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Implants & More in Richmond, TX

You’re here because you’re wondering what implants are and whether they’re right for you. Implants have been around for several decades and are a proven treatment option for restoring missing teeth. Offering implant dentistry in Richmond, TX, Dr. Albert and the Highline team work will work hard to restore your smile. 

Maybe you’ve put it off because you’re anxious or are worried about the cost. Take the first step and schedule an appointment at our office. We can answer any questions you may have, and we’ll try our best to work with you and make the implant fit into your budget. 

If you’ve been asking your friends and family, implants probably sound scary and painful. However, this couldn’t be farther from the truth! Read on to learn more.

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Advantages of Dental Implants

  • Dental implants are a permanent solution for tooth loss and can last you the rest of your life
  • Custom crowns are matched for size, shape, and color to fit in seamlessly with your natural teeth
  • There’s no removable devices to deal with or special care required —just brush and floss as you normally would

Dental implants can cause some discomfort during initial placement, but are not nearly as painful as most people think. The bone where implants are placed do not have any pain receptors, so people don’t experience any pain from implant placement. In fact, any discomfort after the procedure actually comes from the healing of the gum tissues, which usually goes away within a week after the implant is placed. 

  • Dental implants are composed of 3 main parts: the implant, abutment, and crown. The implant is the threaded portion that is placed inside the bone. The abutment attaches directly to the implant, and is the part that the implant crown attaches to. Finally, the crown is cemented or screwed onto the abutment.
  • Implants are placed in mature bone for a period of time to allow the bone attach to the surface of the implant, a process known as “osseointegration.” This period is approximately 3-4 months, but can vary depending on the quality of the bone and the patient’s ability to heal. Once the implant has enough stability, the abutment and crown are attached to the implant

During your initial visit, we must first assess to see whether implants are an appropriate option for you. To be a good candidate for dental implants, a patient needs to have enough jawbone and healthy gum to support the fixture. A 3D x-ray will be taken to evaluate both the depth and width of the bone. If you don’t have enough support for an implant, you’re not out of luck: grafting or other procedures can be performed to provide more space for the implant. 

A review of your medical history must also be performed to avoid any complications for implant placement. Patients who are medically compromised or are taking bisphosphonates may require extra care and attention. Feel free to call or visit to find out more.