Implant Dentistry with Dental Implants
Replacing missing or damaged teeth is essential to maintaining a healthy,
attractive smile. The Houston dental implants dentists of Mills Dental
Group are pleased to offer comprehensive implant dentistry treatments,
including traditional implants and mini implants. This sophisticated dental
treatment can greatly improve your health and quality of life by providing
you with a complete, attractive smile. If you are affected by tooth loss
and would like to learn more about this comprehensive solution, read the
information below and
contact Mills Dental Group today at 281-556-1606.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are considered the most comprehensive, advanced and effective
solution to tooth loss. They can be used to replace a single tooth or
an entire set of teeth. Dental implants act as an artificial root that
is surgically implanted into the jaw to be an anchor for the placement
of an artificial tooth, or
dental crown. Unlike dentures, which can be removed at any time, dental implants are
permanently placed in the jaw just like the natural teeth. The porcelain
dental crowns that are placed atop the implant also look and feel similar
to the natural teeth. Other benefits of dental implants include:
- Enhance the appearance of the smile
- Prevent shifting of remaining teeth
- Prevent bone loss
- Support facial structure
- Improve speech
- Allow for comfortable eating and drinking
- Increase a patient’s self-confidence
- Long lasting
Who Is a candidate for Dental Implants?
Patients who have lost a single tooth or several teeth may consider dental
implants as a way to restore their oral health and the appearance of their
smiles. Houston dental implants candidates must have sufficient bone structure
to adequately hold the implant. In some cases, the dentist may place bone
graft if you do not have enough bone structure to support an implant.
It is also important that the gums are healthy prior to any implant procedure.
The dentist will administer any necessary periodontal care prior to placing
dental implants. Implant dentistry patients should not smoke, as smoking
increases the risk of infection and complications. Finally, it is important
that patients maintain good oral hygiene habits after the implants are
placed to ensure their longevity.
Types of Dental Implants
Mills Dental Group is pleased to offer traditional dental implants and
mini dental implants to their patients. Mini dental implants are smaller
in diameter than regular implants, typically 1-2mm wide compared to 4-5mm
wide. They are ideally used to stabilize dentures or partial dentures.
They may also be used on patients who do not have sufficient bone structure
for the placement of a conventional implant. Conventional dental implants
offer even more stability than mini dental implants because they are securely
rooted in the jaw bone. In addition, conventional dental implants have
a smaller risk of implant loosening – a condition possible even
under the hands of the most skilled dentist – than mini dental implants.
During a comprehensive consultation, the dentist will evaluate your oral
health, assess your aesthetic needs and wants and make recommendations
as to which type of dental implant is right for you.
The Dental Implants Procedure
Regular dental implants are placed over the course of several dental appointments.
During the first surgical appointment, the dentist will carefully place
the implant or implants in the bone, before closing the area with sutures.
After the gums have healed and the implant has fused to the bone in a
process known as osseointegration, patients return to the practice to
have the implant restoration placed. The dentist will affix a restoration
(a dental crown,
implant-supported bridge, or implant-supported dentures) to the implant. This creates a beautiful,
The mini dental implant procedure is similar, but requires a less-invasive
treatment. During the procedure, the dentist will place the dental implant,
leaving the top of the implant above the surface of the gum, to which
the dental restoration is fixed. This procedure does not require the typical
three-month healing period that regular implant dentistry requires.
The dentists of Mills Dental Group understand that dental implant procedures
can be daunting for patients with dental phobias or anxiety. Renowned
sedation dentists, they offer many options to help patients feel at ease
during this procedure. Their advanced sedation techniques make it possible
for all patients to restore their smiles.
In addition to being used to replace the teeth, dental implants can be
used to stabilize dentures. Many patients who have
dentures are bothered by the need for adhesives or have problems with the fit of
their dentures, which can cause them to constantly slip. Mills Dental
Group is pleased to offer denture stabilization with mini dental implants
to eliminate this problem. During an in-office procedure, the doctor strategically
places dental implants in the gums. The dentures are then adjusted to
snap onto the implants. This provides unprecedented stabilization and
comfort, as well as improves a patient’s ability to eat and speak.
Schedule an Appointment to Learn More
Mills Dental Group is pleased to offer this natural-looking, comfortable
and permanent solution to damaged, diseased or missing teeth. Call us
today at (281) 556-1606 or complete our simple online form to schedule
a consultation. We’re dedicated to providing you with affordable,
top-quality dental care.