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Dental Implants In Pearland, TX

If you have a missing tooth, a dental implant can help you regain your smile's natural appearance.
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According to dental health experts, millions of American adults are missing one or more teeth. This may be due to genetics, poor lifestyle habits, poor oral care habits, lack of access to quality dental care, and more. However, no matter what has caused the tooth loss, the impact is the same:

  • Reduced ability to speak clearly
  • Reduced ability to chew, leading to malnutrition
  • Gum recession
  • Jawbone deterioration
  • Additional tooth loss
  • Reduced confidence

This is where restorative dental procedures, such as dental implants can help.

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Say Goodbye to Missing Teeth

Restorative dentistry is the area of dentistry focused on restoring functionality due to damaged or missing teeth.

At Afroz Burges DDS, PA Cosmetic and Family Dentist in Pearland, TX, we offer several restorative procedures. Dental implants are your permanent solution to missing teeth.

Whether you have just started losing your natural teeth or you’ve been missing teeth for some time, schedule your consultation with Dr. Burges and the team today. Let us show you how we can restore the functionality of your smile, as well as your confidence.

Why Choose Dr. Afroz Burges as Your Trusted Implants Dentist In Pearland, TX?

Dr. Afroz Burges has been providing high-quality general and family dentistry services to residents in and around Pearland, TX for more than 20 years. She has worked hard to position herself as one of the top general and cosmetic dentists in the state of Texas. She has the experience and expertise to provide a variety of dental services to patients of all ages.

She is friendly and compassionate, which helps to put even the most anxious patients at ease. In fact, everyone on the team strives to ensure that each and every visit to the clinic is a pleasant one.

Dr. Burges earned her Bachelor of Dental Surgery and Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Texas Dental School in Houston. She also earned a Master’s Degree in Biotechnology from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She offers many services from dental exams and cleanings to teeth whitening to tooth replacement, including dental implants.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are considered the “gold standard” in tooth replacement. This device looks, feels, and functions like natural teeth. A single implant can be used to replace a single tooth or 2 or more can be used to support up to an entire arch (dental bridge or overdenture).

There are two types available: traditional and mini.

A traditional implant is made up of three pieces:

  • The implant screw, which is a blade, screw, or cylinder that is inserted into the jawbone and replaces the tooth root.
  • The abutment, which is the piece that connects the implant screw to the prosthetic tooth/teeth
  • The crown, or prosthetic teeth, which sit on top of the implant, replacing the visible portion of the missing tooth.

In mini implants, the abutment is already attached to the implant screw, and their overall size is slightly smaller. A mini implant is usually recommended for patients who have a small mouth or have some jawbone deterioration.

Benefits Of Dental Implants

When you are missing teeth, it is imperative that you replace them as quickly as possible to prevent any negative impacts to your oral and overall health. Dental implants offer many day-to-day and long-term oral and overall health benefits:

  • Bite and chewing force is restored
  • Speech is easier
  • Easy to care for
  • Improves appearance
  • Keeps jawbone healthy
  • Long-lasting
  • Improves overall quality of life

Who Dental Implants Help?

Dental implants are helpful for patients who are missing one tooth, several teeth, or all teeth. This tooth restoration offers a variety of benefits for adult patients of all ages. Dr. Burges does not recommend this for patients under the age of 18, as the jawbone is still forming and growing. However, there is no top age limit- but it is important to note that patients who are older may be at a greater risk of implant failure. This is because these patients often have underlying health conditions.

Who is a good candidate for Dental Implants

As a general rule, anyone that is healthy enough to undergo tooth extraction or oral surgery is a good candidate for dental implant surgery. Your gums and jawbone should be healthy enough to accommodate the implant. In addition, you must be willing to commit to practicing proper oral hygiene and visiting the dentist every 6 months for an exam and cleaning.

However, if you have uncontrolled medical conditions such as diabetes or heart disease, or if you have had radiation therapy to the head/neck, or if you are a smoker, you may not qualify. Dr. Burges will evaluate your condition and determine if the benefits outweigh the risks of the surgery for you.

Cost of Dental Implants In Pearland, TX

Dental implants are the most expensive tooth replacement option in Pearland, TX. There are several factors that can impact the cost of implants, including:

  • Number of implants: the number of dental implants you are getting is the biggest factor in the cost
  • Location of the clinic: a clinic located in a rural area typically charges less than one in a busy metropolitan area
  • Experience of the dentist: a dentist that has been doing the procedure for a long time is likely to have higher costs than one that is just starting out
  • Type of dental implants: traditional implants typically cost more than mini dental implants
  • Materials used for dental implants: dental implants are typically made of titanium, but some patients are allergic to the other metals used with titanium, so they need zirconia, which is a ceramic material- this is more expensive
  • Additional procedures: if you need additional procedures to prepare your mouth for dental implants such as extractions, bone grafting, gum disease treatment, or others, there will be an additional charge for those
  • Sedation: local anesthesia is included in the base cost but if you need additional options such as nitrous oxide or oral/IV sedation, those will be an additional charge
  • Dental insurance coverage: some dental insurance providers will cover a portion of the cost of implants. Our office staff will work with yours to determine coverage.
  • Single Tooth Implant Cost

    A single-tooth dental implant costs around $5,000 per tooth.

  • All-on-4 Dental Implants Cost

    All-on-4 dental implants cost around $12,000 per arch, or $24,000 for both.

  • Mini-Dental Implants Cost

    Mini dental implants start at around $500 and go up to around $1,500.

  • Full Mouth Dental Implants Cost

    Full-mouth dental implants cost around $60,000+.

Dental Implant Procedure

The procedure for getting dental implants is a lengthy one, generally taking a minimum of a few months to a year or more depending on your needs and healing time.

The procedure starts with the consultation visit. During this visit, Dr. Burges will examine your mouth and determine your eligibility for dental implants. She will discuss your oral and overall health history as well as your current condition and your expectations for treatment. This information will be used to create your personal treatment plan.

If you need any prep procedures, those will be done first. This includes extractions, bone grafting or sinus lifting, and gum disease treatment. If necessary, you will be sent home to heal. Sometimes, implants can be placed on the same day as extractions.

When your mouth is ready, the implants will be placed. This involves making an incision in the gum and drilling a hole in the jawbone. The implant screw is placed in the hole and the incision is closed. Healing from this step usually takes about 3 to 6 months. This is when the jawbone will heal around and fuse with the implant, creating a stable base for your restoration.

Once the jawbone is healed and the implant is secure, you will return to the clinic and the incision will be opened to expose the implant. Dr. Burges will attach the abutment, which will hold the tooth restoration in place. A healing cap will be placed on top to prevent the gum from healing over it. Impressions will be made, and your prosthetic tooth/teeth will be ordered.

In a couple of weeks, your prosthesis will be ready. Before permanently attaching it, we will ensure that it fits properly and that your bite is aligned. If everything looks good, we will secure it and the appearance and functionality of your smile will be restored.

Post-Operative Instructions: Dental Implants

Typically, full healing takes about 3 to 6 months. However, the first two weeks are the most critical.

  • If you are a smoker, you should quit for the first two weeks. Smoking increases your risk of implant failure. You should also avoid alcohol during this time, as it can slow down healing.
  • For the first few days, you’ll need to stick to a liquid diet. Then, you can transition to a soft food diet for the next few weeks or months, depending on how your body heals.
  • Swelling is normal and usually reaches its peak within 48 hours. You can minimize this by keeping your head elevated and using a cold compress.
  • Bruising is common for up to 48 hours following surgery, a warm compress can help.
  • Do not rinse your mouth or brush the implant site for the first 24 hours, as this could cause the clot to dislodge.
  • Wear your temporary denture or flipper as instructed.
  • Bleeding is common but can be controlled by placing a gauze pad over the surgical site.
  • If you were prescribed antibiotics or pain relievers, take them as instructed.
  • Discomfort is common following oral surgery but should be controllable with pain relievers. If pain is uncontrollable, contact the clinic so we can determine what is going on.

Dental Implant FAQs

Dr. Burges wants her patients to understand the procedure they are undergoing. She will be happy to discuss your questions and concerns. Below are some of the most commonly asked questions when it comes to dental implants.

Prior to the procedure, we will administer local anesthesia. This will numb the area so that you do not feel pain while the implants are placed. As the anesthesia wears off, you may have some discomfort. In addition, you may experience some discomfort during healing, but you should be able to control it with OTC or prescription pain relievers.

Dental implants are designed to last a lifetime, with proper care and maintenance. This includes proper oral hygiene habits and visiting the dentist every 6 months.

For the first few days following dental implant surgery, you will have some discomfort so you will want to stick to a liquid diet including smoothies, protein shakes, Jell-o, pudding, applesauce, etc. During this time, you’ll want to avoid dairy products, as these can cause inflammation in the soft oral tissues, as well as potentially trigger nausea and vomiting- which can all contribute to implant failure.

After a few days, you can transition to a soft food diet including steamed veggies, soft fruits, eggs and omelets, chicken, ground beef, and fish, potatoes, milk, cheese, yogurt, and other soft foods. You will want to stick to these foods for several months until the implants are fully healed.

During this time, you’ll want to avoid foods that are acidic, spicy, crunchy, sticky, tough, or extremely hot.

There are several reasons why a patient may not qualify for dental implants, including:

  • Underlying, uncontrolled health conditions
  • Radiation to the head/neck
  • Unhealthy oral tissues
  • Inadequate jawbone density
  • Unable or unwilling to undergo oral surgery

Dental implants have a 5% to 10% failure rate. The most common signs of failure are: implant feeling loose, pain/discomfort, difficulty chewing, inflamed gums, swelling, and gum recession. The most common causes of failure include:

  • Bruxism, or clenching and grinding teeth
  • Inexperienced surgeon
  • Allergic reaction
  • Implant micromovement
  • Poor impressions
  • Nerve damage
  • Certain medical conditions such as uncontrolled diabetes, osteoporosis, certain cancers
  • Certain medications or medical treatments, such as radiation therapy to the head/neck
  • Poor oral health or oral hygiene habits
  • Not following proper aftercare instructions

There are several steps in the dental implant process:

The first step is your consultation visit. At this time, the dentist will examine your mouth and take x-rays or CT scans. This will help determine the health of your mouth and your eligibility for dental implants.

If needed, the next step is to complete any prep procedures such as tooth extractions, gum disease treatment, and bone grafting or sinus lifting. In many cases, you will need time to heal following these procedures, which can take some time.

Next, implants are placed. This involves cutting an incision in the gum and drilling a hole in the jawbone. The implant screw is placed in the hole and the incision is closed with stitches. The healing time following this step takes a minimum of a couple of months and may take up to 6 months, depending on how you heal.

If traditional implants are used, you will return once you have healed for abutment placement and to order your prosthesis. A healing cap is placed on the abutment to prevent the gum from healing over it.

When your prosthesis is returned in about 2 weeks, you will schedule an appointment to have it placed.

At the end of this process, you will have an artificial tooth that looks, feels, and functions like a natural tooth.

The entire process of getting dental implants takes several months to a year or more, depending on the prep procedures you need as well as your body’s ability to heal. In most cases, you’ll need time to heal between each stage of the procedure.

After dental implant surgery, you should avoid smoking, using a straw, vigorously brushing your teeth- especially the implant site, strenuous exercise, and consuming extremely hot or hard foods.

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