Dental Implants in Garland and South Dallas
Replacing missing teeth is essential to ensure you can maintain the optimal level of oral health. When even a single tooth is missing, the jawbone and gum tissues don’t receive adequate stimulation to maintain their full, healthy shape and function. Overtime, that means your jawbone density and gum tissue volume are diminished. This can lead to changes in facial shape, shifting in bite alignment, and further tooth loss. At Universal Dental, we encourage patients to replace missing teeth as quickly as possible. Traditional tooth replacement options make it possible for patients to restore those parts of teeth visible above the gum line. Unfortunately, they do not restore the lost root structures of teeth. Without the root system to anchor the replacement teeth, they must rely on surrounding dental structures for support, and the gum and jawbone still do not receive necessary stimulation, leading to loss of tissue over time. That’s why our team recommends dental implants in Garland and South Dallas to fully restore lost teeth from the roots up. If you want to learn more about replacing missing teeth with dental implants, call one of our three dentistry offices to schedule a dental implant consultation today.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Compared with other tooth replacement options, dental implant supported restorations offer a variety of benefits, including:
- Improved stability for any number of replacement teeth, especially dentures. Compared with traditional dentures that only repair about 20% of chewing ability, dental implant retained dentures can restore 70% or more of chewing range.
- Dental restorations supported by implants function more like natural teeth and don’t need to be replaced as often. In fact, dental implants lead to restorations that last twenty years or longer, and many patients are able to keep their implant supported replacement teeth for a lifetime.
- Dental implants stimulate the jawbone and gum tissue to ensure patients maintain their optimal level oral health. With dental implants in place, your smile will retain its natural shape, structure, and function.
Making Dental Implants Affordable
The initial investment required to complete dental implant supported tooth replacement is a little higher than the price of other tooth replacement options. However, with the many benefits of this solution in mind, many patients find it worth the additional cost. Our team members will do what we can to make the cost of dental implants affordable. While insurance doesn’t typically cover the cost of implant posts or their surgical placement, preparatory procedures like tooth extractions and your replacement tooth or teeth will typically receive some coverage. Our knowledgeable team members will maximize any insurance benefits available. We will also work with you to plan for the costs of treatment and work with third party financiers to offer low and no interest payment plans when necessary.
How Dental Implants Work
Dental implants are, essentially, replacement tooth roots. Prior to placement, they look similar to a small screw. Once in place, they fuse with the jaw and bone tissue, recreating the lost tooth roots and providing support for replacement teeth. To place dental implant posts, we need to perform a minimally invasive surgical procedure. We begin by making a small incision in the gums. Then, the implant post is precisely positioned into the jawbone. We’ll attach a protective cap to the implant post that protects the site as it heals and maintains the proper shape of the gum tissue until we attach the replacement tooth or teeth. Following dental implant placement, patients will wait three to six months for the implant to fuse with the gum tissue before returning to have the replacement tooth or teeth attached.
Dental Implant Supported Crowns & Bridges
Patients missing one tooth or a few consecutive teeth may receive complete restoration using a single crown or fixed bridge restoration. A dental crown can be used to replace one missing tooth connected to a single implant post. In some cases, we may be able to use a single implant post to support two fused together dental crowns. Otherwise, two implant posts, one at each end, will be used to support a fixed bridge restoration.
Implant Retained Dentures
For those patients missing numerous consecutive and nonconsecutive teeth, partial or full dentures will be recommended. Traditional partial dentures require metal clasps attached to surrounding teeth for support, and full dentures are shaped to be held in position by suction between the denture and gum tissue. Implant retained dentures protect the remaining healthy tooth structures and increase the stability of your denture. In most cases, we will use three to six dental implants to support your partial or full dentures.