Statistics show that 69% of adults ages 35 to 44 have lost at least one permanent tooth to an accident, gum disease or periodontal disease, a failed root canal or tooth decay. Furthermore, by age 74, 26% of adults have lost all of their permanent teeth. Twenty years ago, people had no other alternative but to choose a fixed bridge or removable denture to restore their ability to eat, speak clearly and smile. Today the Specialists at Uptown can offer patients the most advanced treatment – dental implants. We have changed hundreds of people’s lives with dental implants. Dental Implants have revolutionized dentistry over the last 25 years. The practice of implant dentistry requires an experienced dental team to provide patients with the very best care. The doctors at our Center have been involved with this consistently evolving dental procedure with decades of experience. Their experience exceeds most dentists due to their special training and experience in Prosthodontics. Dr. Velasco and our staff continues to advance our knowledge every time there is a new discovery in dental implants.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental Implant component diagram
A dental implant replaces the root or roots of a tooth. Like tooth roots, implants are integrated in the jawbone and are used to secure crowns (the parts of teeth seen in the mouth), bridgework or dentures with a variety of techniques. Implants are made of titanium, which is lightweight, strong, biocompatible and not rejected by the body. Titanium and titanium alloys are the most commonly used metals in both dental and other bone implants, such as orthopedic joints. Dental implants have proven to be highly successful once placed securely by specially trained dentists.
Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?
No matter the age of a person there is a dental implant solution for you. This dental procedure is the solution of choice for people of all ages, even those with existing medical conditions, gum disease or problem teeth, currently wearing partials or dentures, smokers, or bone loss. Implant tooth replacement in children is usually deferred until jaw growth is complete. There are, however, some instances when a dental implant may be appropriate, such as when it is part of the child’s orthodontic treatment plan. Dental procedures that can be performed or improved with dental implants are:
- Teeth in an HOUR
- Cosmetic Single Tooth Replacement
- Fixed Implant Dentures
- Removable Implant Dentures
- Full Mouth Reconstruction
Do I Need Dental Implants?
If you have failing or missing teeth, the answer is yes! Dental implants are the best teeth replacement option and are a permanent solution for missing teeth. They are constructed of titanium or titanium alloys and are used to replace the root of a tooth. Once placed by a dental surgeon, the implants fuse to the jawbone through the process of osseointegration. A durable, zirconia crown that looks, feels and functions just like a natural tooth is then secured to the implant through a device called an abutment. Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or even a full upper or lower jaw.
1-How long will implants last?
Well-placed and cared for dental implants have the potential to last for decades. Caring for teeth restored with dental implants is just like caring for your natural teeth: brush, floss and visit your dentist for regular cleanings and check-ups.
2-Can my body reject implants?
Dental implants, which have been used for half a century, are safe and effective; however, as in any medical procedure, there can be complications. Choosing a knowledgeable, well-trained implant dentist will help minimize complications and ensure skillful handling of any problems, should they arise. Dr. Velasco and his team at UptownCosmetic and Implant Dentistry will review your health history and any habits which could affect the success of your future implants, and based on this they will recommend your special care for your complete treatment.
3-What are the chances of a bone graft being successful?
There are several different types and levels of bone grafts. They are based on the severity and amount of the bone that has been lost. Dr. Velasco and his team will carefully explain to you the type of bone graft you need and the possible success rates associated with your treatment. However, the success rate for bone grafts for the purpose of dental implants is very high. There is a small chance that a bone graft will fail and the failure rate is higher in smokers and those with certain medical conditions. In the event of a failure, the failed graft will be removed and a second graft can be attempted once the area has healed.
4- How much do implants cost?
The price of dental implants varies on a case by case basis. Our patients can receive an accurate quote by scheduling and attending a free consultation. Uptown Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry also offers different financing options to fit everyone’s financial budget. We often tell people not to let the cost of dental implants hold them back from changing their lives. A healthier, happier smile may be closer than you think.
5- Does dental insurance cover implants or are they considered cosmetic?
Every dental plan is different with different coverage options, in which some will and some will not cover implants. Once you schedule a consultation with our office you will have the opportunity to provide us with your dental coverage information, so that we may be able to verify your dental benefits to determine if there is any coverage for your services needed. Benefits given by an insurance representative are not a guarantee till a claim is processed.
6- What are implants made out of ?
The dental implant, is a fixture that integrates into your jaw bone, they are fabricated of several different materials. The most widely known and accepted implants are manufactured of Titanium or a titanium alloy. There are a new type of dental implants, manufactured of Zirconium, these implants are completely white and have a very specific use in dental treatments. State-of-the-art technology that we have at Uptown Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry makes it possible for these implant-supported replacement teeth to look, feel, and function like natural teeth.
7- Is it safe to have numerous implants or have them next to each other ?
Since dental implants are completely Biocompatible it is perfectly safe, but sometimes it does not make sense to have too many implants placed. At Uptown Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry, Dr. Velasco and his team will develop a plan that best fits your needs.
\Yes, it is safe to have dental implants next to each other. There are many options available for teeth replacement. Our specialists will develop a plan that will best fit your needs
8- Can I get dental implants placed by a general dentist ?
Dental implants are sophisticated dental devices that must be placed carefully to minimize complications or implant failure. For the best results, it is important that you choose a dental implant expert who has the proper education, training and competence in implant dentistry. Dr.Velasco is a prosthodontist who specializes in teeth restoration and replacement and will give you the highest level of success rate and customer satisfaction.
9- What is the recovery time after I get an implant ?
With the sedation techniques available at the time of treatment and helpful instructions for home care, many people report that they feel better than anticipated. Often, they return to work and daily activities the next day. While there may be some discomfort and bruising, this typically lasts only a short time.
10-How long does the healing take ?
The entire process usually takes about two to nine months, depending on your treatment plan. There are two main phases: First the implants have to heal by fusing to the bone, and then the tooth replacement restorations have to be fabricated and attached.
11- What can I eat and can’t the next couples of days ?
Depending on your treatment and the amount of dental implants that you receive, the diet restrictions are different for every case. In some instances there are no restrictions and in other cases there is the need of maintaining a soft diet for some time. Dr. Velasco and his dental team will carefully put together your complete dental treatment and explain all post-operative instructions related to home care ad diet, specific to your won individual case.
12- Can I eat or bite anything after I get my final implant crown ?
After you receive the final implant crown , you might resume eating normally . Your dental implant crown will look , feel and function better than the decayed and damage teeth that have been replaced.
13- Do you have a monthly payment plan?
Yes! At Uptown Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry, we have multiple financing options available to fit every patients need allowing them to make monthly payment plans to the lender used to finance their plan.
14- I am missing only one tooth, what is better, an implant or a bridge.
Every case is different, but in general terms, placing one dental implant is always better that involving adjacent teeth that were otherwise perfectly healthy in making a bridge. There are many different opinions on this topic, from a dental health perspective it is always better to be less invasive; a dental implant is a more conservative treatment.
15 – What type of anesthesia do I get ?
On every case you will always receive local anesthesia (injection) to numb the area in which the procedure will be done. On the other hand, depending on how big or long your procedure is you can chose one of three different levels of anesthesia. For patients that are very apprehensive, or just don’t want to be fully awake during the procedure, the first option is IV sedation (twilight sedation). This type of anesthesia is performed at Dr. Velasco’s office by a certified anesthesiologist ensuring a safe and pleasing experience. If you are the type of patient that just feels a little un-easy with the procedure to come, oral sedation can be your choice, or if you just want to be a little relaxed, Nitrous Oxide (NO2) can be safely administered in our office providing you with a very safe experience. In any case, here at Uptown Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry, Dr. Velasco and his team will put together a comprehensive treatment plan for you and will explain all your different options, including anesthesia.
Dental implants are the closest you can get to healthy, natural teeth. They allow you to live the way you want to – confidently eating, smiling, laughing, talking, kissing and enjoying all of your everyday activities without worrying about your teeth.
If you need to replace one tooth, several teeth, or all of your teeth, our dentists at Uptown Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry, in Houston, Texas work with a specialized team to complete your dental implant treatment. Call our office directly at 713-960-1017 or contact our team today for your FREE Dental Implant Consultation.