Dr. Alison Scott fell in love with the dental profession while in her dentist’s chair at the age of twelve. She has been a dentist for over 25 years and brings a host of skills and talents to the profession. Her aim is to provide state of the art dental care, true compassion, and minimally invasive surgical options to her patients. Dr. Scott’s craft is dental implantation. It is a months-long process to get the dental implants placed, but this is done for her to endure the overall effectiveness and stability of treatment.
Aside from consultation and recovery, Dr. Scott uses a 3-step process in which she:
- Places the implant Using either a cylindrical and/or tapered post made of titanium, she surgically places them into the jawbone
- Installs the abutment Once the implant is settled in, she will install a post known as an abutment into the implant
- Restore Finally, Dr. Scott will then create and connect the prosthetic tooth into the implants
The average dental office is limited to traditional x-rays, and basic equipment for the healing process. However, Dr. Scott’s office uses 3D x-rays to increase accuracy, and state-of-the-art equipment to accelerate the healing process and recovery process of dental implants.
Dental cone beam computed tomography (CT) is a special type of x-ray used in situations where traditional dental x-rays just aren’t enough. It isn’t used regularly because the radiation exposure from CT scanners is greater than that of regular dental x-rays. The CT scanner uses advanced technology that generate three dimensional (3-D) images of the mouth in a single scan. The scan captures dental structures, soft tissues, nerve paths, and bone in the face. Images captured with our cone beam CT allow for more accurate treatment planning.
Dr. Scott is one of few dental offices in Houston utilizing state-of-the-art equipment capable of accelerating the healing period for dental implants. She centrifuges your blood to produce leukocyte and platelet rich fibrin (L-PRF). This dramatically reduces the requirements necessary for patients to become candidates for dental implants.
Most people think an implant is the actual artificial tooth – this is a common misconception. Let’s bring some clarity to how dental implants really work.
Commonly Asked Questions About Dental Implants
What are dental implants?
An implant is man-made material which takes the place of the root of a tooth on which a crown (single tooth), bridge (multiple connected teeth), or denture is secured. Divided into two basic groups, implants can be inserted into the bone or placed on top of the bone. The type of implant used is based on the amount of bone available.
Who is a candidate for dental implants?
Anyone in their mid to late teens and older is able to be fitted for implants, as long as their health allows. Even if you have been told in the past that you are not eligible for implants, Dr. Scott has the education, experience, and training necessary to work with you in order to give you the smile that you want.
How long can dental implants last?
Dental implants can last as long as a lifetime with the proper professional maintenance and home care.
Does insurance cover cosmetic and/or dental implant procedures?
Like always, this is dependent on your insurance plan, which is contracted between your employer and your insurance company. Fortunately, Dr. Scott’s office coordinator is an expert with insurance claims, and submits forms after each appointment in order to maximize your allowable benefits.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants offer patients a secured, aesthetically pleasing approach to replacing a missing tooth, restoring the ability to eat most foods, and the ability to smile with confidence. Implants will not affect surrounding teeth like traditional bridges, and unlike removable dentures, there is no risk of the implants slipping out of place. As soon as treatment is complete, dental implants remain a stable and durable part of your smile. They also stop the bone loss that occurs where a tooth is missing and help to preserve the bone mass and density around the implant site.
Dr. Alison Scott is your #1 implant specialist. Every dental implant procedure begins with a free consultation. At this consultation, our doctors create a customized treatment plan just for you, and you will learn exactly how much dental implants will cost you, without having to worry about any surprise fees. Visit lastingimpressionsdentalgroup.com for more info and call 713-528-0040 to make a reservation.