Missing teeth can make your days harder in both little and big ways. Perhaps they make you smile differently so the gaps won’t show, or maybe you’re not able to eat your favorite foods simply because you can’t chew them. Missing teeth can be a major nuisance, and over time, they can actually drastically impact your overall health. Thankfully, Dr. Meredith Davis and our team can offer you a permanent solution so that you’ll be able to laugh, talk, and eat with ease again: dental implants. If you want to learn more about dental implants, call to schedule your tooth replacement consultation with the caring dentistry team in our Richardson dental office.
A dental implant is actually a small titanium post that is placed into your jawbone to recreate the root of your tooth. No other restorative procedure can accomplish this, and this is why implants have the strongest, most secure hold of any tooth replacement method available today. These posts also support your jawbone just like natural teeth, which will help preserve both your oral health and the shape of your face. To place them, you will undergo a minor surgical procedure where the implants will be placed into your mouth via a small incision in your gums. Afterward, you’ll be given 4-6 months to heal, during which time the implants will actually bond to the surrounding bone, providing an even better hold. Then, you’ll return to our office to receive your replacement teeth.
Before beginning an advanced dentistry plan like dental implant supported tooth replacement, we will recommend that you take all the time you need to gather information and feel confident this is the right option for you. Some of the benefits that make dental implant supported tooth replacement the ideal solution for patients include:
Depending on the number and location of missing teeth, we can use dental implants to support a variety of replacement teeth, including a single tooth dental crown, fixed bridge, partial, and full dentures. Keep reading to learn more about dental implant indications and treatment plans.
To replace one tooth, we will simply need to surgically place one implant post. Then, we custom craft a tooth-colored dental crown and permanently affix the crown to the implant post, recreating the complete natural tooth structure.
Following the loss of several teeth, replacing each tooth and root individually becomes extremely cost-prohibitive and increases risk for implant failure. For these reasons, we will likely recommend a tooth replacement prosthetic like a dental bridge or partial denture. To replace two or more consecutive teeth, we will fuse together a row of replacement teeth. Then, anchor the fixed bridge to two dental implants, one at each end. A partial denture can also be crafted to fill in the gaps left by numerous consecutive and nonconsecutive missing teeth. A gum colored base is molded to fit between remaining teeth, and we can usually support the partial with just two to four implant posts.
A full row of missing teeth will be replaced with an implant supported denture. Like partials, full dentures use a gum colored base to support the row of replacement teeth. Then, between four and six dental implants are positioned. Once in place, your implant supported denture will look and feel just like a healthy smile.
The costs of dental implants vary dramatically depending on your individual situation. In order to provide an accurate estimate of the out of pocket costs of dental implant supported tooth replacement, you need to visit our dental office for a tooth replacement consultation. During this appointment, we’ll walk you through each part of your dental implant tooth replacement plan and the costs associated with every step of the process. Some factors that impact the cost of your treatment plan include: