Dental Implants

Mission Dental

Family Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Houston, TX

Studies show that dental implants are the most effective tooth replacement, with a near-perfect success rate 10 years after placement. If you need a new tooth that’s comfortable, realistic, and durable, Mission Dental in Houston, Texas, can help. Skilled dentist Leslie Trinh, DDS, coordinates all aspects of your dental implant process, including your permanent crown restoration. Call the office or click the online booking tool to get started now.

Dental Implants Q & A

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a tooth replacement with optimal fit, function, and appearance. Dental implants are permanent, so they work almost identically to healthy teeth. Instead of tooth roots and a natural tooth, dental implants include three components:

  • Anchoring titanium or a titanium alloy post
  • Abutment, a connecting piece that fits into the implant
  • Custom crown, bridge, or other kind of tooth restoration

In some cases, you can even get permanent partial or full dentures, secured with several dental implants.

How long do dental implants take?

It depends on the situation, but in most cases, it takes a few months. Usually, dental implants begin with extractions and mouth preparation.

You may need a healing period after extractions. Then, your dental implant surgeon implants the posts into your jawbone and secures your gum tissue in place around them.

After that, you typically wait at least several months for osseointegration to happen. Essentially, this means your bone fuses with the implant to make a strong anchor for your new teeth.

After osseointegration, you may need another surgery, this one minor, to place your abutment. After placing the abutment, you typically need a couple of weeks to heal. But, in some cases, you can skip this step because some abutments and implant posts are all-in-one today.

Finally, Dr. Trinh secures your new crown, bridge, or other restoration to the abutment. Some men and women may be candidates for immediate dental implants, in which you get the new implants the same day of the extractions. But, immediate dental implants often require more maintenance afterward.

Are dental implants the right choice for me?

If you’re wondering which tooth restoration is the right choice for you, Dr. Trinh can help. She always takes the time to discuss all of your options, including dentures and implant-retained dentures.

In general, you need to have good current oral health to get dental implants. You also need a good support system (your jaw bone) for the implants. Sometimes, bone grafting could be a way to get the jaw bone you need if you’ve lost too much bone already.

As with all surgeries, the best candidates don’t smoke, as it can prevent normal healing.

Set up your dental implant consultation at Mission Dental by calling the practice or scheduling online.