Dental Implants in Houston, TX
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 a 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 will make recommendations as to which type of dental implant is right for you. 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, natural-looking smile. 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.