Dental Implant: How To Place It

If you have a missing or decayed tooth, you may my need a dental implant. There are a number of benefits from dental implants in comparison to traditional options like bridges or dentures. More importantly, dental implants can last for a lifetime with the right care. Before you invest in an implant, you should discuss the procedures, benefits, and risks with Dr. Cox at Cox Family Dentistry in Plano, Texas. First, we will talk about the alternatives to dental implants. Then, we will explain how dental implants are placed. 

1. What is a Dental Bridge?

To place a bridge, Dr. Cox at Cox Family Dentistry fills the gap where you tooth was with a dental crown. This crown is anchored on the two surrounding teeth with additional crowns. You can think of the anchoring crowns as caps that go over the existing teeth. Overall, receiving a dental bridge is less invasive procedure than a dental implant because Dr. Cox replaces the tooth, not the tooth and the root. However, in a dental bridge procedure, Dr. Cox at Cox Family Dentistry in Plano, Texas may file down existing, healthy teeth to support the dental bridge. To some patients, this is a disadvantage because healthy teeth are altered. Overall, dental bridges do not last as long as dental implants and the teeth supporting the bridge can develop decay.

2. What is a Partial Denture?

Partial dentures replace multiple missing teeth with a pink gum-like base. The denture is placed over the gums. You can choose between removable partial dentures or fixed partial dentures, which are attached existing teeth via a metal wire. Typically, partial dentures are used to fill one more than one missing tooth, with one or more natural teeth that act as supporting structures for the partial denture.

Dental Implant, Dental Bridge

3. How are Dental Implants Placed?

Now, let’s talk about how a dental implant is done. To place a dental implant, first, Dr. Cox at Cox Family Dentistry in Plano will decide if you are a good candidate for a dental implant. Dr. Cox and his team will examine the amount of jawbone that is left under your tooth. Then, during surgery, Dr. Cox will clear out the missing tooth’s root and place a metal dental implant post. This will act as your tooth’s new root. The next step is to wait for bone growth around the dental implant post. At this stage, there is not a visible tooth above the gumline. Dr. Cox at Cox Family Dentistry in Plano, Texas can give you a temporary denture to place in this area until the procedure is completed. Lastly, Dr. Cox will add a permeant crown over the dental implant post.

Just like bridges and partial dentures, dental implants vary in structure and size. If you only have one missing tooth, you can receive a singular dental implant. However, if you have multiple missing teeth, Dr. Cox may attach a row teeth to four or five posts within in the gums. Overall, dental implants offer more stability and they increase the lifespan of the oral prosthetic compared to dental bridges and partial dentures.

 

Choosing a dental implant can be a life changing decision. It is important to talk to Dr. Cox at Cox Family dentistry in Plano, Texas to explore all of your options first. For more information about dental implants, bridges, or partial dentures, or to plan your next visit, call Cox Family Dentistry in Plano, Texas at (972)-468-8692, today!

4 Reasons to Consider Getting Dental Implants

Are getting dental implants really any better than tooth replacement options like dentures or bridges? Depending on your situation, they can be. Implants are unlike any other type of tooth replacement that’s available.

The one of a kind treatment can be a huge asset to both your smile and your health. Here are four reasons why:

Does Getting Dental Implants Rely on Other Teeth?

Conventional tooth replacements like bridges require that you drill down neighboring teeth to anchor a restoration over them. If your teeth are healthy, this can seem a bit extreme. Implants stand independently of other teeth, allowing you to maximize your oral health.

Do Dental Implants Last for Life

Studies indicate that there is a 98% success rate for dental implants, making them the most predictable treatment in all of modern dentistry. If you’re committed to caring for them and keeping them clean, you can expect most implants to last for an entire lifetime. All you’ll need to do is change out their restoration (such as a crown or denture) if it ever starts to wear out.

Replace as Many Teeth as You Need to?

Due to their integrity, you can replace all of your upper or lower teeth on as few as four implants. Or, use individual implants to replace one tooth at a time. Titanium implants are considered to be stronger than even the healthiest teeth when there’s proper bone support around them.

Are Getting Dental Implants a Painful Process

Most people feel a bit anxious when they’re learning about implants. The biggest fear tends to be related to the pain involved. You’ll be surprised to learn that most people feel that getting dental implants is far easier than having a tooth pulled!

Find out if you’re a candidate for dental implants by scheduling a consultation with us today.

Dental Veneers Offer Amazing Results

If you’ve been considering a smile makeover, dental veneers may be one of the very first things that you talk to your dentist about. Unlike other types of cosmetic treatment, veneers offer the most drastic approach to changing how your teeth look.

Here’s why: 

They Cover What’s Visible

Unlike a full coverage crown, veneers only cover the front-side of your tooth (not the entire thing.) This allows you to leave your healthy tooth intact, while still changing the way it looks when you talk or smile.

Depending on how wide your smile is, your dentist may recommend placing veneers across both top and bottom teeth, and as wide as what others see. Most people wind up having at least six veneers across the top teeth, but sometimes eight or more (especially if you smile like Julia Roberts.)

You Can Hide a Multitude of Sins

There’s no stain too dark or tooth too uneven when it comes to recreating what you want your smile to look like. Veneers are perfect for masking aesthetic irregularities such as teeth that are:

  • Crooked
  • Crowded
  • Gapped
  • Chipped
  • Worn
  • Uneven
  • Stained
  • Misshaped

The Results are Drastic

In just two or three appointments, you can have an entirely new smile. From the consultation to the preparation, and then the final delivery – once you look in the mirror, you won’t believe what you see.

Design it Yourself

What do you want your new smile to look like? Are you looking for teeth that look whiter, longer, or straighter? Do you have a preference of specific shape or color? Your dentist will help you pinpoint the exact characteristics that you’re striving for.

Are you ready to invest in improved self-confidence and the freedom to smile without embarrassment? Ask your dentist if veneers are right for you!