To maintain a healthy smile, it's essential to replace natural teeth that are lost or severely damaged due to decay. Made from biocompatible titanium posts, dental implants are a long-lasting option that restores your confidence by replacing one or more missing teeth. Implants are placed in the jawbone, providing a foundation with solid support for a bridge, crown, or another type of dental restoration. Dr. Jireh Yue and his professional staff at Made Ya Smile Dental utilize implants at our modern practice to improve your smile and mirror your natural teeth in function and appearance. If tooth loss is affecting the way you speak and eat normally, learn more about dental implants by scheduling a visit at our Houston, TX practice.
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Best Candidates for Dental Implants
If you have lost one or more teeth, a dental implant procedure may benefit your smile, especially if you have severely damaged or decayed teeth and want a more permanent solution to removable dentures. Implants do require a sufficient amount of bone to work as a tooth replacement option. If you have certain medical conditions, use tobacco products, or are pregnant, this may not be a viable option for you at this time.
Dental implants fuse into the jawbone through a thorough a process called osseointegration. Once this phase has been completed, Made Ya Smile Dental attaches a natural-looking crown or bridge to complete the procedure. Implants are an excellent long-term plan highly recommended by our experienced staff as well as Dr. Yue. A consultation with our friendly clinic can help you decide if implants are the right treatment for you.
What To Expect
Made Ya Smile Dental takes pride in being a full-service facility for dental implant procedures. We can save you time, money, and resources by completing every step of your procedure in-office, including surgical placement and restoration. Our advanced 3D intraoral imaging and other dental technologies help generate the best results for our Texas patients. If you suffer from bone loss in the jaw, we may perform a bone grafting procedure to prepare you for a dental implant. On the day of your implant surgery, our expert team will numb the gum and bone tissues. We also offer several options for sedation if you are nervous about receiving care. Dr. Yue will begin by making an incision in the gums and place the posts within your bone. We will then suture your gums, either covering the post completely or leaving a small portion of the post exposed. Based on the state of your dental health, Made Ya Smile Dental may give you a temporary restoration while the site heals and the post integrates into the jaw. At your next follow-up appointment, we will help prepare you for a custom restoration such as a bridge or crown as a tooth replacement option.
After the implant surgery procedure, the team at Made Ya Smile Dental will give you post-op instructions to help you heal. You may experience some bruising or swelling at the procedure site, gums, jaw, and face. Dr. Yue will also let you know if there are any serious symptoms that should be reported to our staff immediately. Over-the-counter pain relievers or prescription pain medication can minimize discomfort following the surgery. Osseointegration, or the process that allows the implants to become a part of your jaw, usually takes about 3 — 6 months. Afterward, you will return to our clinic so we can take an impression off the area for a custom restoration such as a crown or bridge.
Made Ya Smile works with top-quality materials to blend in with your teeth and replicate the look and feel of your natural smile. Your tooth replacement option will be affixed to the implant post with permanent cement, then our staff will give you information about home care, such as brushing and flossing. Fortunately, implants can be cleaned in the same manner as your natural teeth. We suggest scheduling routine dental cleanings and exams visits as recommended to keep your implants in top shape. Dr. Yue can also assess the function and appearance of the restorations.
Based on your benefits and plan details, implants may be covered by a dental health insurance provider. Made Ya Smile Dental accepts most PPO plans and will reach out to your insurer to confirm any out-of-pocket costs. Our team is dedicated to assisting patients in enjoying the best solutions for their teeth and gums. We gladly accept low-interest financing with CareCredit® along with many other payment options to help make your care more affordable.
Natural-looking dental implants are an option for patients who need to replace missing teeth and want to eat and speak easily with more confidence. Made Ya Smile helps you enjoy a long-lasting solution to tooth loss through dental implants. Dr. Yue dedicates his time to make the process streamlined, comfortable, and convenient. To find out if dental implants are ideal for your unique situation, talk to our caring team in Houston, TX to schedule your consultation.