Dental Implants – Carrollton, TX
The Best Answer for 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 that traditional bridges and dentures simply cannot 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. Give us a call to find out how your life can improve with dental implants in Carrollton, TX!
Why Choose On Point Dentistry for Dental Implants?
- Implants Placed & Restored Under One Roof
- Highly Trained Periodontist on Staff
- Flexible Dental Financing Options
What Are Dental Implants?
Unlike traditional tooth loss solutions, dental implants replace the entire structure of missing teeth. This includes the root portion, which sits underneath gum tissue and integrates with your jaw’s bone tissue. Essentially, the titanium implant post mimics the functionality of your tooth’s root and ensures the crown, bridge, or denture on top of it stays in place. While oral surgery is needed to complete this treatment, it’s actually less invasive than you’d think. A tiny incision is made in the gum tissue so the implant can be placed into the jaw. After the soft tissue and bone have healed around the implant, a process which takes about four to six months to complete, an abutment can be placed on top of the implant. This gives additional stability to the future restoration. Once completed, you’ll be surprised at how difficult it is to distinguish your dental implants from your natural teeth.
The 4-Step Dental Implant Process
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 team throughout their dental implant journey, making it less stressful as well.
While the dental implant process takes longer than that of dentures or bridges, the long-term benefits provided by this solution make them well worth the wait. Here is a basic outline of what you can expect throughout your treatment.
Initial Dental Implant Consultation
The first step to getting dental implants is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Caballeros. An initial consultation allows you a chance to communicate your personal expectations and smile goals, while also giving us an opportunity to confirm that you are a good candidate for the procedure.
Although dental implants have a success rate of approximately 98%, it is important to evaluate candidates before initiating implant surgery. In general, candidates for dental implants must have:
- Good oral hygiene habits
- Healthy gums
- Sufficient jawbone depth
If, after inspecting your mouth, Dr. Caballeros believes you need preparatory treatment prior to undergoing implant surgery – such as a bone graft, periodontal therapy, or sinus lifts – he will be sure to let you know.
Dental Implant Surgery
On the day of your implant surgery, we will have a personalized dental implantation plan ready that details exactly where your implants will be placed and at what angle. Dr. Parra will use this plan along with his considerable experience and expertise to avoid placing the implants in areas that could damage your nerves, existing bone tissue or other sensitive oral structures.
During surgery, local anesthesia will be used to numb your mouth, so you do not feel any pain or discomfort. Dr. Parra will use a specialized (but quiet) drill to surgically insert the dental implant into your gums in the space where your tooth is missing. Once the implant is snugly in place, your gums will be closed over the implant and stitched up. It’s that simple! Now the healing process begins.
Dental Implant Osseointegration/Abutment
After surgery is complete, you will be given time for your mouth to heal and for the implant to fuse with your jawbone through a natural process called “osseointegration”. This process, which can take anywhere from three to six months, is the reason dental implants are able to provide maximum support for artificial teeth.
Once the implant has fully integrated with your jawbone, you will return to our dental office so we can place an abutment – the piece that connects the dental implant to an artificial tooth or other restoration. After the abutment is placed, you will need to wait approximately two weeks to allow the healing process to take place.
Delivery of Dental Implant Restorations
After your mouth has fully healed and a custom-designed crown, bridge or denture has been created in the laboratory, you are ready for your new teeth! Dr. Caballeros will simply screw or cement your dental restoration into place, and you will be able to walk out of our dental office with the confidence that comes with a healthy, whole smile.
Benefits of Dental Implants
When compared to other, more traditional methods of tooth replacement, dental implants stand high above the rest. At On Point Dentistry, our team of experts will be happy to go over the benefits you can expect to receive when choosing this type of restorative dentistry. Not only will you enjoy a complete and more beautiful smile, but you’ll also experience a better quality of life.
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, dental implant patients are able to eat whatever they like without having to worry about their teeth slipping or breaking.
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.
When placed by a skilled dentist, dental implants have an impressive 98% success rate, even after more than a decade.
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.
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.
Who Dental Implants Can Help
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:
Missing One Tooth
A single implant post topped with a personalized 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 partial dentures that can replace multiple teeth at the same time. Compared to traditional, removable prosthetics, implant-supported ones have been shown to last longer as well as provide a stronger bite.
Missing All 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.
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 dental 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 dental implant patients end up saving money because they don’t have to routinely replace their new teeth.
Types of Dental Implants
There really is no set price for dental implants because every patient is unique, which means that every tooth replacement treatment is unique. Some of the factors that will influence the total cost of your renewed smile include:
- How many teeth you need to have replaced
- The type of restoration you will receive
- Whether you require any preparatory procedures before your mouth is healthy enough to support dental implants
- And other factors
Our team will provide you with an estimate for the cost of your tooth replacement treatment when you visit us for a consultation.
What Are the Stages of Dental Implant Treatment?
The dental implant process involves several stages, each of which has its own cost. They may take place weeks or months apart. Therefore, you will have time between procedures to plan your budget. Some of the stages that you might go through include:
- The initial consultation
- Preparatory treatment (such as a bone graft, extractions, or gum disease treatment)
- The implant placement surgery
- Placement of implant abutments
- Design and placement of your final restoration
Are Dental Implants Worth the Investment?
Yes! Dental implants are certainly worth the investment. They offer more and greater benefits than any other tooth replacement option. For example, because they rebuild teeth from the roots up, they are extremely sturdy. They also stimulate the jawbone, helping it to retain its shape and volume. Plus, dental implants have the potential to last a lifetime. Their longevity may make them a better monetary value than forms of tooth replacement that need to be replaced every few years.
Does My Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?
Some dental insurance plans cover implants, while others do not. You will have to check the specifics of your policy to see how it applies. Even if it does not cover the implants themselves, it might cover preparatory treatment or the final restoration. Our team will be happy to file your claims for you. Also, keep in mind that most patients are eligible for low-interest financing through CareCredit.
Advanced Dental Implant Procedures
There are times when a patient isn’t a candidate for dental implants because of bone loss in the jaw. 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 if these procedures are necessary during your initial consultation.
Dental implants have an over 95% success rate, which is largely due to a process called osseointegration. Surgically inserting an implant post into your jawbone allows it to act as a new root. This stimulates your jaw to promote new bone growth. Over the next several weeks, your jawbone will fuse to the post.
Unfortunately, if you’ve lost density in your jaw, there won’t be enough bone to support the post when you perform everyday tasks, like chewing. Bone grafting enhances the thickness of your jaw using a surgical procedure.
A small piece of bone is taken from a donor or another location in your body and transferred to the treatment area. Your gum tissue is stitched closed, allowing the graft to integrate with your bone. You’ll spend the next several months healing to create the strong base your dental implant needs.
If you’ve experienced bone loss in the upper arch, there may not be enough bone by your maxillary sinuses to place the posts without them protruding into the cavities. A sinus lift, also known as a sinus augmentation, adds bone to the back of the mouth near the upper premolars and molars.
Your gum tissue is opened to expose your jawbone to allow a small oval to be cut into it. Your sinus membrane is gently lifted upward, and a graft material is placed into the hole. Then, your gum tissue is sutured closed to allow the area to heal over the next several months.
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.
Can I Use My Insurance to 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.
Maintaining & Caring for Your Dental Implants
If you just completed your dental implant procedure, congratulations! A strong, beautiful, and healthy smile is right around the corner. All you have to do is ensure that you have a smooth and safe recovery. That’s why we want our patients to know some useful aftercare tips. By taking the proper steps, you can maintain good oral health while promoting the healing of your dental implants. Keep reading to see how this is possible!
Make Oral Hygiene a Priority
After your surgery, one of the most important things you can do is to keep your mouth clean. Follow these oral healthcare tips to promote healing:
- Avoid brushing the site of surgery for the first few days after. Be sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush when brushing, and after 48 hours, you can begin to lightly brush the area.
- Mix a teaspoon of salt into a cup of hot water and use it as mouthwash. This can help speed up the healing process in the first week. Additionally, be sure that the water you’re using isn’t too hot to avoid burning yourself.
- Try to avoid chewing on the side of your surgery for as long as possible, and definitely rinse your mouth out after each time you eat.
Protect Your Dental Implants
Certain factors and lifestyle habits can affect the healing process, making your recovery slower and even unsafe. That’s why you should avoid:
- Eating until your anesthesia has worn off
- Eating or drinking hot food items during the first day
- Smoking or using tobacco products
- Swilling liquid over the affected area in the first 24 hours
- Touching the site with your tongue or fingers
- Exercise during the first 2 days
Schedule Regular Dental Checkups
Once you’re well on your way towards healed implants, you should still visit our office for follow-up appointments. You’ll come into our office, where we will carefully examine your smile to make sure that your recovery is moving along properly. Then, in about three to six months, you’ll come back into our office for your permanent restorations.
If you have any other questions about dental implants, or steps you should take for aftercare, contact our office today!