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Dental Implants – Mesquite, TX

The Next Level of Tooth Replacement

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.

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Benefits of Dental Implants

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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.

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Indications for Dental Implants

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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.

Missing Single Tooth

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.

Missing Multiple Teeth

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 All Teeth

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.

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How Dental Implants Work

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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.

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Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

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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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Dental Implant Aftercare

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Although one of the primary benefits of dental implants is their potential to last a lifetime, this is only achievable if you adhere to proper aftercare guidelines. Fortunately, maintaining your implants is not difficult at all. If you remember to brush and floss daily, wear a mouthguard or nightguard to protect your smile, and visit us for checkups at regular intervals, your implants should last for decades to come!

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Dental Implant FAQs

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After reading all about dental implants, it’s understandable that you have some questions. They are a fairly complex treatment, after all. That’s why we have decided to take some of the questions we get asked the most often about dental implants and answer them below. If you have a question that didn’t get answered here, feel free to contact us by clicking here and asking away.  

Why Do I Need a Bone Graft?

The amount of remaining jawbone mass is an important factor in determining whether your dental implants will be successful. If you have struggled with tooth loss for some time, there is a chance that your jawbone has already deteriorated enough to the point where it can’t support an implant. That’s why you need a bone graft – a procedure where artificial bone tissue is grafted onto your jawbone to strengthen it to allow it to support implants.

I Smoke. Can I Still Get Dental Implants?

Yes, but smokers have a higher risk for implant failure. Tobacco slows down the oral healing processes, which is critical to implant success. Over several months after implant placement, your jawbone will actually grow around the implant post, so the healing process is crucial to the success of the implant. Smoking reduces blood flow to the area, slowing down the process and increasing the chance that your body might reject the implant. If you have been looking for a reason to quit smoking, getting dental implants would be it.

I’m Diabetic. Can I Still Get Dental Implants?

Yes, but like with smoking, there are risks involved. People with diabetes, especially those with poorly controlled diabetes, are particularly slow to heal, increasing the risk of implant failure. If you’re diabetic and considering dental implants, talk to your doctor about how to better manage your condition first to minimize the risks.

Does Getting Dental Implants Hurt?

Your oral surgeon should use plenty of anesthetic and possibly sedation to make sure you feel minimal discomfort during your procedure. You can expect to feel some soreness for a few days afterwards, as you would with any type of surgery. Take over-the-counter painkillers as needed to alleviate your discomfort. Your oral surgeon may also prescribe some prescription pain relievers. Either way, be sure to take only the recommended dose.

Can I Go Right Back to Work After Implant Surgery?

That really depends on the complexity of your individual case, such as how many implants you’re receiving. After relatively small cases, like a single implant, you very well might be able to resume your day with no problems. If your case is more complex, however, it might be best for you to rest for two to three days before you return to your normal schedule.  

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