Why Choose Dental Renaissance for Dental Implants?
- Implant Placement Performed Right in the Dental Office
- Able to Replace Any Number of Missing Teeth
- Multiple Strengths of Sedation Dentistry
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants restore the entire tooth from root and crown to deliver a natural appearance and flawless function. Unlike traditional tooth replacements that need to be stabilized by the surrounding teeth and oral structures, implanted teeth are entirely self-supporting.
Once restored, implants can be treated just like your natural teeth Patients are free to enjoy all their favorite foods and brush and floss like normal.
There are no messy adhesives or constant removal to worry about with implants - just lifelike, permanent teeth. In fact, the results are so seamless that many patients forget their smile isn't wholly natural.
As long as they're cared for properly with oral hygiene and professional checkups, patients can expect their dental implants to last for decade after decade. After 20 years, dental implant-supported restorations have a 90 to 95% success rate!
Indications for Dental Implants
Dental implants are small posts made of biocompatible titanium that are placed directly into the patient's gum tissue and jawbone. This creates a brand-new root for the lost tooth which stimulates the nearby bone to keep it full and healthy as the years go by. When determining whether or not implants are the right choice for you, our dentists will perform a complete assessment that includes 3D digital X-rays. If your oral health is generally good and there's an adequate amount of bone density in the implant area, your procedure has a high chance of success.
After a consultation and assessment appointment, a patient will undergo the actual placement of their implants. In most cases, our team is able to handle this procedure right here in-office for maximum comfort and convenience. A period of healing time will be required for the implants to create a strong bond with your natural tissue. A patient will eventually return to our Plano dental office so we can design and place custom restorations over the implants.
Dr. Blankenship and Dr. Patel can replenish your implant with a custom-made dental crown. If your tooth loss is more extensive, they can provide an implant-retained denture or bridge that attaches to a small number of implants.
Missing One Tooth
If you’ve lost one tooth, we will place a single dental implant post and top it with a natural-looking all-ceramic dental crown. The crown is permanently affixed to the implant to seamlessly recreate your lost tooth.
Missing Multiple Teeth
If you’re missing several consecutive teeth, a dental bridge can be anchored to just two implant posts. An implant post is placed at either end of the bridge to anchor the prosthetic in place without adversely impacting the surrounding teeth. An implant-supported partial denture can replace numerous consecutive or nonconsecutive missing teeth. Like a traditional partial denture, this prosthetic fills in the gaps in a patient’s teeth. Using a gum-colored base to support a number of replacement teeth, the entire prosthetic can usually be supported with only two or four dental implant posts.
Missing All of Your Teeth
Implant-retained dentures are often the ideal restoration choice for patients with more extensive tooth loss. These custom prosthetics closely resemble a traditional denture, but they're actually designed to attach over a series of implants. This creates a secure fit that feels just like the real thing and guarantees no embarrassing looseness or slippage.
All-on-4™ is another solution to total tooth loss or a failing set of teeth. This procedure provides uniquely placed implants to support a set of teeth that stay in your mouth permanently. These teeth are not removable like traditional or implant-retained dentures are.
Start to Finish Convenience
As more dentists begin to offer dental implants, you may notice that they actually do not offer the entire service at their dental office. Instead, they refer the oral surgery portion of the treatment to another doctor offsite and force patients to travel between multiple locations. At Dental Renaissance, our goal is to perform both the placement and restoration phases in one convenient location, so you don’t have to worry about meeting with new doctors or spending time traveling from dental office to dental office.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
The cost of dental implants varies dramatically from patient to patient depending on their oral health and how many teeth they’d like to replace. During your treatment planning appointment, we’ll go over every step of the implant process and carefully discuss the cost of each. We will also review your dental insurance plan and provide estimates for your treatment coverage and out of pocket costs. While insurers typically don’t cover implant posts or their placement, other aspects of your treatment may be. This might include any preparatory tooth extractions, restorations, or dental sedation. Your implant treatment will be completed over the course of several phases. Our team will bill for each phase as it’s completed in order to help spread out the cost of care. Additionally, we can work with third party financiers to offer low to no interest financing for qualified patients.
Dental Implant Frequently Asked Questions
We often recommend dental implants after tooth loss because of the many benefits they provide. But we also understand that it’s a big decision to make. It’s perfectly natural to have a few questions beforehand. At Dental Renaissance, we’ve been restoring smiles for a long time and have compiled answers to the dental implant FAQs we hear the most. If you’d like to know anything else, you can contact us at any time.
Does Getting Implants Hurt?
Implant surgery is much easier than you might think. Many people compare it to having an extraction. We offer multiple sedation options so that even fearful patients can have the procedure done comfortably. We’ll always start by ensuring you’re completely numb before we proceed.
What Is the Recovery Process Like?
The recovery process can vary depending on factors such as general health and how many implants were placed. Having said that, everyone can expect mild to moderate swelling and tenderness for several days following the procedure. Much of the healing will occur in the first 5-7 days, however. We recommend that you take 2-3 days off to rest. We’ll review your options for pain medication and give you detailed instructions for how to care for the treatment area while you’re healing.
Are Implants Safe?
Yes. Dental implants are made from the same surgical-grade titanium that is used in knee and hip replacements. In addition, implants have been used for many years and have a very successful track record.
Will My Dental Implant Fail?
Thankfully, the chances of this occurring are very low. Non-smokers and overall healthy patients have a success rate of up to 98%. It is still important to brush and floss implants regularly as well as attend regular dental checkups to prevent infection.
Why Would a Bone Graft Be Necessary?
Just like your jawbone anchors your teeth, it also supports an implant. Unfortunately, after the teeth have gone missing, the body begins to slowly “absorb” the jawbone and make it thinner and weaker over time.
When someone has been missing their teeth for quite some time, there isn’t enough bone mass left to have implant surgery done successfully. A bone graft puts bone tissue back into the jaw to strengthen it before having implants placed. At the beginning of the process, we’ll closely evaluate your teeth and jaw to determine whether or not a bone graft is necessary.