Dental Implants Frequently Asked Questions

Sugar Land, TX, dental implant providers Drs. Kline and Davis understand that choosing the right tooth replacement treatment can be tough. The Smile Texas team firmly believes that only an educated patient can make the very best dental care choices, and in that vein here we answer a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions. Should you have any other questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to give our office a call at 832-500-3935.

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is best thought of as a system, made of up of three major components: the fixture, the abutment, and the crown. The implant fixture is made of biocompatible titanium and placed directly along the jawbone. The abutment acts as an intermediary between the fixture and the crown, which is the permanent replacement tooth. These pieces fit together to provide a comprehensive solution to tooth loss that addresses the health and aesthetic consequences to missing teeth.

Why choose dental implants?

Tooth loss not only compromises your smile, it also increases the risk of other dental and general health problems. Those who suffer from tooth loss may face a heightened likelihood of:

  • Tooth decay and gum disease
  • Heart disease
  • Bone loss and facial deformation
  • Anxiety and depression

Dental implants comprehensively tackle these issues by reproducing the functions of a natural took. Not only that, but your permanent replacement teeth will look just like natural teeth, having been matched in size, color, and shape.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

There is no other tooth replacement treatment that matches the benefits of dental implants. These benefits include:

  • Spectacularly natural-looking permanent replacement teeth
  • Increased protection against dental infection
  • Amazingly convenient and easy-to-maintain
  • Unrivaled comfort

How much do dental implants cost?

Dental implants are an incredibly cost-effective tooth replacement treatment. Neither dental bridges nor removable partial dentures can match their benefits, and both of these alternative treatments suffer comparatively low lifespans: 7–9 years on average. By comparison, dental implants can last a lifetime if you keep up with your oral hygiene. At our Sugar Land office, we pride ourselves on the affordability of our implants, providing a number of financing options so that you can access the dental care you need.

How long does the dental implant process take?

Beginning with a consultation and ending with a stunning smile, the dental implant process can take anywhere between three to six months. Much of this time consists of rest and recovery after the implant fixture is fitted along the jaw, to allow the jawbone to osseointegrate with the implant. At this time, the jaw will regenerate new bone tissue, which will weave itself right up to the surface of the fixture and anchor it into place. Successful integration is paramount for the success of the treatment, so that the implant can support one or more permanent replacement teeth or a full-arch implant-supported bridge.

Is the procedure painful?

During the procedure you should experience minimal pain or discomfort. During your consultation with Drs. Kline and Davis, you may ask them about the possibility of a local or general anesthetic. After the procedure, Drs. Kline and Davis may also provide you with guidelines and how to choose over-the-counter medication. You may also discuss the possibility of a prescribed medication to use after the procedure.

What can I do if I suffer from dental phobia?

If you suffer from dental phobia or anxiety, there is no need to worry because we will go to great lengths to accommodate you. Drs. Kline and Davis are among the few Houston-area dentists who are board certified in sedation dentistry. Either through oral sedation or IV sedation, we can help you feel calm and relaxed while your smile receives the attention it deserves.

Am I a Dental Implant Candidate?

An ideal implant candidate fulfills the following criteria:

  • In good general health
  • No gum disease or tooth decay
  • Strong and healthy jawbone

If you are eligible for a tooth extraction, then you are most likely also eligible for dental implants. Recent procedural innovations have also widened the range of people who are candidates for the treatment.

However, only Drs. Kline and Davis can give you an accurate assessment on your candidacy. If you are missing one or more teeth, contact us at our Sugar Land, TX, dental practice to schedule your free, one-on-one consultation: 832-500-3935.