Compared to other tooth replacement options, dental implants are designed to be a permanent solution for missing teeth and look and feel natural. Regardless of the number of teeth you’ve lost, dental implants allow you to rebuild a full set of teeth to the point where you may even forget which teeth are real and which are prosthetic. These implants include small titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone to provide a firm foundation for replacement teeth. As a result, dental implants in Terrell are the only way you can retain healthy density in your jaw bone after tooth loss, meaning you can preserve the youthful shape of your face and your healthy smile for years ahead.
Dental implants replace the roots of teeth and not just the crown, so you restore your smile’s biting force and all its basic functions. For instance, chewing your favorite, nutritious foods is much more comfortable and feasible with dental implants; plus, you retain your jaw’s natural shape! Those with tooth loss often see accelerated sagging in their face because the jaw bone is no longer stimulated, but dental implants maintain bone stimulation and keep blood flowing to these facial structures.
On top of helping you regain your smile’s functions and appearance, dental implants have been proven to last a long time, especially compared to other replacement options. Dental implants generally last over 25 years, but most people can keep them for the rest of their lives when they practice proper daily oral care. When placed by a professional, dental implants have a high success rate of around 98 percent! And what’s more, they stand independent of the surrounding healthy teeth, preserving your smile’s natural structure for longer.
It’s important to talk through your replacement options with one of our dentists to be sure that dental implants are right for you. During your consultation, you will undergo a dental or radiographic examination, and you will need to share your health history. That way, we can make sure that this procedure will meet your specific needs. At this point, we may refer you to an oral surgeon. Also during this consultation, you can ask any questions or express your concerns about the implant process. After all, we want you to feel comfortable and confident in your treatment choice, and we will gladly talk you through the steps so that you fully understand the procedure.
To replace one missing tooth, a titanium post is inserted directly into the jaw bone. Over the course of several months, the biocompatible post becomes integrated with your bone and tissue. After this happens, we’ll attach an abutment or connector piece before we attach a custom crown. In order to ensure the most natural aesthetics possible, our dental crowns are made from porcelain.
For multiple consecutive teeth, two dental implants are placed on each end of the gap in your smile, and then restored with an implant-retained bridge or an implant-retained partial denture. It’s important to remember that traditional bridges anchor to modified teeth to hold the bridge in place, but dental implants are certainly strong and stable enough to support a three- or four-crown bridge on their own.
Even if you have lost all the teeth in your top or bottom arch, a denture that is retained by four to six implants can easily restore your smile to its fullest! Instead of relying on suction or adhesives, implants combined with dentures can create an incredibly natural look and provide more stability.
In most cases, dental implants entail two separate surgical procedures about 3 to 6 months apart. In the first procedure, the implants are inserted into your jawbone and then given time to become surrounded by and integrated with the bone underneath your gums. During this time, we recommend that patients stick to a soft diet while wearing temporary dentures to prevent any potential complications with the implants.
Once the bone has grounded the implants, then we can uncover the implants to ensure that they are bonded and attach a small healing collar to them. One of our dentists will then take impressions of your mouth so that your new teeth can be custom created to fit the right size and shape. From start to finish, the implant process typically takes between 6 and 8 months, but it doesn’t disrupt your day-to-day life.
Each patient’s implant treatment is different, meaning that there is no generic flat cost for implants. The cost greatly depends on factors that we’ll evaluate during your initial consultation, including how many teeth you need to replace, how implants you’ll get, and whether you need preparatory treatments (e.g., periodontal therapy, bone grafts) before your dental implants can be placed. The type of restoration that goes on top of your dental implant is another major factor that influences the cost. Even though dental implants tend to have the higher price tag upfront, they often prove to be a solid long-term investment for tooth replacement, primarily because bridges and dentures require maintenance or replacement costs every 7 to 10 years.
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