The dental implant procedure is very safe, with an average success rate of 95–98% This is the standard Smile Texas holds itself against, which is why we follow a four-phase dental implant process. Starting with a consultation and ending with a strikingly stunning smile, the process takes between three and six months, but the results can last you a lifetime. Read on to learn more about our process and be sure to explore the rest of this educational website to learn more about dental implants and how they can benefit you.
Step 1: One-on-One Consultation
The dental implant process at our Sugar Land practice starts with a comprehensive, one-on-one consultation with Drs. Rick Kline or Bret Davis. During this consultation, we will take a look at your oral anatomy, diagnose your dental problem, and discuss with you the possible solutions at your disposal. The choice is ultimately yours and we highly encourage you to get the information you need to make a the best choice for your dental needs. Bring questions or concerns, Drs. Kline and Davis will be more than happy to answer them. After the consultation, if you’ve found that dental implants are the best option for you, you will schedule an appointment for step 2, the procedure.
Step 2: Fitting the Implant(s)
The dental implant surgery usually takes only a single appointment and consists of placing the implant fixtures along the jawbone. This entails gently creating a spot for them to fit into, in the bone itself. Once this is accomplished, the fixture itself will be inserted, followed by the suturing of the small wound. During the procedure, any discomfort should be minimal and you can discuss with Drs. Kline or Davis the possibility of using an anesthetic. If you suffer from dental anxiety, our Sugar Land practice offers sedation dentistry, including IV sedation, to help relax you during the treatment.
Step 3: Rest and Recovery
After your implant fixtures have been fitted, it’s time for healing. During a variable period, typically lasting three to six months, the implant site will heal while the fixture integrates with the jawbone. This process of assimilation is known as osseointegration and involves the biological, organic regeneration of bone tissue. This new bone grows right up to the surface of the implant, weaving itself through tiny holes covering the surface of the fixture, tightly and steadfastly anchoring the dental implant in place.
Osseointegration is integral to the success of the dental implant process, therefore it’s important not to place undue force on the wound site until it has fully healed — we advise against eating on it and avoid drinking through a straw, as the suction can dislodge the platelets protecting what’s underneath. Drs. Kline and Davis may issue other instructions and guidelines, as well.
Step 4: Completing Your Smile
Once the dental implant has successfully osseointegrated, it’s ready to receive your new permanent replacement teeth. Near the final weeks of the rest period, you will return to our Sugar Land office to have abutments attached to your implant. These will be used to directly support your new dental crowns, which will be customized to your standards during a series of “try-in” appointments. Each new permanent replacement tooth will match as closely as possible the original size, color, and texture of the natural tooth it’s replacing, providing you with an impeccable and irresistible smile.
Schedule Your Consultation with Smile Texas in Sugar Land, TX
If you suffer from tooth loss, dental implants may be the ideal treatment for you. The implant process is safe and straightforward. Not only that, but our dental implants are affordable and we make available a number of financing options to help you access the dental care you merit. If you’re ready to start the path towards a higher quality of life, contact our Sugar Land practice to schedule your no-obligation consultation: 832-500-3935.