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Dental Implants Can Revitalize Your Missing Teeth

Dental Implants could quite possibly improve your overall health. Most people who have missing teeth, simply think of them as just a cosmetic dentistry matter. Nevertheless, over time, they can become a severe threat to your oral health and overall well-being. When a permanent tooth comes out, the jawbone region which surrounded the lost tooth begins to deteriorate. This bone deterioration causes the remaining teeth to move and misalign, which ultimately produces chronic jaw pain.

People with missing or broken teeth are much more likely to develop periodontitis, also called gum disease. This also happens to be the leading cause of tooth loss in Americans! When it comes to reviving your smile and protecting your long-term oral health, implants are the best option.

What are dental implants?

A dental implant is a tiny titanium screw-like post that is surgically embedded directly into the jawbone to act as the natural root structure of a missing tooth. Various dental prosthetics such as a dental crown, and even a full denture, can then be attached to the implant. The synthetic tooth root is what makes dental implants so unique. Not only does it give your new teeth unequaled support and strength, but it also prevents jawbone deterioration. Once a patient has implants surgically placed by a Carrollton, Texas periodontist, they will heal for 2 – 6 months. They will then return to the dentist’s office in Carrollton to receive their replacement teeth. Dental implants have an extremely high success rate, and they can easily last for over 30 years. ToothHQ Dental Specialists have 4 Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex dental implant centers, for your convenience.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

The actual cost of your dental implants will depend on several important factors.    

  • How many teeth are being replaced
  • What your specific dental treatment goals are
  • What materials will be used in your dental restoration
  • Surgical elements and the steps needed in your customized treatment

Any dentist quoting costs without first performing an in-person evaluation is not only misleading the prospective patient but also doing them a disservice.

Will dental insurance pay for dental implants?

Historically, dental implants have not been covered by dental insurance policies. Nevertheless, more and more insurance providers are now including dental implants as a covered benefit. In many cases, in the least, insurance companies will help pay for the crowns.

Does getting dental implants hurt?

Most oral surgery procedures involve less discomfort than a tooth extraction. When we see patients for follow up visits, most of them tell us how surprised they were with how little pain they had! Our office is equipped with dentists and staff trained to safely provide sedation dentistry methods of anesthesia as well as a variety of intravenous sedation anesthesia options. Operative procedures will seem both pleasant and brief when effective local and IV anesthesia is chosen.

How long will it take to get dental implants?

Oral implant procedures range from the immediate replacement of an extracted tooth to over six months when jaw surgery and bone grafting is needed. The average treatment is three to six months. Most of the time required to complete implant treatment is taken up just waiting for the bone to fuse completely with the implant. This usually takes a few months and goes on below the gum line without any feeling or awareness. In more complex cases, treatment may be longer.

Will I be without my teeth?

During the initial healing period, dentures or partials can be worn over the implants while they mature. The temporary teeth will be made before the removal of the existing teeth in cases where tooth removal and implant replacement is required.

Are dental implants as strong as natural teeth?

Yes. In many cases, implants are considered more robust than natural teeth and provide full functionality. After treatment, patients will be able to enjoy all of their favorite foods while benefiting from healthy, aesthetically-pleasing prosthetic replacement teeth.

What are the disadvantages of dental implants?

Like any minor oral surgical procedure, there is a risk of infection, inflammation, and pain, but your prosthodontist will discuss how these can be managed for your specific situation. If there is no available bone to place the implant, then bone and gum grafting procedures may be required, which can increase the cost of your treatment. However, the upfront investment can pay off in the long term.

What is the success rate of dental implants?

The success rate of dental implants for a healthy individual with good oral hygiene and good health is predictably successful, with success rates above 90-95 percent.

How long do dental implants last?

Dental implants are not susceptible to oral diseases such as tooth decay. However, the health of the gums is essential to maintaining permanent implant success. Fastidious home care by the patient and routine teeth cleanings & check-ups are crucial elements for dental implant sustainability.

What is an All-on-4®?

All-on-4® is a trademarked dental implant treatment that involves the replacement of all missing teeth in one jaw arch by utilizing only four implants. This procedure is particularly beneficial for patients who have suffered a lot of bone loss in the back regions of the mouth.

Can dentures be made into implants?

No, dentures cannot be converted into dental implants. It may be possible to have the implants placed under existing dentures to aid in the increased support for those dentures. 

Are dental implants removable like dentures?

No, a dental implant is permanently fixed in the jawbone.

Do they sedate you for a dental implant procedure?

During your procedure, you will most likely have the option for conscious sedation. Oral Sedation helps you relax throughout your oral surgery and is often used in combination with local anesthetic.