Dental Implants Houston, TX
Missing teeth can be embarrassing, causing people to hide their smile and lose their self-esteem. The space created by missing teeth can easily become infected with bacteria, causing other teeth to shift out of place, and making it difficult for people to speak or eat correctly. Dr. Charolia and the staff at Pearl Shine Dental are sensitive to the hardship a missing tooth can create. We provide dental implants so that our patients can regain their self-confidence, improve their health, and approach life boldly.
Installing dental implants is a complex procedure. Patients throughout the 77070 area trust us to replace their missing teeth and with their overall oral health. This is due to the stellar reputation of Dr. Charolia. We know that there are various dental providers to choose from. So Dr. Charolia and the staff constantly look for ways to improve the overall experience of our patients. You can get affordable dental implants from our office, which is conveniently located in Houston, Texas. We welcome patients throughout Texas, offering them the opportunity to restore missing teeth most naturally and beautifully.
Facts from the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (aaid.com)
- More than 30 million Americans are missing all their teeth in one or both jaws
- 15 million people in the U.S. have crown and bridge replacements for missing teeth
- 3 million have implants and that number is growing by 500,000 a year
- 10% of all US dentists place implants but that is increasing
- The success rate of implants has been reported in scientific literature as 98%
- Implants performed by US dentists 5,505,720 (2006)
- Implants performed by US general dentists 3,103,930 (2006)
- The dental prosthetic market in the U.S is projected to reach $5 billion by 2018
Questions to Ask When Selecting an Implant Dentist in Houston
- What treatment options do you use to restore missing teeth?
- How many implant procedures have you performed?
- What’s your success rate?
- What’s your education and training in implant treatment?
- Which technique* and type of replacement teeth or appliance do you recommend for me, and why?
- What steps are involved in the process and where and by whom are they performed?
- What should I expect throughout the process in terms of pain, recovery time, eating, etc.?
- Will I have teeth throughout the process?
- What type of anesthesia do you use?
- What are the risks of the treatment option you’re recommending?
- What are the benefits?
- Can you share before-and-after pictures of other patients you have treated?
The Process of Installing Implants
You may qualify for dental implants as a way to permanently replace the missing teeth if one or more of your teeth have fallen out. To find out whether or not dental implants are right for you, schedule an appointment with our Houston dentist office by calling (281) 477-7200. Dr. Charolia will examine your mouth and jawbone to determine whether the dental implant procedure is right for you. Before starting the procedure, your gums need to be healthy, and your jawbone has to be strong enough to support the post. If our Houston implant dentist identifies any cavities or signs of gum disease, this has to be treated first.
Once you are cleared for the procedure, the staff at Pearl Shine Dental will take an impression of your mouth so that the new teeth can be created in a dental lab. Each tooth will be made to match the size and shape of the surrounding teeth along with having a perfect color match. This way your smile will appear completely natural once done. Patients throughout TX are delighted with the results since no one can tell the difference between which teeth are real and which ones are synthetic.
Patients throughout Houston, Texas, are delighted with their dental implant results since no one can tell the difference between which teeth are synthetic and which ones are your real teeth.
The best thing is teeth restored with implants cannot get cavities! A crown or replacement tooth doesn’t decay like your natural tooth. However, you still must brush, floss, and care for it and your surrounding natural teeth and gums in the same manner as you normally would. You should also visit your dentist for regular professional cleanings and dental check-ups as advised.
Houston Dental Implants & Prosthetics
The next step in the dental implant procedure is to implant a metal post under your gum line. This aspect of the procedure is what sets an implant apart from other forms of cosmetic dentistry. And Dr. Charolia is a true expert at performing the dental implant procedure in Houston, TX.
The dentist will secure the metal post to your jawbone in order to create a durable, synthetic root system that rivals your natural root’s strength with one exception — metal can’t be infected. The metal post and jawbone will fuse together over the course of a couple of months. This creates a level of durability that no other type of procedure can replicate.
Afterward, Dr. Charolia will secure the new synthetic tooth to the metal post at the surface of the gums. The new tooth is attached so securely, that patients can eat their favorite foods, maintain an active lifestyle, play sports, and more, without fear of their tooth becoming loose or falling out. Patients throughout TX enjoy the benefits that come from never having to worry about their tooth again.
Patients in the Houston 77070 area trust Dr. Charolia and the staff at Pearl Shine Dental to provide dental implants in a way that is functional as well as comfortable. It is important to visit an expert for any type of surgical procedure. By doing so, you will reduce your risk of implant failure or other complications. Dr. Charolia takes the time to ensure that every aspect of the procedure is completed correctly — the first time.
Caring for Dental Prosthetics and Implants
Once you’ve got implants, you can easily care for them. We hear from patients throughout Houston, TX, with questions that range from “Do dental implants fall out” to “How do I brush my teeth.” The answer to these questions is fairly simple. Since your Houston implant dentist creates a synthetic root system to install dental prosthetics, they are highly durable and secure and will not become loose or fall out. This means you can go play basketball with your friends, run in a 10K, and wrestle with your kids — without worrying about your implant coming out.
In order to care for your implants, we advise patients throughout Texas to brush and floss their teeth throughout the day like they normally would. Additionally, it is important to schedule dental exams and cleanings with Dr. Charolia at least twice a year. The staff at Pearl Shine Dental will help to clean your teeth and ensure that they stay healthy. This step is incredibly important because while dental prosthetics cannot become infected themselves, the teeth around them can. If in the future, you suffer from a severe case of gum disease or a dental abscess, the infection can spread into your jawbone. This puts your implants in jeopardy because, in order to stay secure, the jawbone must be in good health. If it becomes infected, your dental prosthetics and all of your teeth will be in jeopardy.
If you currently have dental implants and your teeth are hurting, call our Houston office at (281) 477-7200 to schedule an appointment right away. This way, we can identify any infection and treat it before it spreads into your jawbone. Your dental implants and natural teeth will remain in good health as long as you follow these simple preventative care steps.
There are 40 years of data behind every implant installed today, with success rates of about 98%
Call our Houston family dentistry at (281) 477-7200at (281) 477-7200 to determine if dental implants are right for you. Dr. Charolia and the staff are welcoming, friendly and will take the time to educate you of all of your options so that you can make an informed decision. Patients throughout Houston, TX, trust Dr. Charolia to replace their teeth in a way that helps them to achieve their lifestyle goals.
This means that our Houston implant dentist will make a detailed recommendation about which direction you should go to solve your missing teeth problem. Just remember, you can always have a beautiful and natural-looking smile by working with a professional implant dentist. If you suffer from missing teeth, we can help you transform your smile with dental implants in Houston. Schedule an appointment and allow us to transform your smile into something as beautiful as you are.
Ancient dental prosthetic implants have been traced back to around 600 AD when tooth-like pieces of shell were hammered into the jaw of a Mayan woman. Thank goodness for contemporary dentistry!
Q: I need to replace two missing teeth next to each other. Can I just have one implant placed and attach it to one of my natural teeth and make a bridge?
A: Generally, this is not a good idea-over the years we have learned that it is generally much better not to attach implants to teeth. We frequently attach implants to each other, which can improve strength and works well. So in a case like this, although it may be more expensive in the short term to place two implants instead of one, the long-term success is likely to be much better with the two implants.
Q: I lost my upper back teeth on one side and have gone for years without doing anything about it. My sinuses always seem to bother me more on that side than on the side that I have back teeth. Could these problems be related to one another?
A: In a large majority of people who have had their upper back teeth missing for a long period of time is the increasing downward growth of the maxillary sinus. At birth, it is the size of a pea and progressively grows as the skull matures. This growth is at the expense of the surrounding bone. If you are considering replacing those upper back teeth with fixed teeth that stay in all the time, it may be necessary to perform a sinus elevation procedure to allow room for placement of dental prosthetic implants into this area to support those teeth. This involves the placement of bone and/or bone substitutes into an area that was previously occupied by the lower part of the maxillary sinus. Most importantly, this procedure increases the available bone use to place implants and restore the missing back teeth.
Q: I’ve had dentures for several years and have lost a lot of jawbone. My lower dentures are floaters and I need help. Is there still hope for me?
A: In most cases, with the new options available today in the field of dental prosthetic implants, some form of treatment can be done. We encourage people to get help as soon as possible if they are already having some problems with their current situation. These problems include excessive use of denture adhesives, chewing only soft food, unable to taste some foods, constant mouth sores, unhappy with the appearance of one’s teeth and bite position (in some cases the nose and chin getting closer together). The sooner the problems are corrected with dental prosthetic implants the more choices one has available for treatment. If you have any or all of the above symptoms, implants could very well be the answer for you.
Q: I am missing all of my teeth and am now wearing a full upper and lower denture. I can no longer tolerate my lowers. Will I need an implant for every tooth I am replacing on the lower jaw?
A: It is not necessary to have an implant for every tooth that is being replaced. The number of implants necessary to provide support depends on the type of implants used and the type of teeth (removable vs. in- removable) that will be attached to the implants. A thorough oral exam and panoramic x-ray are all that is necessary in most cases, to determine which implant can be used and how many must be used. Sometimes additional x-rays or CT scans are used in more complicated cases.
Q: I consulted a dentist several years ago about using implants to replace my lower denture and he told me that I did not have adequate bone available to place enough in-the-bone implants without danger of fracturing my now fragile jawbone. Are there any alternatives?
A: Because of the advances in the field of implantology, there are now more choices and techniques. It’s the rare person that cannot receive an implant or a combination of implants. Today we have available many types of implants designed to accommodate multiple problems.
Q: I had a root canal on a tooth that fractured and now it has to be removed. Can it be replaced with an implant or do I have to have a bridge or a partial?
A: Teeth that have root canals can fracture more easily than other teeth because they are weaker and somewhat dehydrated. They can sometimes be as brittle as glass. In the past, the best available treatment was to remove the tooth and file down the adjacent teeth and make a bridge – caps on the adjacent teeth with an attached “dummy” tooth in between. Sometimes this still is the only way. However, in many cases, an implant can replace the fractured tooth and no teeth need to be ground down at all.