Whether you’re struggling with the loss of a single tooth or several, this absence can negatively affect your health, your self-confidence, and your overall quality of life in a variety of ways. That’s why securing a replacement as soon as possible is so important, and there’s no better option available today than dental implants.
Why are dental implants the right choice? Because unlike their traditional counterparts, they replicate the entire structure of your natural tooth instead of just the white crown that sits on top. By providing a brand-new tooth root that functions just like the original, your jawbone’s ongoing health is preserved and your smile remains stronger and more functional. If you’d like to learn more about implants or set up a consultation with Dr. Todd Balington, please give Denton Dental Center a call today. Our team looks forward to welcoming new patients from Corinth, TX and other surrounding areas.
Once it’s been determined that you’re the right candidate for dental implants, our team will partner with a trusted specialist in the area who can handle their surgical implantation. After the implants are secured within the jawbone, a period of healing is required for them to gradually and successfully bond with the natural tissue. Meanwhile, we’ll get to work on our part: designing and creating the ideal restoration to fit over the new implant(s). There are multiple options available, including:
If you have a single missing tooth/implant, an all-ceramic dental crown is the ideal replacement. This custom-made restoration will fit over the implant without sacrificing the health of surrounding natural teeth and blend right in. Implant-retained bridges can also be used to replace one or more consecutive missing teeth. Unlike the traditional bridges model, our team won’t need to alter natural teeth in order to accommodate the placement of an implant-retained version!
If your tooth loss is more extensive, it may become cost-prohibitive to replace each individual tooth with its own implant and restoration. In these cases, an implant-retained denture can provide more comprehensive coverage, restoring multiple teeth/implants at once while still providing the stability and lifelike quality that patients deserve. These prosthetics can be fixed or removable in nature, depending on the patient’s unique needs and preferences.
Dental implants allow you to invest in your smile using a solution that can last for a lifetime. There are several factors that influence the amount you can expect to pay. The cost is determined by your individual treatment plan, such as how many teeth you are replacing and the materials that are used. We will help you maximize your dental insurance to keep your procedure affordable.
Dental implants are the most successful solution to replace missing teeth because they treat the entire structure of a tooth. Unlike other dental prosthetics, you will require oral surgery to place the implant posts into your jawbone. Their strategic placement is vital to supporting your restorations to ensure your new smile lasts for several decades. Denton Dental Center creates the exceptional treatment plan you need to rebuild your smile.
By now, the word about implant dentures in Denton is out and many people are interested in experiencing the benefits for themselves. Greatly improved chewing strength, more stability, and improved confidence are just some of the advantages you can expect from securing a denture with implants. And with All-On-4, it couldn’t be easier. This option uses just 4 implants to replace an entire upper or lower arch of missing teeth and even works for patients who have worn dentures for many years and lost significant bone mass in their jaws.
Dental implants can last forever with the right foundation and the proper aftercare. The long-term success of your new smile relies on your jawbone’s ability to support the posts and correctly fusing to them. To ensure a successful treatment, you may need additional procedures before having your implant posts placed into your jawbone, such as bone grafting or a sinus lift. At Denton Dental Center, we can rebuild your smile, even if you have complex needs.
As you can imagine, placing dental implants requires quite a bit of precision. The planning process for the treatment is extremely important. A patient doesn’t just tell us they want dental implants and then show up for an appointment to get them! Several factors like the thickness of the jawbone, the orientation of the nearby teeth, and the location of nerves and blood vessels in the mouth can all influence how we decide to perform the procedure. Thankfully, we have the technology to make this part of the process extremely effective, and our system has allowed our team to place countless implants successfully and comfortably.
The most important piece of equipment during the planning phase is our CB/CT scanner, which stands for “cone beam computer tomography.” While that might sound like a mouthful, the way the device actually works is relatively simple.
Traditionally, an X-ray captures a 2D image of whatever it is photographing. This can reveal plenty of information, but a lot is left out as well because the field of view is so limited. A CB/CT scanner is more like a CAT scan, in that it creates a 3D X-ray image. With it, we can generate an extremely detailed digital model of the entire head, including the teeth, jaw, and supporting oral structures. This image not only shows us the general shape of someone’s dental anatomy, but several other details as well, like the thickness of the bone and the location of sensitive nerves. This information allows us to come up with extremely precise treatment plans for dental implant placement.
To get this kind of image, a patient simply has to place their chin onto a small rest attached to the scanner, and the special cameras rotate around the head. The entire process usually takes just a few minutes.
With the image from the scanner, we can determine not only where an implant should be placed into the jawbone, but at what angle and how deep. This can help us decide which type of implant to use, as implant roots can vary in length and width. This way, we can ensure that an implant will have the best possible chance of bonding to the surrounding bone and won’t disturb any nearby teeth or nerves. By the time a patient actually shows up to have their implants placed, we already know exactly how the procedure will unfold. There are no surprises, so the treatment can go quickly, smoothly, and the patient can begin recovering right away.
When you combine this scanner with the high quality materials used to make implants themselves, as well as the expertise of our skilled team, you get a treatment that is comfortable, reliable, and can be trusted to help a patient recover their smile for decades to come.
Before you get started with your implant tooth replacement plan at the Denton Dental Center, our team invites you to explore the answers to some of our Denton dental implant frequently asked questions on this page. This is not a comprehensive list of questions, so please don’t hesitate to call our team to find out more.
Dental implants are small posts that resemble a screw prior to placement. Once they are surgically placed into the gum line, they mimic the function of tooth roots. The implants provide support for a replacement tooth or teeth and they stimulate the supportive structures to maintain jawbone density and gum tissue volume. Strategically positioned implant posts can be used to support a single replacement tooth or a complete row of teeth.
Implant posts are available in a variety of materials that each have their own unique benefits. The most commonly used are titanium and zirconia. Both options are highly biocompatible and have proven successful in creating a solid foundation for replacement teeth.
Dental implants are surgically placed into the gum line. The procedure itself is straightforward. We make a small incision in the gum line. Then, the implant post is positioned into the jawbone. A protective cap is attached to the implant, allowing it to fuse with the supportive structures mimicking the lost tooth roots. Once the implant has fused with the jawbone and gum tissue, you’ll return to our office, so we can remove the protective cap and attach the tooth replacement prosthetics.
The number of implants posts you need depends on the number and location of missing teeth. A single dental implant is used to support one missing tooth. Two or more consecutive missing teeth can be replaced using a fixed bridge restoration with two implant posts, one at each end. Partial and full dentures can be used to replace numerous consecutive and nonconsecutive teeth or a full row of teeth. Dentures typically require three to six strategically positioned implant posts.
Unlike other tooth replacement prosthetics that need to be replaced every five to ten years, implant supported restorations can last two decades or longer with proper care. In order to ensure the longevity of your implant prosthetic, you should maintain regular dental appointments with our team. During these visits, we’ll examine your implant supported replacement tooth or teeth and keep them functioning flawlessly for decades.
Your implant restoration will need to be brushed like natural teeth at least twice a day and flossed daily to remove plaque buildup and food particles. We encourage patients to at least rinse out their mouths with water between meals to avoid allowing food particles to remain stuck to their implant restoration. If you have a partial or full implant denture, you may want to consider switching to a water flosser. This will help you remove plaque buildup between the prosthetic and your gum line.