Dental Implants — Dallas, TX
The Best Solution for Missing Teeth
Dental Implants are the premier treatment option for one or more missing teeth. They have evolved over the past fifty years to become widely regarded as the best solution for missing teeth. It doesn’t matter if you need to replace one tooth or your entire arch, Dr. Cam and his team can make your dream smile a reality! Don’t wait to learn more about the process, keep reading or give our oral surgery office a call to get started replacing missing teeth with dental implants in Dallas, TX!
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Why Choose Texas Wisdom Teeth For Dental Implants?
- #1 State-Of-The-Art Technology for Precise Treatment
- #2 In-House Dental Implant Placement & Restoration
- #3 Experienced Oral Surgeon with Personalized Touch
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a titanium post that is placed into the jawbone in much the same position as a natural tooth root. Titanium is a biocompatible material, which helps the bone adhere to the implant during the healing process. Approximately two to four months after initial placement, the implant should be fully integrated into the jawbone and feel as sturdy as a natural tooth root. At this point, the implant is ready for a restoration. Dr. Cam will place a custom-made crown, bridge, or denture permanently into the implant "root," depending on how many teeth you’re missing. The end result will look, feel, and function just like a natural smile.
Texas Wisdom Teeth Vs. ClearChoice*
When choosing an oral surgery office for your dental implant surgery, it’s important to understand what the differences are. If you choose Texas Wisdom Teeth instead of ClearChoice for dental implant placement, you will enjoy a number of benefits. For one thing, you won’t have to worry about surprise fees, and you can choose from a number of financing and payment plans. You can also be sure that you’ll see the same team every time you visit our oral surgery office, making it easier to develop a trusting relationship.
|Texas Wisdom Teeth||ClearChoice|
|No Unexpected Fees|
|Financing Options Available|
|Professional Training & Expertise|
|In-House Sedation Available|
|Our Work is Guaranteed|
|Everything Done in One Location|
|The Same Dedicated Team at Every Visit|
*Pricing is approximate. Texas Wisdom Teeth is not affiliated in any way with ClearChoice Dental Implant Centers, a registered limited liability company under ClearChoice Management Services, LLC
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants offer many benefits that you won’t expect from more traditional forms of tooth replacement. This is mainly because the implant is designed to replace the tooth root, which disappears after a tooth is extracted. Once a permanent restoration is placed on top, you’ll be able to eat the foods you want without worry of your replacement tooth slipping or shifting out of place. That means no messy denture adhesive and very little reason to worry about future replacements (which is common for both bridges and dentures.)
Furthermore, dental implants have an average success rate of 95 to 98 percent when placed by an expert. They don’t require any special maintenance compared to natural teeth (since they are designed to mimic them as closely as possible) and you can prevent your jawbone from deteriorating as a result of the missing teeth. Not only does this help you maintain your strongest biting force possible, but it prevents your facial shape from changing and your cheeks from hollowing out!
Who Dental Implants Can Help
Dental implants are one of the most versatile tooth replacement options in dentistry to date. Replacing one tooth or an entire row of teeth has never been easier thanks to this technology. Consider the differences below!
Missing 1 Tooth
A traditional 3-unit bridge can be used to replace a missing tooth, but there are several factors to consider when reviewing this option. A dental bridge requires the grinding down of the two adjacent teeth on either side of the missing tooth. The prognosis for the longevity of a dental bridge is 5-15 years. On the other hand, a single tooth implant does not require the grinding down and crowning of the adjacent natural teeth. The single tooth implant is placed in the area of the missing tooth and essentially replaces the natural tooth root. A crown is constructed upon the dental implant, and no other teeth are affected. The bone in the area of the missing tooth is preserved and does not recede. This is especially important if the missing tooth is located in the "aesthetic zone," or smile line. The single tooth implant functions the same as a natural tooth and does not decay. The prognosis for longevity of a single tooth implant is 97% over 48 years.
Missing Multiple Teeth
Other solutions you may be considering for the treatment of multiple missing teeth are dental bridges or removable partial dentures. Most non-implant options for multiple tooth replacement will be effective in some cases, but not as long lasting and functional as dental implants. Traditional removable partial dentures will use metal clasps to hook on to the adjacent natural teeth. Multiple tooth replacement with dental implants is an option that will preserve the adjacent natural teeth and prevent the loss of jawbone structure in the areas where implants are placed. Instead of removing existing tooth enamel to anchor the bridge, the implants do all the work, making it ideal for those trying to protect their existing tooth enamel.
Missing All Teeth
Dentures are not without their downsides. Many people find that they’re no longer able to fully enjoy all of their favorite foods, and they are often annoyed with how their new teeth continually slip and move around in their mouths. The denture stabilization process helps eliminate these disadvantages. We simply place a strategic number of dental implants in your mouth to anchor your dentures in place, thus improving chewing capabilities and lowering the risk of future slipping. You may also be a candidate for All-on-4/ All-On-6 implant dentures, which let you walk out of our oral surgery office with a new smile the same day as your surgery and require less jawbone density.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
Depending on the number of implants you need placed, and the restoration you choose, your dental implant treatment is likely to vary in cost. Additionally, those who require preparatory treatments to have their implants placed, including bone grafts, sinus lifts, or tooth extractions, will notice additional costs.
With that said, it cannot be stressed enough how good of a long-term investment dental implants can be. Other options will eventually require replacement, such as bridges and dentures, because they aren’t capable of lasting as long. Plus, these solutions don’t offer the same types of benefits as dental implants, such as chewing power and prevention of jawbone loss. Dental implants last between 25 years and a lifetime on average, which means even though you’re paying more now upfront, you’re saving money in the future.
How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?
There is no set amount for dental implants because the cost is based on your individual treatment plan. As a result, what your friend or neighbor paid for their procedure will not be the same amount for you. During your initial consultation with Dr. Cam, we take the time to explain the cost of your new smile, which is separated by your treatment phases, including:
- Initial Consultation : You need an examination, which includes X-rays and a CT scan to ensure you are a candidate for dental implants.
- Additional Procedures : It is common to need additional procedures before having your posts placed, such as tooth extractions.
- Dental Implant Posts : Your posts are surgically placed into your jawbone to act as new roots. You will need to pay for sedation or anesthesia and the cost of each post.
- Abutments & Restorations : Abutments are connector pieces between your posts and your restorations. You need to pay for each fixture and the cost of your dental prosthetic.
How Can I Get Affordable Dental Implants?
Everyone loves a good deal; however, dental implants are not an area where you should focus on getting the lowest price. There are many dental offices that offer discounted rates, but the products they use may be low-quality, which can compromise the long-term success of your new smile. Not to mention the dentist may not have the qualifications you need. Instead, it is best to focus on:
- Qualifications & Experience
- Quality of Materials
- Reviews & Testimonials
- Advanced Technology
How Can I Pay for Dental Implants?
Do not let the dental implant cost in Dallas deter you from completing your smile. There are several ways to keep the treatment affordable, such as using your dental insurance. Although it will not pay for the entire treatment, your policy can help lower the cost of certain aspects, like the restorations. We help you maximize the value of your policy to reduce the amount you need to pay out-of-pocket.
We also offer payment options through our Dallas oral surgery office.
- Seasonal specials on the cost of dental implants
- 0% interest financing through CareCredit
You can also “Pay Into” your account over time to build a credit balance to cover your surgery. If you decided not to proceed with the treatment, or your treatment plan changes, your payments of credit are returned to you. Since the process of placing and restoring dental implants can take several months, the expense is diffused over time.
Contact our oral surgery office today to receive your custom estimate for dental implants.
Advanced Dental Implant Procedures
In order for dental implants to last for decades, there must be a proper foundation for them to rely on ahead of surgery. Just like how a house needs foundation to remain stable and resilient to the elements, dental implants need strong and healthy bone tissue to keep their root in place. Not only does this ensure proper osseointegration (or fusing) of the titanium post to the jawbone, but it also ensures the restorations remain secure.
Dr. Cam is no stranger when it comes to advanced dental implant procedures that make your future tooth replacement possible. If you need a little help becoming a good candidate for treatment, he’s happy to offer bone grafts, sinus lifts, and PRP/PRF treatment to get it done. Keep reading or give us a call today to learn more!
Once the implants have been placed into the jaw, you should expect them to take anywhere between 3 and 6 months to fully integrate. This process, known as osseointegration, is both essential and necessary to keep the dental implant healthy. Without it, dental implants cannot even be considered.
At your initial consultation, Dr. Cam captures X-rays and CT scans to confirm if enough bone tissue is present in the jaw for an implant to integrate. If this is not the case, he’ll likely recommend a bone graft first. Bone grafts work by taking bone minerals from other areas of the body (or a donor if needed), then placing them into the deteriorated portions of the jaw. These minerals will take several months to integrate. By the end of this process, your jawbone should be thick enough to receive a dental implant with confidence.
It’s no secret that placing dental implants in the upper back jaw is a more complicated process. This is mainly due to the fact that bone density is lower in this area due to its proximity to the sinuses. In cases like these, Dr. Cam may recommend a sinus lift. During this procedure, we lift the sinus membrane slightly in order to pack additional bone grafting material into the newly created space. This makes the jawbone much thicker and gives dental implants a proper foundation to fuse in. Once it has fully healed, your upper jaw should be ready to receive a dental implant. Just keep in mind that they can take anywhere between 4 and 12 months to complete.
The better your body heals after you’ve received a dental implant, the better off you’ll be. In fact, this is the best way to determine just how successful your dental implant surgery was. To ensure the best recovery process possible, our office performs a procedure known as PRP treatment, which stands for platelet-rich plasma. During this procedure, we inject platelets into the tooth socket to dramatically accelerate the healing process. By doing so, we can speed up the recovery time and get you a dedicated restoration sooner. It also means we can lower the risk of infections or other complications. We also offer PRF treatment, which stands for platelet-rich fibrin, a second-generation PRP treatment.
Maintaining & Caring for Your Dental Implants
Dental implants in Dallas have the potential to last a lifetime! In fact, most patients’ implants are still thriving after 10 years — and that’s really just the beginning of what they can accomplish. They can help you enjoy a healthy smile and a wide variety of foods as you go through all of life’s big and little moments. Of course, their longevity is not guaranteed. Just like natural teeth, they require some maintenance if they are going to stand the test of time.
Make Oral Hygiene a Priority
Dental implants cannot get cavities, but that doesn’t mean you should not pay attention to oral hygiene. Maintaining a clean mouth is of vital importance because the most common cause of dental implant failure is an infection called peri-implantitis. It occurs when harmful bacteria invade the tissue around an implant. You can greatly reduce your risk of peri-implantitis by:
- Brushing your teeth at least twice a day . Use a soft-bristled brush, and be sure to pay extra attention to the area along your gumline.
- Flossing once a day . If you have an implant bridge or denture, you cannot floss between the teeth that are attached to one another. However, you can still floss between your natural teeth. You might also be able to floss beneath your implant restorations.
- Rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash . Your dentist or hygienist might have recommendations on which product you should use.
Eat a Healthy Diet
Both natural teeth and dental implants can stand up to most foods — but there is no denying that some food choices are wiser than others. It’s best to limit your consumption of anything that is extremely hard, sticky, sugary, or acidic. Overindulgence in such foods can foster bacteria growth and damage your implants. Instead, try to center your diet on tooth-friendly foods, such as those that are rich in calcium and antioxidants like vitamin C.
Break Bad Habits
There are a number of bad habits that can be detrimental to dental implants:
- Tobacco use is associated with a greatly increased risk of dental implant failure.
- Using teeth as tools. Your restorations may suffer damage if you use them to open packages or trim your fingernails.
- Chewing on hard objects. Munching on ice or chewing on pen caps can cause premature wear and tear to your restorations.
Protect Your Dental Implants
Do you like to play sports? If so, be sure you invest in a high-quality mouthguard to protect both your oral tissues and your dental implants. A custom guard from a dentist provides better protection and comfort than any that you can purchase over the counter.
If you often wake up with a sore jaw, you might be grinding and clenching your teeth at night. That can damage your implants. Tell your implant dentist in Dallas about your problem. They may provide a nightguard to protect your smile while you sleep.
Schedule Regular Dental Checkups
At your regular dental checkups, your dentist will examine both your natural teeth and your dental implants. If they spot any cause for concern, they may be able to address it before it becomes serious. Your implant restorations may also be removed so the area around the abutments can be thoroughly cleaned. If you ever notice a problem with your dental implants, such as signs of an infection, you should call us or your general dentist immediately.
Dental Implant FAQs
Getting dental implants is a long-term investment, and the process itself will require multiple appointments. Before moving forward, we want to completely clear up any doubts or concerns you may have. If you have a question about dental implants or the overall process, we want to know! Below, you’ll find a number of questions that we’ve often heard from our patients; if you have any concerns that aren’t listed there, we invite you to call us and let us know.
Does It Hurt to Get Dental Implants?
The procedure itself shouldn’t cause pain since your mouth will be thoroughly numbed. You can also be sedated for the surgery in order to stay relaxed. Afterwards, it’s normal to experience some soreness and discomfort, but over-the-counter painkillers and the occasional application of an ice pack can help make the recovery process much more comfortable.
What Is the Healing Process for Dental Implants?
You’ll notice some swelling and soreness for the first few days, but this should fade quickly. During this initial recovery period, you should stick to soft foods and avoid hot liquids or drinking from a straw. You can return to normal activities after just a few days, but it will typically take months for your jawbone to fully integrate with the implants.
Can I Have All My Teeth Replaced With Dental Implants?
Indeed, you can! Dental implants are highly versatile and can be used to replace any number of teeth. We can even replace an entire arch with an implant-retained denture! You won’t necessarily need an implant to replace every individual tooth; full dentures can typically be supported by 4 to 8 implants.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
Like most forms of tooth replacement, the lifespan of dental implants depends on your ability to care for them properly and maintain good oral health. Dental implants are designed to last for 30 years, but most patients can easily count on them to last a lifetime.
What Are the Benefits of Getting Dental Implants from a Surgeon vs a Regular Dentist?
Oral surgeons have undergone additional training in implant placement and other procedures, giving them a level of expertise that regular dentists are often unable to match. Also, oral surgeons are typically exposed to a wider variety of complications during surgeries, meaning they’re more likely to be able to deal with these problems effectively as they occur.