Dental Implants in The Woodlands, TX

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What are Dental Implants?

To maintain a healthy, bright smile, it's essential to replace teeth that are damaged or extracted due to tooth decay. Made Ya Smile Dental uses dental implants made of biocompatible titanium posts as a permanent, long-term solution for the future placement of a crown, bridge, or denture. Our experienced general dentists complete both the implant and restoration process at our location in The Woodlands, TX, so we can closely mirror your natural teeth. To understand if implants will meet your unique dental needs, or if you have questions or concerns, schedule a consultation at our friendly practice. 

Should I Get Dental Implants?

Candidates for implants have lost one or several teeth in the lower or upper jaw or have decayed or severely damaged teeth beyond repair. They're also an excellent alternative to removable dentures. For patients to receive a dental implant, they must have enough bone in the jaw to support the teeth — so if you use tobacco, are currently pregnant, or have certain medical conditions, this may not be the right option for you. 

Implants connect to the jawbone naturally by a process called osseointegration. Afterward, our practitioners will place a natural-looking denture, bridge, crown, or other restoration to finish the procedure. Made Ya Smile Dental appreciates the advantages of implants as a long-term solution and the benefits they bring to your oral health. Our general dentists have years of training and experience placing implants — so contact our staff to see if this is a viable option for you. 

How do single dental implants work?

Made Ya Smile Dental is a professional one-stop-shop for dental implants in The Woodlands, TX. We proudly save our patients time and resources by completing the surgical placement and restoration at one facility. First, we use 3D oral imaging and other tools to gain a full understanding of your teeth and jawbone. Our team will let you know if a procedure for bone grafting needs to be completed beforehand so your jaw can have enough support. 

For patients who are nervous about getting dental surgery, Made Ya Smile Dental offers sedation options to make them feel more at ease. During the surgery, we will numb the area then make an incision to place the posts in the gum tissue within the bone. Once placed, we will suture your gums to cover the post, leaving a small portion exposed. Our dentists will give you time to heal so the post can integrate properly. In the meantime, we will give you a restoration while you heal. Made Ya Smile Dental will create a custom restoration to be placed permanently in our office. 

What Are implant bridges and implant dentures?

If a patient is missing multiple teeth in a specific space of the mouth, our implant dentists in The Woodlands, TX, might advise an implant bridge. This choice could be two or more crowns that are joined together in a single appliance and then are attached to a set of dental implants in the jaw. If the patient is missing a full arch, then implant-supported dentures might be the best option for them. Implant dentures attach to two or more implants that are strategically placed in the jaw. The procedure to place these implants would be identical to the procedure to place a single implant for just one restoration.

What are All-On-4 Dental Implants?

All-on-4® dental implants from Nobel Biocare® are an innovative solution to replace a full arch of teeth for patients who do not desire the dietary restrictions of other removable dental appliances. For this procedure, four implant screws are secured in precise locations on the upper or lower arch. Once the implants have been integrated into the jaw, the full restoration is then attached to these implants. The surgery to place the implants would be almost the same as the surgery to place a single implant for one tooth replacement.

What Happens After A Dental Implant?

When the dental procedure is completed, Made Ya Smile Dental will give you instructions about caring for the site during the healing process. We will also provide information about any symptoms to look out for, such as swelling, discomfort, or bruising of the face, gums, and jaw. Our general dentists can suggest over-the-counter pain relievers or write a prescription to minimize these symptoms as much as possible. After the integration process, which takes 3 – 6 months, you will return to our office in The Woodlands, TX, so we can take impressions of your mouth for your restoration. We work with a special laboratory that uses high-quality materials to replicate the look and feel of your natural teeth. The tooth replacement will be affixed to the implant posts using permanent cement. 

Made Ya Smile Dental cares about the health of your restorations, natural teeth, and gums — so we will provide instructions for brushing and flossing your teeth moving forward. We also suggest routine cleanings and examinations so we can stay updated on the fit and comfort of your restoration and implants. 

Will Insurance Cover A Dental Implant?

Based on your dental insurance provider and coverage details, your implant procedure may be partly covered. Made Ya Smile Dental accepts most major PPO plans and will contact them to review your information and benefits. Our team is dedicated to the oral health of our patients and allows them to enjoy their best smiles by offering several options for paying out-of-pocket. We also accept low-interest financing with CareCredit®. 

Dental Implants FAQ

How long will it take to get teeth implants?
Your implant procedure will likely be completed in two stages depending on if you require tooth extraction before implants. The dental implant procedure itself will vary based on the number of teeth that are being replaced and where they are located within the mouth. To learn more about how long the process will take, contact our implant dentist at Made Ya Smile The Woodlands for more information.

How long does it take for an implant to heal?
Our team works gently to ensure your healing time is optimal when you get dental implants in Houston, TX. There will be a varied healing process, but our skill during your surgery will ensure your mouth can heal quickly. In general, this process can take anywhere from six to 12 weeks.

How painful is it to get a dental implant?
While the thought of getting a dental implant may cause some concern, you won’t have to worry about any pain while you undergo a dental implant in Houston, TX. Teeth implants have been used for years. But we continue to advance and use better techniques and technology to ensure you experience minimal pain and discomfort. Talk to our dentists for additional information on how we will manage your anxiety and pain appropriately.

What foods can I eat after the dental implant surgery?
After your dental implant procedure, you can drink liquids and consume soft foods two days following the surgery. These types of options include foods like yogurt, cottage cheese, protein shakes, and fruit smoothies. Detailed post-op instructions will be provided following your surgery. If you have any additional questions that need answering, contact our implant dentist for more information.

Schedule a Dental Implant Consultation

Made Ya Smile Dental offers dental implants as a permanent solution to tooth loss, allowing patients to eat and speak more easily while improving their self-confidence. Our friendly and knowledgeable practitioners are able to perform the implant surgery and restoration under one roof to save you time and money. If you are suffering from tooth loss and want to know if you can benefit from implants, contact our caring team in The Woodlands, TX, for your visit. 

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