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Today, dental implants are designed with your comfort in mind. First, Dr. Viet Tran and his experienced team use custom color-matching tools to emulate the shade of your natural teeth. Then, the expert team will explain the procedure. There are three primary components: the fixture, abutment, and dental crown.

Missing teeth don’t just change the look of your smile. They can also affect your speech, ability to chew, and even the shape of your face. Tooth implants offer a solution to missing or damaged teeth that look. They provide a natural feel and function just like real teeth.

Dr. Viet Tran, DMD, and his team at Smiles of Memorial use advanced techniques and dental technology to perform dental implant procedures. To schedule your free implant consultation, call our Houston, Texas office or schedule an appointment today.

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Dental Implants at Smile Memorial Dentistry in Houston, TX

Say goodbye to ill-fitting dentures and gooey pastes! Dr. Viet Tran and his Smiles of Memorial dental team proudly offer implants, placed in office. Whether missing one tooth or a full set of teeth, Dr. Viet Tran can restore your smile with natural-looking teeth implants. 

Discover the revolution in dentistry that Houstonians are raving about!

The Tooth Implant Post

The post acts like your tooth’s root. The root begins at the base of the tooth and extends into the jawbone below the gumline. An implant post will be placed in the same position. This stabilizes the tooth and sets teeth implants apart from traditional restorations like dentures. With a post secured in your jawbone, you will be able to enjoy hard-to-eat foods like steak.

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Dental Crown

The third part is the tooth crown. It does not differ from a normal crown placed on a natural tooth. After placing the artificial tooth root, you will have to wait, a few weeks or months to receive your custom-made crown.

After your dental implant surgery, Dr. Viet Tran will place a temporary, removable crown that will appear natural but will let the post heal in your jawbone before placing the permanent crown.

Implant-Retained Bridge

If you have 3 or more consecutive missing teeth Dr. Viet Tran may recommend an implant-retained bridge. A traditional bridge places a crown above the gumline, where the missing tooth is laid. The crown is secured to two nearby teeth with a crown or band on each tooth.

A dental implant-supported bridge works similarly in that it holds a crown where a tooth laid; however, instead of attaching to nearby natural teeth, the crown attaches to two implants on either side of it. This allows a more secure fit for the missing teeth.

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Implants vs. Dentures

There are numerous reasons why many Houstonians prefer implants over traditional dentures. As discussed above, implants are a non-removable solution that looks and functions like a natural tooth. They can last for many decades without being replaced. 

Overall, patients at Smiles of Memorial are ecstatic about the appearance and function of dental implants from Dr. Viet Tran.

Q: What are dental implants?

A: They are artificial tooth roots placed in the jawbone to provide a stable foundation for replacement teeth. They are a popular and effective solution for replacing missing teeth.

Q: How are tooth implants placed?

A: They are placed through a surgical procedure. The implant dentist or oral surgeon will carefully insert the implant into the jawbone, allowing it to fuse with the bone over time. Once the implant has integrated with the jawbone, a crown, bridge, or denture can be attached to it to complete the restoration.

Q: How long do dental implants last?

A: They are designed to be a long-term solution. With proper care and maintenance, they can last a lifetime. However, individual factors such as oral hygiene, overall health, and lifestyle habits can influence the longevity of your implants.

Q: Are they a suitable option for everyone?

A: We can confidently say that they are a versatile option for individuals who have lost one or more teeth. Conditions such as uncontrolled gum disease, inadequate jawbone density, and certain systemic health issues may affect the suitability of dental implants. Assessment of your oral health is essential to determine if you are an ideal candidate for implants.

Q: Is the procedure itself painful?

A: The dental implant process can vary in duration depending on individual circumstances. After the implant is placed, it takes several months for the implant to fuse with the jawbone in a process called osseointegration. This healing period can range from a few months to six months. After the implant has been integrated successfully the restorative phase can begin, which may take a few weeks to complete.

Q: How long does it take to complete the entire process?

A: The dental implant process can vary in duration depending on individual circumstances. After the implant is placed, it takes several months for the implant to fuse with the jawbone in a process called osseointegration. This healing period can range from a few months to six months. After the implant has integrated successfully, the restorative phase can begin, which may take a few weeks to complete.

Q: Are dental implants easy to care for?

A: They require regular care, similar to natural teeth. This includes brushing and flossing daily, as well as regular dental check-ups and cleanings. Additionally, it is important to avoid habits such as smoking, as they can compromise the long-term success of the implants.

Q: Are there any risks or complications associated with dental implants?

A: Dental implants are generally safe and have a high success rate. However, as with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks and complications. These can include infection, damage to surrounding structures, nerve injury, implant failure, or implant rejection. It is important to discuss any concerns with your dental professional before undergoing the procedure.

Q: Can dental implants be used to support dentures?

A: Yes, dental implants can be used to support and stabilize dentures. Implant-supported dentures provide a better fit and more comfortable experience than traditional removable dentures. The number of implants required for this treatment can vary depending on individual needs.

Q: Will dental insurance cover the cost of dental implants?

A: Dental insurance plans offer varying coverage for implant procedures. Some may provide partial coverage while others don’t cover it at all. It is recommended to check with your health insurance provider to understand your specific coverage. To manage the cost of implants, financing options may be available.

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