Plano Dental Implants - Mini & Full Restorations - Replace Missing Teeth Today
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that an implant dentist places to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Getting dental implants in Plano is an ideal option for patients in good general health who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, dental injury, or some other reason.
While high-tech in nature, dental implants are actually more tooth-saving than traditional bridgework, since implants don't rely on neighboring teeth for support. Recent research indicates that implants last longer than traditional bridgework…in many cases they are permanent.
Our Plano patients find dental implants to be so natural-looking and feeling, that they forget they ever lost a tooth. We feel that being confident about your smile affects how you feel about yourself, both personally and professionally. Perhaps you hide your smile because of spaces from missing teeth. Maybe your dentures don't feel secure. Perhaps you have difficulty chewing. If you are missing one or more teeth and would like to smile, speak and eat again with comfort and confidence, there is good news! Dental implants are teeth that can look and feel just like your own! Under proper conditions, implants can last a lifetime. Long-term studies continue to show improving success rates for implants.
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Why choose Williams & Sivie, DDS for my Plano Implant Dentistry?
We have been trained in both placing implants and restoring implants. We are members of the AAID and ICOI, important implant organizations that assure superior education. In addition, we are located in a dental complex that has the advantage of having some of Plano's best Oral Surgeons and Periodontists that complement our team for a multi-disciplinary approach to give you the best outcome possible.
Are dental implants for me?
Dental Implants can be a wonderful replacement for lost teeth or a missing smile. Whether they are right for you can only be determined after Dr. Williams or Dr. Sivie evaluate your overall oral health, the status of the supporting bone and structures and have an in-depth discussion of your desires and expectations. Age is generally not an issue with the exception of children.
What are the advantages/risks of dental implants?
Every way you look at it, dental implants are a better solution to the problem of missing teeth.
Esthetic - Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth! Since dental implants integrate into the structure of your bone, they prevent the bone loss and gum recession that often accompany bridgework and dentures. No one will ever know that you have a replacement tooth.
Tooth-saving - Dental implants don't sacrifice the quality of your adjacent teeth like a bridge does because neighboring teeth are not altered to support the implant. More of your own teeth are left untouched, a significant long-term benefit to your oral health!
Confidence - Dental implants will allow you to once again speak and eat with comfort and confidence! They are secure and offer freedom from the irksome clicks and wobbles of dentures. They'll allow you to say goodbye to worries about misplaced dentures and messy pastes and glues.
Reliable - The success rate of dental implants is highly predictable. They are considered an excellent option for tooth replacement.
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
The ideal candidate for a dental implant is in good general and oral health. Adequate bone is needed to support the implant, and the best candidates have healthy gum tissues that are free of periodontal disease.
Whether you are a young, middle-aged or older adult; whether you need to replace one tooth, several teeth, or all your teeth, there is likely a dental implant solution for you. With the exception of growing children, our Plano dentists feel that dental implants are the solution of choice for people of all ages, even those with the following health concerns:
Existing Medical Conditions - If you can have routine dental treatment, you can generally have an implant placed. While precautions are advisable for certain conditions, patients with such chronic diseases as high blood pressure and diabetes are usually successful candidates for dental implant treatment.
Gum Disease or Problem Teeth - Almost all of our Plano dental implantpatients who have lost their teeth due to periodontal disease or decay have still seen success with implants.
Currently Wearing Partials or Dentures - Implants can replace removable bridges or dentures, or they can be used to stabilize and secure the denture, making it much more comfortable.
Smokers - Although smoking lowers the success rate of implants, it doesn't eliminate the possibility of getting them.
Bone Loss - Bone loss is not uncommon for people who have lost teeth or had periodontal disease. We are trained and experienced in grafting bone to safely and permanently secure the implant.
Implant tooth replacement in children is usually deferred until their jaw growth is complete. There are, however, some instances when a dental implant may be appropriate, such as when it is part of the child's orthodontic treatment plan. We can guide you in this instance.
What do dental implants cost?
Implants can be one of the best investments you can make for your oral health. Although not inexpensive, they can ultimately be much less expensive than conventional fixed bridgework. Missing teeth have been replaced with conventional fixed bridgework for decades. This has been a great alternative to removable bridgework but has some disadvantages when compared to dental implants. Since conventional bridges attach to natural teeth (called abutments), they are susceptible to decay, loss from periodontal disease, loosening and fracture of the abutment teeth. Since conventional bridgework is susceptible to these problems, it usually doesn't last as long as an implant alternative.
There are many conditions that can affect the cost of your dental implant care but, as your Plano implant dentists, we will always make sure you know your investment and any alternatives before any treatment is begun.
Do dental implants last long?
Dental implants are among the most successful procedures in dentistry. There is no guarantee that an implant procedure will be successful, but studies have shown a five-year success rate of 95% for lower jaw implants and 90% for upper jaw implants. The success rate for upper jaw implants is slightly lower because the upper jaw (especially the posterior section) is less dense than the lower jaw, making successful implantation and osseointegration potentially more difficult to achieve. Lower posterior implantation has the highest success rate for all dental implants.
Dental implants may fail for a number of reasons. The cause is often related to a failure in the osseointegration process. For example, if the implant is placed in a poor position, osseointegration may not take place. Dental implants may break or become infected (like natural teeth) and crowns may become loose.
If you are a smoker who is considering a dental implant in Plano, our dentists will likely advise you to give up smoking before undergoing the process because smokers face a higher risk of implant failure. Since the procedure can be extremely expensive, you risk wasting your money on dental implants if you do not give up the habit.
On the plus side, dental implants are not susceptible to the formation of cavities; still, poor oral hygiene can lead to the development of peri-implantitis around dental implants. This disease is tantamount to the development of periodontitis (severe gum disease) around a natural tooth.
If you have any questions about implant dentistry in Plano, feel free to give us a call or schedule a dental implant consultation online today.