Dental Implants

Tooth loss can be hard to deal with, making it impossible to speak clearly and indulge in favorite meals, especially meals with a crunch. It can also challenge you socially. You want to laugh with your friends and family and smile without concern for the appearance of your teeth.

There is good news; missing teeth can be replaced, and the best choice is dental implants in Humble, TX.

If you’re considering dental implants or if you would like to learn more about your options, continue reading. And then schedule your consultation right here in our dental office!

Benefits of Dental Implants

group picture of friends at a dinnerDr. Robert Appel, your Humble, TX dentist, creates his dental implants using modern techniques and materials. And we always make sure our dental implants match your smile in color and tooth shade. 

Because dental implants stand in for the root and the tooth, your new restorative tooth is a long-term and stable tooth replacement choice. You will not have to worry about slippage.

Also, our dental implants offer benefits for your oral health.

  • Bone saving – The replacement root is created from strong titanium. This material promotes the jawbone to integrate with the replacement root. Aside from creating a stable footing for your new tooth, it may also stop bone deterioration.
  • Bite protection – Your new replacement tooth stops other teeth from slipping toward gaps and throwing off your bite. And we can replace a single tooth or many.
  • Security – Dental implants stay in place. You will not have to worry about adhesives or relines.
  • Implant-supported dentistry – If you have several missing teeth or full tooth loss, we can rely on a few posts to support a restoration, like a denture.

Dental Implant Treatment in 77338

Dr. Appel has advanced training in dental implant therapy. And he is also recognized for his skill and ongoing education in the field. 

With Dr. Appel, expect precise dental implant placement and optimal planning. He will make sure your jawbone is in top shape before greenlighting your dental implant treatment. He will check on the placement of your sinus for upper dental implants as well. If necessary, he will provide treatments to correct any issues before your surgery.

Dr. Appel will place the dental implant in the ideal location, ensuring your comfort every step of the way.

Healing may take a few months, but your replacement root and jawbone will integrate during these months.

Placement of your new tooth crown means the final step. We craft the tooth crown from quality porcelain for the perfect fit. 

Our patients have been delighted with their new smiles. They can smile confidently, enjoy meals, speak clearly, and not worry about missing teeth or prosthetic slippage. Indeed, dental implants are an investment in your emotional well-being and your oral health in the long-term.

Dental Implants as Part of a Smile Makeovergraphic of a dental implant

If you have multiple cosmetic and oral health issues, ask your Humble, TX dentist about a smile makeover. This process can mean various cosmetic and general treatments to enhance the health and appearance of your smile.

For example, if you have discolored teeth, your dentist may suggest a professional teeth whitening treatment before implant dentistry. This option not only allows you to choose whiter tooth crowns for your implant, but it also lifts stubborn yellow and brown tooth stains.

If you have cracked teeth, consider capping these teeth with a dental crown to complement your new dental implant or dental implants.

Other services when considering a smile makeover may include tooth-colored fillings to replace silver fillings or to treat any new cavities before implant placement.

Your cosmetic dentist in Humble, TX can also provide treatment on a timeline that works with your budget and schedule.

And ask a member of our team about Membership Plan—this option can help you receive free teeth whitening along with other critical dental health services like exams for a small monthly or yearly fee.

How Long Does Healing Take?

One of the most common questions people have about dental implants is how long they take to heal.

It’s important to understand that there are two parts to dental implants: the first involves surgical placement of the actual implant into the jawbone. The next phase is topping that implant with a quality dental crown.  

Most people find that surgical placement is much less invasive than expected, and healing time is minimal so that they can go to work that same day or the next. Most patients do not report any pain after the procedure, and if they experience discomfort, an over-the-counter pain reliever is usually adequate.

For most patients, it takes about four to six months for the implant to integrate into the jawbone, although this can vary widely from patient to patient. This process must conclude before we place your new tooth, so the implant is stable enough so you can chew food without concern.

older couple laughing and huggingAre Dental Implants Expensive?

Dental implants are more than tooth replacement. Think of them as a smart investment in your long-term smile.

As far as cost, there are many considerations, including whether you’re opting for a single replacement, multiple replacements, or implant-supported prosthetics. Other factors to think about are the difficulty of placement—sinus lifts, for example.

At Humble Dentistry, we do accept CareCredit. This option helps you finance dental implants in Humble, TX.

CareCredit is a healthcare credit card that allows you to get the treatments you want and pay the balance over a predetermined period, with zero interest. A member of our dental team can help you apply. The online application takes only a few minutes, and you will learn whether you qualify for CareCredit the same day.

We also accept most major credit cards. You can also opt for a down payment and rely on your credit card or CareCredit for the remainder.

Taking Care of Your New Dental Implants

For single dental implants, care is similar to what is required by your natural teeth:

  • Brushing twice daily
  • Flossing between each tooth – including your implant
  • Regular dental exams and x-rays
  • Professional dental cleanings

It’s always a good idea to avoid biting into anything too hard, like ice or hard candy, because it can damage your crown or natural teeth. You should also seek treatment if you suffer from bruxism—grinding and clenching your teeth. This can fracture your dental crown and your natural teeth. And never use your tooth or your implant as a tool to open a bottle or for a similar unintended purpose.

Your dentist may provide more specific instructions for implant-supported dentistry or guidelines that fit your unique oral health profile.

Remember, dental implants and restorations do not prevent gum disease, so dental appointments are crucial.

With regular dental visits and excellent at-home care, your dental implants may last for life.

Replace Missing Teeth in Humble, TX

Contact our dental office, located in Humble, Texas, to learn more about available tooth-replacement options. Our approach to dentistry helps patients achieve their goals for their oral health and smiles.

We look forward to welcoming you, and we proudly treat patients in Houston, Humble, Atascocita, Summerwood, Lake Houston, Kingwood, Huffman, and the surrounding areas.