When it comes to replacing teeth, there’s nothing quite like dental implants. If you’d prefer to replace the entire tooth and not just the visible portion in your smile, you’ll find that dental implants are the best way to accomplish that. On top of looking exceptional and providing lasting results, many note them to be the best thing to having their original teeth. Thanks to the expertise of our dentists at ProSmiles Dental & Orthodontics of Plano, we can replace just about any number of teeth using dental implants. Whether you need a single molar replaced or your entire arch, give our dental office a call to set up your first consultation to discuss tooth replacement with dental implants in Plano, TX!
A dental implant consists of three main components; the titanium post, the restoration, and an abutment that connects the two together. By mimicking the roots of teeth, they not only look lifelike, but feel more natural than other tooth replacements. Once surgically placed and fully integrated with the bone tissue, you can expect chewing food, brushing, flossing, speaking, and smiling to feel almost indistinguishable from your natural teeth. These reasons and more are precisely why dentists often recommend them over other solutions for viable candidates.
To receive dental implants, you’ll need to undergo multiple phases of care, all of which are crucial to the long-term success of your tooth replacement. This includes an initial consultation, the surgical placement of the implants, a healing period for the implants to fuse with your jawbone, and the placement of a permanent restoration. After determining your eligibility and confirming how many implants you need placed, your surgery will be planned and then scheduled for a later date. On the day of surgery, we administer local anesthetic, open the gum tissue, then create a small hole in the jaw where the implants are attached. After several months of healing, an abutment is secured, followed by a permanent restoration a few weeks later.
While dental implants prevent neighboring teeth from shifting out of place like dentures and bridges, they offer many other exclusive benefits as well, including:
Dental implants are incredibly versatile, which means they can address varying levels of tooth loss more effectively than other solutions. Your treatment plan will be fully personalized based on your needs, whether you’re missing a single tooth or need an entire arch replaced. Below, you can read more about the process you can expect ahead of your initial consultation. As long as you have good oral and overall health as well as enough jawbone tissue, chances are you’re eligible for dental implant treatment!
If you’re missing a single tooth, dentists would traditionally recommend a bridge to fill the gap. However, this solution requires using natural teeth to hold the restoration. Rather than altering existing teeth so they can hold a bridge, the crown attaches to the implant, which then stands alone inside of the jaw.
Depending on your circumstance, we may recommend either an implant bridge or partial denture designed to attach to dental implants. For example, if you are missing multiple consecutive teeth, a pair of dental implants can easily hold a three- or four-crown bridge. Alternatively, replacing multiple teeth on opposite sides of the mouth would be better resolved by a partial denture paired with dental implants.
While an entire row of teeth can be replaced using a series of dental implants and a complex denture, the number of implants you need will depend on your existing bone tissue. Typically, an implant denture will require anywhere between four and six implants. As a result, you won’t need to remove your denture just to keep it or your mouth clean.
It’s no secret that dental implants are more expensive than other tooth replacements, but it’s for a good reason. With that said, they can still be made affordable. The cost of your dental implant treatment will widely vary depending on a few key factors, such as the number of implants placed, which teeth require replacement, and preparatory treatments you may need beforehand. We’ll be happy to speak with you directly to create a treatment plan that fits into your budget.