Dental implants look and feel just like your natural teeth, which means they act as permanent replacements for your missing teeth. They can be used to replace single teeth or several and can even help you regain a full arch of teeth. Once placed, you’ll no longer feel like something is missing from your smile. The implants themselves consist of a small titanium post which is placed directly inside of the jawbone. This creates a firm anchor for whatever restoration is used. Additionally, dental implants in Mesquite restore your face’s overall structure, such as your jaw shape. This is because consistent bone stimulation is restored, preventing future bone deterioration from occurring.
Keep in mind that dental implants replace the root as well, not just the crown portion that makes up your smile. By replacing teeth in this way, you’re addressing the required steps to restore your smile’s basic functions, as well as its appearance. Chewing food is easy again and your jaw’s natural shape is maintained. It’s common for the face to sag prematurely after teeth are lost, mainly because those areas of the jawbone are not being stimulated. Dental implants improve and restore bone stimulation as well as allow proper blood flow, which prevents premature signs of aging.
Additionally, dental implants are proven to withstand the test of time. On average, they last between 25 years and a lifetime. With proper oral care, most dental implants last a lifetime without any issue. When dental implants are placed by a professional, success rates reach between 95 and 98 percent. Unlike traditional bridges, you won’t need to remove existing tooth enamel to have them placed! It’s the perfect way to retain as much of your natural tooth as possible.
Texas Dentistry understands that dental implant treatment is a surgical procedure, which means that we take every step possible to ensure that it’s right for you. We’ll have you undergo a detailed examination, which includes x-rays and going over your oral and overall health history. During this evaluation, we’ll go over your exact needs in full as well as refer you to an oral surgeon. The dental implant consultation is essential because it allows us to ask questions and address concerns about the planning, placement and restoration processes. We’ll always take the time to walk you through each stage of treatment and make sure you fully understand how the treatment works.
A titanium implant is placed inside of your jaw and allowed to heal over the next few months. This is the most common method for replacing single teeth and is possible thanks to the biocompatible nature of titanium. Once integrated with your bone tissue, an abutment is attached and a restoration is fabricated for placement. All restorations are made from porcelain in order to ensure natural aesthetics and long-term durability.
A pair of dental implants can be placed inside the gap of your smile to replace multiple consecutive teeth. While traditional bridges remove existing tooth enamel to be placed, dental implants are strong enough to anchor an implant-retained bridge without doing so. Through this method, you can easily restore three to four teeth at a time.
Missing several teeth on opposing sides of your mouth or in your entire bottom/top arch? No problem! Implant-retained dentures are the most stable and restorative solution out there for extensive tooth loss. Full and partial dentures can be designed to fit with dental implants and look incredibly natural once placed. There’s no need for messy adhesives nor metal hooks either; implants do enough to ensure full stability.
Since dental implants are essentially prosthetic tooth roots, they can effectively hold restorations, no matter how complex they may be. Once surgically inserted in the jaw bone, they will stay firmly fitted in your mouth. After placement, abutments will be attached to the implants, ensuring that the restoration remains stable.
Dental implants require at least two surgical procedures to place and are typically spaced out about three to six months apart so the implants can heal. In the first step of treatments, all implants are placed inside the jawbone and given time to integrate with the bone and gum tissue. Most patients wear a temporary denture during this healing phase and it’s recommended that you keep to a soft diet during this time. This prevents potential issues while your implants heal.
After the implant has fully bonded with your bone tissue, we can begin the second phase of treatment. Each implant is uncovered so that we can confirm that bonding took place. Next, a healing collar is attached to the implant so that an impression can be captured. This impression is used to create your new restoration, which is customized to a precise size and shape. Posts hold your restoration and are placed before the restorations are even created. In total, dental implant treatment takes about six to eight months to complete and do not cause significant hiccups in your daily life.
There cannot be a flat cost for dental implant treatment because each patient is going to have their own unique needs. The price you pay is largely determined by what we find during the initial consultation. The number of teeth you need to replace, the number of implants being placed, and the need for preparatory treatments like bone grafts and periodontal therapy, all influence total cost. If your restoration is more complex, such as an implant-retained bridge or denture, it will drastically influence your cost. Even with the higher upfront cost, dental implants are often considered more cost-effective in the long-term because of their low maintenance, restorative functions and longevity.
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