When it comes to bringing back missing teeth, dental implants are truly in a class of their own. These restorations sit on top of a new titanium “root” that is placed directly into the jawbone, making it the only treatment that replaces an entire tooth from top to bottom. At DFW Absolute Dental, Dr. Shahdad has used implants to rebuild countless smiles in the Allen area and beyond, and she can do the exact same for you. If you’re ready to have your complete smile back, contact us today to schedule a consultation.
As we touched on above, implants are the only treatment that replaces both the root and crown of a tooth. Thanks to this two-part construction, they are not only much stronger and more reliable than traditional bridges and dentures, but they can also help stop the bone loss that is common after tooth loss. The new roots actually stimulate and support the jawbone from within, leading to the growth of new bone in the area. This helps maintain the strength of the bite as well as the overall shape of the face. No other treatment can do this!
And, because implants are built just like natural teeth, they look and function just like natural teeth as well. Firmly anchored within the jawbone, patients won’t have to worry about annoying slippage or breakage while eating their favorite foods. Implants are typically topped with 100% white porcelain restorations as well, which are designed to blend seamlessly into the smile. In the end, the final result is the next best thing to nature.
Whether you are missing one tooth, multiple teeth, or even all of them, dental implants are a viable option. We can help you choose the right restoration for you when you come to see us for a consultation.
After an implant root has been placed into the jawbone, a single custom-made crown can be attached to it using a connector called an abutment. Unlike with a traditional bridge, this new tooth won’t require the support or alteration of the surrounding teeth, better preserving someone’s natural smile.
Instead of replacing consecutive missing teeth with individual implants, we can instead position two implants on either side of the gap in someone’s smile and use them to support multiple prosthetic teeth, forming a bridge. This is not only more cost-effective, but implant bridges are much stronger and more natural-looking than regular ones as well.
Using multiple implant posts, we can secure a denture directly to the jawbone to provide a hold and security a regular prosthetic simply can’t match. The All-on-4 procedure enables us to replace an entire row of teeth in just one appointment, and with mini-dental implants, we can even help patients who normally wouldn’t be good candidates for dental implants due to bone loss.
In order to ensure that our implant patients enjoy the highest level of care during all phases of treatment, Dr. Shahdad has partnered with some of the best oral surgeons in Allen to place her dental implants. These doctors have literally placed thousands of implants over the years, delivering quality results Dr. Shahdad stands by. After being given time to heal from placement (which can take a few weeks to a few months), a patient will return to DFW Absolute Dental to receive their new, custom-made implant restorations.
As we’ve touched on above, implants are able to help patients with varying degrees of tooth loss, so as a result, the overall cost of the procedure can vary quite a bit from person to person. Determining factors such as how many teeth a patient wants to be replaced, where they are located in the mouth, and what kind of restoration is used can all make the procedure more or less expensive.
While implants do tend to cost more than other tooth replacements, they are usually the better investment over the long-term. Why? In addition to their superior aesthetics and function, implants are also extremely durable. Typically, bridges and dentures need to be completely replaced every 7-10 years, but with dental implants, they can easily last for 30 or more. They are often just a onetime cost for patients, saving them thousands in periodic maintenance and retreatment over the years.
Dr. Shahdad knows that getting dental implants can be an intimidating prospect if you don’t know what to expect. Don’t be afraid to ask any questions you have during your consultation or before scheduling your implant placement surgery. The more you understand about the dental implant process, the easier it will be to stay comfortable while your new teeth are being prepared. Read on to discover the answers to some of the questions that patients often bring up.
Some discomfort after dental implant surgery is normal; it’s important to follow Dr. Shahdad’s directions for keeping the pain under control so that healing proceeds as smoothly as possible. Apply an ice bag to the cheek as much as possible to minimize any swelling for the first 48 hours. You’ll need to eat soft and liquid foods for a few days after surgery; as your mouth heals, you can gradually return to a normal diet. You can use pain medication such as ibuprofen to lower your discomfort. To maintain good oral hygiene, you can rinse with warm salt water and brush twice a day (although you should be especially gentle with the surgical area).
Once dental implants have been placed in your mouth, they need to fuse with your jawbone. This process is called osseointegration, and on average it takes about 3 to 6 months to complete, although the number of implants used and your body’s ability to heal need to be considered. You won’t be able to receive your permanent crowns, bridges, or dentures until your mouth has fully healed. We’ll also have to account for the placement of the abutment (the metal piece that connects the prosthetic tooth to the implant) before we can schedule an appointment for you to receive your new teeth.
Every patient has different needs, and some require more preparation than others before we can schedule dental implant surgery. For example, in many cases your jawbone will have degenerated after losing your teeth. In order to ensure that your jaw can support and integrate with the implant posts, you may need to receive bone grafts; this procedure adds density to an injured or weakened bone. Other patients might have gum disease, which needs to be treated before the surgery in order to lower the risk of dental implant failure.
Dental implant failure is rare, but it can still happen due to injury or infection. If you notice that your implant is loose or that the area around it feels sore, call our practice right away; your symptoms could be a sign that the implant is failing. In some cases, it’s possible to save an implant, although it might need to be removed so that an underlying cause – such as gum disease – can be addressed and treated appropriately.