Dental implants provide a solution for patients who have lost one tooth or many.
Dental Implants in Katy, TX
Dental implants are special posts made of titanium alloy or ceramic material which are surgically placed into the jawbone to replace missing teeth or to support a denture. These posts act as an artificial root for a crown when they are used to replace individual teeth. Dental implants stabilize bone levels and can prevent bone loss, resulting in better long-term support, function, and esthetics.
Dental implants require less adjustment or shaving of surrounding teeth compared to other restoration methods such as dental bridges. They are also more flexible and provide a more natural feeling than bridges or full or partial dentures.Schedule Online Call For Your Consultation
How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?
At Lifetime Dental & Implant Center, we provide high-quality affordable dental care so our patients can always receive the treatment they need. Every case is different so the cost of dental implants varies based on the placement of the implant, materials used, insurance coverage, and other factors. Our office is always happy to provide you with updated estimates on the cost of a procedure after your initial consultation.
We know many patients are concerned about cost, payment plan options, and insurance coverage when considering dental implants. To make dental care more accessible, we offer a dental savings plan for those without insurance.See Our Savings Plan
Dental Implant Process at Lifetime Dental & Implant Center
- Consultation & Exam. To decide if dental implants are the right restoration method for you we will conduct a full exam, including x-ray scans, and discuss your treatment options.
- Tooth Extraction & Bone Grafting. If any teeth need extraction that will be scheduled after a treatment plan is established. This will also require some recovery time to ensure the site is ready for the implant procedure. Any bone grafting required to support the implant will then take place which will require at least a few months to heal.
- Implant Placement. Once the site is ready the implantation can take place. The implant will be placed into the jawbone and a healing cap will be placed over the implant. This is followed by regular check-ups to ensure proper healing.
- Implant Healing. After your implant is placed, osseointegration begins. During this, your jawbone heals around the dental implant providing a solid base for your new artificial tooth. This process takes approximately 3 months.
- Abutment & Crown Placement. Once healing is complete the abutment or connecting piece, and replacement tooth, or crown, can be placed.
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Common Questions About Dental Implants
Are dental implants painful?
The most painful part of the dental implant process is extracting any teeth that implanted crowns will replace. However, any extraction will include anesthesia meaning little to no pain during the procedure and only a few days of recovery. Any pain experienced during recovery should also be manageable using over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen.
Types of Dental Implants
Endosteal implants are the most common type of dental implant. Endosteal implants are made of a titanium metal rod that is placed into the jawbone. A supporting post is specifically designed to secure a dental crown or bridge - depending on what type you need.
All-on-4 Implants consist of an entire top or bottom denture that is supported on just 4 implants. Each implant is strategically placed so that the replacement teeth remain steady and secure. The advantage of using 4 implants is it promotes faster patient recovery and reduces the likelihood of complications from possible implant failure.
What are ridge preservations?
Ridge preservation treatments are used after teeth are extracted to prevent bone loss. After teeth are extracted bone loss in the jaw and the shrinking of the ridge that teeth naturally form in occurs. This is particularly important to prevent when teeth are extracted in preparation as part of the dental implant treatment process. At our office, we are experts at preventing jaw bone resorption after tooth extractions to ensure successful implantation.