Dental Implants in Houston


Strong, Beautiful Smiles That Last

Implants

Why Choose Dr. Susan Ellison

Getting a strong, beautiful smile that lasts has never been easier! What once used to be long periods of discomfort, from initial tooth extraction to the surgical implant to the final crown, now can be done in a comfortable and relaxed setting! Voted ‘Houston’s Top Dentist’ and ‘Top Docs for Women’ by H-Texas Magazine, Dr. Ellison and her team create a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere for any dental procedure.

With the latest technology, Dr. Ellison will collect all the data necessary to help plan your restorative dental care – and the best part is that it can be painless. Dr. Ellison was certified and trained at the 3D Implant Institute – a world-renowned leader in cutting-edge implant technology and advanced digital practices used to restore beautiful, healthy smiles that patients can be proud of. This training has given her team the ability to offer the best dental implant experience in the Houston area – all under one roof! The 3DI process uses digital x-rays, 3D mapping, models, and photographs to bring all components of your case together.

Dentures can also be attached to implants when more than one missing tooth needs to be replaced. The stability and sense of confidence you develop with implants will leave you smiling.

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Restorative Implants

implant x rayMany patients find the procedure of implant placement easier than they anticipated. Various types of sedation may fit your comfort level best, so feel free to discuss them with Dr. Ellison. The modern dental anesthetic numbs the site, and experienced hands carefully place the implant. A tiny guide hole provides a path for threading a small implant cylinder into place. The sterile piece is inserted into an exact location, and a smooth cover, or healing cap, protects the implant during the healing period.

In some cases, a temporary or permanent crown may be inserted at the time of surgery. Cases involving multiple implants often proceed the same way so that you can smile confidently immediately.

Implants can’t withstand normal bite forces until the bone has integrated fully into the implant body. Dr. Ellison will help you decide what will work best during the initial healing period, ensuring you’re able to function while protecting your implants. This period usually lasts 3-6 months as the bone grows around the implant. Most patients experience minimal discomfort after placement, especially compared to an extraction.

Specialized Plan of Care

A carefully developed treatment plan which includes an implant placement sets a solid foundation for an array of restorative options.

After the healing period, crowns or bridges will be custom-made and attached to the implants with small screws or dental cement. The customization of your case from initial planning to final placement makes all the difference. This allows a full range of services to be considered, from the replacement of one tooth to the restoration of the entire mouth. Regardless of your situation, there’s a solution for you.

Implants Under One Roof Means:

  • Initial Consult
  • X-Rays, 3D Mapping, Digital Scanning
  • Sedation/Anesthesia
  • In-Office Surgical Procedure
  • Post Care Education
  • Comforting Atmosphere and Care Team
  • Any Necessary Corrections
  • Plan of Future Care

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Implant FAQs

When a tooth is missing, it allows the teeth around it to shift which can cause additional issues with the bite, issues with chewing and keeping the remaining teeth clean. In addition, the missing tooth or teeth can affect the ability to chew and eat which as we get older, the ability to nourish our bodies is critical to our longevity. Replacing a single missing tooth when you have plenty of other teeth and plenty of bone is very important and much more beneficial than waiting until you have multiple missing teeth or lack of bone and no longer have the option of doing a permanently placed bridge or implants that can be cemented in and not taken in and out. The only option then becomes having removable dentures or partial dentures which never have the same stability as your natural teeth.

Not safely. It may sound like the best deal in town, a brand new smile in just one appointment? As is true with most things in life, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. In order to ensure patient safety and longevity of the implants, it takes two separate appointments to take the necessary x-rays and perform the procedure. If a dental clinic is saying they can do this in one day, be wary. Either they are rushing through the process, skipping steps, or the quality of your implant will be faulty.

Rushed or botched oral surgeries can lead to many serious dental issues, including infection. Make sure you schedule your implants with a trusted and experienced dentist like Dr. Susan Ellison.

No. Unfortunately, Medicare does not cover the cost of implants. They only cover the cheapest way to replace missing teeth which usually means removable partials which come in and out and are usually not very stable or a denture if all the teeth are missing. We are happy to schedule a consultation for you to determine your options and what would be best for you.

Reviews

Everyone in Dr. Ellison's office is friendly and helpful, including Dr. Ellison. I have been seeing the same dentist for 14 yrs and I like him very much, but I wanted to find a good and nice dentist closer since I moved 10 yrs ago. I couldn't be happier to have found Dr. Ellison. Very knowledgeable and compassionate in her care.

-Connie C.

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