Do you wish you could replace your entire tooth, not just the portion that’s visible in your smile? With the help of dental implants, you can make that dream a reality at Coco Dental. Not only can Dr. Patel restore your missing teeth with high-quality, durable dental crowns, but he can place dental implants in our Dallas dental office. Unlike other tooth replacement methods, dental implants are meant to turn back time on tooth loss and restore all of your missing tooth’s previous functions. With highly-advanced dental technology, he’ll be able to fine-tune every stage of your dental implant tooth replacement plan and ensure the most successful outcome possible. To schedule a consultation, contact his dental office today!
Dental implants are designed to replace the entire root structure, which disappears after a tooth goes missing. The root is responsible for many functions and makes chewing and grinding food feel natural. Unlike bridges and dentures, which only replace the crown portions of teeth and do not address the bone tissue underneath, dental implants resemble natural teeth more effectively than any other option.
Furthermore, dental implants have a very high success rate, even after 10 years of use. With success rates as high as 98 percent and lifespans as long as 25 years to a lifetime, that’s not a benefit you can expect from more traditional tooth replacement.
Finally, dental implants prevent bone resorption in the jaw and reestablish blood flow to facial tissues. These functions work to keep the jaw strong and maintain your facial shape. Tooth loss triggers premature signs of aging, so replacing teeth as closely as possible helps you keep your youthful appearance.
Dental implants can be used to replace any number of teeth. Whether you need one tooth, multiple teeth, or an entire arch of teeth replaced, dental implants can make it a reality. Here’s how Dr. Patel makes it happen:
To replace a single tooth, we use a single implant and one porcelain crown. Porcelain is used to craft the restorations, so the crown can blend in with the existing teeth as naturally as possible. Dr. Patel only uses the highest quality dental ceramics available to restore your smile.
If you’re missing multiple consecutive teeth, an implant-retained bridge would be the most effective way to rebuild your smile. Since implants are designed to anchor the restoration, we don’t need to file down the enamel of the neighboring teeth just to have it placed. Generally, two implants can anchor a three- or four-crown bridge.
Thanks to the strength of dental implants, you don’t need to have a dedicated implant for each tooth you need to replace. In the case of implant-retained dentures, the implant posts are strategically placed throughout the jaw to maximize integration with the bone. This means you can replace an entire arch with only four to six implants. A denture can be made to be permanently fixed to your jaw or be removable for self-care.
It’s common for dentists to refer patients to an oral surgeon outside of their dental office when implants are needed. Thanks to Dr. Patel’s expertise in implant placement and restoration, however, you can expect a truly comprehensive treatment at Coco Dental. This saves you time traveling back and forth between dental offices. With the help of the CBCT scanner, digital X-rays are easily accessible for the most precise treatment planning possible.
It’s no secret that dental implants involve a complicated procedure, whether it’s for a single implant or a series of implants to hold a denture. For example, the cost of your treatment only increases when more implants or more customized restorations are needed to restore your smile. If you require any preparatory treatments, such as a bone graft or periodontal therapy, the cost of your overall treatment will be higher. During your consultation, Dr. Patel will go over each step of your treatment in detail. After performing a thorough examination, he’ll confirm what treatments you need to ensure successful implantation.
Keep in mind that while dental implants are expensive upfront, they’re still considered to be the most cost-effective solution to tooth loss because of their durability and functionality. You also won’t be paying for the same maintenance that comes with more traditional forms of tooth replacement.
Are you ready to replace your missing teeth from the bottom up? Dr. Patel has helped countless patients achieve full, healthy, beautiful smiles with state-of-the-art dental implants. If you have a specific question for him before moving forward, don’t hesitate to contact our office to schedule a one-on-one consultation. On the other hand, if you would prefer to learn more about this modern tooth replacement solution first, keep reading for the answers to a few frequently asked questions!
Since many patients’ anxiety stems from fear of pain, it’s not unexpected that this is one of the most common questions we get. So, if you’ve asked yourself something similar, then you are not alone. Fortunately, you’ll be happy to learn that Dr. Patel goes above and beyond to make the process as pain-free as possible by using an anesthetic during the procedure and providing you a list of specific aftercare instructions to follow during your recovery.
Did you know that the first dental implants were crafted from materials like seashells and animal bones? So, as you can imagine, replacing one or more missing teeth wasn’t a safe, long-term solution. Fortunately, dental implants have come a long way since then thanks to high-quality materials, state-of-the-art technology, and the latest techniques. In fact, they currently hold a whopping 95% success rate, making them incredibly safe for patients of all ages!
Once you see your beautiful new teeth and feel your restored bite force, you’re going to want your dental implants to last as long as possible. The good news is that they can last 20+ years with proper care! To prolong their lifespan, make sure to implement a solid oral hygiene routine and visit our office twice a year for a routine checkup and cleaning. That way, we can ensure your mouth is infection-free and address small issues with your implant before it necessitates a full replacement.
Once your procedure is complete, it is a good idea to take it easy the next couple of days, especially if you have multiple dental implants. While you may experience some discomfort and gum irritation, sticking to soft foods, rinsing with a mixture of salt and warm water, and gently completing your oral hygiene routine will prevent irritation. You can also use a cold compress to alleviate any swelling and take over-the-counter medication as instructed to manage any discomfort. As always, we will stay in touch with you to ensure you are healing properly, and we are only one phone call away if you have any questions.
Although dental implants have an impressive success rate, certain risk factors can cause them to fail. Improper placement, the implant site’s inability to heal, and neglecting your aftercare instructions are a few short-term issues that can lead to complications. On the other hand, poor oral habits (like chewing on ice), skipping your bi-yearly visits, and neglecting to brush and floss your teeth twice a day can lead to failure down the line.