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Dental Implants in Plano

Replace Missing Teeth Seamlessly

In recent years, more and more dental care providers have started to promote dental implants as the ideal tooth replacement option. If you need to replace one or more missing teeth, dental implants allow your dentistry team to replace the entire lost tooth – roots and crown. Whether you need to replace a single tooth or a full row of teeth, it’s time to call Legacy Trails Dental, located in Plano, to schedule a dental implant tooth replacement consultation. We’ll carefully examine your smile, explain your treatment options, and create a personalized plan to fully renew your smile.

What are Dental Implants?

Animation of dental implant supported crown

Dental implants consist of three parts: the implant post itself, the abutment and the implant-retained crown. Each part is essential to maintaining the fullest function and most natural-looking aesthetics possible. The titanium implant is biocompatible, which means that it can integrate with your body without worry of rejection. The implant-retained crown is made with porcelain because of its long-term durability and lifelike characteristics. The abutment connects the two components together and is crucial for maintaining the restoration’s foundation. Over time, your oral structures will heal around the abutment and help the crown keep a stable foundation over many years.

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Are Dental Implants Right For Me?

Laughing woman in dental chairNo dental restoration option is right for every patient, but dental implants are a great solution for many patients. As long as you are in relatively good health and have adequate gum tissue volume and jawbone density, you should be able to successfully receive one or more dental implants. However, every case is unique, so call to schedule your tooth replacement consultation with our Plano dentistry team to find out more.

The Benefits of Dental Implants

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As mentioned, dental implants are designed to replace the entire tooth structure, not just the visible crown in your smile. By doing this, you truly obtain a long-lasting bond when it comes to tooth replacement. In fact, dental implants are designed to last between 25 years and a lifetime when properly cared for. Furthermore, dental implants require no special maintenance to maintain.

Keep in mind that implants aren’t meant to last for only a few years and then require replacement like other options. Those who are skeptical of their durability should take note that dental implants carry a 95 to 98 percent average success rate, even after a 10-year period. Eating your favorite foods, whether they be tender steak, crisp apples or the occasional handful of nuts, dental implants make it easy once again.

The reason implants allow you to eat all your favorite foods is because of the constant stimulation they provide your jaw bone. Dentures and traditional bridges don’t stimulate bone because they only sit on top of the gums, unlike implants. This allows you to obtain your fullest biting strength and chew foods with confidence.

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Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

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It’s impossible to know the exact cost of your dental implant treatment without first scheduling a consultation with the dentist. Each person’s implant treatment is different because many patients require specific accommodations before they can receive implants. However, the main factors that determine cost include:

Keep in mind that dental implants are considered a long-term investment. While it’s true that they carry a higher upfront cost compared to other tooth replacement options, they’re often noted for being the most cost-effective treatment to date. This is because they don’t require replacing like dentures or bridges after a certain period of time.

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Dental Implant Supported Crowns & Bridges

Dentist talking to patient about dental implants To replace a single tooth or a few consecutive teeth, implant supported dental crowns and bridges are usually the recommended solution. A single implant can be used to support one dental crown, replacing a missing tooth. Two fused together dental crowns can often be supported by a single implant to replace two consecutive teeth. For patients with three or more consecutive missing teeth, at least two dental implants, one on each end, will be needed to support the fixed bridge.

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Dentures and Dental Implants

Dentist talking to patient about dental implantsPartial and full dentures are typically anchored in place with attachments to between two and four dental implant posts. Partials are dentures crafted to fill in the gaps between remaining healthy teeth, and depending on the number and location of the missing teeth, they may be supported by as few as two or as many as four dental implants. Full dentures are crafted to replace an entire row of teeth and four implant posts usually provide adequate support for the denture. However, some patients do need more implants.

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All-on-4 Dental Implant Dentures

Dentist talking to patient about dental implantsFor patients who need to replace an entire row of missing teeth, All-on-4 offers a unique solution that utilizes the naturally denser parts of the jawbone in the front of the mouth to support an entire denture. Rather than placing four or more dental implants along the jaw line, the All-on-4 method uses two vertical implants to support the front of the denture and two diagonally placed implants positioned to support the back of the denture and implant into the front of the jaw. Then, the denture can be attached to the implants, recreating the lost tooth structure.

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Dental Implants FAQ’s

young smiling showing missing tooth When it comes to tooth replacement, the dental implant procedure is in a class of its own. That’s because no other option addresses the problem of missing teeth directly at the root level. Although this is an irrefutable fact, there are still some questions that need to be answered before you can feel comfortable with Dr. Azmoodeh placing a dental implant at Legacy Trails Dental. Read on to get the answers you need so you can move forward with having your smile fully restored!

Is the Dental Implant Process Painful?

With the advances in modern dentistry, which includes new technology and insertion techniques, we can place your dental implant in a painless manner. Before the procedure begins, Dr. Azmoodeh will apply anesthesia to ensure the treatment site is completely numb.

However, after your dental implant is placed, you should expect to feel some discomfort that will usually dissipate within 10 days of the completion of your surgery. Dr. Azmoodeh typically recommends that patients take ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) or acetaminophen (Tylenol). If your implant placement procedure is more complex, we’ll make sure you have the right medication to make your recovery pain and stress free.

Is a Dental Implant More Effective Than a Dental Bridge?

A traditional dental bridge option consists of two or more porcelain crowns being affixed to a single apparatus that “bridges” the gap left by missing teeth. The fixture is held in place by being cemented to the surrounding teeth (abutments). But first, a small amount of enamel must be removed to allow for the bridge to be properly secured.

While this procedure is effective, it doesn’t compare to receiving dental implants in Plano. The main reason why is that a traditional bridge rests above the gums, which means its subject to shifting and creating a more artificial-looking smile. The more effective route to take, then, is to receive an implant-retained bridge.

Are Dental Implants for Younger Patients?

A dental implant is for any adult who has suffered tooth loss, based on the fact that no matter what your age is, you need to have a full and healthy set of teeth. Thus, there are no age restrictions. When you visit us at Legacy Trails Dental, Dr. Azmoodeh will be more concerned with the amount of healthy jawbone material you have than the age demographic you fall into. Therefore, whether you’re 21 or 80, a brand-new restoration will leave you happier and more functional.

Will I Have a Natural-Looking Smile?

While regaining your functionality is of the utmost importance, you’re still human; thus, you would like to look the very best you can. By dental implants being placed beneath the gum line and into the jawbone, you can achieve a smile that looks so natural people will think you were born with it. This can partly be attributed to the fact that an amazing process takes happens after your new implant is placed, called osseointegration, which is the fusing of new bone cells with the dental implant. Therefore, your dentist in Plano provides more than just greater chewing capacity and the prevention of bone loss when he places dental implants. Instead, it’s a new lease on life!

Will My Dental Implants Last?

When you’re considering investing in dental implants, it’s logical and prudent that you ask what type of longevity you can expect from the procedure. After all, you don’t want to have work done only to soon need reparation. You can silence these worries with the dental implant process because with proper care, your new fixtures can last up to a lifetime.

The question, then, is what does proper care entail? For starters, it should include brushing and flossing your teeth consistently and effectively. For example, when you use a manual toothbrush, you should dedicate at least two minutes to thoroughly cleaning your teeth. This will help to protect your gums, which will translate into a long-lasting and healthy dental implant.

With over 20 years of experience practicing dentistry, Dr. Azmoodeh places dental implants with a level of precision and expertise that is unmatched. Contact our Plano office today to schedule a consultation so you can get on the road to a healthier and happier version of yourself!

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