Posts for tag: dental implants

By Conroe Family Dentistry
November 14, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

A dental implant may be right for you if you want a tooth replacement solution that will stand the test of time. Dentures may give you a visually pleasing smile, but they can become uncomfortable to wear and maintain. The team at Conroe Family Dentistry, PLLC in Conroe, TX, can help improve your smile by installing dental implants and crowning them with modern restorations.

How Do Dental Implants Help?
Your dentist’s ultimate goal is to give you a long-term solution that will support, strengthen, and beautify your teeth. Implants help your smile in a number of ways:

- Implants fill unused bone tissue so that it can become stronger, firmer, and denser
- When healed, the implant becomes sturdy enough to support a crown restoration indefinitely
- Dental implants are made of titanium, a strong, biocompatible material
- Because the space in your smile is permanently filled, there’s no need to worry about the other teeth shifting or moving

Are Dental Implants Right for You?
Many patients don’t realize that they may still be good candidates for dental implants—even after struggling with gum or dental disease. A procedure called bone grafting helps some patients who have lost a certain amount of bone tissue. Don’t assume that your smile can’t support an implant—get an examination done at your Conroe, TX dentist’s office for confirmation.

More Information About Dental Implants
If you take on pristine dental hygiene habits going forward, there’s no reason why a dental implant can’t last a lifetime. It will stay in your jaw for as long as you care for your gums and prioritize dental health through brushing, flossing, and good dietary habits. In fact, you’ll probably forget you have an implant after a while, as it will simply feel like another tooth in your mouth.

If you have more than one missing tooth, talk to your dentist about creating an implant-supported specialty denture device.

Schedule a Consultation
After a consultation with a dentist at Conroe Family Dentistry, PLLC in Conroe, TX, you’ll have the information you need to make a decision about getting dental implants. Call (936) 539-2211 today to schedule a visit with Dr. Logan Wood or Dr. Radley Robins.

By Conroe Family Dentistry
July 08, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants   diabetes  
DiabetesDoesntHavetoStopYouFromAcquiringDentalImplants

One of the best and most successful tooth replacement choices available is the dental implant. No other restorative method is as similar in both form and function to a real tooth as an implant; and with a success rate of 95-plus percent after ten years, it’s one of the most durable.

But there can be extenuating circumstances that make obtaining an implant difficult or sometimes impossible. One possible problematic situation is the systemic disease diabetes.

Diabetes is a hormonal condition in which the body is unable to sufficiently regulate the amount of glucose (a basic sugar that provides energy to the body’s cells) within the blood stream. Normally, the pancreas produces the hormone insulin to reduce excess glucose. But diabetes interferes with this insulin production: if you have Type 1 diabetes, the pancreas has stopped producing insulin altogether; if you have the more common Type 2, the body doesn’t produce adequate insulin or it doesn’t respond sufficiently to the insulin produced.

Over time diabetes can affect other areas of health, especially wound healing. Because the condition gradually causes blood vessels to narrow and stiffen, the normal inflammatory response to disease or trauma can become prolonged. This in turn slows the rate of wound healing.

Slow wound healing can have a bearing on the recovery period just after implant surgery, especially the necessary integration process that takes place between the bone and the titanium metal implant that provides its signature strength. If that process is impeded by slow wound healing caused by diabetes, the risk increases dramatically for implant failure.

That’s the worst case scenario if you have diabetes, but only if your condition is out of control. If, however, you have your blood sugar levels well regulated through medication, diet and exercise, then your chances for implant success could easily be on par with someone without diabetes.

So if you’re diabetic and are considering dental implants for missing teeth, it’s important to discuss the possibility of obtaining them with both your dentist and the physician caring for your diabetes. With your overall healthcare team working together, there’s no reason why diabetes should stop you from enjoying this premiere restoration for missing teeth.

If you would like more information on obtaining dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implants & Diabetes.”

By Conroe Family Dentistry
May 30, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Say goodbye to tooth loss when you welcome dental implants into your life.

Dental Implants

Did you know that 120 million people in the US are missing at least one permanent tooth? This statistic might surprise you, but there are clearly many adults out there dealing with some degree of tooth loss. If you are one of the 120 million, you may be wondering if there is a restoration out there that will look and feel just like a real tooth. If so, our Conroe, TX, restorative dentists, Dr. Logan Wood and Dr. Michael Guzman, are here to tell you about a restoration known as a dental implant.

About Implants and How They Work

If you were to look at a dental implant you might be surprised to discover that it’s a very tiny post or screw made from metal. So, how can this little restoration actually replace one or more missing teeth? The implant is designed to take over the role of your missing tooth roots.

This means that our Conroe dentist will need to make sure that your jawbone is strong and healthy enough to support this implant. If there is significant bone loss, we may recommend getting bone grafting prior to implant placement.

Of course, once the implant is surgically placed within the jawbone over time the bone and tissue will begin to heal, and as they do they will grow around the implant and naturally fuse together with it. How? Through a naturally occurring process known as osseointegration.

The titanium used to create your implant is actually biocompatible, meaning that the natural bone and tissue in your mouth won’t reject it. Once the bone and implant have become one, it’s time to move on to the next step in your treatment process.

There are many different kinds of implants out there, and the type you get will determine the steps involved in your treatment. For example, some implants already have an abutment attached to it. An abutment serves to connect the implant within the jawbone with the artificial tooth (the part of the implant that is actually visible when you smile).

Some implants do not have an abutment already built-in. In this case, we will need to perform another minor procedure where we will open up the gums to reveal the top of the implant. The abutment is then attached over top and secured in place.

Once the gums have had several weeks to fully heal it’s the perfect time to attach the dental crown. The crown will then be cemented over the abutment to complete your restoration. If you are missing multiple teeth, implants can still be used. Instead of placing one implant we will place multiple implants throughout the jawbone to support a partial or full set of dentures.

Are you ready to take the next step toward getting dental implants in Conroe, TX? If so, don’t hesitate to call our office and schedule a consultation with us. We would be happy to help you choose the right tooth replacement to meet your needs.

ToothinOneDayProceduresRequireSpecialAttentionforSuccess

You've seen the ads for obtaining a new tooth in one day with a dental implant. Those aren't exaggerated claims — you can leave the dental office the same day with a new tooth that looks and functions like the old one.

But the dramatic marketing aside, there is a bit more to the story. Same day tooth replacement isn't appropriate in every situation. And even when it is, there are risks for failure.

We can minimize those risks, however, by focusing on certain goals during the three distinct phases in the process: removing the natural tooth; placing the metal implant into the jawbone; and affixing the visible, crown.

It's crucial during tooth extraction that we avoid damaging the socket bone that will ultimately support the implant's titanium post. If the socket walls break down it could set up future gum recession or cause us to abort the implant procedure altogether that day.

When placing the implant, we want to focus on achieving a strong hold. Due to its special affinity with titanium, bone cells gradually grow and adhere to the post to firmly anchor the implant in time. But since we're immediately loading a crown rather than allowing the bone to fully integrate first, we need to ensure the implant has a secure hold from the get-go. We can only achieve this with precise placement based on careful examination and planning, as well as adequate bone.

Even so, the implant still needs to integrate with the bone for a lasting hold, and that takes time. Even with normal biting forces the implant risks damage during this integration period. That's why we place a temporary crown a little shorter than the surrounding teeth. Those adjacent teeth will take the brunt of the biting force and not the implant.

Once the bone has fully integrated, we'll replace the temporary crown with a permanent one the proper height proportional to the other teeth. Even with the temporary crown, though, you'll still have a life-like tooth the day we removed the older one.

The key to success is planning — first determining if you meet the criteria for a same-day implant and then mapping out and carefully executing each succeeding step. Doing this will ensure your same-day implant is a success from day one.

If you would like more information on same-day tooth replacement, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Same-Day Tooth Replacement with Dental Implants.”

By Conroe Family Dentistry
January 31, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  
3ReasonsforWhyItsaSmartMovetoInvestinDentalImplants

When it comes to replacing a missing tooth, you have several options, including a removable partial denture or a fixed bridge. But the premier choice is “the new kid on the block” at just over thirty years old: dental implants. Implants are by far the most popular tooth replacement choice among both patients and dentists.

But they also happen to be the most expensive option, at least initially. So the question is, why invest in dental implants over less costly choices?

Here are 3 reasons why implants could be well worth their price.

More Like a real tooth than other restorations. Implants can match the life-like appearance of any other replacement choice, often utilizing the same types of materials. But where they really excel is in function—how they perform while biting and chewing. This is because the dental implant’s titanium post imbedded in the jawbone replaces the tooth root. No other dental restoration can do that—or perform better when comparing the resulting functionality.

Best long-term solution. As we mentioned before, the initial implant cost is typically higher than either dentures or bridges. But you should also consider their durability compared to other choices. It could be potentially much longer—possibly decades. This is because the titanium post creates an ultra-strong hold in the jawbone as bone cells naturally grow and adhere to this particular metal. The resulting hold can withstand the daily forces generated during eating and chewing. With proper care they might even last a lifetime, and actually cost you less in the long run over other choices.

Adaptable to other types of restoration. Implants have greater uses other than as individual tooth replacements. A few strategically placed implants can also be used to support removable dentures or a fixed bridge for multiple teeth or an entire dental arch. As the technology continues to advance, implants are helping to make other restoration options stronger, more stable and longer lasting—and adding more value to your investment.

If you would like more information on dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implants 101.”