Dental Implants – Texas City, TX
A State-of-the-Art Solution for Tooth Loss
Around the world, dental implants are widely considered to be the best form of tooth replacement, and we completely agree here at Stephen C. Hale, DDS. Implants look, feel, and last just like natural teeth, and they are an excellent option for patients dealing with a wide variety of tooth loss. If you’re ready to recover your smile and enjoy it for a lifetime to come, contact us today to schedule a consultation to discuss options for tooth replacement with dental implants in Texas City, TX.
Why Choose Stephen C. Hale, DDS for Dental Implants?
- Start-to-Finish Dental Implant Care
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What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is essentially a prosthetic tooth root made of titanium. It is placed into the jaw where it naturally bonds with the surrounding bone through a process called osseointegration. Once this is complete, the implant can be used to support a crown, bridge, or denture to complete the smile.
Benefits of Dental Implants
The reason why so many patients love their dental implants is because they offer so many unique benefits, with a few being:
- Supreme Stability: Unlike traditional prosthetics, implants are held in place using strong bone, so the new teeth never slip and slide out of place.
- Aesthetically Stunning: Implants don’t have noticeable metal attachments that make them stick out in the smile. The roots are completely hidden and topped with custom-made, porcelain restorations.
- Long-Lasting: A regular bridge or denture can be expected to last about 5-10 years before needing to be replaced. An implant, however, can easily last for 30 years or more.
- Jawbone Stabilization: Dental implants support the jawbone from within and prevent the bone loss that usually occurs after tooth loss.
- Easy Maintenance: All a patient has to do is brush, floss, and get regular checkups to ensure their implants look and feel like new for decades.
Are Dental Implants Right for You?
Anyone with missing teeth can benefit from dental implants. After we check to make sure your gums are healthy enough to support the new teeth, we’ll help you choose which of the following options is best for you:
Missing Single Tooth
An implant can be positioned between two healthy teeth and topped with a crown. Unlike with a bridge, the nearby teeth won’t have to be shaved down to create room for the prosthetic.
Missing Multiple Teeth
Just two implants can be used to hold a dental bridge that restores several teeth in a row. It allows us to preserve the remaining teeth while using a minimal number of implants to complete the smile.
Missing All Teeth
With as little as four implants, we can anchor a full denture to the jawbone, allowing a patient to fully recover their bite strength while enjoying a prosthetic that will never shift out of place.
Dental implants are placed into the jawbone with a minor surgery, and after a patient heals, the new roots are attached to custom-made restorations. Thanks to our team’s expertise, we’re able to handle the entire process from beginning to end, helping a patient save time, money, and stress while renewing their smile.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
Because dental implants are so versatile, the cost of the procedure is always different from person to person. Factors such as how many implants are needed, where they will be located in the mouth, and what type of restoration they will support can all affect the price. We’ll discuss your particular cost when you come in for a consultation so you’ll know exactly what to expect.
Dental Implant FAQs
Before you commit to replacing your missing teeth with dental implants, you might have some questions on your mind. We invite you to ask us anything about this procedure because we want you to feel absolutely confident that it’s the right choice for you. Below we’ve addressed some of the most common questions about dental implants in Texas City from patients in hopes of putting your mind at ease. But feel free to reach out to us if you’d like a more in-depth conversation about any of these issues!
How Long Does It Take to Recover from Implant Placement Surgery?
When we’re done getting the implants in position within the jawbone, you’ll need at least a day or two of taking it easy before you resume normal activities. If your job involves rigorous work, then you may want to consider taking more time off to give your body ample time to recover. During your consultation, our team can recommend how long you should take it easy for the best possible chances of success.
Does My Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?
In most cases, dental insurance coverage does not include implants. However, some preliminary work (like gum disease therapy or tooth extraction) is often covered under most policies. When you come in for an implant consult, we can review your plan, look for ways to save you money, and let you know what you’ll be responsible for paying out-of-pocket. Then, if necessary, we can help you apply for affordable financing through CareCredit.
Is There Anything I Shouldn’t Eat with Dental Implants?
Soon after the placement procedure, you should steer clear of hard, crunchy foods to allow the site to heal. After a few days of eating soft food, you can then slowly ease back into your normal diet. However, once the implants have been restored, you are basically free to eat anything you ate with natural teeth. To help your implants stay in excellent condition, you may want to limit your sugar consumption and not chew on hard objects like ice and pencils.
Do Dental Implants Decay?
No, implants are not made from enamel like your natural teeth. They are artificial; as a result, they are not susceptible to cavities. However, these prosthetic teeth can still get plaque buildup, and your gums can still become infected if harmful bacteria are allowed to stay in your mouth. That’s why it’s important to keep up healthy oral habits even if you have no natural teeth left. Daily brushing and flossing, along with regular visits to our office, can prolong your implants’ lifespan and keep you smiling!
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