Are you missing teeth? A missing tooth can impact your bite function and even increase your chances of developing TMJ-associated disorders. Whether you’re missing one tooth or a full row of teeth, it’s important to begin the tooth replacement process as soon as possible. No treatment is right for everyone, but our Plano dentistry team often recommends dental implant supported tooth replacement plans. These solutions are the only available tooth replacement options that restore the roots of missing teeth. This improves the appearance, function, and longevity of your dental restoration. Call us today to schedule your dental implant consultation at Plano Family Dental in Dallas.
WHAT ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS?
A dental implant is a tiny, titanium screw that is placed into the area of the missing tooth. Over time, the jaw bone and gums will fuse with the dental implant to create a sturdy, artificial tooth root. Once this process is completed and your mouth has healed, you’ll be able to return to complete the process. We’ll attach a natural-looking crown to the dental implant, and your artificial tooth will be completely restored from the root up!
After undergoing this procedure, patients have reported that they regain the ability to eat and chew normally, and with a realistic-looking crown, your confidence can be restored as well. Placing a dental implant can revitalize your overall oral health. Without a dental implant, the other teeth along the gum line begin to shift to fill the space left behind by the missing tooth. Not only do dental implants protect your oral health, they can help preserve your self-confidence by providing you with a great solution for a beautiful smile!
BENEFITS OF DENTAL IMPLANTS
In order to help our patients make the right decision about how to replace missing teeth, we’ll walk through all the benefits of specific tooth replacement options. Some of the many benefits of dental implant tooth replacement include:
- Because dental implants replace the tooth root, they provide the necessary stimulation to maintain jawbone density and soft tissue volume. This ensures patients maintain a healthy facial shape, giving you a youthful appearance compared with the sunken in appearance often associated with denture wearers.
- Because the tooth roots are replaced, dental implants also function more like your natural teeth, allowing you to consume a wider range of nutrient-rich foods.
- Implant supported dentures can last for two decades or longer with proper care, compared with traditional replacement options that need to be repaired or replaced every five to ten years.
- After 20 years, dental implants have a 90 to 95% success rate, and many patients are able to keep their implant tooth replacement for the rest of their lives.
- Perhaps most importantly, implants allow your replacement teeth to be completely self-supporting. Other tooth replacement options rely on surrounding teeth and dental structures for support, which can lead to further dental damage.
DENTAL IMPLANT BONE GRAFTING/SINUS LIFT
One of the most important requirements for having dental implants successfully placed is the presence of enough healthy tissue in the affected area to support the implant post. However, without a functioning tooth root in place, the jawbone deteriorates over time, which can result in a lack of quality bone. Here at Plano Family Dental, office of Dr. Varun Joseph, we can reverse this with a bone grafting procedure that’s designed to repair your implant site and allow patients to start on the path towards new, functioning teeth with confidence. Healthy tissue can either be transplanted from another area of the body or a separate donor.
Patients who need upper teeth replaced may find that they’re in need of a sinus lift procedure. Your sinuses exist behind your cheeks and are essentially like empty rooms, with only a small area of bone separating them from the patient’s mouth. In order to create the space to place one or more implants, our team can lift the sinus membrane and place additional healthy tissue in the area.
INDICATIONS FOR DENTAL IMPLANTS
While single implants can be successfully restored, a wider area of missing teeth may require a more economical solution. In these cases, our dentist at Plano family Dental recommend an implant-retained bridge or denture for overall coverage that’s sturdy and lifelike. These prosthetics resemble the traditional restorations most patients are familiar with, but they have one significant difference – they’re designed to attach over a number of placed implants for more permanence and improved function.
REPLACING A SINGLE TOOTH
A single tooth can be replaced using an implant post to support a custom-crafted, tooth-colored dental crown.
REPLACING MULTIPLE TEETH
To replace consecutive teeth, a fixed bridge may be used. This row of fused together prosthetic teeth can typically be supported with just two implant posts, one at each end. For consecutive and nonconsecutive missing teeth, a custom partial denture can be crafted to fill in the spaces between teeth. Depending on the location of missing teeth, a partial can usually be supported with just two to four implant posts.
REPLACING ALL TEETH
To replace a full row of teeth, a denture can be anchored to between four and six dental implant posts. These implants are strategically positioned along the jawline to support the entire denture.
ALL-ON-4 IMPLANT DENTURES
The traditional process of replacing a full row of lost teeth with their own implants can be overly extensive and cost-prohibitive for many patients. Like the name suggests, All-on-4 treatment consists of four implants being strategically placed in order to restore your entire full top or bottom arch. These implants will help prevent bone loss and revitalize your oral health, and a restoration can often be placed immediately so that patients don’t have to spend any downtime without the bright, functional smile they need here at Plano Family Dental.
If you are ever faced with having a tooth extracted, you should consider your long-term recovery plans. It is important to preserve your tooth’s socket after it has been extracted. The moment a tooth is extracted, bone resorption begins, reducing the amount of bone you have in your jaw. Given enough time and bone loss, this can increase the costs of a dental implant, as additional preparatory grafting procedures will be required. To avoid higher long-term costs and more office visits, you should ask about socket preservation procedures when having a tooth extracted.
THE COST OF DENTAL IMPLANTS
The cost of your dental implant tooth replacement plan will vary based on a number of factors, and we’ll help you to budget for the price of this complex treatment plan before we begin. One way we make dental implant tooth replacement more affordable is by billing for each step of the treatment plan. The first step of the process is the surgical placement of your dental implant or implants. After placement, the implants need to fuse with the gum and bone tissue, and this process can take between three and six months. Once the implants are firmly in position, you’ll come back to the office where we’ll attach an abutment. This is the piece that connects the implant to the replacement tooth or teeth. Once the abutments are in place, we’ll design and craft your dental crown, bridge, partial, or full denture. Your dental implant supported replacement tooth can last for decades. While these restorations do come with a higher price tag than other tooth replacement options, the results are longer lasting and natural-looking and functioning, making them well worth the investment for many patients.