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Dental Implants

If you're missing teeth, it can have a negative effect on your oral health as well as the function and appearance of your smile.

Dental implants replace tooth roots and allow crowns, bridges, and dentures to function just like natural teeth.

Learn how Dr. Grant Heller in Victoria, TX, can use this solution to rebuild your smile.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically embedded into the jawbone. Made from titanium and other biocompatible materials, dental implants can anchor restorations in place with comparable strength and stability to natural teeth.

The implant process takes several months. After an initial surgery, the implant fuses with the jawbone. This is known as osseointegration. Once this process is complete, a second surgery is performed to place an abutment onto the implant. The abutment will connect your replacement tooth to your implant.

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How Much Do Implants Cost?

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The cost of dental implants can vary based on a number of factors, including the number of implants needed and the complexity of the case. During your consultation at our office in Victoria, TX, we can discuss pricing and go over financing options that help make this dentistry solution more affordable.

Candidates for Dental Implants

Non-Smokers

Cigarettes and tobacco products have a negative effect on post-surgical healing. Tobacco use also increases the risk of periodontal disease and implant failure. Dental implant patients should be non-smokers or willing to quit.

Sufficient Jawbone Density

A missing tooth or multiple missing teeth will lead to the loss of bone density along the jaw. Dentists must ensure that there is enough jaw density to support a dental implant. Bone grafting procedures are available to replace lost bone tissue.

Healthy Gums

Gingivitis and periodontitis could jeopardize the success of your implant and abutment. In addition to checking bone density, dentists also monitor for periodontal disease and signs of gum recession around the tooth gap.

Good Overall Health

Patients must be able to undergo oral surgery without significant risks due to health conditions. During the consultation process at our office in Victoria, TX, we will discuss your medical history to identify potential red flags.

Curious About Dental Implants? Schedule a Consultation Today

If you are interested in dental implants, we encourage you to contact the dental office of Grant Heller, DDS, in Victoria, TX, today. 

During an initial consultation, our dentist can explain the pros and cons of dental implants and answer all of your questions.

To schedule a consultation, contact us online or give our office a call.

Call Us: (361) 575-0237

A Committed and Caring Team Proudly Serving the People of Victoria, TX

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Ramona Judkins

2021

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Beautiful staffing. Caring and understanding, and very friendly. They explain everything that needs to be explained. They love their patients, without any doubt. GOD Bless Them and their families. I Love Them ALL.

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Patrick Hill

2020

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Been a patient with this office for 15 years! Both doctors, Lott and Heller, are great at their services. Dental hygienist and office associates really take good care.

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The Risks and Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental Implant Risks

  • Potential for implant failure during healing
  • Danger of post-surgical infection
  • Poor implant placement could result in nerve/tissue damage or sinus problems

Dental Implant Benefits

  • Implants are as stable as natural tooth roots
  • No need for denture creams or adhesives
  • Prevents further bone loss in the tooth gap
  • Custom restorations resemble natural teeth
We carefully assess your candidacy and work only with the best local oral surgeons in order to minimize risks and maximize your benefits.

Is the Implant Process Painful?

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Getting a dental implant is not very painful. Thanks to anesthesia and post-operative pain management, patients typically experience only mild soreness after oral surgery. We can discuss discomfort and other side effects of implant surgery during your consultation at our office in Victoria, TX.

The Dental Implant Timeline

Our dentist will reference impressions and scans of your bite to design your restoration so you can trust that it will fit perfectly and look natural.
Our dentist will reference impressions and scans of your bite to design your restoration so you can trust that it will fit perfectly and look natural.

Consultation

During a consultation at our office in Victoria, TX, Dr. Heller will examine your bite and take x-rays to determine your candidacy for implants. If you are a good candidate, we will put you in touch with a trusted oral surgeon so you can schedule your implant surgery.

Implant Surgery

During implant surgery, your oral surgeon will make small incisions in your gums. He or she will then place the implants through the incisions and into your jawbone. Anesthesia will be used to ensure your comfort.

Healing

Once the dental implants are in place, a healing period of three to six months is required for the implants to integrate with the bone tissue. During this time, we can provide you with a temporary restoration so there won't be a visible gap in your smile.

Abutment Surgery

Once the dental implants are securely fused with the jawbone, a second, more minor surgical procedure is required to attach abutments to the implants. Abutments are tiny connector pieces that attach restorations to implants. After this surgery, you may require another recovery period of a few weeks.

Final Restoration

Finally, you can return to our dental office to receive your crown, bridge, or denture. Our dentist will reference impressions and scans of your bite to design your restoration so you can trust that it will fit perfectly and look natural. You will leave this appointment with a brand new functional smile.

Find Out Why Our Patients Love Our Dental Practice "The entire staff was courteous and hospitable."

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Aaron Odom

2020

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Very professional. I showed up at his office in extreme pain and after haven't had any pain since. The process was surprising painless, too. I'm very grateful and would recommend him to anyone.

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Matt Groll

2019

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The entire staff was courteous and hospitable. They employ a nice feature where you can get texts reminding you of an appointment that is very handy. Would recommend.

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Grant Heller, DDS

Dr. Grant Heller and his knowledgeable team offer superior, patient-focused dentistry in Victoria, TX, treating you like family in the process. Financing is available. Dr. Heller's prestigious affiliations include:
  •  The American Dental Association
  •  The Texas Dental Association
  •  The Academy of General Dentistry
To request an appointment, fill out our online form or call us at (361) 575-0237.

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