Tooth loss can have dramatic consequences for your health, oral function, and self-confidence. Traditional reconstructive solutions have been around for many years, but many patients find themselves dissatisfied by how unnatural the result is. With the transformative power of dental implants, patients at Tamborello Dental Associates can finally regain what was lost – a strong, seamlessly lifelike smile that will last. Contact our Houston, TX practice today if you’d like to learn more, or if you’re ready to schedule a consultation with Dr. Donald Tamborello. New patients are always welcome from the areas of River Oaks, Braes Heights, West University, Upper Kirby, Bellaire, Montrose, and beyond.
So why are dental implants the best choice for your smile? It’s simple – unlike other solutions, they replicate the entire structure of your natural tooth, from the crown (the white part) down to the root beneath the gum line. Because the root stimulates the jawbone and helps maintain its health, this allows patients to avoid the deterioration and damaged facial appearance that can occur over time with more traditional options.
Patients will need to have generally good oral health and an adequate amount of jawbone density to successfully support implants; if these conditions aren’t met, our team may recommend additional procedures. Then, it will be time to place your new implant(s). Many dentists have to refer their patients to outside specialists for this procedure; thankfully, our central Houston team can provide it right here in-office for maximum convenience and comfort. Once you’ve successfully healed, you’ll return to our office so we can design and place custom restorations on top of the new implants completing your procedure.
In cases of single implants, an all-ceramic crown can beautifully replenish the lost shape and structure without forcing patients to sacrifice the health of nearby natural teeth. However, this method can become costly if there are several teeth in need of replacement. That’s why Dr. Tamborello typically recommends an alternative: implant-retained prosthetics. These custom-made appliances are similar in appearance to bridges and dentures, but they’re designed to fit directly onto your placed implants creating a much sturdier and more lifelike fit. Both fixed and removable options are available depending on the patient’s personal preference.
One of the main concerns patients have about dental implants in Montrose is whether they’ll be in pain during the insertion process. If you, too, are worried about having to endure a torturous treatment, you need not have any fear. Dr. Tamborello or Dr. Boone will make sure that before any work starts, the treatment site will be completely numb so that you can be relaxed throughout the implant insertion process.
If you’re feeling overly anxious, our in-office sedation dentist, Dr. Diane Banks, can help to calm your nerves with either nitrous oxide, oral conscious or (IV) sedation.
While each situation is unique, in most cases, you can expect to heal from the initial placement of a dental implant in three to nine months. During this period, the implant will also fuse with the underlying jawbone through a process called osseointegration. This will provide a sturdy foundation that only pales in comparison to your original tooth root.
After you’ve sufficiently recovered, Dr. Tamborello or Dr. Boone will place a titanium abutment that will act as an anchor to allow a final restoration to be added, which will leave you fully restored.
When it comes to aesthetics, the results delivered by dental implant insertion stand in a class of their own. While other procedures only restore a smile from the gums up, a dental implant replaces a tooth from the root to the crown. Thus, it will leave you with a smile that looks like you were born with it.
This feature offers even more than cosmetic benefits, as the added security provided by the implant helps to prevent any slipping and the gum irritation that can ensue.
Most dental insurance holders won’t cover the cost of dental implant placement. However, your coverage may be applied toward a portion of the cost of any restorative care you may need. Additionally, your plan may provide coverage for the placement of a final restoration.
At Tamborello Dental Associates, we understand that some of our patients may be more cost sensitive. Thus, we’ve partnered with CareCredit and Lending Club to provide alternative forms of financing. That means no one has to miss out on receiving the vital dental care they need.
For more details about the two programs and to determine which is best suited to meet your needs, feel free to contact our Houston office to speak with an associate.
To get detailed answers to any other questions you may have about the dental implant process, reach out to us to request a visit today.