Over 30 Years of Dental Implant Experience
Missing one or more teeth can make it difficult to chew and speak, lead to oral health issues, and even take a toll on your self-confidence.
Dr. Kenneth Curl can expertly place and restore your dental implants to repair the function and aesthetics of your smile.
So why should you choose to receive dental implants?
How does a dental implant work?
The Implant, Abutment, & Restoration Work Together to Replace Your Tooth
Do not hesitate to seek treatment because you are embarrassed...
Can an implant-supported restoration help you?
Why Patients and Dentists Prefer Implant Dentistry
One of the primary reasons that patients choose implant-supported restorations at our practice over conventional methods is because implants can help stop bone loss.
When you lose a natural tooth, your jaw bone begins to recede because it lacks important regenerative stimulation signals to the area. A dental implant provides stimulus and helps keep your jaw bone strong and healthy, which can help you maintain a full, youthful facial structure.
Are you a good candidate for dental implants?
More Information on Implants
Tooth loss can make eating and speaking challenging and seriously impact your quality of life. Dental implants are widely considered to be the gold standard for tooth replacement. These small titanium posts are implanted in the jawbone and provide unrivaled support for crowns, bridges, and dentures. Our practice in The Woodlands, TX, combines fully-guided implant planning and placement with advanced sedation techniques to provide virtually painless treatment. Dr. Kenneth Curl has been placing implants for over 30 years and will completely restore your implants from start to finish by also providing custom abutments and custom crowns, bridges, or dentures supported by dental implants. As Dr. Curl performs all dental work himself, you will receive complex full mouth restorative treatment with implants without the hassle of visiting multiple specialists at various locations. Schedule your dental implant consultation by calling us at(281) 367-6777 today.
Candidacy for Dental Implants
In combination with restorations, dental implants can replace a single missing tooth or an entire dental arch. However, in order to qualify for treatment, you must be healthy enough to undergo oral surgery.
As dental implants are supported by the jawbone, you must have sufficient bone tissue in the implantation area as well as space for implants to reside. If you do not have enough healthy bone, you may require a preliminary bone graft or sinus lift to restore your candidacy for treatment. During your consultation, Dr. Curl will review your medical history and evaluate your smile to determine whether dental implants are right for you.
Front office staff was very nice. I was able to get an appointment the same week. The assistant that took my x-Rays was very gentle. My wait time to see the Dr. Curl was not long at all. Dr. Curl came in and introduced himself. Very nice and professional. Dr. Curl completed my exam and went over my dental needs. The office manager came in shortly after to break down my treatment plan. I had my teeth cleaned and I made an appointment to have my filling done on another day. Great customer service from the entire staff. I would recommend this Dentist to anyone. Thank you Indian Spring Dental for your service. Shawanda B.
The Treatment Process
When planning implant surgery, Dr. Curl uses our GALILEOS® Comfort Plus 3-D scanner to select the most suitable location for implant posts. Advanced imaging can also reveal the quantity and quality of available jawbone. Prior to treatment, you can determine whether or not you would like to receive sedation during your procedure. Dr. Curl will prescribe oral conscious sedation, which can be taken one hour prior to your appointment, or he can administer intravenous (IV) medication.
During the procedure, Dr. Curl will create an incision in your gums at the site of missing teeth. He will then insert the implant posts in your jaw, before closing the incision with sutures.
Over the next three to six months, the implants will fuse with surrounding tissue in a process known as osseointegration. During this phase, the implant posts become a permanent part of your anatomy. Once your gums have fully healed, you will return to our office to receive your custom crown, bridge, or denture.
Benefits of Implants
Traditional bridges and dentures will restore the function of your smile, but they will not prevent bone loss. Changes to your jawbone will affect the fit of your restorations as well as your appearance. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement solution that actively promote the health of your jawbone. By mimicking the tooth roots, dental implants can prevent changes to your face shape as well as more widespread tooth loss.
In addition, restorations attached to implant posts will never shift out of place when you eat or speak. As a result, you never have to worry about embarrassing slips in public. Though restorations will have to be replaced in the future, dental implants are designed to last a lifetime.
Financing Your Implants
Dr. Curl is determined to do anything he can to help you receive the vital treatment you need. Several of his team members have undergone special training through The American Association of Dental Office Management. They will work closely with Dr. Curl to design a treatment plan that fits your needs and budget.
Dental implants are the only tooth replacement solution that actively promote the health of your jawbone.
Choosing Your Implant Dentist
Dental implant patients often assume that the success of their treatment is entirely in the hands of their dentist. However, patients themselves can influence the outcome of the procedure by taking the time to choose a provider with the right experience, training, and other characteristics.
Important Questions to Ask
When you meet with an implant dentist, be sure to ask:
- How long have you been placing implants? In general, you can expect that a dentist who has been placing implants for many years is more likely to provide successful treatment than a dentist who is new to the treatment. Dr. Curl has more than three decades of experience placing and restoring dental implants.
- Do you take continuing education courses to stay current? Implant dentistry is constantly evolving. You need a dentist who is familiar with the latest techniques in order to ensure a safe and successful treatment. Dr. Curl has been involved in continuing education since 1980.
- Do you refer patients to other practitioners for some of the treatment? Not all implant dentists perform every stage of treatment. Some only restore implants. A need for referrals does not indicate a lower quality of treatment, but it can make certain stages of the treatment timeline inconvenient if you need to travel to multiple locations. Dr. Curl places and restores implants, from start to finish, at his dental office in The Woodlands.
If you are considering rebuilding your smile with dental implants, take the time to choose an implant dentist with the right experience, technology, and dedication to patient education.
- What diagnostic and treatment technology do you use? Technology makes medical treatments of every kind safer and more precise. Dr. Curl uses a GALILEOS® Comfort Plus 3-D scanner.
- Will you conduct a thorough evaluation, provide a written treatment plan, and explain the proposed treatment? The importance of patient education cannot be overstated. You deserve a dentist who will patiently explain the procedure so that you know exactly what to expect.
- Can I be sedated during surgery? Sedation can make your experience far more comfortable. Choosing a dentist who is licensed to provide sedation can be a tremendous benefit if you feel anxious or have difficulty sitting for long periods. Dr. Curl is certified in IV sedation and has the training and experience to perform it safely in his office.
Your initial consultation with any dentist should make you feel welcome and relaxed. If at any point you feel rushed or unwelcome to ask questions, this is a good sign that you should look elsewhere.