4 CONVENIENT DFW LOCATIONS
4 CONVENIENT DFW LOCATIONS • CARROLLTON • DENTON • FLOWER MOUND • FRISCO
Why Dental Implants
Patients who are missing a tooth or multiple teeth may greatly benefit from having dental implants placed. In addition to the negative impact missing teeth can have on one’s sense of confidence, missing teeth can also cause a range of health issues if left untreated long enough, including the following:
- Jawbone loss: A missing tooth or teeth left untreated for too long is the leading cause of jawbone loss. Teeth play a unique role in supporting and stimulating the jawbone. If the jawbone does not receive this support and stimulation for too long, it will begin to atrophy.
- Shifting: When one or more teeth are missing, shifting can be significantly accelerated and create a domino effect that impacts the entire bite.
- Malocclusion: When a patient’s bite has become compromised due to shifting, a range of issues related to this malocclusion can develop, such as TMJD, loss of additional teeth, tooth sensitivity, muscle pain, headaches, and more.
- Difficulty eating: Depending upon where your missing tooth/teeth are located, you may find it difficult or be unable to enjoy certain foods as your ability to chew properly may be diminished. This in turn can result in digestion issues, such as acid reflux.
- Aged appearance: As the jawbone begins to atrophy, your face can begin to sink and sag, making you appear older than you are.
- Speech difficulties: Patients who have a missing tooth or teeth often find they develop difficulty pronouncing certain words, and may also experience involuntary spitting, whistling, or slurring when speaking.
The Dental Implant Process
In order to determine if dental implants are right for you, you will need to schedule an initial consultation, during which we will examine the overall health of your teeth, review your medical history, and determine what treatment options are best suited to your unique needs.
If dental implants are determined to be the optimal treatment option for you, it is important to be aware that the entire process can take several months from start to finish, and will involve multiple steps, with some variations depending upon your particular case. For example, some patients may require the removal of a damaged tooth and/or a dental bone graft prior to having the implant placed.
For patients who do not require this step, the dental implant procedure will begin with administration of anesthesia. Once properly numbed, your periodontist will make a small incision in your gum to expose the bone. Next, small holes are drilled where the metal post of the dental implant will be placed. Following this, a temporary denture will be placed, which is to be worn until the jawbone has had sufficient time to grow around the implant, which can take several months. Once this process (osseointegration) is complete, your periodontist will place the abutment, after which your gums will need approximately two weeks to heal. Once your gums have fully healed, the artificial tooth or teeth will be placed and you can begin enjoying your bright new healthy smile!
Determining if Your a Candidate for Implants
Dental implants are a good option for any patient who is missing a tooth or teeth and would prefer a more permanent solution than dentures. Although a person cannot be too old to have dental implants placed, they may be too young. Dental implants are not generally recommended for teenagers or younger, as their facial and dental bones are still forming.
The ideal candidate for dental implants are patients who have recently had a tooth extraction or lost a tooth, although implants have successfully been placed years after a tooth has been lost. The most important qualification to be a good candidate for dental implants is that you have a sufficient amount of healthy bone to surround the new implant.
Cost Associated With Dental Implants
There are a range of factors that can impact the final cost of having a dental implant or implants, such as the severity of your case, any associated procedures that will need to be performed prior to or along with treatment, as well as your insurance plan.
Our team is committed to helping you complete necessary paperwork, schedule appointments, and answer any questions you have concerning billing. For patients who have insurance plans, we do request you submit medical/dental insurance information with your New Patient Paperwork to expedite this process.
Please note: to reduce costs to our patients while still ensuring that we can provide the highest level of care, we have the following financial polices:
- We accept Discover, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express
- Full payment is due after services rendered
- Payment plan options are available via www.CareCredit.com
Aftercare for Dental Implants
Following your dental implant procedure, stick to a soft food diet for the first two weeks, slowly reintroducing harder foods as the healing process progresses. There are no additional aftercare instructions you will need to follow beyond this temporary modification of your diet, although it is important to continue practicing good oral hygiene habits, such as brushing your teeth twice daily and flossing at least once daily, and ideally every time you brush your teeth. It is also important to practice proper brushing and flossing techniques and continue scheduling regular checkups with your periodontist every six months. By maintaining a consistent oral health care routine, you will significantly reduce your risk of developing additional periodontal issues, your dental implants will not need to be replaced, and you can continue enjoying a bright and healthy smile for many years to come.
Schedule Your Visit Today
At ROOT™ Periodontal and Implant Center, we take your health, confidence, and teeth seriously. Scheduling regular visits to maintain your teeth and gums will actively improve your overall health, and maintaining a bright and strong healthy smile will do wonders for your self-confidence. In addition to recognizing the importance of your oral health, we also understand the importance of your time, which is why we are committed to making every visit to our clinic as efficient as possible.
If you would like to learn more about dental implants and/or see if dental implants are right for you, schedule an appointment or consultation today with our friendly, helpful staff, who can be reached at the following locations: Carrollton: (972) 242-7603; Flower Mound: (972) 434-8050; Denton: (940) 566-7021, or Frisco: (469) 489-ROOT. We look forward to serving you and your smile and having you on your way as soon as possible!