Implants Specialist

Paulette Arana, DDS

General Dentist located in Upper Kirby, Houston, TX

Designed to fill in gaps and replace damaged teeth, dental implants are durable prosthetics made to match adjacent teeth. The dental practice Paulette Arana, DDS is committed to helping men and women living in or around Upper Kirby, Houston find the appropriate implant solution. Contact Dr. Paulette Arana to learn more about how you can fix damaged teeth and fill in displeasing gaps.

Implants Q & A

What is a dental implant?

Dental implants are prosthetics used to take over for damaged teeth and close unwanted gaps.

Dr. Arana starts by removing your affected tooth or preparing the gap. Then, she inserts metal roots into your jawbone; these form the support for your implant as they fuse with the bone over weeks or months. The roots are made of titanium to encourage their seamless integration with your body.

Once the roots have been absorbed, Dr. Arana places the replacement tooth, making sure it blends with the adjacent teeth and causes no discomfort.

Implants are alternatives to bridges and dentures because they don’t rely on the surrounding area for support — that’s what the metal roots are for.

When should you get a dental implant?

Dr. Arana recommends that you consider implants if you experience:

  • Swelling of the gum
  • Severe toothache
  • Tooth instability
  • Unprovoked, lingering pain.

To ensure the implant works for you, Dr. Arana considers the following factors:

  • Your overall health
  • Your treatment preference
  • Your jawbone in the affected area
  • Location of the implant

How does the procedure work?

Dental implants are one of the most common solutions for fixing unwanted tooth damage. That being said, it can take several months.

Dr. Arana is committed to taking the time necessary to allow your mouth to heal between each phase. Here’s a breakdown of how the procedure takes place:

  • Removal of damaged tooth
  • Jawbone readied for surgery
  • Metal root implant placed in the jawbone
  • Healing period
  • Placement of the abutment
  • Molds of your teeth are made and final replacement tooth set.

The procedure isn’t what takes the longest. The recovery time is crucial to positive long-term results.

Once the procedure is complete, Dr. Arana uses Osstell — an electronic instrument that analyzes the stability of the implant — to finish off your treatment.

What are the side effects of dental implants?

Side effects of dental implants are unlikely, though some include:

  • Nerve damage
  • Sinus issues
  • Infection
  • Damage to the surrounding area

Dental implants may be the right treatment for you. Contact Paulette Arana, DDS today via phone or online to take the first steps in fixing damaged teeth and filling in annoying gaps.