Dental Implants – Canton, TX
Improving Canton Smiles & Oral Health
For individuals who want to replace one or more missing teeth, there is no other treatment solution that’s as affective, as revitalizing, and as long-lasting as dental implants. Unlike traditional prosthetics, implants are designed to replace the entire structure of your natural tooth, including the root that’s hidden beneath the patient’s natural gum line. With a new “root” in place, the health of the jawbone is preserved and the newly completed smile both looks and feels virtually indistinguishable from its original appearance. To find out if this reconstructive service is right for you, please don’t hesitate to contact Legacy Dental Group in Canton, TX! Our dedicated team of doctors and staff members looks forward to welcoming you.
Dental Implant Benefits
When it comes to investing in an advanced dental treatment like implant supported tooth replacement, we know the decision can be a difficult one. To help you make the final determination, we encourage you to review some of the many benefits of dental implant supported tooth replacement, including the following:
- Longevity – once in place, your implant supported crown, bridge, or denture will last two decades or longer with proper care compared with traditional tooth replacement solutions.
- Stability – traditional replacement options, especially removable dentures, don’t come close to restoring a full range of chewing function. An implant supported denture restoration will replace 70% or more of healthy tooth function, and less extensive restorations can almost flawlessly recreate natural function.
- Oral health – because the roots of lost teeth are replaced, implant supported restorations maintain healthy gum tissue volume and jawbone density to ensure the optimal level of overall oral health and function.
- No hassle – it’s easy to care for your smile once your restoration is in place. You can simply brush your teeth as usual. You may want to incorporate using an air or water flosser into your daily care routine in order to remove plaque buildup between your restoration and the gum line.
Dental Implant Placement
Once our team has determined that you’re a viable candidate for dental implants, the procedure itself begins with their surgical placement into the jawbone. While many dental practices have to refer their patients to outside specialists for this portion of their care, Legacy Dental Group has partnered with specialists from Pinnacle Oral Surgery to keep the procedure right here on-site for added convenience and comfort.
Once the implants have been placed, they will require time to fuse with the patient’s natural bone and soft tissue, creating a solid foundation for replacement teeth. Depending on the complexity of the case, this process may take several weeks or months.
Indications for Dental Implants
After patients from Grand Saline, TX and surrounding areas have successfully healed from their dental implant placement, they’ll return to our Canton location for the final step of their procedure: the restoration of their implants. There are several options available that depend on the extent of the patient’s tooth loss and their available budget. Single implants will be covered with custom, metal-free dental crowns, while greater areas in need of coverage can be successfully treated with implant-retained prosthetics. Our doctors will work closely with you to determine the ideal design that exceeds your expectations, and our on-site dental laboratory will personally handle the creation of your restoration.
Missing One Tooth
For single tooth loss, we will repair your smile by placing one dental implant post. Then, a custom crafted, all-ceramic dental crown is designed to replace the lost tooth. The final result will seamlessly mimic your smile’s natural structure.
Missing Multiple Teeth
If you’re missing two or more teeth, we will recommend an implant supported fixed bridge or partial denture. Fixed bridges are used to replace two or more teeth in a row, and partial dentures can be used to restore multiple consecutive and nonconsecutive missing teeth. Fixed bridges are attached to two dental implant posts, one at each end. Partial dentures are molded to fit between remaining healthy teeth, and we may need to place two to four dental implant posts to provide adequate support for the partial denture.
Missing All Teeth
Following the loss of one or both rows of teeth, an implant supported denture may be recommended. Typically, each denture is supported by four to six implant posts, depending on your unique needs.
Understanding the Cost for Dental Implants
The cost of your dental implant tooth replacement plan will vary depending on the number and location of missing teeth. During your restoration consultation, we’ll review your specific treatment plan, which includes the costs associated with every step of the process. We work with patients to budget for their treatment before we get started. While most insurers don’t cover the cost of dental implant posts or their surgical placement, other aspects of treatment are often covered, including the replacement tooth or teeth. Our knowledgeable team will make the most of your available benefits. We can also work with third party financiers to help you receive low or no interest financing options.
Frequently Asked Questions
Even with all this information, you may still feel on the fence about getting dental implants. Or perhaps you simply have questions and want the answers before you move forward with dental implants. We completely understand! That’s why we have provided the answers to some common questions that we’ve heard from patients in the past.
What are dental implants made of?
In the distant past, many different materials were used for dental implants, including carved stone and seashell fragments. Today, these titanium posts are surgically placed under the gum line into the jaw bone, stimulating bone growth. The jaw bone forms around the post, firmly holding it place. This process is called osteointegration and is what gives dental implants their stability and strength. It’s important to note that titanium is the same material used for replacements throughout the body, including the hip, knee, and shoulder. It has proven a biocompatible, safe, and effective material to restore missing teeth.
How successful are dental implants?
Although there are rare exceptions, dental implants in Canton are placed successfully over 95 percent of the time. At the ten-year mark, the strong majority of dental implants still function properly and are going strong. Basically, if one of our doctors says that you’re a good candidate for dental implants and recommends this treatment, chances are good that they will be successful for you.
What causes dental implant failure?
Even though most of the dental implants placed are successful, dental implant failure does happen. In the short term, it can result from an unresolved infection in the gums, tissue, or bone or from improper after-surgery care. Before the restoration can be position on top of the implant, the area needs to heal for several months, giving the jaw bone time to surround and secure the post. With decades of experience under their belts, you can rely on our team of dentists to perform the procedure correctly. In the long run, dental implants can fail if they are not appropriately maintained.
What can I do to make my implants last?
Just because you have dental implants, it doesn’t mean that your days of oral care are over. Luckily, taking care of your dental implants resembles the necessary care for your natural teeth. You need to brush and floss daily and visit our office twice every year for checkups and cleanings. For extra protection against harmful bacteria, you could also use an antimicrobial mouthwash daily. If you do these things, there’s no reason why your dental implants couldn’t last you for 30 or more years!
If you have more questions about dental implants, feel free to contact our office and schedule a consultation with one of our dentists. We will gladly address your concerns so that you’re completely confident in your tooth replacement decision.