Dental Implants in Sugar Land, TX
Missing teeth can leave you feeling like you’re missing out on things you used to enjoy and do with ease and confidence. Talking, eating, and even smiling can be difficult or leave you feeling embarrassed about the state of your dental health. At Fort Bend Periodontics and Implantology, Dr. Dyer and his team can replace your missing teeth with dental implants. We can perform all phases of the procedure here in our Sugar Land dental office and we work hand in hand with your general dentist, so you’re sure to end up with a beautiful and fully functioning smile.
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What Are Dental Implants?
Dentists and patients alike prefer dental implants when it comes to tooth replacement. They are a permanent replacement option for any number of missing teeth and allow your dentist to provide you with new teeth that look and feel great.
Dental implants consist of three separate parts:
The Implant: a small titanium post that is surgically placed into the jawbone in place of a missing tooth.
The Abutment: the connecting piece that fits securely on top of the implant.
The Restoration: the tooth-like piece that sits above the gum line: typically a dental crown, bridge, or denture.
If we determine that dental implants are right for you, we’ll work closely with you and your general dentist to design the look of your implant restoration and make sure that the fit is just right. We generally recommend a dental crown or bridge for single-tooth implants, a bridge to replace a few teeth in a row, and a denture when most or all teeth in an arch are missing.
Benefits of Dental Implants
- Replace one or many missing teeth
- Feel and function like natural teeth, so you can eat all your favorite foods
- Look natural and blend in seamlessly with surrounding teeth
- Maintain facial shape
- Prevent bone loss associated with tooth loss
- Can be cared for like natural teeth – brush and floss like normal
- Provide a permanent replacement for missing teeth when properly cared for
Our Dental Implants Process
Before beginning your dental implant journey, we will bring you in for a consultation. During this appointment, our team will take X-rays of your teeth and jaw, looking particularly at the condition of your jawbone to ensure that it’s strong enough to support an implant. If it isn’t, we can perform a bone graft. We’ll also go over your needs and dental health. We’ll make a restoration recommendation and create a personalized treatment plan.
When it’s time to begin your treatment, we’ll start by placing the implant or implants into your jawbone surgically. Once placed, the titanium post will begin to fuse with your jawbone. The process takes a few months, and we can check it using X-rays. Once the implant has fused with the bone, it will serve as a secure and strong replacement tooth root. Then we’ll work with your general dentist to complete the restorative phase. And at your final appointment, we’ll check your implant inclusion.
Mini Dental Implants & Implant-Supported Dentures
Patients missing most or all teeth in an arch or who currently wear ill-fitting or uncomfortable dentures may benefit from mini dental implants and an implant-supported denture. With this procedure, we strategically place four to six mini dental implants in the jawbone. We then either create a new denture that has holes corresponding to the placement of the implants, or we can drill holes in your existing denture. Instead of using messy adhesives to keep your denture in place, you simply click the denture into place on top of the implants. You’ll find that your denture stays more firmly in place, making it more comfortable than before.
Post-Op Implant Care
After each stage of your implant procedure, we will provide you with detailed post-op instructions, but if you ever have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact us. Over-the-counter pain medications can help alleviate any post-op pain, and intermittent icing can reduce any swelling. Once your restoration is in place, you can think of your implant as just another tooth. It needs the same amount of care, so be sure you have a good dental hygiene routine in place and make regular appointments for dental check-ups. Just like your natural teeth, your dental implants will last longer when you take good care of them.
Dr. Dyer and his staff are very considerate and communicate well with their patients. Dentistry can be an anxious experience and these folks are sensitive to your needs. Very helpful through and after the procedures done.
— Kenny P.
I know that my teeth are in good hands with Dr Dyer and his team..Being a person who is so scared of having my teeth worked on, I’m really relaxed.. Dr.Dyer does an EXCELLENT job on my implants , and follows up making sure that everything is how it should be. I moved to Tomball, and I still come to his office!
— Donna M.
As usual, my visit to Dr. Dyer was a great experience. I have been going to Dr. Dyer for about 8 years and have never waited more than 5 min. My last visit was a tooth cleaning and as usual it was well-done and the visit with Dr.Dyer at the end was thorough. Best dentist I have ever had.
— Dudley C.