Dental Implants in Carrollton
After tooth loss, finding an appropriate solution for your smile is of the utmost importance. Missing teeth can make it difficult to eat, speak, and smile with full confidence -- but dental implants in Carrollton provide a wonderful solution for many patients. This comprehensive method of replacement gives you back the missing tooth as well as its supportive tooth structure. Keep reading to find out more about how implant dentistry works, and whether or not you are a good candidate for this popular restorative option. If you are, we look forward to getting started on your complete smile right away!
How Dental Implants Work
A dental implant is a tiny titanium posts that takes the place of your missing tooth’s root. Implanted beneath the gum line, each implant post promotes the growth of bone tissue to help the jaw fuse together with the implants. The result is a sturdy, long-lasting foundation for the single crown, bridge, or denture that is affixed on top.
Dental implant procedures are completed in two phases: initial implantation of the implant posts and their final restoration, or when the prosthetic tooth/teeth are affixed on top. In all, the total time to teeth for a traditional dental implant is from six months to a year.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Implant dentistry offers a number of benefits for patients who are missing one, two, or an entire arch of missing teeth. Some of the most significant advantages of this comprehensive tooth replacement option include:
- A solution that provides unsurpassed stability for the replacement of teeth.
- Implants stabilize the jaw bone for better oral and overall health.
- Dental implants look and feel completely natural.
- No need for a denture cream or adhesive -- dental implants “fit” great from day one.
- They can improve previously existing alignment issues.
- When cared for properly, dental implants can last a lifetime.
How are Dental Implants Used?
We can use strategically positioned dental implant posts to support any number of replacement teeth from a single dental crown to full dentures. This versatile solution closely mimics your smile’s natural form and function to ensure complete confidence. The number of implants and type of restoration we use will depend in large part on the number and location of missing teeth. In most cases, we recommend the following:
Missing a Single Tooth
To replace one tooth, we will use a single implant post to support a dental crown. This replacement tooth will look, feel, and function just like your healthy, natural smile.
If you’re missing two or more teeth, we’ll need to use a more advanced tooth replacement prosthetic. For two or more consecutive teeth, we can usually restore your smile with an implant supported fixed bridge. A row of prosthetic teeth, called pontics, are fused together. Then, the restoration is supported by a dental implant on both end ends of the bridge. To replace a number of consecutive and nonconsecutive teeth, we will recommend a partial denture. Partials use a gum-colored base material to support numerous replacement teeth. The prosthetic is crafted to fit between remaining healthy teeth. We strategically position two to four implants to support the partial dentures.
All of Your Teeth
To replace a full row of teeth, we will usually recommend a denture supported by four to six dental implant posts. Full dentures are crafted like partials, using a gum-colored base to support the full row of teeth.
Are You a Candidate?
Many patients are eligible for dental implants. If your tooth loss is recent and you are in good oral and overall health, chances are good that you are, too. The only way to know for sure is to schedule a tooth replacement consultation appointment with your implant dentist. When you do, we will evaluate the health of your jawbone, the extent of your tooth loss, and also discuss your smile goals, budget, and certain lifestyle factors to determine whether or not this solution is good for you. If it is, we will get started on your new smile promptly!
How Much do Dental Implants Cost?
Dental implant supported replacement teeth offer natural looking and feeling, long lasting results, and these effective smile restorations require patients to make a larger investment of time and money up front than other solutions. No two implant supported restoration plans are exactly alike, and our team will walk you through every step of the treatment plan and the costs associated with each before we begin restoring your smile. Some of the many factors that influence the cost of your implant tooth replacement plan include:
- The number of missing teeth
- The number of dental implants used
- The material used for implants, abutments, and replacement teeth
- The type of tooth replacement prosthetic – crown, bridge, denture
- The need for preparatory procedures like tooth extractions and tissue grafts
- The use of sedation dentistry to ensure comfort throughout the course of treatment
Schedule an Appointment Today!
Your Carrollton dentist can’t wait to help you enjoy all the benefits of dental implants. Please don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment for an implant consultation -- contact us today!