If we had to choose one treatment that has profoundly impacted how we improve a patient’s quality of life after tooth loss, dental implants in Richardson would win hands down. Unlike other tooth replacement options, dental implants treat both the root and crown to create the most natural looking and feeling smile possible. Dr. David Nguyen has advanced training to safely and effectively provide the entire implant placement and restoration process right in our office. Now, there is no need to be referred to another location. From start to finish, Dental Care Today of Richardson will rebuild your smile.
Replacing the entire structure of the tooth allows dental implants to provide superior benefits when compared to any other treatment available, including:
Implant posts are strategically placed into your jawbone to replace your roots. Special fixtures are attached to each post to connect your restorations. Your treatment process and the number of posts needed varies depending on the severity of your tooth loss.
We can use a single dental implant post to replace one missing tooth by attaching a custom-crafted, porcelain crown. Like a traditional crown that is fused to your natural tooth, those used for dental implants recreate the lost tooth structure to look, feel, and function naturally.
Dental implants can also be used to replace several consecutive of nonconsecutive missing teeth, and even a full arch. The number and location of missing teeth will determine which type of multiple tooth replacement prosthetic is used and how many posts are necessary to support it.
As their names suggest, these innovative procedures make it possible to support an entire denture using just 4 or 6 implant posts. The number largely depends on the size and shape of your jawline, but both procedures utilize naturally denser portions of the jawbone to support the entire arch of missing teeth.
Mini dental implants are smaller versions of implant posts. Great for the front teeth and for patients who have diminished jawbone density or gum tissue volume, mini dental implants can successfully provide implant-supported tooth replacement for those who have previously been less-than-ideal candidates for the procedure.
There is no set cost for dental implants because the amount is determined by your individual treatment plan, such as the number of missing teeth. Although they may cost more than traditional options, they are more affordable long-term because they can last for decades. Not to mention, your treatment is performed in multiple stages, each of which has separate costs. This can help make paying for the treatment easier.
We also work with your insurance company to lower the cost of the treatment. We accept a variety of payment options to keep your new smile affordable, such as third-party financing with CareCredit.
The long-term success of your new smile relies on the best foundation for your implant posts. To accomplish this, it may mean undergoing additional procedures before they can be placed into your jawbone. Besides tooth extractions, you may need advanced dental implant procedures, like bone grafting or a sinus lift. Dr. Nguyen uses the CT scan from your initial consultation to determine if you need additional treatments before starting your journey to a complete smile with dental implants.
If you're one of the millions of Americans who's experienced tooth loss, you've probably heard that implants are an outstanding solution. And you've heard right! But it's completely understandable to have a few questions about the procedure before making a decision. Keep reading for answers to the several common FAQs about dental implants in Richardson. And remember that you can contact us anytime with any other questions. Dr. Nguyen has advanced training to perform the entire procedure in-house and has helped countless patients understand the process better.
Many people are concerned about pain during their implant surgery, but end up being pleasantly surprised at how much easier it was than they expected. Having said that, it is still a minor surgery, so some discomfort is to be expected. However, it's generally about the same as having a tooth extracted.
Also, keep in mind that Dr. Nguyen takes your comfort very seriously and will begin by completely numbing the area. And, as a dentist in Richardson who provides multiple sedation options, including nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, and IV sedation, even fearful or anxious patients can comfortably restore their smile.
Typically, patients have mild to moderate swelling and tenderness in the area for several days to a week, which is well managed by over-the-counter pain medication. We recommend taking off 2-3 days off to recover. If it's difficult for you to take time off, you can always schedule your procedure on a Thursday or Friday to give yourself the weekend to rest.
Implant failure does happen, but rarely. In fact, the success rate is over 97% for non-smokers. The following factors increase the chance of failure:
Unfortunately, the density in your jaws begins to deteriorate as soon as a tooth is removed. The longer you wait to get implants, the more bone density you'll lose. While that won't necessarily "disqualify" you from getting an implant, it does increase the likelihood that you'll need a bone graft. This procedure involves adding bone granules to your jaw to strengthen and fortify the area before an implant is placed. It generally takes several months after a bone graft until your implant surgery can be done.
Contact us to find out more or to schedule your dental implant consultation with your dentist in Richardson.