Dental Implants – Plano, TX
A Beautiful Smile That Will Last for Decades!
Whether you’ve lost a tooth due to an accident or simply because you’re getting to a certain age, tooth loss happens. With tooth loss comes a wide variety of problems, but that doesn’t mean you have to settle for an incomplete smile. Unlike most replacement options, dental implants work to restore the entire tooth structure, not simply the crown portion. They truly have the power to restore the functions of your natural teeth and do so for life!
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Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are designed to replace the roots of teeth as well as the crown, creating the most natural replacement tooth possible. By adhering to the natural bone inside the jaw after placement, implants can last much longer than a bridge or denture, which have to deal with the ever-changing shape of the face and gums over time. Implants also stimulate your natural bone and allow blood flow to resume, preventing the jaw from losing its most optimal biting force and your face from prematurely sagging and changing shape. If you care about eating all your favorite foods while still maintaining your current appearance, dental implants offer the best of both worlds!
When it comes to long-term solutions, dental implants stand above the competition. With a 95-98 percent success rate over a 10-year period, you can feel just as confident biting into tough foods as you do when smiling with friends and family!
Indications for Dental Implants
Dental implants wouldn’t be as popular as they are if they weren’t incredibly versatile as well. They’re capable of replacing single, multiple and even an entire arch of teeth easily and seamlessly!
Missing Single Tooth
Single teeth are replaced using one implant and one implant-retained porcelain crown. Once placed, the area takes anywhere from three to six months to heal depending on the location. An abutment is used to keep the restoration and implant attached to each other.
Missing Multiple Teeth
Those who are missing multiple consecutive teeth can use a traditional bridge and dental implants together to replace three or four teeth at a time! However, only two implants on either side of the restoration are needed to bridge the gap in your smile. As a bonus, implant-retained bridges do not require the buffing down of natural teeth in order to place like a traditional bridge would.
Missing All Teeth
If your denture is shifting constantly throughout the day, fitting your current or a brand-new denture with implants can make a world of difference. Not only can you reap the restorative benefits dental implants have to offer, but you can do so while only utilizing four to six implants at a time. This allows you to replace your entire arch while still making a huge improvement to your dental device’s stability and your smile’s appearance.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
The factors that influence the cost of dental implants can vary from patient to patient. Therefore, it’s incredibly important to speak with your doctor beforehand in order to understand your needs prior to surgery. The most important factors that influence the total price include:
- The number of implants being placed
- The number/type of restorations and abutments used
- Preparatory treatments to ensure successful implantation (i.e. bone grafts to increase bone volume)
While the cost may be higher upfront compared to other replacement methods, dental implants are intended to last for decades and even a lifetime after placement. In fact, they’re often the most cost-effective option because of their durability and longevity, so keep this in mind when determining the cost with your dentist.