Dental Implants In Houston - Kenneth M. Lubritz, DDS
Your teeth affect your whole body. When they are healthy, you are, too. Unfortunately, the opposite is true as well.
Missing teeth can impact your bite, speech, and eating choices. The remaining teeth are relied on more, increasing the chance they will wear out prematurely, become damaged, or shift out of place. Dental implants are anchors that integrate with the jawbone to provide a secure, stable, and long-lasting tooth replacement that restores a patient's comfort, function, and self-confidence. Implants become part of your jaw, allowing you to eat, talk, and smile without worry. When you lose teeth, you lose the supporting bone of the jaw. Implants help to preserve the jaw bone.
Dr. Kenneth M. Lubritz and his team at Periodontics & Dental Implants specialize in dental implant treatments and provide patients with a world-class level of expertise and care. Schedule a consultation today, and see how implants are right for you.
Advanced Dental Implant Care in Houston
Advancements in dental technology have made dental implant treatment more comfortable and efficient than ever. We have equipped our practice with state-of-the-art technology for periodontics, including the latest dental CT scanner to capture 3D, 360º views of the teeth and jaw for precise and efficient implant placement. In many cases, this technology can help us extract teeth, place implants, and add the restorations in one day.
We precisely plan where to place your implants for best bone volume and density, as well as any other treatment that might need to be done to ensure your implant surgery’s success. Different types of treatment are available for you depending on your unique oral health needs:
- Single Tooth Implants: For patients who have lost a single tooth due to decay, an accident, or periodontal disease. The crown on your new dental implant will look and function like your other natural teeth.
- Multiple Implants: For patients who are missing more than one tooth, but still have healthy gums and surrounding teeth. Two fixtures are implanted, and the crown is attached, leaving other natural teeth intact, like a bridge.
- All-On-4 Implants: For patients who need to replace a full upper or lower set of teeth. We will place four implants then attach a full arch of teeth. These teeth can be attached to your implants, so only your dentist can remove them, or they can be “snapped” in and out by the patient. The can also be made with or without a palate, so you can taste your food better.
What Can I Expect After Receiving a Dental Implant?
Your teeth require conscientious at-home care and regular dental visits. Dental implants are like your original teeth and will require the same care. To keep your implant clean and plaque-free, brushing and flossing still apply!
When properly prepared, placed, and looked after, dental implants can last your lifetime. The key to their endurance is the foundation on which they are placed. We make sure that your implants are embedded in healthy bone and gum tissue. Our goal is to provide the best implant dental care for you and your family in a calm, friendly, and comfortable atmosphere.
Our team is prepared to exceed your expectations and provide you with exceptional health care. Contact Kenneth M. Lubritz, DDS Periodontics & Dental Implants in Houston today for a complete evaluation and see how dental implant treatment can improve your quality of life.
Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a small titanium screw that serves as the replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth. Dental implants can be placed in either the upper or lower jaws. Due to the biocompatible properties of titanium, a dental implant fuses with the bone and becomes a good anchor for the replacement tooth. Dental implants can be used in solutions for replacing single or multiple missing teeth.
Why dental implants?
There are a number of reasons why you should consider a dental implant:
Without the root structure of a natural tooth present, the jawbone can shrink. This shrinkage will make your face look older than it is.
There are no loose parts to worry about losing. The dental implant is stable and comfortable. Normally, it will serve its owner for many years, perhaps a lifetime.
Are dental implants successful?
With more than three decades of clinical experience and over a million patients treated, statistics confirm a success rate of nearly 95%.
* Results based on dental implants and dental bridges remaining and in function over a five-year period.
Who places the dental implants?
Periodontists are specially trained to place dental implants. They are experts in bone and soft tissue augmentation and regeneration. The restoration (the teeth) are planned with the restorative doctor who is responsible for placing the teeth on the implants.
How much do dental implants cost?
The fee for tooth replacement with dental implants depends on several factors, including the number of teeth being replaced and the number of dental implants required to support your replacement teeth. Some additional procedures may be required prior to the placement of your dental implants to ensure the long-term health of your dental implants. To obtain a specific fee estimate, it is necessary to have a doctor examine your mouth. After a thorough diagnostic examination, your dentist will recommend the treatment that is best for you. The dentist will consult with the periodontist after the periodontist has examined you. The periodontist will give a surgical fee for placement of the dental implants and the dentist will give you a separate fee for placing the teeth.
Who is a Candidate?
Anyone who is missing one or more teeth due to injury, disease or tooth decay may be a candidate for dental implants. The determining factor is the amount of available bone. Your dentist and periodontist are the best people to evaluate whether dental implants are a viable solution for you.
Is old age a problem?
Occasionally, older patients express concern that their age may prevent them from enjoying the benefits of dental implants. However, health is more of a determining factor than age. If you’re healthy enough to have a tooth extracted, you’re probably healthy enough to receive dental implants. Certain chronic diseases may contraindicate dental implant treatment. Your periodontist will determine if you are a candidate for dental implants after a careful evaluation of your dental and health history.
What are the advantages of dental implants over dentures or a dental bridge?
Improved appearance: When you lose the entire tooth - crown and root - shrinkage of the jawbone may cause your face to look older. Dental implants can stop this process. A traditional denture or dental bridge doesn’t.
Preserve natural teeth: With traditional dental bridges, teeth adjacent to missing teeth are normally ground down to be used as anchors for a dental bridge. Dental implants often eliminate the need to modify healthy teeth.
Dental implant-supported replacement teeth look, feel and function like natural teeth. This means that you can eat and drink whatever you choose. But most importantly, dental implants often improve quality of life in a very concrete way. People who have felt embarrassed and worried because of their tooth problems are often overwhelmed by what new permanent teeth can do for their self-esteem.
Will my new teeth look natural?
When dental implants are used in combination with modern restorative dentistry, their appearance, comfort and function are very likely to feel much like your own teeth and may exceed your expectations. Often they are hard to tell apart from your natural teeth.
Will I be able to chew with the same force and pressure I use with my natural teeth?
Yes. Following a brief adaptation period, chewing capacity is comparable to that of natural teeth.
How much time is required for a dental implant placement?
The conventional process can take from three to six months. First, the dentist places the dental implant, which is left for three to six months to heal and integrate with the jawbone. During the healing period, your are given a temporary prosthesis until the permanent crown is put in place.
The procedure chosen depends on several factors, such as your dental health, the number of teeth involved and which teeth are replaced. These factors will also determine the total number of visits to the dentist and periodontist throughout the treatment period. In many cases, the implant can be placed on the same appointment as the extraction of the teeth. If conditions are optimal, the teeth can be placed on that same appointment or shortly thereafter.
Is the treatment painful?
With any surgery, there can be some discomfort. Placing one implant normally causes less discomfort then placing several. Anesthesia and patient sedation are commonly administered to help reduce any discomfort during the dental implant process. Most patients report that they were much more comfortable following the procedure than they had anticipated. Your doctor will prescribe medications to ease any discomfort that may occur. Ask your dentist to recommend another patient who has already had tooth replacement therapy to assess their personal experience.
How will I feel after the treatment?
It is normal to have little to no bruising and swelling in the gum and soft tissues. But usually the discomfort, if any, is treated with an ordinary painkiller. You should expect to be able to work the next day.
How will I care for my dental implants?
Your new teeth must be cared for and checked regularly, just like your natural teeth. Brush and floss as recommended by your dentist, periodontist or dental hygienist. Usually you will see your periodontist and dentist on a three month, alternating schedule.