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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
Dental Implants FAQ’s – Richardson, TX
In many cases, patients didn’t know dental implants were a treatment they could consider until their dentist tells them. As a result, patients often have many questions regarding the procedure and whether or not they should consider it for their own tooth loss. That’s why Breckinridge Dental & Orthodontics has included a brief FAQ section dedicated specifically to dental implants. If your question isn’t listed below and you’d like to find out more about dental implant treatment, please don’t hesitate to contact our office directly!
Are Dental Implants Safe?
Through extensive clinical research and experimentation, dental implants have been shown to be completely safe when placed by a professional. It’s encouraged that you only visit a dentist who has experience placing dental implants to complete the procedure, rather than just any general dentist. When placed by an implant dentist, the procedure sees success rates as high as 98 percent. We’ll make sure that the planning process for your dental implant treatment is comprehensive from start to finish. This should give you confidence that the placement, healing and restoration phases of your treatment are managed properly.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
When properly cared for, dental implants have the ability to last a lifetime. With that said, they generally last about 25 to 30 years on average. In order to prolong the life of your dental implants, it’s incredibly important that you maintain daily brushing and flossing as well as all oral care tips from our dentists. Do not use tobacco products of any kind, especially during the early stages of the healing process.
How Long Do Dental Implants Take to Heal?
After your implants are placed, they will need at least four to six months to integrate with your surrounding bone and gum tissue. Depending on the type of dental implant procedure you choose, you may be able to get your new smile immediately following your surgery. This is the case for the All-on-4 treatment, which is also available at our office. Healing time can also be influenced by your current habits. To ensure the healing process goes smoothly, do not use tobacco products of any kind.
Can Dental Implants Fail?
It is possible for dental implants to fail, but this is an extremely rare occurrence when you’re working with a dentist who understands the implantation process inside and out. On average, dental implants carry success rates that fall between 90 and 95 percent. In many cases, success rates are as high as 98 percent. However, those who have uncontrolled diabetes or smoke following treatment do carry an increased risk for implant failure.
What Happens After Implant Surgery is Complete?
After an implant is placed, it’s important that you dedicate time to recovery. The length of your recovery time will vary depending on how many dental implants you have placed. It can also be influenced by certain treatments you need to receive dental implants, including bone grafts. It’s very important that you maintain a soft diet and avoid the use of straws as your mouth heals. You can brush and floss as normal, just make sure to be gentle around the implant sites.
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.