Do you have a single missing tooth? Perhaps you’re missing multiple teeth in your smile or you’re simply tired of having to rely on a denture that keeps shifting out of place. Whatever your reason might be, Encore Dentistry wants to make sure that you feel confident about your smile moving forward, and dental implants are one of the most effective ways to ensure long-term stability and function. To learn more about dental implants and if they are right for you, call our office today!
A dental implant is a restoration designed to replace the crown as well as the root, which no other tooth replacement method accomplishes. The actual implant is technically the titanium post, which integrates with the bone and soft tissue in order to remain in place. The restoration, whether it’s a crown, bridge or denture, is placed on top of the post. It is attached via an abutment, which acts as a connector between the two components.
There are many benefits of dental implants to consider, especially the longevity and functionality they provide thanks to their integration. Once placed and fully healed, the implants regularly stimulate bone as you chew, ensuring that your biting force stays strong. This allows you to eat the foods you enjoy without worrying about your tooth shifting out of place. Furthermore, dental implants look incredibly natural and last multiple decades longer than your typical bridge or denture.
There are many ways dental implants can effectively replace your teeth. Those who are missing single, multiple, or all the teeth in their smile can do so quite effectively. We partner up with leading oral surgeons in the area to ensure that your next tooth replacement is a resounding success. Here’s how it works.
To replace individual teeth, a single dental implant is placed directly into the jaw, then given time to integrate with your bone tissue. Once several months of healing have passed, the abutment (connector) can be attached and a restoration is placed on top. We use all-porcelain materials to ensure the most natural-looking tooth replacement possible.
Replacing multiple teeth is done via a pair of dental implants. Each pair holds either a three- or four-crown bridge or a partial denture. Keep in mind that because dental implants are holding the restoration, we do not need to make adjustments to your existing tooth enamel just to accommodate your replacement teeth.
To replace all the teeth in a given arch, a series of dental implants are placed throughout the mouth and given time to heal. You can have either a partial or full denture placed to ensure better stability and longevity. It’s also possible to make the denture removable or fixed.
Prior to the surgical portion of your treatment, Dr. Cabansag collaborates with some of the best oral surgeons in Arlington. Doing this ensures that your treatment is as successful as possible, whether you’re replacing one tooth or many. By working together, we also make sure that all of your needs are met first and foremost. When the implants are placed, you’ll come back to our office to have your lifelike restorations attached.
It’s important to note that the cost of your dental implants will vary dramatically from just about every other patient simply because your implant treatment is highly personalized to your needs. For example, if you need preparatory treatments like gum therapy or bone grafts, your treatment will cost more. The same applies if you need several teeth instead of only one or two. Dental implants are still an extremely cost-effective tooth replacement method, despite their high initial price tag, largely because they do not require regular replacement like other methods do.
Dental implants are the most detailed tooth replacement available because they’re the only option that replaces missing teeth both above and below the gumline. This modern treatment is much different than more traditional options like dentures or dental bridges, so it’s natural to have a few questions. For your convenience, we’ve gathered some of the most common questions we get below to help you learn more about dental implants. Feel free to give us a call if you don’t see the answers you’re looking for!
The good news is, if you’re missing teeth, you’re likely a good candidate for dental implants! No matter how old or young you are and no matter how many teeth you’re missing, dental implants can help nearly everyone regain a complete, confident smile. In general, you’ll need three things to be considered a good candidate for this unique treatment.
Firstly, you’ll need to be in good enough overall health to undergo minor surgery. Secondly, you’ll need to have enough jawbone density to support a dental implant or be willing to complete a bone graft. Lastly, you’ll need to have great oral health. Issues like gum disease and tooth decay can threaten the success of your dental implant, so we’ll help you address these problems first if needed.
Hearing that you need surgery to get dental implants may sound daunting, but you have nothing to worry about. We are proud to work with some of the finest specialists in Arlington to make sure that this step of your procedure goes as smoothly and comfortably as possible. With the help of modern numbing medications and sedation dentistry options, most patients are happy to report that the surgery itself isn’t painful at all.
However, it is completely natural to experience some discomfort, swelling, and bleeding for a little while after your surgery. You’ll be prescribed pain medication to help ease the soreness as your mouth heals, and you can manage additional symptoms with ice packs and rest.
To achieve their unmatched comfort, stability, and functionality, dental implants undergo a process called osseointegration. Once the dental implant posts are placed in your jaw, they’ll gradually begin to fuse with the surrounding bone tissue. This allows the posts to mimic the function of natural tooth roots. Not only does this provide a solid foundation for your new teeth, but it also stimulates blood flow in your jawbone, which prevents deterioration and changes in facial structure. While this process can take anywhere from four to six months, the results can easily last you a lifetime with the proper care!
Not only do dental implants look, feel, and function like natural teeth, but they can be cared for just as easily as well! Unlike other tooth replacement options, you won’t have to use any special cleaning products or make any changes to your normal daily dental routine. Great healthy habits like brushing for two minutes twice a day, flossing daily, and rinsing with mouthwash regularly are the best ways to care for your dental implant and keep your newly rebuilt smile strong and sparkling.
To see if this life-changing treatment is right for you, don’t hesitate to give us a call and schedule your consultation!