully a part of your jawbone, it’s time for Dr. Covell to attach the post to the implant. After this is done, your gums need time to heal and grow around the post. This takes about 6 weeks.
Attaching the artificial tooth to the post doesn’t require any time afterwards.
Bottom line? From start to finish, you can expect from between 4 to 7 months for the complete process of receiving your implant. The variability is based on the different rates of bone growth in different patients.
During the Dental Implant process, will I have a temporary tooth placed?
No. Once Dr. Covell places the implant base into your jawbone, it needs time for the jawbone to grow around it. Stress on the implant would impede this, so a temporary tooth is not attached. The same is true when the post is attached, as the gums need to heal and grow around the post.
What Happens During Dental Implant Surgery
The dental implant procedure involves several steps:
The First Step – One or more implants are precisely placed into the jaw bone to mirror the location of the root of the missing natural tooth.
The Second Step – After appropriate healing time has taken place, to allow for the implant to fuse within the bone, impressions of the teeth and bite are taken to custom fabricate a connector post or abutment, and crown.
The Final Step – The abutment and crown are attached to the implant, completing the process.
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How long do dental implants last?
Dental implants are far and away the longest lasting, most durable dental prosthetics. With good home hygiene and regular visits to see our team at Dr. Covell’s there’s no reason your dental implant won’t last for the remainder of your life.
Are There Any Risks In Receiving Dental Implants
Dental implant surgery is a relatively safe procedure. As with any other surgery, some risks may exist. These risks may include complications from surgery, such as excessive bleeding and a reaction to anesthesia. The dentist will discuss the risks in greater detail prior to the surgery.
How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?
The cost of dental implants varies based on the unique needs of the patient. We invite you to contact our practice so that we can provide you with a customized estimate on what you can expect to spend on your dental implants.
How do I care for my Dental Implants?
Dental implants do not require any special hygiene — simply brushing twice daily and flossing are all you need to do. Flossing is important to keep the gums clean where they wrap up around the crown.
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