Dental Implants in Spring TX
If you lose one or more teeth due to periodontal disease, or another cause, there is hope. Dental implants are changing the way people live! They are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are tiny titanium posts that are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. These metal anchors act as tooth root substitutes.
The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for new teeth. Dental implants also help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.
If, like many others, you feel implant dentistry is the choice for you, we ask that you undergo a dental/radiographic examination and health history. During these consultation visits, Dr. Koutrach will address your specific needs and considerations. Your questions and concerns are important to us and our team will work with you very closely to help make your procedure a success.
We will also discuss fees and insurance at this time. We will be happy to assist you in obtaining any benefits to which you may be entitled.
What Types of Prosthesis are Available?
A single prosthesis ( crown) is used to replace one missing tooth – each prosthetic tooth attaches to its own implant. A partial prosthesis (fixed bridge) can replace two or more teeth and may require only two implants. A complete dental prosthesis (fixed or removable bridge) replaces all the teeth in your upper or lower jaw. The number of implants varies depending upon biological and biomechanical factors.
Dr. Koutrach is a Prosthodontist who performs in-office dental implant surgery in a hospital-style operating suite, thus optimizing the level of sterility. Inpatient hospital implant surgery is for patients who have special medical or anesthetic needs or for those who need extensive bone grafting from the jaw, hip or tibia.
The Surgical Procedure
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed within your jawbone. Healing time following surgery varies from person to person and is based on a variety of factors. In some cases, implants may be restored immediately after they are placed.
For the first three months following the surgery, dental implants are beneath the surface of the gums gradually bonding with the jawbone. You should be able to have a temporary tooth replacement eat a soft diet during this time. At the same time, your restorative dentist designs the final permanent teeth that will ultimately improve both function and aesthetics.
After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. Dr. Koutrach will uncover the implants and attach a small healing collar. After two weeks your dentist will be able to start making your new teeth. An impression will be taken. Then posts or attachments can be connected to the implants. The teeth replacements are then made over the posts or attachments. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.