Dental Implant Specialist
Dr. Waghalter, a very experienced, highly skilled dental surgeon, is qualified to place and restore dental implants. He taught about all phases of implants in when he was a clinical professor at the University of Texas School of Dentistry, Houston, Texas for twenty four years.
When the gum tissue is ready, a special post that sticks up out of the gum is attached to the implant. It is the support for the new porcelain crown. After impressions are taken, a crown is made and shaded to match your existing teeth. The crown is slipped over the post and cemented.
What are dental implants?
Simply stated, dental implants are titanium cylinders that are permanently placed in the jaw bone. The implants provide the support for the replaced teeth. They are permanent and very successful. They feel like your own teeth.
Why should you consider dental implants?
Implants are affordable and permanent. When you consider the ease and affordability of implants, there is no reason to live with missing teeth or loose dentures. Dental Implants are maintained by routine hygiene visits to your dental office.
What are some of the benefits of dental implants?
- Implants improve the appearance of your mouth and smile.
- Dental Implants look, feel and function like a natural tooth.
- You are not restricted to certain foods and can eat corn on the cob again.
- Dental Implants are a permanent solution for missing teeth and replace the need for a removable Full or Partial Denture.
- Dental Implants focus only on the tooth or teeth that are missing. A traditional bridge would involve the two or more adjacent teeth being compromised to create a false tooth in between.
- Dental implants reduce the bone atrophy and shrinkage that is common with lost teeth.
- Dental Implants decrease the possibility of further bone loss, periodontal disease and tooth movement.
The implant must be allowed about 3-6 months to heal, and during this time the jaw bone will form around the implant in a process called osseointegration wherein the bone cells and surface of the implants intermesh and unite. During this healing time you can have temporary crowns installed so that you can eat and speak normally and maintain a proper aesthetic appearance for your smile.
Is dental implant surgery painful?
No. Local anesthetic is used during the procedure to eliminate pain. We can control apprehension with IV sedation. After surgery, you may feel a bit sore for a day, but the pain and discomfort is minimal. We strive to provide pain-free dentistry at all times.
Immediate Implants with teeth
PLANNING AND GUIDED SURGERY AVAILABLE FOR IMMEDIATE IMPLANTS
Dr. Waghalter can use the latest in digital technology to give you fast quality dental implants.
ACCURATE DIAGNOSTICS AND PROSTHETICS DRIVEN PLANNING
Based on 3D (CB)CT diagnostics imaging of the patient and radiographic guide, virtual implant placement following prosthetic-driven planning can be performed within the special computer software, ensuring high diagnostic accuracy and safe and predictable implant placement.
With the combination of the 3D radiological dataset and 3D models of bone and radiographic guide, Dr. Waghalter evaluates bone quantity and quality, mark vital anatomical structures such as the alveolar nerve and maxillary sinus, and position the implants according to prosthetic needs. Through controlled and customizable angulation of the dental reslice planes in the split-screen view of the software, tilted posterior implants can also be positioned ideally.
SAFE PREDICTABLE IMPLANT PLACEMENT
After planning the case in the specialized software, a ready-to-use surgical template, together with all necessary implants, abutments and surgical instruments, are ordered online in a single order. The surgical template enables guided implant site preparation and precise and efficient implant insertion, which minimizes patient pain and swelling.
PREFABRICATION OF PROVISIONAL PROSTHESIS BEFORE SURGERY
The surgical template can be used to create a stone model with implant replicas already in place before surgery. This enables the dental technician to produce the provisional prosthesis and the abutment placement jig in advance, so that the clinician can finalize the prosthesis and mount it on the implants right after surgery.
Richard B Waghalter, D.D.S Healthy Smiles of Houston 5959 West Loop South, Suite 640 Bellaire, TX 77401
Telephone: 713-771-7101 FAX: 713-771-7102
Financing available through Springstone Financial and Care Credit.