More than 178 million Americans have lost at least one natural tooth. If you’re part of that statistic, you’re already aware of how tooth loss can negatively impact your day-to-day life. Not only can it make you insecure about your smile, but eating, speaking, and maintaining good oral health can become difficult. Traditional solutions for missing teeth like dentures and dental bridges certainly look lifelike, but they don’t solve the underlying problems of long-term tooth loss like dental implants do. At Texas Dentistry, we can restore your smile with dental implants in Kaufman, TX. Call us today to learn more about this state-of-the-art tooth replacement!
Whether you have lost just a single tooth or several, dental implants let you regain a full set of teeth so that you no longer feel like something is missing. Dental implants are small titanium posts inserted into the jawbone. Because titanium is biocompatible, the posts encourage the jawbone to grow around them until they are completely embedded. Once this process is complete, dental implants provide a firm and long-lasting anchor for any number of replacement teeth.
In the vast majority of cases, dental implants require two surgical procedures spaced about six months apart. During the first procedure, the implants are fitted to your jawbone and then allowed to bond to the bone underneath your gums. While in this phase, many patients wear temporary crowns, bridges, or dentures – it’s recommended that you stick to a soft diet to prevent any potential issues with the implants.
Once the implant has properly bonded to the bone, then the next part of the process can begin. The implants are uncovered under surgery to ensure that they are bonded, and a small healing collar is attached to them. The dentist will then take an impression of your mouth so that the new teeth can be made to the right size and shape. The teeth themselves are placed on posts inserted into the implants. From start to finish, the dental implant process usually takes between six and eight months, but this solution is absolutely worth the wait!
Because dental implants replace the roots of teeth and not solely the visible crowns, you’re fully replacing the tooth, which means you are taking the necessary steps to restore all of your smile’s basic functions and your overall appearance. For example, chewing your favorite foods is possible as well as retaining your jaw’s natural shape. Those with tooth loss experience accelerated facial sagging due to reduced bone stimulation and loss, but dental implants improve bone stimulation and allow blood flow to continue.
On top of restoring your smile’s functions and appearance, dental implants have been proven to be long-lasting, especially more so compared to other tooth replacements. Dental implants generally last between 25 years and a lifetime, but most people can keep them for life when they practice proper daily oral care. When placed by a professional, their success rates are as high as 98 percent! Furthermore, they don’t require modification of neighboring teeth like traditional bridges, meaning you can retain more of your smile’s natural structure.
Implant dentistry is certainly a popular choice, but as a surgical procedure, your dentist needs to be sure that they are right for you. To do this, you will need to undergo a dental or radiographic examination, and the dentist will go over your health history. This allows your specific needs to be dealt with in full- you may be referred to an oral surgeon at this point as well. These consultations also allow you to ask any questions or express your concerns about the process- we want you to feel as comfortable as possible, and will take the time to talk you through things so that you fully understand how the procedure will work.
To replace a single tooth, a titanium implant is placed directly into the jaw and allowed to heal for several months. Once the biocompatible post has integrated with your bone tissue, we’ll attach an abutment so that a restoration can be reliably anchored. Our restorations are made from porcelain in order to ensure the most natural esthetics possible.
To replace multiple consecutive teeth, a pair of dental implants are placed in the gap in your smile, then restored with an implant bridge. Keep in mind that traditional bridges use modified teeth nearby to hold restorations, but dental implants are strong enough to hold both a three- or four-crown bridge entirely on their own.
Even if you are missing several teeth on opposing sides of your mouth or all the teeth in your top or bottom arch, an implant denture can easily restore your smile to its fullest! Both full and partial dentures can be created to look incredibly natural, provide a more stable denture, and remove the need for adhesives or metal hooks to stay in place.
Every patient’s dental implant treatment is unique, which means there is no flat cost for treatment. What you pay will largely depend on factors we’ll determine during your initial consultation. This includes the number of teeth you need to replace, the number of implants we place, and preparatory treatments (i.e., periodontal therapy, bone grafts) that make placement possible. The restoration you choose is also a major factor when determining the cost. With that said, dental implants are still considered to be a solid long-term investment for tooth replacement, mainly because they don’t come with the same maintenance or replacement costs as dentures and bridges.
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