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Dental Implants Midland, TX

Do you have one or more missing teeth? Are your lost teeth impacting the look and health of your smile?

Dr. Michael Courter provides treatment with dental implants in Midland, TX. Dental implants are a restorative dentistry solution for tooth replacement that restores the smile’s foundation so patients can comfortably speak, eat, and enjoy full smiles again. Implants are covered by dental crowns or attached to a bridge or denture that match the color, shape, and form of your natural teeth. Because of this, implants and implant-supported bridges and dentures are secure, long-lasting, and look natural.

Dental Implant in Midland, Texas

Types of Dental Implants

Dental implants can replace one tooth, multiple teeth, or a whole arch of teeth. They can support multiple different restorations to achieve this, depending on how many teeth you’re missing.

Missing a Single Tooth

If you’re missing just one tooth, a single dental implant can replace it. We use a custom dental crown to complete the dental restoration. The crown matches the size, shape, and color of the rest of your teeth, so it looks natural in your smile. Sometimes the implant can be placed right after we extract the tooth.

Missing Multiple Teeth

If you’re missing multiple teeth that aren’t consecutive, we’ll still need to use single dental implants to replace them. If you’re missing multiple teeth in succession, an implant-supported dental bridge can replace them. Instead of using your natural teeth to anchor the bridge, we use dental implants.

Missing a Full Arch of Teeth

Implant-supported dentures replace a full arch of missing teeth. They don’t require suction and adhesive for them to stay in your mouth. We use 4-6 dental implants that are strategically placed to support the denture. Instead of removing them to clean them, you simply brush and floss like you would your normal teeth. They stay in your mouth permanently.

The Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants are the most-recommended choice to replace missing teeth. They’re the gold standard because they’re the only option that replaces the tooth root and crown. The implant post fuses with the jawbone, giving you back 100% of your bite function. It stops the bone degeneration that occurs when you lose your tooth root. The fit of your restoration doesn’t change either because the jawbone doesn’t deteriorate.

Because you have back 100% of your bite function, you don’t have to remove anything from your diet. You’re able to eat whatever you like. You also don’t have to worry about your restoration slipping or falling out while eating or speaking. Because they feel like your natural teeth, you can feel confident eating and speaking as well. There’s no adjustment period where you’ll need to get used to your restoration.

Implants don’t require any extra maintenance like removable restorations. You never have to take them out to clean them. Simply brush and floss them like you would your normal teeth and visit the dentist regularly for checkups. There are no messy adhesives to worry about either.

The Dental Implant Process

Pre-procedure Consultation

Before any procedure, we have a consultation. We want to ensure dental implants are the correct choice for your unique needs. We discuss your medical history, dental goals, and your budget. A thorough oral evaluation is done as well.

To get dental implants, you must be in good enough medical condition to get the surgery that implants require. You also can’t have oral health conditions when you go for surgery. If you have any broken tooth fragments, we need to remove them. Gum disease treatment must also occur and fully heal before moving forward. Having enough bone density to support the implants is necessary too. If we find you don’t have enough bone density, a bone graft may need to be performed.

Before the procedure, we’ll discuss your sedation options. Traditionally patients choose sedation for their implant procedure. Our office offers nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and oral conscious sedation. Nitrous oxide takes effect and dissipates quickly. You breathe it in throughout the procedure through your nose. Oral conscious sedation is given as a prescribed pill about an hour before the procedure. It’s a deeper form of sedation, and you’ll need a ride to and from the procedure.

The Surgical Process

To start the procedure, we use a local anesthetic to completely numb the area around the implant site. We want to ensure your comfort during the procedure. When comfortable, we’ll surgically place the implant post into your jawbone. It requires around 3-6 to heal and fuse with the bone fully. We’ll put a temporary restoration in place until the healing process is complete.

Once everything is completely healed, we place a piece called an abutment on top of the implant post. This piece connects the post to the final restoration. Your final restoration is custom-made to blend in with the rest of your smile. It’ll be either a dental crown, bridge, or denture.

Dental Implant FAQs

Learn more about dental implants below:

How can I clean my dental implants?

You can take care of dental implants like your natural teeth. You can brush and floss them gently to remove food debris and bacteria. We recommend an interdental brush for patients who want a deeper clean between their implants. This brush can get between the teeth and is gentle on restorations like implants.

Do dental implants look like regular teeth?

Yes, we ensure that dental implants look just like natural teeth. We can color-match the dental crowns that cap off the implants for a seamless look. Dental crowns are porcelain ceramic caps that cover implants and are the only part that shows above the gumline. Crowns both look and feel natural.

How can I become a candidate for dental implants?

Most patients are good candidates for implants. We can recommend bone grafting if patients do not have enough bone in their jaw to support dental implants. We can provide treatment before implant treatment for tooth decay or gum disease patients. The best candidates for dental implant treatment have healthy gums and sufficient bone tissue to support implants. We can help patients ensure they are healthy enough to receive implants and implant-supported restorations.

Contact Our Dental Office Today

Are you interested in receiving dental implants for your smile? Call Dr. Courter today for treatment at  432.287.9531 or schedule a dental appointment with Dr. Courter online. He will be happy to help you create a plan for your dental implants or implant-secured restoration.