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Dental Implants – Farmers Branch, TX; Irving, TX

For Patients with Gaps in Their Grins

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Smiles are meant to last a lifetime, but there are plenty of ways you could end up losing a tooth or several teeth. While there are a few different choices to consider to fill the gap, there’s only one kind of treatment that will replace the entire tooth and not just the normally visible parts: dental implants. Implants are inserted directly into your jaw and fuse with the bone, letting them act as new tooth roots. This will give your new crown, bridge, or dentures added stability and strength, and your jaw can continue to enjoy the stimulation from chewing that it needs to stay healthy. If you have empty space in your mouth that needs to be filled, contact Rio Dental & Orthodontics today to learn more about dental implants and whether they’re right for you.

Benefits of Dental Implants

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  • Maintaining a Strong Jawbone: The jaw will start to degenerate once a tooth is loss; this can negatively affect your facial structure, and your remaining teeth could start to drift. Dental implants give the jaw the stimulation it needs to avoid resorption.
  • A Smile That Looks, Feels, and Functions Naturally: Implants feel like they’re a part of your jaw, and they’ll give your prosthetic teeth the strength to eat anything you want. Combine them with a restoration made to match the rest of your smile, and implants can be the next best thing to getting your natural teeth back.
  • No Slipping: With traditional dentures, you might have to worry about your new teeth slipping out of place. This won’t be a problem if they’re anchored to dental implants.
  • Longevity: With regular checkups and normal oral hygiene habits (namely brushing and flossing), dental implants can be expected to last for a very long time – in some cases, even the rest of your life.

Indications for Dental Implants

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Once we’ve decided that you’re a candidate for dental implants, we’ll need to decide how many posts to place as well as the type of false teeth you’ll receive. Unsurprisingly, the answer depends largely on how many teeth are missing.

Missing a Single Tooth

You might lose a tooth after biting down on a peppermint or another hard object; you might also need to have a tooth extracted if it’s severely infected. To fill in the gap, an implant post can be placed surgically. Once your mouth has fully healed after the procedure, you’ll receive a dazzling dental crown.

Missing Multiple Teeth

Having three or four missing teeth in a row doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll need three or four implants. In fact, in many cases several teeth can be replaced at once with two implants and a bridge. Dental bridges normally use natural teeth as support, but you can preserve your enamel by getting implants instead.

Missing All Teeth

Dentures are normally reliable, but they have been known to slip at inconvenient or embarrassing times. Four to six implants can hold a denture firmly in place, letting you eat what you want and talk clearly without needing to worry about unnecessary movements.

Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

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A bridge that uses two implants will not have the same cost as dentures that use six implants. Also, some patients will need to take the cost of other procedures such as bone grafting into account. We can help you create an estimate that accounts for these variables. No matter what the final price ends up being, it’s important to remember that implants are an investment in a smile that can last for decades.