About Dental Implants
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant consists of three parts: a titanium post, which is surgically implanted into your jaw bone by a dentist to replace the tooth root; an abutment, which sits just below the gum line to secure the new tooth to the implant; and a restoration, or artificial tooth, which can either be a dental crown, dental bridge or denture.
Benefits of Dental Implants
- 95% or higher success rate
- Improved bone and gum health (compared to alternative restorations)
- Avoids degradation of health teeth (as in conventional bridgework)
- Improves appearance of smile and lower face
- Patients can enjoy a healthy diet without restrictions
- No worry of slippage or dentures “falling out”
Dental Implant Process
If you have missing teeth and are considering dental implants as an option, the first step is to schedule a visit with one of our dentists. We will evaluate your health and the condition of your surrounding teeth, gums, bone, etc to determine if detnal implants are right for you. In some cases, we will handle the complete process in our dental office, other times, we will work with a specialist for the surgical placement and complete the restoration in our Bedford, TX dental office.
Implantation: The placement of the dental implant is a simple, procedure performed in the dentist office under local anesthesia. It typically takes three to six months for the implant to heal and fully integrate with the jawbone. In some cases, we may be able to place the permanent dental crown during this visit. Other times, a temporary crown will be placed while the implant heals.
Implant Restoration: After the healing process is complete, the dentist will uncover the implant and attach the dental crown, bridge or denture. Your restoration will look and function the same as your natural teeth. You can brush and floss normally. Routine visits to the dentist will ensure long term health and function of the dental implant.
Dental Implant FAQs
How much do dental implants cost?
The cost of dental implants is determined by the number and location of implants, as well as your overall dental health. We will review all of your options as well as the cost of each procedure prior to treatment. Most dental implant procedures are not covered by insurance, however, we will submit the necessary billing and documentation to your insurance company to allow for the maximum reimbursement. Because the dental implant process takes several months, our dentists may be able to phase your treatment and spread out the cost of the dental implants to make treatment more affordable.
Are Dental Implants Right For Me?
In order to be a candidate for dental implants, patients should be healthy enough for surgery, have healthy gums and adequate bone structure to support the implant. Your dentist will perform a comprehensive evaluation and recommend the various treatment options available to you.
What is the best choice for missing teeth?
Whether you have one or several missing teeth, there are may options for replacement. We will evaluate your condition and help you choose which replacement option is best for you. In many cases, a dental implant is the best choice for someone who wants a long lasting, worry free solution. Dental implants have the highest success rate and patient satisfaction compared with any other type of dental treatment. Dental implants give patients the most lifelike replacement for missing teeth with the ability to eat, drink, speak and smile confidently and without any restrictions.
How long does a dental implant last?
With proper care and maintenance, you can expect your dental implant to last a lifetime.
How long with the implant process take?
The reason why dental implants are so successful is that they integrate with the living bone. The length of the process will vary from one patient to another, but you can expect the overall healing process to take 3 to 6 months. In some cases, the dental implant procedure can be completed in a single office visit. That means placing the implant and securing the permanent restoration in the same day. For others, we may will place a temporary crown on the implant. After the implant has healed, the permanent restoration will be secured to the implant.
An implant supported denture is used when a person does not have any teeth in the jaw, but has enough bone to support an implant. While regular dentures rest on the gums and are secured by an adhesive, implant supported dentures are surgically attached to the jawbone. Implant supported dentures are commonly known as "Teeth in a Day" and "All on Four" because as little as four implants can be used to install a full set of replacement teeth and the procedure is generally complete in a single visit.
Implants vs. Dentures
Making the choice between dental implants and dentures can be difficult for some patients. One of the biggest concerns is the cost. While dentures typically cost less than dental implants, there are a number of long term benefits to implants.
Perhaps the biggest advantage to implants vs. dentures is the fact that they provide superior function. Dentures only allow you to put a fraction of the force on them that you might normally use to eat. As a result, most denture wearers are restricted to a diet of highly processed, soft foods. Those with dental implants are afforded the ability to chew normally and enjoy foods without restrictions.
Another considerable difference is that dental implants offer uncompromised support. Dentures are prone to slippage and must be taken out overnight. By contrast, dental implants are permanently anchored into the mouth giving people ultimate confidence and comfort.