Dental Implants in Katy


Dental Implants

Natural Looking Tooth Replacement

  • Dental implants allow Dr. Lathrop to replace a missing tooth with a strong and esthetically pleasing prosthetic. Dental implants are placed directly into the jawbone, providing decades of durable and lifelike restoration.

The Benefits of Dental Implants:

  • Prosthetics that look and act like natural teeth
  • Improved facial esthetics
  • Long lasting restoration
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Dental Implants Boast a 95% Success Rate

According to recent studies conducted by the American Association or Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. To see if implants are the right choice for you, talk to Dr. Lathrop today.

So Show Me, What Does a Dental Implant Look Like?

Restoration
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Restoration

A lifelike crown tops the implant, allowing you to eat and smile with confidence.

Abutment
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Abutment

This piece connects the implant post to the custom-made restoration.

Restoration
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Implant Post

Made of titanium, this biocompatible screw-like device bonds with the bone tissue, supporting your implant.

How We Can Help

Single tooth implants
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  • Single Tooth Implants

For patients missing a single tooth, Dr. Lathrop can place an individual implant. Topped with a crown, a single tooth implant functions like a natural tooth.

Implant-supported bridge
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  • Implant Supported Bridge

Traditional bridges require the loss of surrounding tooth structure for placement. An implant supported bridge can be placed directly into the missing sockets, preserving the teeth on either side of the gap in your smile.

Implant Dentures
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  • Implant Dentures

Dr. Lathrop offers a fixed alternative to removable dentures. A full or partial set of dentures will be placed onto multiple implant posts. Patients no longer need to worry about slippage during speech or meals. Implant dentures provide long lasting smile improvement, requiring fewer adjustments than traditional dentures.

Call Dr. Lathrop to Schedule Your Appointment Today

832-914-7663

Dental Implants: Are They Your Best Option?

If you have one or more missing teeth, or if you have teeth that are damaged or decayed and a source of discomfort, dental implants might be a good treatment option for you. However, they aren’t necessarily a good fit for every patient. Dental implants replace the total structure of a natural tooth, from crown to root. To achieve this, the implant post, a screw-like apparatus made from titanium, must be surgically inserted into the jaw.  As with any surgical procedure, successful dental implant placement involves a lengthy healing time (usually 3-4 months) and the need for good general health.

  • Patients who have compromised immune systems, cardiovascular issues, or diabetes may not qualify for dental implants.
  • Patients with thin, weak, or compromised jaw bones. However, auxiliary procedures like bone grafting can strengthen a patient’s jaw enough to support implants.
  • Smokers. Cigarette use profoundly impairs the body’s ability to heal, so smokers will need to kick the habit before undergoing the procedure.
  • Patients who have a history of poor oral hygiene. These patients will need to demonstrate a commitment to improving the state of their oral health before being considered for dental implants, since failing to care properly for your new smile can lead to implant failure.

For the right patient, implants provide an outstanding teeth replacement option and at Lathrop Dental Center, we are proud to offer a full range of dental implant services. Dr. Colin Lathrop, with the help of our talented, friendly team, performs all phases of implant placement and restoration, including using a 3D surgical guide for optimal results:

The Anatomy of a Dental Implant

Whether they’re supporting a single porcelain crown or a set of full dentures, nearly all dental implants have a basic three-part structure:

  • Implant post. This cylindrical, sometimes screw-shaped piece is constructed of medical-grade titanium, a biocompatible metal that encourages the growth of bone tissue. Dr. Lathrop uses advanced imaging technology to plan the precise placement of the implant, before surgically placing it within the jaw. Once healed, the implant post will have become an integrated part of the jaw.
  • Abutment. This component links up the implant post to the restoration. Some abutments are placed during a separate procedure; other might be placed during the implant surgery.
  • Restoration. The four most common dental implant restorations are crowns, bridges, partial dentures, and full dentures. Dr. Lathrop partners with a reliable dental lab to create the custom-fitted restorations we use in our procedures.

To learn more about having a confident smile, please read our comprehensive e-book on implants.

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