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Dental Implants – Keller, TX

The Modern Way to Replace Teeth

The concept of replacing missing teeth is nothing new, but for far too long the loss of the underlying tooth roots has gone unaddressed. Dental implants act as artificial roots for any number of replacement teeth, leaving you with a strong, stable, long-lasting new smile. If you have been considering getting dental implants in Keller, TX to support dentures or to fill in a gap that you’ve lived with for too long, you can schedule a consultation with Dr. Walia by calling Ridgepoint Dental today!

Why Choose Ridgepoint Dental for Dental Implants?

  • Expertly Made
  • In-House Placement Available
  • Advanced Treatment Planning Technology

How Do Dental Implants Work?

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The dental implant process consists of multiple steps. After the consultation, bone grafts and other potentially necessary preparatory procedures are performed. Once your jaw is ready, the implant surgery is scheduled. This is where the titanium implant posts are inserted into your jaw and are left to fuse with the bone as your mouth heals. Once the posts are firmly in place (the integration process usually takes months), they can begin supporting crowns, bridges, or dentures as needed.

Benefits of Dental Implants

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Dental implants are an incredibly popular treatment offered to replace missing teeth because they provide a slew of life-changing benefits that can impact your health, wellness, and confidence. Dr. Sweeta Walia, your implant dentist in Keller, is able to complete the entire process under one roof as well, which is a great benefit to patients. You can learn more about the advantages of choosing this modern procedure over getting traditional prosthetics by scheduling a consultation with our team at Ridgepoint Dental today!  

Day-to-Day Benefits

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  • Dental implants in Keller can restore anywhere from one tooth to an entire arch, making the task of undergoing restorative dental procedures more convenient and streamlined.
  • You won’t need to remove your restorations before you go to bed or whenever you clean your mouth, because they’ll be anchored to your jawbone. This will make it easier to maintain them—just brush, floss, and rinse daily like you would with your natural teeth.
  • Having gaps in your smile can really take a toll on your confidence and desire to socialize. Unlike traditional restorations, dental implants allow your prosthetic to anchor to your jawbone, just like your natural roots did with your teeth. This allows them to feel and look completely natural, giving you a confidence boost and encouraging you to smile more!

Health Benefits

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  • Due to the biocompatible ability of dental implants, they’re able to fuse with your jawbone, which creates an incredibly strong and unwavering foundation for us to attach your dental implants to.
  • By fusing with your jawbone through a process called osseointegration, your implants are able to mimic the natural root structure of your teeth, providing the jaw with stimulation and blood flow that it needs to keep the bone from deteriorating over time.
  • Since you won’t have to worry about your dental implants shifting whenever you eat or speak, you’ll be able to maintain a more nutritious diet and easily eat foods that are notoriously difficult to chew with traditional dentures, like meats and crusty breads.

Long-Term Benefits

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  • With a treatment success rate of 95%, even after 10 years of placement, you’ll be able to enjoy a long-term investment when you choose dental implants.
  • Over time, due to jawbone deterioration, patients who have traditional restorations notice that their cheeks begin to appear sunken-in, and their face looks thinner. This can make their overall appearance feel more aged. Because dental implants preserve jawbone structure, you’ll be able to enjoy a more youthful appearance for longer.
  • With the proper maintenance, like daily brushing, flossing, rinsing, and visiting your implant dentist every six months for a checkup and cleaning, you can enjoy your dental implants for 35 years or longer!

Indications for Dental Implants

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Obviously, a missing tooth (or a tooth that is likely to be lost or extracted in the near future) is a strong indication for needing a dental implant. During your first consultation, we need to check for gum disease and bone loss in the jaw; these oral health issues need to be addressed before implant surgery. We also need to answer the most basic question: how many implants will you need? The answer depends on what kind of tooth loss you’ve suffered.

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Missing Single Tooth

One dental implant is capable of taking the place of a single tooth. It will be topped with a dental crown that has been shaded to match the rest of your natural teeth. However, you can only receive the crown after the jaw and gum tissues have completely healed around the dental implant post.

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Missing Multiple Teeth

One downside of receiving a dental bridge is that to make room for the crown, small amounts of natural tooth structure have to be removed. This is not an issue if you use implants to support the bridge instead. Three or more teeth in a row can be replaced at once this way.

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Missing All Teeth

It’s possible to support dentures with about 4 to 8 implant posts. Doing so typically means that your new teeth are permanently fixed in place, meaning they don’t have to be removed for routine cleanings. The implants also make it possible to chew tough foods that might hard to eat while wearing traditional dentures.

Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

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It’s important to stay within your budget when getting new teeth, so we’ll make sure that you’re fully aware of the overall cost of the procedure before we make any plans for follow-up appointments. Because dental implants are so versatile, the price can vary based on any number of factors, and an accurate estimate can only be given after a full examination and consideration of the steps that need to be taken. Here are the basics you should keep in mind regarding the overall cost of implants.

Preliminary Treatments & Dental Implant Surgery

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“Preliminary treatments” can refer to gum disease therapy, tooth extractions, bone grafting, and other procedures that might be deemed necessary for dental implant placement to be successful. They can add to the final cost of the process, but they aren’t necessary in every case, so whether or not you need to pay for them depends on your situation. Of course, the surgery to place dental implants has its own cost that is shaped by the location of the surgical site as well as the type of sedation used (if any). We place implants in-house, so you can avoid the hassle of paying a separate specialist.

The Parts of Your Dental Implant

Different parts of a dental implant in Keller, TX

Dental implant costs are determined by:

  • The number of implants used to replace all of your missing teeth; normally 1 implant post is used to replace a single tooth, 2 are used for a row of teeth, and 4 or more are required for an entire arch.
  • The type of restoration used, which might include crowns, bridges, or dentures. Larger restorations are naturally more costly.
  • The kind of material used to make the implant posts and the restoration. Cheaper materials may not last as long, which is why higher quality materials are generally worth the investment.
  • The brand of dental implant manufacturer that we select.

How Dental Implants Can Save You Money

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Traditional dentures cost less than dental implants at first, but this is balanced out by the fact that implants are the better long-term investment. On average, dentures need to be replaced every 5 to 10 years. Dental implants, on the other hand, are capable of lasting for decades and require no special maintenance to do so. It’s also possible for dental implants to help you maintain good oral health because they’re so much easier to take care of.

Does My Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?

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A typical dental plan won’t pay for the dental implants themselves, but parts of the final restoration or preliminary treatments might be covered. The specifics are different for every plan though, so talk to your provider first to see what benefits might be available.

Making Dental Implants Affordable

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We have a long list of popular insurance plans that we accept, but for those who don’t have insurance, we also have an in-house savings plan that offers discounts on a variety of procedures, and we accept third-party financing via CareCredit or LendingClub. Talk to our team to discuss your available options.

Dental Implant FAQs

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If you’re missing teeth, dental implants could be the ideal solution you’ve been hoping for. However, they are quite an investment, so it pays to be well informed. Here are the answers to some of the most common questions we’re asked about dental implants in Keller. If you don’t see the information you’re looking for below, give us a call. We’d be happy to explain more about the process and get you started with an initial consultation.

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

The lifespan of dental implants typically depends on the health and lifestyle choices of the patient. To ensure that your dental implants last, it’s crucial that you brush, floss, and rinse with mouthwash on a daily basis. Attend regular cleanings and checkups, and avoid chewing on anything particularly hard or sticky. With proper maintenance, implants can last upwards of 30 years. This is several times longer than traditional bridges and dentures.

Does Getting Dental Implants Hurt?

The jawbone doesn’t have very many nerve endings and your mouth will be numbed with a local anesthetic before the procedure begins. You will also most likely be sedated, lowering your body’s ability to register pain. While the surgery shouldn’t be uncomfortable, you may experience some soreness for a few days afterwards. This can be managed by taking recommended over-the-counter and prescribed pain relievers. Cold compresses can also help. If discomfort worsens instead of improving after three days, give us a call.

Are Dental Implants Safe?

For most patients who have good health, dental implants are very successful when placed by a qualified professional. If you have low jawbone density or gum disease, these issues will need to be addressed beforehand to give your dental implants a better chance of success. If you have diabetes, cancer, or other medical conditions that could make surgery or healing risky, these will be discussed during your consultation. Your health is our number one priority!

Am I Too Young to Get Dental Implants?

Most dental professionals won’t place dental implants in patients who are younger than 18. This is because most people’s jaws aren’t fully developed until young adulthood. Some people’s jaws take until their mid-20s to fully develop. If dental implants are placed before the jaw is finished growing, it could interfere with further bone development and potentially result in complications. During your initial consultation, we will discuss whether or not dental implants are the best option for you at this time.