Dental implants are by far the most effective option to replace your missing teeth, but they are also not right for everyone. One of the most important criteria for candidacy is a willingness to commit to the lengthy dental implant process.
This page will provide a basic overview of the dental implant process, but the best way to understand what it truly entails is to speak with Dr. Heather Flescher in person. Please call (713) 997-8999 today to schedule a consultation with our West University implant dentist.
Implant Placement and Osseointegration
Dr. Fleschler works with a local periodontist who will perform any necessary extractions as well as the implant placement phase of your dental implant procedure. Working with a specialist for implant placement ensures you will receive the most precise results possible. However, Dr. Fleschler will always serve as leader of your implant dentistry team, instructing the periodontist regarding exact implant placement location.
During the implant placement phase, a 3D image is taken of your mouth and jaw to provide a detailed image which will guide the placement of your dental implant. If you do not have sufficient jawbone density, Dr. Fleschler may recommend that you undergo a bone graft before the implant is placed.
The periodontist will insert a titanium dental implant into your jawbone. There will be a healing process, which takes approximately 3-6 months to complete, following implant placement. During this time, the dental implant will fuse with your jawbone, allowing it to function as a permanent replacement root. This process is called osseointegration.
Creation of Your Prosthetic Tooth
Once osseointegration is complete, you will return to our West University office and Dr. Fleschler will place a small titanium rod, called an abutment, on the dental implant. The abutment will eventually connect with your new prosthetic tooth.
Dr. Fleschler will take an impression of your teeth which will be sent to the dental lab for use in creating your new prosthetic tooth. The lab will use the highest quality dental porcelain to construct a dental crown that will look just like your neighboring natural teeth.
When your crown is ready, Dr. Fleschler will attach it to the abutment. At this point, you will have a fully functional replacement tooth that blends in seamlessly with your smile.
To learn more about the dental implant process, please contact Dr. Heather Fleschler via the form on this page or call (713) 997-8999 today to schedule your initial consultation. We serve patients in the Houston, Texas areas of West University, Bellaire, Meyerland, and River Oaks.