Dental Implants – Carrollton
The Most Effective Tooth Replacement Option Today
Losing teeth to damage or decay is incredibly distressing. When a tooth is lost, many patients may feel overwhelmed when it comes to evaluating their tooth replacement options. Fortunately, dental implants offer a permanent solution to replacing lost teeth. These permanent, non-removable prosthetic teeth provide a variety of advantages when compared to their alternatives. Below, Dr. Capua provides answers to frequently asked questions about this revolutionary tooth replacement method.
What is a Dental Implant?
More than likely, you have heard about dental implants but you might be unsure of what an implant is and how it works. Dental implants are made of two major features—a titanium rod that replaces a tooth’s root and a crown, a tooth-shaped prosthetic that provides a stable biting surface for eating food.
What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
When it comes to preserving oral health structures, dental implants are often a patient’s best option. Since the implant is anchored into the jawbone, it helps prevent bone resorption (atrophy). Receiving an implant can also prevent the loss of more teeth because implants provide support to nearby teeth, which prevents them from shifting into empty tooth sockets. Dental implants are also secure because they are stabilized by bone. This means that they will not move when eating or speaking, as dentures tend to do.
Additionally, dental implants are often lauded for their durability and longevity. Not only can they withstand daily use, but they can do so for several decades without any issue, given that you brush, floss and visit our office for regular checkups. On average, they last between 25 years and a lifetime, giving you the confidence you need to live your life the way you want to.
What are the Indications for Dental Implants?
There are many methods to replace teeth via dental implants, regardless of how extensive your tooth loss may be. Replacing one tooth or an entire arch of teeth is not a difficult feat, given that you have healthy gums and good oral health overall.
Missing Single Tooth
To replace one tooth, a single titanium implant is placed inside the jaw. This is followed by an abutment, which connects the implant and restoration together, and a porcelain crown, which blends in with the rest of your teeth.
Missing Multiple Teeth
Replacing teeth with a dental bridge is typically done at the expense of neighboring teeth because teeth need to be modified to hold a bridge. Dental implants are strong enough to hold a three- or four-crown bridge entirely on their own with ease.
Missing All Teeth
Is your full or partial denture not saying in place the way it used to? With the help of four to six dental implants, we can create a more stable solution for your new denture! Implant-retained dentures can be fixed or removable as well as used with either full or partial dentures.
Are Dental Implants Right for Me?
The best candidates for dental implants are patients who have lost one or more teeth. To receive implants, patients should not have periodontal disease or use tobacco products. Some patients may require preliminary treatments before receiving implants—especially if bone atrophy or gum disease is present.
The best way to make an informed decision on your tooth replacement needs is to schedule a consultation at our practice. During your consultation, our team will determine the state of your oral health and which tooth replacement method meets your unique needs.
How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?
Dental implants rarely have a set price because the cost of treatment will vary depending on your needs. If you need more than one tooth replaced, you’re going to need multiple implants and more complex restorations to replace them. Additionally, preparatory treatments like bone grafts or periodontal therapy may be needed if you have reduced bone volume or gum disease to address, extending the length of treatment.
Regardless of your needs, it cannot be stressed enough that dental implants are an effective long-term investment that lasts for many decades. The same cannot be said for dentures nor dental bridges, both of which do not fully address the consequences of tooth loss nor last as long without needing repair or replacement.