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Guided Dental Implants in Houston, Texas

Guided dental implant surgery is the best treatment option for those who need implants to improve their smile or the function of their teeth.

What is guided dental implant surgery?

The word “guided” is what makes Perio Health Professionals’™ dental implant surgery so successful.

Using CAT-scan technology that provides a detailed 3D image of your oral maxillofacial structures (that is, all the teeth, bones, nerves, and sinus cavities), your surgical team at Perio Health Professionals™ will diagnose and plan the precise placement of your implants with options for immediate temporary teeth function when possible.

Dental CT scans have lower radiation than medical CTs and are used only for diagnostic purposes and also help guide the surgeon during the dental implant process.

Perio Health Professionals™ offers Houston, TX area residents three kinds of dental implants, including conventional implants, All-on-Four implants, and immediate-loading implants. Your surgical team will discuss which of these options is right for you, depending on what is clinically appropriate for your particular situation.

Approaching your implant procedure with an individualized treatment plan ensures optimal results from start to finish. To see how guided dental implant surgery works, step by step, click here.

Perio Health Professionals™: Your Houston dental implants specialists

When looking for the right place to get dental implants, Houston, TX area residents should look no further than Perio Health Professionals™. Also known as Houston’s Smile Engineers, doctors Michael K. McGuire, DDS, and Eric Todd Scheyer, DDS, MS, provide the talent, experience, and compassion necessary to bring patients a lifetime of healthy smiles. Whether you need one implant or many, for the most appropriate case-specific dental implants, Houston TX and beyond, Perio Health Professionals™ is here to help.

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How Guided Surgery for Dental Implants Works

Unlike other dental implant centers that cut corners by using a cookie-cutter treatment approach and “prefab teeth” that do not take every aspect of your clinical situation into account, our unique guided surgery technique for dental implants in Houston, TX provides our patients with individualized treatment solutions that are custom-made and at times can be accomplished with as few as 4 implants.
This is called the “All on Four” concept and can be appropriate for many patients, especially those who currently wear dentures.

With the “All on Four” procedure, qualified patients receive four dental implants and a full set of new replacement teeth that are anchored, or fixed, to those four implants. The entire procedure can be accomplished in just one day—so you leave the office with a new set of great-looking, non-removable and fully functional replacement teeth in the quickest time possible. Doctors McGuire and Scheyer are experts in this popular concept of “All on Four” dental implants in Houston, and have worked with its evolution for more than 10 years.

Whether receiving traditional implants or “All on Four” implants, all patients leave our office with custom implant-supported teeth that look great, fit great, and function correctly because they are made just for them.

1. Dental and Oral Health Exam

To begin, you will be given a comprehensive dental exam by our implant dentistry and oral health team.

Oral Health Exam - Dental Implants Houston, TX

2. CT Scan

Next, a dental CT scan – a 3-dimensional x-ray of your entire mouth and jaw, is taken to guide the dental team in planning your procedure. During the scan, you may be asked to wear a custom template so that tooth and jaw positions may be verified. You will be exposed to far less radiation in a dental CT scan than in a medical grade CT scan.

CT Scan – Dental Implants Houston, TX

3. Treatment Plan

Your surgical and restorative team will prepare treatment options designed especially for you.

Treatment Plan – Dental Implants Houston, TX

4. Dental Impression

An impression (model) of your teeth is taken. If you have dentures, an impression of your gums is taken.

Dental Impression – Dental Implants Houston, TX

5. Surgical Guide Fabrication

Based on the model of your mouth and the CT scan (done in Step 4), a computer will fabricate a customized guided dental implant surgery template to assist the dental surgeon in placing your implants with precision for optimal results.

Surgical Guide – Dental Implants Houston, TX

6. Guided Dental Implant Surgery Procedure

Implants are placed in your mouth at this time. If possible, as determined by the surgeon, temporary teeth are placed securely on top of the implants while your final teeth are being custom made by the restorative dentist and laboratory technician.

Guided Dental Implant Surgery – Dental Implants Houston, TX

7. Placement of Final Teeth

Your temporary teeth are removed, and the permanent ones are fastened into place on top of the implants by the restorative dentist. You will also be fitted for a protective bite splint to reduce forces upon your valuable restorations.

Final Placement of Teeth – Dental Implants Houston TX

8. Smile!

You’re all done. Now it’s time to show off your amazing new smile!

Results – Dental Implants Houston, TX

Please remember that regularly scheduled follow-up appointments and long-term maintenance are the key to successful implants that will look and function at their very best for a lifetime. Repair and maintenance is expected over the lifetime of your restoration.

About Dental Implants

Dental implants can be used to replace teeth lost to decay, periodontal disease or trauma. They are also ideal for those who are edentulous (have no teeth), and want permanent teeth instead of dentures.

First, implants are placed into your mouth and allowed to heal securely in place. The implants are a solid foundation, like the roots of your teeth, to support a crown, bridge, or dentures. Dental implants are an excellent option for those who want permanent, lifelong restorations that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. For people who need dental implants in and around Houston, dental implant procedures are done with the utmost professionalism, expertise, and experience at Perio Health Professionals™.

Why Dental Implants are Recommended for People Who are Missing Teeth

When teeth fall out or are extracted (removed) due to any number of factors, including severe periodontal disease or decay, bone loss begins to occur around each empty socket in the jaw. The longer a person remains without teeth, the more bone may be lost. Over time, bone destruction can become severe and irreparable.

Dental implants can stop this destructive process and help reverse bone loss by providing direct stimulation, which results in greater bone strength. The bone surrounding the implants is stimulated, strengthened, and continually renewed directly by the implants and the normal forces that are applied to them when a person chews.

Guided Dental Implant Surgery

Guided dental implant surgery is the most effective and efficient way to get your dental implants. Computer-guided technology allows us to plan your dental reconstruction with accuracy and may in certain situations also allow us to provide temporary teeth in one day. This technology also minimizes surgical trauma and allows for rapid healing.

However, implants require a fair amount of time to become “connected” to the bone that supports them. This is called “osseointegration,” and it means the implant surface naturally bonds with the bone structure in the jaws. This process is progressive, and may take up to a year to achieve a permanent bond between the implant and the surrounding bone. That is why it is very important, after having implant surgery, to maintain excellent oral health habits at home, and to come to every follow-up appointment as instructed by your implant dentist.

Once the implants are completely healed and fully integrated with your own bone, they become stable foundations onto which your new teeth are cemented into place.
In most cases, implant teeth look, feel, and function virtually identically to natural teeth, and that’s why dental implants placed with computer-guided techniques are recommended for those who want a perfect smile that can last a lifetime.

Guided Dental Implant Surgery Houston, TX

The Perio Health Professionals™ Guided Dental Implant Surgery Difference

Other dental practices use a “one-size-fits-all” approach to dental implant surgery that sacrifices individualized care for a faster procedure. We feel that an “assembly line” approach to something as important as your teeth is not appropriate treatment.

We only perform the kind of treatment we would want for ourselves – the best kind. No two mouths are exactly alike, so it makes sense that treatment should be planned with your particular needs in mind. At Perio Health Professionals™, we take guided dental implant surgery seriously. Shouldn’t you, too?

When it comes to the computer-guided dental implant, Houston is home two of the most prominent experts in the profession: Doctors Michael K. McGuire and Eric Todd Scheyer.

Implant Dentistry – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How many dental implant surgeries have Perio Health Professionals™ performed?

Perio Health Professionals™ has been providing superior dental care to dental implant patients at our Houston, TX location for over 30 years. We’ve placed tens of thousands of dental implants over the years, and we are proud to be the dental office of choice for just as many implant patients. When it comes to implant dentistry, Houston area residents can benefit from the convenience of having such a renowned group of periodontal specialists and oral surgeons so close to home.

Why have Perio Health involved in your dental implant care?

We have been leaders and innovators in dental implant advances and evidence-based protocols. We have studied early implant loading and 3D analysis for dental implants and bone grafting procedures. For years we have conducted clinical research on dental implants and are consultants to the dental implant industry on advancing technology.

How long does a typical guided dental implant surgery procedure take?

There is no “typical” case, because every patient situation is different from the next. A majority of these procedures are completed within 3 to 6 hours – that means you will walk out of the office with a new set of great-looking and fully functional temporary teeth, which at a later date will be replaced with permanent, customized teeth by one of our teams of restorative dentists and lab technicians.

Will I have new teeth on the same day my dental implant surgery is completed?

Possibly. Depending on your particular clinical situation, you may receive temporary (yet fully functional) teeth the same day as your surgery. Once successful integration of your implants takes place – which can be as few as 3 to 6 months – your temporary teeth will be removed and new traditional teeth will be permanently secured to the implant abutments. You will need to rely on your dental implant experts to decide when best to attach your denture to the implants.

What are dental implants made of and does the body
accept them?

Dental implants are made of a titanium metal alloy that has been proven 100% biocompatible. That means that the body readily accepts the implant and will begin to attach itself to the implant as if it were a natural part of the body. The most common cause of implant failure is infection, and the most common cause of infection is inadequate or improper oral hygiene. To maintain your implants at their healthy best, it is imperative that you follow the home oral care routine as instructed by your dental team, as well as go to all of your regular check-ups and professional dental care appointments. The second most common reason for failure is overload. To minimize overload, you must adhere to a soft diet for 4 to 6 weeks and wear a splint or bite guard at night.

Who will place my implants and new teeth?

Dr. McGuire and Dr. Scheyer will be your guided dental implant surgery team and are responsible for placing your implants and conducting any other oral surgical procedures. They, along with the restorative dentist and lab technician, will also place your temporary teeth at the end of surgery. Once your mouth has fully healed (between 4 and 6 months, in most cases) and your implants have integrated and stabilized within your own bone, your custom-made permanent teeth will be placed by one of our teams of restorative dentists.

What type of anesthesia will be used?

Our goal is to make your experience as enjoyable as possible. We offer many types of anesthesia, including local and sedation anesthesia. Each patient case is unique, and the type of anesthesia used will be based on what is best for the patient. We also have a certified registered nurse anesthetist on staff at all times during procedures requiring sedation anesthesia.

What happens if an implant fails or needs to be repaired?

If an implant fails within a year, after the integration process and final restorations have been placed, Perio Health Professionals™ will replace the dental implant at no charge. For more information regarding our warranty, please contact Perio Health Professionals.

How do I keep my implants healthy?

Long-term maintenance is the key to strong, stable and healthy implants that can last a lifetime. You need to maintain a daily home oral care regimen that includes brushing and flossing. You will also need to continue regularly scheduled check-ups and oral hygiene appointments as indicated by your dentist.
Remember these words of wisdom: “Always be true to your teeth, and they will never be false to you.”