Dental Implants – Plano, TX
When you're missing one or more of your natural teeth, living life to the fullest can become difficult. Not only is your oral health compromised, but your smile's function and your self-confidence are badly damaged as well. In these cases, our team at Dental Renaissance recommends dental implants. This revolutionary reconstructive solution is a perfect match for your lost teeth allowing you to show them off proudly and enjoy your favorite foods for many years to come. Feel free to contact our Plano, TX office today if you'd like to learn more or you're ready to schedule a free implant consultation! Dr. Blankenship, Dr. Pollard and Dr. Patel welcome patients from all over the DFW area, including Richardson, Allen, and beyond.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Patients choose dental implants rather than other tooth replacement options for a number of reasons, including:
- Once restored, implants can be treated just like 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 check-ups, patients can expect their dental implants to last for thirty years, forty years, or even the rest of their lives. After 20 years, dental implant supported restorations have a 90 to 95% success rate!
- Dental implants restore the entire smile – roots and crowns – delivering flawless, natural appearance and function. Unlike traditional tooth replacements that need to be supported by surrounding teeth and oral structures, implant supported replacement teeth are entirely self-supporting, ensuring optimal oral health and function.
Indications for Dental Implants
Essentially, implants are small posts made of biocompatible titanium that are placed directly into the patient's gum tissue. This creates a brand-new root for the lost tooth, which stimulates the jawbone and keeps it full and healthy over the years. When determining whether or not implants are the right choice for your unique smile, our Plano doctors 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, patients need to undergo the actual placement of their implants. In most cases, our team will be able to handle this procedure right here in-office for maximum comfort and convenience. Afterwards, a period of healing time will be required for the implants to create a strong bond with your natural tissue. Finally, patients will return to our Plano office so we can design and place custom restorations over the implants, completing your better, brighter smile.
In traditional cases, Dr. Blankenship, Dr. Pollard or Dr. Patel replenish your implants with custom, tooth-colored dental crowns. In addition to their quality, lifelike appearance, they also allow our team to preserve the health of surrounding teeth better. If your tooth loss is more extensive, we can alternatively provide an implant-retained denture or bridge that attaches permanently to your smile allowing for more security and durability than their traditional counterparts.
Missing Single Tooth
If you’ve lost one tooth, we will place a single dental implant post. Then, we custom craft a natural looking all-ceramic dental crown. The crown is permanently affixed to the implant seamlessly recreating your flawless smile.
Missing Multiple Teeth
If you’re missing several consecutive teeth, a dental bridge can be anchored to two implant posts. The replacement teeth are fused together. Then, an implant post is placed at either end of the bridge, anchoring the prosthetic in place without adversely impacting surrounding teeth. To replace numerous consecutive or nonconsecutive missing teeth, an implant supported partial denture may be necessary. Like a traditional, removable partial denture, this prosthetic fills in the gaps in patients’ teeth. Using a gum-colored base to support a number of replacement teeth, the entire partial denture can usually be supported with just two or four dental implant posts.
Missing All Teeth
Implant-retained dentures are often the ideal restoration choice for patients with more extensive tooth loss who need a sturdy solution. These custom prosthetics closely resemble a traditional denture, but they're actually designed to attach over four to six surgically placed implants, creating a fixed, permanent fit that feels just like the real thing – no embarrassing looseness or slippage required! Removable denture options are also available for patients here at Dental Renaissance.
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Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
The cost of dental implants varies dramatically based on the type of restoration, materials used, manufacturers, and other factors. During your treatment planning appointment, we’ll review every step of the tooth replacement process, carefully discussing 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 plan will be covered, including preparatory tooth extraction, replacement teeth, and dental sedation. Your implant supported tooth replacement plan is completed over the course of several phases of treatment, and we will bill for the treatments as they’re performed in order to help spread the cost of care over several months. Additionally, we can work with third party financiers to offer low and no interest financing for qualified patients, allowing you to pay for the cost of treatment in smaller monthly installments.
Dental Implant FAQ’s
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, so 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 FAQ’s in Plano we hear the most. But if you’d like to know anything else, you can contact us at any time. We’re always just a phone call away!
Does Getting Implants Hurt?
Implant surgery is much easier than you might think, and many people compare it to having an extraction. We offer multiple sedation options so that even phobic patients can have the procedure done comfortably, and we’ll always start by ensuring you’re completely numb before we get started.
What Is the Recovery Process Like?
The recovery can vary depending on factors such as age, general health, how many implants were placed, and the health of your gums. Having said that, everyone can expect mild to moderate swelling and tenderness for several days. Much of the healing will occur in 5-7 days and we recommend that you take 2-3 days off to rest.
While our patients report that the discomfort is very manageable, we’ll review your options for pain medication and give you detailed instructions for how to care for the area while you’re healing.
Are Implants Safe?
Yes. Dental implants are made from bio-compatible surgical-grade titanium, which is also 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?
The chances are very low! Non-smokers have a success rate of up to 98%, but it’s still helpful to be aware of the following common risk factors:
- Gum disease – Gum disease destroys the gum tissue and underlying bone that keep both natural teeth and implants in place. As it progresses, implants can become loose and fail over time. Maintaining clean, healthy gums will prevent this.
- Tobacco use – Tobacco users have a significantly lower success rate of around 85%.
- Clenching and grinding – Wearing a nightguard will prevent damage to implants from clenching and grinding forces.
- Infection – Infections are relatively rare and can occur from poor oral hygiene or a lack of dental care.
Why Would a Bone Graft Be Necessary?
Just like your jawbone anchors your teeth, it also supports an implant. Unfortunately, after the teeth are extracted, the body begins to slowly “absorb” the jaw bone, leaving it thinner and weaker over time.
In some cases, particularly 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 jaws to strengthen them before having implants placed. At the beginning of the process, we’ll closely evaluate your teeth and jaws to determine whether a bone graft if necessary.