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.
Frequently Asked Questions – Dental Implants
Understanding how the dental implant process works isn’t always easy. Trying to determine how long they’ll last, if they’ll fail, their cost, and even if you’re a candidate can all be a bit
overwhelming. This is why Dr. Capua and her team have compiled a list of frequently asked questions about dental implants in Carrollton. This should help to alleviate some of the concerns you might have about treatment, but should you have any additional questions, don’t hesitate to contact our office.
What are dental implants made of?
Unless otherwise specified, dental implants are made of titanium and mimic the natural tooth root. Titanium is able to effectively fuse with bone and surrounding tissue, and it is strong and sturdy enough to hold up the custom restoration that lives on top of the implant. It is also least likely to cause patients to have allergies or sensitivity, unlike traditional metal.
A full dental implant consists of the titanium post, a small appliance known as an abutment, and the custom-made dental crown, bridge, or denture that rests on top.
How long do dental implants last?
Dental implants are designed to last decades or longer. Some cases have shown that patients have maintained their implants for an entire lifetime. When comparing which solution you want to use to replace your missing teeth, longevity should certainly be one of the factors you consider. Just because an alternative method costs less doesn’t mean it will last longer. Dental implants are superior in their stability, functionality, and longevity, making them the preferred choice.
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
In order to have dental implants placed, it is important for Dr. Capua to thoroughly examine your mouth in its entirety. This includes reviewing your teeth, gums, and especially, your jawbone. The reason is that the bone will serve as the solid foundation for your implant, and if it is weakened or unstable, you will need to consider an alternative solution or pursue an advanced procedure such as a bone graft or sinus lift.
During your initial consultation, Dr. Capua will determine if you are a qualified candidate by looking at the status of your oral and overall health and the density of your jawbone. You can also expect to be asked about your lifestyle habits and about any health-related conditions you might have, as these can potentially compromise the success of your implant placement (i.e. diabetes, an autoimmune disorder).
How much do dental implants cost?
When it comes to determining the cost of your dental implants, there are various factors to consider, including:
- If you require any pre-implant dental work (i.e. bone graft, sinus lift, gum disease therapy)
- How many implants you will need to have placed along your jawbone
- The location of your missing teeth
- Anesthesia or sedation
- The initial consultation and surgical procedure
Although dental insurance companies are unlikely to cover your dental implant placement, you might be surprised to find out that they will cover some or all other aspects of your treatment (i.e. anesthesia, consultation, pre-implant dental work)
Do dental implants ever fail?
The success rate for dental implant placement is extremely high, but there is a small chance that your dental implant can fail. It’s important to remember that certain circumstances can lead to implant failure, including:
- Improper placement by the surgeon
- A weakened or compromised immune system caused by health-related diseases or disorders
- Smoking or tobacco usage
Dental implants can help replace a single tooth, or a full set of teeth. If you have been suffering with partial or full dentures, or are missing teeth, or feel you need teeth extracted, do not hesitate to contact our office to be evaluated for dental implants.