Dental Implants

Dental implants are changing the way people live! They are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. A person who has lost their teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything. Their teeth appear natural and their facial contours are preserved. Patients with dental implants can smile once again with confidence.

What Are Dental Implants?

The implants themselves are tiny titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. These metal anchors act as tooth root substitutes. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Small posts that protrude through the gums are then attached to the implant. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.

Implants also help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.

The Surgical Procedure

For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures:

First, implants are placed within your jawbone. For the first three to six months following surgery the implants are beneath the surface of the gums, gradually bonding with the jawbone. You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this period. While this integration in occuring, your dentist is forming your new replacement teeth.

After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. Dr. Kim will uncover the implants and attach small posts that protrude through the gums that will act as anchors for the artificial teeth. These posts will be covered and hidden from view by the artificial teeth that are placed. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients experience minimal disruption in their daily life.

Dental Implants Presentation

To provide you with a better understanding of dental implants, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to dental implants are discussed.

Dental Implants Presentation

Surgical Advances

Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, Dr. Kim is able to place single stage implants. These implants do not require a second procedure to uncover them, but do require a minimum of six weeks of healing time before artificial teeth are placed. There are even situations where the implant can be placed at the same time as the tooth extraction – further minimizing your number of surgical procedures.

Dental implant placement is a team effort between an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and a restorative dentist.  Dr. Kim performs the actual implant surgery, initial tooth extractions, and bone grafting if necessary.  The restorative dentist (your dentist) fits and makes the permanent prosthesis. Your dentist will also make any temporary prosthesis needed during the implant process.

What Types Of Prosthesis Are Available?

A single prosthesis (crown) is used to replace one missing tooth – each prosthetic tooth attaches to its own implant. A partial prosthesis (fixed bridge) can replace two or more teeth and may require only two or three implants. A complete dental prosthesis (fixed bridge) replaces all the teeth in your upper or lower jaw. The number of implants varies depending upon a variety of factors. A removable prosthesis (over denture) attaches to a bar or ball-in-socket attachments, whereas a fixed prosthesis is permanent and removable only by the dentist.

Dr. Kim performs in-office implant surgery in a hospital-style operating suite. Inpatient hospital implant surgery is for patients who have special medical or anesthetic needs, or for those who need extensive bone grafting.

Why Dental Implants?

Dental Implant Overview

For a brief narrated overview of the dental implant process, please click the image below. It will launch our educational MiniModule in a separate window that may answer some of your questions about dental implants.

Dental Implant Overview

Dental implants can vastly improve your life. When you lose several teeth – whether it’s a new situation or something that you have lived with for years – chances are you’ve never become fully accustomed to missing such a vital part of yourself.

Dental implants can be your doorway to renewed self-confidence and peace of mind.

A Swedish scientist and orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Per-Ingvar Branemark, developed this concept for oral rehabilitation more than 35 years ago. With his pioneering research, Dr. Branemark opened the door to a lifetime of renewed comfort and self-confidence for millions of individuals facing the frustration and embarrassment of tooth loss.

Why Select Dental Implants Over More Traditional Types Of Restorations?

There are several reasons: A dental bridge can sacrifice the structure of surrounding good teeth to bridge the space of the missing tooth/teeth. In addition, removing a denture or a “partial” at night may be inconvenient, not to mention dentures that slip can be uncomfortable and rather embarrassing.

Are You A Candidate For Implants?

If you are considering implants your mouth must be examined thoroughly and your medical and dental history reviewed. If your mouth is not ideal for implants there are ways of improving the outcome, such as bone grafting, which may be recommended.

What Type Of Anesthesia Is Used?

The majority of dental implants and bone grafting can be performed in our office under local anesthesia, with or without general anesthesia.

Do Implants Need Special Care?

Once the implants are in place they will serve you well for many years if you take good care of them and keep your mouth healthy. Good oral hygiene (brushing and flossing) and keeping regular appointments with your dental specialists is key to the long term success of dental implants.

Houston Oral Surgery and Implant Center

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getting my wisdom teeth pulled out kind of scared me with everything they said but when I got them removed here it was fast and easy and matter a fact not much pain

- natalie m

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i will come back at anytime and visit and get more work done if needed.

- Lavonda

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everything went by so fast & smoothly !

- kimberly T

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Dr. Kim and team have overcome my extreme fear of Dental work. I have no qualms about putting myself in your hands and trust your opinions on what is needed.

- Linda L

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everybody was nice and friendly

- mary r

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the service was terrific I had no problems

- gladys R

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It was a successful experience

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great people great work great dentist

- jeremiah l

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five out of five stars

- willie j

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this was a great experience for me and my son. we felt welcome and the office staff was great. will come back in the near future if needed.thanks

- nakesha s

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The entire staff are very professional at all time, they greet you when you first come in and they keep you afloat of what is going on.

- Latonya G

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Excellent staff they are all very professional.

- ADRIANA A

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The surgery Overall was great.

- Isaiah t

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Only took one pain pill following surgery. No bruising, no swelling.

- Juanita I

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We would highly recommend him for Implant. Quick and painless.

- Tina H

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This was a good experience and i do plan to return if i need additional care

- Michael C

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This was a great experience. I was calm going into the procedure and the little extras (like the blanket and sunglasses) really made it easy. I like the fact that Dr. Kim starts his own IV's and administers the medications. The office staff has great service delivery and their customer service skills really come thru. I highly recommend to anyone I come in contact with who is needing dental work.

- Cheri S

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Dr. Kim is an exceptional physician. His demeanor and skill are what makes him a great clinician.

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It was no pain and they had a great performance in this I'm glad i had the opportunity to get this over with. it feels like if nothing happen it was great.

- Maribel Martinez

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Toda la offina esta muy bien. Muy bien doctor. La sirujia estuvo perfecta.

- Elida

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We had a great experience. My daughter is very happy because her surgery was perfect. Dr. Kim and the staff are very professional and did a wonderful job. Thank you so much we are REALLY GRATFULL TO HAVE COME HERE!!

- Thala B

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Fast service

- Elizabeth Z

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i liked been here

- jorge r

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it was a nice surgery

- Frangil C

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just won another customer.

- Merrial Thompson

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This is the best place and best care I have ever had

- raul f

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It was way faster then all previous dentists I have gone through
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The procedure went way better than i could have imagined

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The service was overall great.

- miguel P

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Testimonials are good but the facts speak for themselves. Facts: I have been a patient of Dr. Kim's for in excess of 3 years. I have had a total of 14 implants, 8 upper and 6 lower installed. The acknowledged success rate is 90% for lower and 85% for upper. Thanks to Dr. Kim and the resident Dr., who designed and installed the prosthesis, I have experienced a 100% success rate for both upper and lower implants. As I said facts speak for themselves.

- William B

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Very nice office to come to.

- Aaron D

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great place for dentestry

- Roberto V.

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great experience and great full recovery

- Linzie S.

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very good staff i love Dr .Kim very good dr.
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i had a great expierence here and doctor kim was awesome!

- christina r.

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Dr. Kim was so kind and helpful!

- Noelle H.

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