Dental Implants in Katy, TX
Sometimes life happens, leaving you with one or more missing teeth. Maybe it was because of a health concern or maybe it was due to an injury, but whatever the case, you can still have a beautiful, full smile with dental implants. At Heritage Dental in Katy, TX, our dentist, Dr. Nguyen, can provide dental implant surgery to help patients reclaim their smiles.
The Basics of Dental Implant Surgery
Compared to other tooth-replacement options like bridges or dentures, dental implants are designed in such a way that they closely mimic the structure, function, and feel of natural teeth. During dental implant surgery, we place a biocompatible post into your jawbone, which acts like the artificial tooth root. On top of that base, we connect the replacement tooth that matches the appearance of your other teeth.
Dental Implants FAQs
What is the difference between dental implants and implant-supported dentures?
Dental implants and implant-supported dentures are based on the same idea of placing implants into the jaw to support replacement teeth, but there are some slight differences. For one, implant-supported dentures use just a few posts to replace an entire arch of teeth. On the other hand, simple tooth implants each have their own post. Which treatment might be right for you really depends on how many teeth you’re replacing.
Are dental implants covered by insurance?
Whether or not dental implants are covered by insurance depends on your specific provider and plan. It also may depend on the specifics of your case, such as whether or not you’re replacing a tooth due to an accident. To figure out whether your insurance covers the cost of dental implant surgery, we recommend contacting your provider directly. You can also reach out to our Katy office so our team can help you get more information about affording dental implants.
How long do dental implants usually last?
Dental implants are quite durable. How long they last varies from patient to patient depending on how good that person is about taking care of their oral health. Generally speaking, they’ve been shown to last many years, sometimes even more than a decade or two!