Dental Implants - Dallas, TX
Get a Million-Dollar Smile Through Affordable Implants!
Dental Implants are the premier treatment option for one or more missing teeth. Dental Implants have evolved over the past fifty years into a mainstream restorative option for patients who wish to have a permanent and natural-looking replacement for missing teeth. It doesn’t matter if you need to replace one tooth or your entire arch, Dr. Wendling and his team can make your dream smile a reality! Don’t wait to learn more about the process, keep reading or give our office a call to get started!
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a highly engineered titanium post which is placed into the jaw bone in much the same position as a natural tooth root. The implant has an acid etched and sandblaster surface which helps the bone adhere to the implant during the healing process. Approximately two to four months after initial placement, the implant is well healed and is as stable and sturdy as a natural tooth root. At this point, the implant is ready for restoration by a cosmetic or restorative dentist. Dr. Wendling will place a crown permanently into the implant "root", creating a natural-looking and fully functional tooth, which appears to be grown naturally from beneath the gum tissue.
A dental implant is extremely natural-looking, durable and has a very good success rate (approximately 90% over 40 years). These attributes have made dental implants one of the most sought after treatments for missing teeth.
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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!
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Indications for Dental Implants
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 Single Tooth
To replace one tooth, a single titanium post and one implant-retained crown is utilized. Your crown will be made from porcelain as it best resembles natural tooth enamel and is incredibly durable, making it ideal as a replacement implant crown.
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Missing Multiple Teeth
To replace two or more teeth, a dental bridge is held by two implants, one on either side of the restoration. 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.
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Missing All Teeth
Full and partial dentures retained with implants is perfect for those who currently wear dentures or do not want to deal with the setbacks that come with them. By strategically placing four to six implants throughout your jaw, we can create a more stable foundation for your restoration. You can also make use of All-on-4 implant-retained dentures, which let you walk out of our practice with a new smile the same day as your surgery.
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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 even offer the same types of benefits as dental implants. 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.
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