Dental Implants – Richardson, TX
Providing Long-Term Improvements to Smiles
Are you looking for a restorative dentistry service that will help you replace one or more missing teeth? While a traditional denture improves the beauty and functionality of your smile, dental implants help you achieve results that are even more functional and lifelike.
Implant-supported restorations have a structure that closely mimics the natural structure of teeth. In other words, they don’t just replace your missing tooth (or teeth.) They also replace the supportive root structure.
Benefits of Dental Implants
When teeth are lost, the supporting alveolar bone begins to break down and resorb back into the body. Unlike other tooth replacement methods, dental implants prevent this effect from occurring. Instead, they stimulate bone tissue, restore blood flow and help your jaw retain its fullest biting force. Not only does this help your jaw and face maintain it’s natural shape and appearance, but it allows you to eat the foods you want without worry. Dental implants do not shift out of position like dentures, so you bite into a crisp apple or chew your favorite cut of steak easily and confidently.
Furthermore, dental implants are considered the most durable and long-lasting tooth replacement option in dentistry. With a 98 percent success rate over a 10-year period, it’s no surprise that the technology is making people excited to restore their smile!
Dental Implant Process
In the first phase of treatment, our Richardson team places one or more implants in the jaw. The number of implants depends on the number of teeth to replace. A single implant is all that’s needed to support a single crown, while multiple implants are necessary for those who need a larger restoration like a partial or full denture. Once your implant(s) is in place, a process known as osseointegration begins. During osseointegration, your jawbone forms a strong, natural bond with your implant(s). This bond mimics the bond between your jaw and your natural tooth roots. When the osseointegration process is complete, your new restoration can be attached.
At the Richardson dental office of Dr. Nathan Coughlin and Dr. Christine Coughlin, we offer full-service implant dentistry. Because the first phase of care involves a surgical procedure, most practices have to refer their patients to an outside surgeon, but our Richardson team helps with every phase of care.
Indications for Dental Implants
Thanks to the versatility of dental implants, it’s easy to replace a single tooth or an entire arch. Take a moment to learn exactly how our office makes it happen!
Missing Single Tooth
A single tooth can be replaced with one implant and one implant-retained crown. Since the crown is made from porcelain, you won’t have to worry about it developing decay nor standing out from the rest of your teeth.
Missing Multiple Teeth
If you’re missing three or four consecutive teeth, a pair of implants can be placed adjacent to natural teeth and hold a custom-made bridge. Unlike traditional bridges which require minor removal of tooth enamel to place, implants are strong enough to hold a restoration without using healthy teeth as an anchor.
Missing All Teeth
If you’re tired of your denture and looking for a more reliable prosthetic, an implant-retained denture can be made to fit on top of four to six implants strategically placed throughout the mouth. This denture can be made to be removable or fixed, depending on your preference.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
Dental implants are considered to be a complex treatment, largely because of how customized treatment can be from person to person. The overall cost of treatment can widely vary as a result, especially if you intend on replacing more than one tooth. Those who have been missing teeth for a long time may require additional preparatory treatments (i.e. bone grafts and sinus lifts) before implants can be a viable option. That’s why we always recommend that you schedule an implant consultation to discuss your options first.
Remember, dental implants are considered to be a long-term investment. Even though the upfront costs can be high, this is because implants are meant to fully replace teeth for decades. You aren’t regularly replacing your restorations like you would with dentures or bridges.
Schedule Your Implant Consultation Today!
Would you like to know if dental implants are right for you? Call our office to reserve your implant consultation. During your visit, we complete a thorough oral health exam and talk to you about your options. If you have any questions about the plan we recommend, we’ll be happy to answer them for you.