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.
Let's take a look at a dental implant in action...
How Much Do Implants Cost?
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-SmokersCigarettes 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 DensityA 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 GumsGingivitis 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 HealthPatients 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.
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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 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
Is the Implant Process Painful?
Getting a dental implant is not very painful. Thanks to anesthesia and post-op 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.