Dental Implants – Carrollton, TX
The Best Answer to Tooth Loss
Whenever a patient comes to On Point Dentistry looking to replace their missing teeth, Dr. Caballeros’ first recommendation is usually dental implants. Why? Simply put, they offer the most comprehensive solution to tooth loss available today. They are the only treatment that replaces both the root and crown of a tooth, giving them a stability and natural appearance traditional bridges and dentures simply can’t match. Whether you’re missing just one tooth or want to upgrade your denture, he and Dr. Parra, our in-house periodontist, can use this state-of-the-art solution to completely renew your smile for a lifetime to come.
Why Choose On Point Dentistry for Dental Implants?
- Placement & Restoration Under One Roof
- Care Provided by Certified Periodontist: Dr. Carlos Parra
- Treatment Plans Personalized for Every Patient
Benefits of Dental Implants
- Stability: Dental implants work by placing a small titanium post into the jawbone that acts as a new tooth root; this serves as the foundation for the replacement teeth. Because of this, implant patients are able to eat whatever they like without having to worry about their teeth slipping or breaking.
- Aesthetics: Unlike regular tooth replacements, dental implants don’t need any acrylic or metal attachments to stay in place, giving them a more natural appearance that blends into any smile.
- Reliable: When placed by a skilled dentist, dental implants have an impressive 98% success rate.
- Complete Solution: In addition to replacing missing teeth, implants also help with something else—bone loss. The new roots actually stimulate blood flow and tissue growth in the jawbone to help it stay strong and maintain its shape.
- Durability: With just regular oral hygiene and dental checkups, a dental implant can last for decades on end or even for the rest of a patient’s life.
Indications for Dental Implants
For patients interested in getting dental implants, they need to have at least three things: good oral health, decent overall health, and enough thick jawbone to safely support the new roots. Once all of these requirements have been met (we can help if any are lacking), Dr. Caballeros can use the following restorations to fill in the gaps in the smile:
Advanced Dental Implant Procedure
There are times when a patient isn’t a candidate for dental implants because of bone loss. This is common for people who have lived without teeth for several years, or they have suffered tooth loss from gum disease. Thankfully, if you fall into this category, you can become a candidate using an advanced dental implant procedure. Bone grafting or a sinus lift can create the sturdy foundation your new smile needs to thrive. We’ll explain is these procedures are necessary during your initial consultation.
Missing One Tooth
An implant-retained crown can be positioned between two healthy teeth without altering them at all. Unlike with a bridge, the nearby dental structure doesn’t have to be adjusted to secure the new teeth, making this a more conservative approach.
Missing Multiple Teeth
A small number of implant roots can also provide support for custom-made prosthetics like bridges and dentures that can replace multiple teeth at the same time. Compared to traditional, removable prosthetics, implant-retained ones have been shown to last longer as well as provide a stronger bite.
Missing All of Your Teeth
For patients in need of a full denture to bring back an entire row of teeth, one can be anchored to the jawbone using just four to six strategically placed implant roots. Implant dentures take up less room in the mouth than traditional ones, and they also enable a patient to recover more of their bite strength, helping them enjoy a more varied and nutritious diet.
Many patients with longstanding tooth loss have developed bone loss in their jaw, making it too thin or brittle to support implant roots. To build it up so it can provide a reliable foundation for the new teeth, a patient can undergo a bone grafting procedure. For this, bone harvested from the patient themselves, donated bone, or a lab-made grafting material is placed on the area of the jawbone that is intended to hold the implant. This will encourage new growth in the area to strengthen it and prepare it for the implant placement procedure.
A sinus lift is a type of bone grafting procedure used to strengthen and thicken the back of the upper jawbone in order to prepare it to support dental implants. It gets its name from the fact that the membrane of the sinus cavity (which is located right above the upper jaw) often needs to be slightly elevated to give the bone room to grow. Normally, this procedure can be completed over the course of a single appointment.
Start to Finish Convenience
Thanks to the combination of skill and experience provided by Dr. Caballeros and Dr. Parra, On Point Dentistry is able to provide absolutely everything patients need to get dental implants from beginning to end. Dr. Parra is a certified periodontist who will perform the surgical placement of the new roots, and then they will be restored by Dr. Caballeros. This one-stop approach is much more convenient for patients; plus, it allows them to work with the same trusted dental team throughout their implant journey, making it less stressful as well.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
Dental implants can be used in a wide variety of ways to help people dealing with varying degrees of tooth loss, and because of this, the overall cost of the treatment can vary widely from patient to patient. A person getting one implant will inevitably pay less than someone who needs multiple implants and a bone graft, for example. While implants can be a sizeable investment, they are a wise one, as they’re able to last multiple times longer than traditional bridges and dentures. Over time, most implant patients end up saving money because they don’t have to routinely replace their new teeth.
Dental Implant FAQs
Although you know dental implants offer exceptional benefits over traditional tooth replacement options, it’s normal to have several questions before you’re ready to commit to them. Your dentist will take the time to explain the process and what you can expect. They’ll address your concerns during your initial consultation. While you wait for your appointment, here are the answers to a few of the most common questions we hear to help put your worries at ease.
Am I too old for dental implants?
If you’ve finished growing, age isn’t a determining factor for your candidacy for dental implants. In fact, there are several other aspects we consider instead of your age, such as your oral health. Generally, if you have good dental and general health, you’re a candidate for dental implant. You must also have minimal lifestyle factors that can harm the long-term success of the treatment, like smoking or drinking alcohol in excess.
Can I get dental implants if I have gum disease?
Gum disease is an infection that affects at least 50% of Americans. Although it’s preventable, it is a leading cause of tooth loss. If you’ve lost teeth from it, you aren’t a candidate for dental implants until after the infection has been resolved. You’ll need to undergo periodontal therapy before you can have your placement surgery. In some cases, you may also need additional procedures to repair the damage caused by the infection, like tooth extractions or bone grafting.
Can I get dental implants if I have bone loss?
Dental implants can remain in place for decades if they have the right foundation. As a result, you need adequate bone density to support them. If you’ve experienced bone loss, you aren’t a candidate for dental implants, but that doesn’t mean you can’t become one. Bone grafting can enhance the thickness of your jaw to ensure there’s enough bone to support your posts. In some cases, you may also need a sinus lift.
How long do dental implants last?
Dental implants have over a 95% success rate to last for a lifetime with the right aftercare. To ensure your new smile thrives, it’s important to care for your dental implants using a few easy tips:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day using a soft-bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste.
- Use a high-quality dental floss or water flosser to clean in between each tooth and around the dental implants daily.
- Don’t use your teeth as tools.
- Don’t chew on inedible objects.
- Treat bruxism with a nightguard.
- Wear an athletic mouthguard if you play sports.
- Visit your dentist at least twice a year for a cleaning and checkup.
Will my dental insurance pay for dental implants?
Although every policy differs, many dental insurances will pay for a portion of your treatment until you reach your yearly limit after paying your annual deductible. We’ll work on your behalf with your insurance carrier to reduce the amount you need to pay out-of-pocket. We’ll help you find the solutions you need to keep your new smile affordable.
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