Millions of American suffer tooth loss every year even with the advancements in dental care. Most of the time, tooth loss is due to periodontal disease, tooth decay or injury. Many years ago, the only options available were dentures and bridges for those missing teeth. Today, dental implants are a great option in Dallas, Texas.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are titanium posts which are surgically placed in the jawbone under the gumline. These posts serve as a substitute tooth root. A replacement tooth is then mounted onto the post with an abutment.
Often times, dental implants are the best option to replace missing teeth. They are the closest you can get to natural teeth. The color of the dental implant tooth is coordinated with your existing teeth for the perfect match.
One implant and crown can replace a single missing tooth. A tooth implant will replace both the root and missing tooth crown. A tooth implant has advantages over other replacement alternatives.
What are the advantages of a single-tooth implant over a bridge?
- It functions and looks like a real tooth.
- The health of surrounding teeth is not sacrificed, like it is with a bridge.
- The integrity of the jawbone is preserved.
- A tooth implant is easier to keep clean than a bridge.
- The gums around the tooth implant do not recede.
Stages of Dental Implant Procedures
Today, there are many options available for dental implants ranging from many different materials used to the multiple manufacturers who make them. Your doctor will choose the proper treatment for your specific needs. Keep in mind that if you see a different doctor for a repair later on, they may not have the same material components available that your other doctor had.
The type of dental implant procedure is used to categorize them: single-stage and two-stage implants.
Single-Stage Dental Implants. During this procedure, a longer implant is surgically placed into the jaw so it sits on the jawbone, level with the gumline. When the gums are stitched closed, the head of the implant is visible. Because of this, there is no need for another surgery to expose the head because the abutment can be attached directly to the implant, after several months of healing.
Two-Stage Implants. During a two-stage implant procedure, the implant is placed into the jaw and the gums are stitched together. Months later, the abutment is attached to the implant during a minor surgical procedure.
Types of Dental Implants
Endosteal (Endosseous) Implants. This type of implant is the most common for the two-stage procedure. It includes blade types, cylinder (smooth) types and screw (threaded) types. Endosteals are usually placed as a removable denture or bridge alternative.
Subperiosteal Implants. This type of implant is the most common for the single-stage procedure. The subperiosteal is placed on the jawbone with the implant post exposed from the gum tissue. These are most often used for patients with insufficient bone height or are used to hold dentures.
Dental Implant Cost
How much do dental implants cost in Dallas, TX?
The price for a single tooth implant ranges from about $1,000 to $3,000. The crown and abutment can range anywhere from $500 to $3,000. On average, the total cost of a single dental implant is usually from $1,500 to $6,000. The total cost may be even higher depending on your case.
Keep in mind, other factors can effect the cost. There are different types of implants and depending on how many teeth you need to replace, the cost can increase.
Dental Implants Procedure
During the dental implant procedure, the doctor will surgically place an implant in the jawbone. Over time, this implant will integrate with the bone and act as a replacement root for the crown. The crown is made to match the color of your existing teeth and will attach to the implant with an abutment.
For the procedure to be successful, the patient must have sufficient bone in their jaw. It must be strong enough to support and hold the implant. If the patient is lacking enough bone, they may need bone grafting, also referred to as bone augmentation. The supporting gum tissue and surrounding teeth where the implant is to be placed also must be healthy.
Dental Implants Surgery
Dental implant surgery in Dallas, Texas is usually an outpatient surgery performed in stages:
Performed in stages, the dental implant surgery is an outpatient procedure. Here is an example of the stages of dental implant surgery:
- The bad tooth is extracted.
- If necessary, bone grafting is performed to prepare the jawbone for the implant.
- The implant post is placed in the jawbone after it heals (if grafting was needed).
- Several months are needed for the implant to fuse to the bone.
- The abutment is placed, which is what connects the post to the crown.
- When the gums have healed, molds are made of your jawbone and teeth.
- The artificial crown in placed.
From start to finish, the entire process can take months. Most of that time is spent waiting for the healing and fusion of the implant into the jawbone.
Dental Implants Process
When bone grafting is required
Bone grafting may be needed before implant surgery if the patient’s jawbone is too soft or not thick enough to support the implant post. A solid base is created for the implant with bone grafting so it can withstand the great pressure exerted from chewing.
Bone grafting can be done using artificial bone or bone from another part of your body. Several months of healing time is needed for the bone graft to heal so It can support a tooth implant.
The condition of your jawbone will determine how a bone graft may be done. Sometimes, if only minor grafting is needed, it can be done at the same time as the implant procedure.
Placing the dental implant
An incision is used to open the gum and expose the bone to place a dental implant. A hole is drilled into the bone where the post will be placed. This post will be an artificial tooth root so it must be implanted deep into the jawbone.
Months are needed for the post to fuse with the bone. During this time, a partial, or temporary tooth can be used to fill the gap where the tooth is missing. This temporary tooth can be removed for sleeping and cleaning.
Waiting for bone growth
When the metal post is surgically implanted into the jaw, a process called osseointegration begins. The surface of the dental implant begins to unite while the jawbone grows into it. Several months are needed for this process as it needs time to form a solid base for your implant tooth.
Placing the abutment
After osseointegration has taken place, a second procedure may be needed to place the abutment. The abutment is the piece that attaches the metal post to the crown. Most often times, this is done with just a local anesthetic to numb the area.
For the abutment to be placed:
- The gumline will be opened to expose the implant post, if needed.
- The abutment is connected to the implant.
- The gum is stitched closed around the abutment.
For some patients, when the post is initially implanted, the abutment is attached to the metal post. This eliminates the need for a second procedure. However, the abutment sits above the gumline making it visible when your mouth is open. Some patients prefer to have the abutment placed in a separate procedure because they don’t like the appearance of it.
Choosing your new artificial teeth
The jawbone needs time to heal so it can support the use of the artificial crown. Impressions are made of your mouth to make the new tooth. Your gums need to heal 1 to 2 weeks after the abutment is placed before the implant tooth can be attached.
Artificial crowns and be fixed, removable or both. You and your doctor can decide which is best for your needs.
Removable. This type of crown is comparable to a denture. It has pink, plastic gum and artificial teeth. A removable implant is attached to a metal frame that connects to the abutment, snapping into place. A removable implant can be removed for daily cleaning or repair.
Fixed. This type of crown is permanently attached to the abutment. The tooth cannot be removed at night or for cleaning. Sometimes, several replacement teeth can be supported by a single implant if they are bridged together.
Are Dental Implants Safe?
Dental implants in Dallas, Texas have been used for more than 30 years and have a proven track record of being safe and effective for replacing teeth.
The strong and sturdy foundation for replacement teeth is made of a biocompatible material, usually titanium, which is accepted by the body. The bone attaches itself to the implant, locking it into place. To withstand daily use like natural teeth, implant teeth need to be very strong and stable.
When performed by an experienced and skilled dental implant surgeon, dental implants are one of the most predictable and safest procedures in the field of dentistry. The strongest replacement available for a missing tooth is a dental implant. Dental implants not only look natural but they also feel like real teeth. Additionally, this is the only method of tooth restoration that can stimulate natural bone from a missing tooth.
Do Dental Implants Hurt?
Are you thinking about replacing damaged or missing teeth with dental implants but worried about the pain or how bad it will hurt? Don’t worry as these fears are common. You will be happy to know that most patients who receive dental implants say the discomfort from the procedure is minimal and that it doesn’t hurt.
During the Procedure
Placing a dental implant in Dallas, TX is actually much easier than extracting a tooth, as painful as all of the drilling and screwing may sound. You will receive a local anesthetic to make the procedure pain-free and minimize any discomfort.
No pain should be felt during the surgery and the jawbone does not have many pain-sensing nerves. If you are still nervous about having dental implant surgery, you have the option of sedation anesthesia to calm your nerves and make you more comfortable. The only drawback with sedation is that you will need to plan for a ride home and may be groggy for the first 12-24 hours following the procedure.
After the Procedure
Some discomfort can be expected immediately after the procedure and for the first few days. Any pain you experience can be relieved with Ibuprofen or your doctor may give you a prescription for pain medication.
You may feel a discomfort under your eyes, in your chin and cheeks. Minor bleeding may occur and you may experience pain at the implant site and bruising of the gums and skin.
You should use an icepack or package of frozen vegetables after dental implant surgery to reduce swelling. Use the ice for 10 minutes on and 20 minutes off, as needed. For 10-14 days following the procedure, you should eat soft foods.
For the next few days following the procedure, very gently rinse with warm salt water to soothe the gum tissue and for additional relief.
Dental Implants Specialist
You might have been led to believe that dental implants are available at every dental practice, based on the amount of advertising. Unfortunately, there seems to be a general misunderstanding that the surgical placement of dental implants can be done by any dentist and that the quality of treatment received is the same regardless of where it’s done.
The truth of the matter is that any licensed dentist can legally perform dental implant surgery on a patient. Dentists are legally held to the same standard of car as surgical specialists when placing dental implants. However, this does not mean they have a great abundance of experience performing the procedure or have the same level of skill as a dental implant specialist in Dallas, TX. We recommend that you use a board-certified surgeon, such as Dr. Choi for your dental implant needs.
Complications with dental implants are rare and the treatment is very successful, when done by a skilled surgeon. A proficient dental implant specialist can provide a level of comfort and safety that may not exist with a dentist who has less training or experience in the placement of tooth implants and surgical procedures in general.
Dental Implant Dentist
Before considering a dental implant in Dallas, Texas, you need to find out if you are a candidate for one. Call our office to schedule a consultation so we can evaluate your case.
Most often times, a dental implant dentist (or surgeon) will place an implant post into your jaw. After the healing process of a few months, the crown can be attached to the post in your jawbone. Dentures, bridges and partials can also be anchored by dental implants.
When choosing a dental implant dentist, there are some important questions you should ask. Learn more about their experience and qualifications with placing tooth implants. Here are some suggested questions:
- To restore missing teeth, what treatment options do you offer?
- How many dental implant surgeries have you performed?
- What is your success rate for dental implants?
- What type of training and education do you have for tooth implants?
- What treatment option and type of implant would you recommend for my case, and why?
- What are the benefits of this treatment option as opposed to others?
- Are there any risks for this treatment option? If so, what are they?
- What steps are involved in the procedure? Who will perform them? Where are they performed?
- What can I expect as far as recovery time goes? What about pain management?
- Are there any restrictions on certain foods I can eat, and for how long?
- Will I have temporary teeth during the stages?
- What type of anesthesia do you recommend for my case?
- Do you have any before-and-after pictures of your patients with dental implants?