You want to replace your missing teeth, but you also want your new smile to look and feel completely natural. If you're looking for a way to permanently rebuild your bite, Dr. Kelly Blair wants you to schedule a consultation to discuss dental implants. Dental implants offer a long-lasting, reliable, and natural-looking option.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants have quickly become the gold standard in replacing missing teeth for one simple reason: They offer significant advantages over other options. Here are just some of the benefits you can expect from implants:
- Traditional (not implant-retained) dentures and bridges only replace the crown portion of a tooth, while implants replace the crown and This preserves your jawbone and facial structure over time, helping you maintain a more youthful appearance.
- With basic maintenance, implants can last several decades or a lifetime.
- Implants have a high success rate (over 95% in non-smokers).
- Implants give you a natural look and feel.
- You can enjoy hard, tough, or crunchy foods.
- The healthy teeth on either side of a missing space won’t be affected like they would with a dental bridge.
Dental Implant Placement
Dr. Blair or a trusted oral surgeon will secure small, biocompatible dental implant posts in one or more sockets left empty by missing teeth. The posts restore teeth roots in order to hold replacement teeth securely in place. One dental implant post can replace a single tooth and a few can secure a denture. Because of the root-and-crown structure of dental implants, they offer the most natural-looking solution to missing teeth.
Because dental implant posts are made with biocompatible metal, the bone tissue naturally integrates with them over time. During the healing phase, you might wear a temporary denture or dental crown.
Dental Implant Restoration
After your mouth has healed, Dr. Blair will design your dental crown or denture. She will then coordinate with our dental lab to create a completely custom prosthetic. You’ll eventually return to our office for the final placement of your dental implant restoration or denture. Because of her experience and understanding of neuromuscular dentistry, Dr. Blair will make sure that your new teeth fit comfortably and function well; that way, you’ll experience no pain in your temporomandibular (jaw) joints.
Indications For Dental Implants
Dr. Blair is very thorough during consultations to make sure that dental implants in Fort Worth are the best solution for each patient. She’ll look for several indicators in your oral and general health to make sure the procedure has the best chance for success. In some cases, adjunct procedures may be necessary beforehand such as a bone graft or gum therapy.
And, fortunately, implants can be customized for people who are missing just one tooth, several teeth, or all of their teeth.
Missing Single Tooth
If you need just a single missing tooth replaced, your dentist will attach a single dental crown to your implant post. This will consist of an all-porcelain dental crown sitting on top of a metal connector called an abutment. This connector will firmly attach the crown to the post, and thanks to the quality of dental-grade porcelain, you can trust that your new tooth will seamlessly blend in with the rest of your smile.
Missing Multiple Teeth
For a row of consecutive missing teeth, just 1-2 implants can be used to anchor an implant-retained bridge that replaces several teeth. With this, the implants will be placed on either side of the gap in your smile and attached to prosthetic teeth to fill in the space. Compared to traditional bridges, implant-retained bridges are much stronger, more natural-looking, and can be expected to last longer as well.
Missing All Your Teeth
Implant-secured dentures can improve the quality of life of people who aren’t satisfied with how their traditional dentures work. Whether the ridges of your gums have worn down, you’ve never had a good fit, or you simply don’t like the hassle of denture care, dental implants might be exactly the solution you’re looking for. In some cases, an existing denture can be retrofitted with snaps to attach to dental implant posts. However, a new denture is usually recommended to fit securely and comfortably.
Dental Implants Improve Lives
With dental implants in Fort Worth, patients experience a newfound freedom from denture care. They report feeling confident eating and speaking in public. In addition to improved oral function and self-confidence, dental implants stimulate the jawbone, which reduces the potential for bone degeneration. Patients who have lived with missing teeth will notice a fuller, more youthful appearance because of the underlying support for their lips and cheeks. You deserve to enjoy a beautiful, comfortable, and fully dependable set of teeth!
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
The cost for implants can vary quite a bit depending on the number of implants you need, your gum health, your jawbone mass, and other factors. Since every case is different, the best way to get an estimate that takes your individual needs into account is to schedule a consultation.
But one thing we can say with confidence is that our patients are thrilled with the many benefits they get from implants, especially the fact that they last so long. Compared to other replacement options that need to be replaced periodically, implants are an excellent long-term investment in your oral health.
Dental Implant FAQs
When choosing to replace your missing teeth with dental implants, it’s important that you have all the information you need to feel confident and comfortable with your decision. Even if you’re still surveying your options, it’s likely you have several questions you want answered before you decide on how to proceed. Dr. Kelly Blair understands you probably have some questions and concerns, so to help you out, she has compiled some dental implant FAQs in Fort Worth for you to review.
What happens after dental implant surgery?
After having your dental implant put into place, you’ll be sent home to recover for 3-6 months. Now, that doesn’t mean you can’t do anything during that time period, but it does mean that your mouth might be a bit sore. The implant must fuse to your jawbone and surrounding tissues in order to achieve stability, so depending on how many implants you had placed, your recovery time might be shorter or longer than the average 3-6 months.
You’ll want to avoid drinking through a straw and start eating softer foods while you heal. It’s also imperative that you maintain good oral hygiene but be mindful of your surgical area(s).
How long do dental implants last?
One of the great benefits of dental implants is their longevity. Reports show that they can last decades if not a lifetime. While the implant itself may never need to be replaced, it is likely that you’ll need to have your custom-made restoration replaced every 10-15 years as long as you take care of it properly.
Are dental implants covered by my insurance?
Every insurance policy is different, so it’s strongly encouraged that you check to see if dental implant placement is covered. Unfortunately, most insurance companies do not cover this type of procedure; however, there are aspects of treatment that may be covered, such as:
- Custom Restoration
- Initial Consultation
- Pre-implant dental work (i.e. bone graft, periodontal therapy)
During your initial consultation, you’ll receive a cost estimate that breaks down the various factors that are considered when coming up with your treatment plan. This will help you to budget for your new smile.
Are dental implants safe?
Clinical research has shown that dental implants are a safe and successful method of treatment for replacing missing teeth. The success rate for placement is extremely high (95-98%), but it is important to understand that implants can fail for a variety of reasons:
- Smoking or tobacco use
- Improper placement
- Weakened or compromised immune system
How many implants will I need?
This is dependent upon how many teeth are missing. Because dental implants are a versatile treatment solution, they can replace one, multiple, or even all your teeth. It will be up to your dentist as to how many dental implants will be necessary to restore and rebuild your smile.