Dental Implants – Plano, TX
Completely Replace Missing Teeth
Tooth replacement traditionally meant restoring just those parts of the teeth that are visible when patients smile, but this only addresses half the problem. Below the surface of the gums, the root structure of teeth provides adequate support and holds the tooth in its ideal position. Without these roots, replacement teeth rely on surrounding dental structures for support, and over time, these healthy structures can be adversely impacted. That’s where dental implant supported tooth replacement comes in. Dental implants are titanium posts surgically inserted below the gums. Over the course of three to six months, the implant posts fuse with gum tissue and supportive alveolar bone creating a solid, natural bond and mimicking the lost root system. Once this process is complete, dental implants in Plano, TX can support any number of replacement teeth. If you’re interested in finding out more about dental implant-retained tooth replacement options, contact Parkway Vista Dental today. We welcome patients from other nearby communities to visit our Plano, TX dental office.
Dental Implant Restorations
In order to ensure patients receive the highest quality, safest dental implants, Dr. Bita Kamali partners with local oral surgeons and periodontists to complete the surgical portion of dental implant tooth replacement. This procedure is relatively simple, and the majority of patients are able to safely complete implant placement. During a dental implant consultation, Dr. Kamali can tell you more specifically whether dental implant supported tooth replacement is right for you. Following the surgical placement of implant posts, patients need to wait up to six months to attach the final restoration. During this time, their new tooth root is undergoing a process called osseointegration where the supportive tissues fuse with the dental implant mimicking the lost root structure. Once that process is complete, patients return to our dental office where we’ll attach a custom crafted tooth replacement. For those patients who’ve lost one or two consecutive teeth, we typically recommend placing a single dental implant which then supports one or two dental crowns that can be fused together. Patients who’ve lost three or four consecutive teeth may be advised to attach a row of connected dental crowns, often referred to as a bridge, to two dental implant posts, one at each end.
Dental Implant-Retained Dentures
Patients missing a number of nonconsecutive teeth or a full arch of teeth should consider implant-retained partial and full dentures. Like their traditional counterparts, implant-retained dentures are crafted by connecting replacement teeth to a gum-colored base. Partials fill gaps in smiles by shaping the base to fit the vacated sockets. Implant supported partials are anchored to a minimal number of implants in order to provide maximum stability for the prosthetic while minimizing the impact of the surgical portion of implant placement. Full dentures are used to restore an entire row of lost teeth. Traditionally, the base of the denture was shaped to create suction between teeth and gums, but the implant supported variety are attached to between four and six dental implants depending largely on the size and shape of patients’ natural jawlines.
Mini Dental Implants
Mini dental implants are just that. They are smaller versions of traditional implant posts. These miniature implants are great for patients who have naturally smaller teeth, for supporting front teeth that are thinner in shape, and for patients who have diminished jawbone density following tooth loss. Mini dental implants have made it possible for more patients than ever to be considered successful candidates for implant supported tooth replacement. The placement process is the same, but in most cases, patients recover more quickly, the implant fuses with the jawbone in less time, and even those with minimal jawbone density can successfully fuse with mini implants.
All-on-4 Dental Implant Supported Dentures
As the name suggests, All-on-4 are dentures that are connected to 4 implants. This may not seem much different than the regular implant supported denture, but the All-on-4 technique is what sets it apart. Like mini dental implants, All-on-4 makes it possible for patients with less bone density to successfully receive an implant supported denture. Traditional implant dentures use four to six dental implants placed across the entire jawbone. All-on-4 uses the naturally denser part of the jaw at the front of the mouth to provide support for the entire denture. This is done by placing two of the dental implant posts at an angle from the back of the mouth to the front where the post is anchored to the jawbone providing support for the full denture.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
While dental implants can be an expensive tooth replacement option, it helps to think of them as a long-term investment in your oral health. The cheaper you go, the less reliable they may be. By working with a knowledgeable and trustworthy implant dentist, you can expect a long-lasting replacement tooth that makes it easy to chew your favorite foods, smile with confidence, and protect your oral health. With that said, here’s what you can expect when it comes to determining the cost of your future care.
Preliminary Treatments & Dental Implant Surgery
Before you can begin your dental implant treatment, you may need to complete certain procedures to ensure the implant placement is successful. For example, gum disease therapy or tooth extractions may be needed ahead of time, both of which incur a specific cost attached to your tooth replacement total. Since you’ll be partnered with an oral surgeon and/or periodontist, the fees they charge will be separate from the fees paid at Parkway Vista Dental. Other services like local anesthesia (required ahead of surgery) as well as sedation dentistry (which is optional for those with dental anxiety) can also increase your overall cost.
The Parts of Your Dental Implant
The more implants you need, the more your dental treatment will cost overall. Additionally, certain dental implants are made from different materials, which can influence the total cost of your care. Much like different makes and models of cars, dental implants can have variations in their longevity and effectiveness that directly correlate with their price tag. For example, zirconia implants tend to cost more than titanium ones due to their metal-free attributes.
Final Dental Implant Restoration
The number of implants you receive will directly impact the restoration that is used to cover them and rebuild your smile. For example, the cheapest restoration you can receive for a dental implant is a dental crown, while more complex varieties include dental bridges and dentures. Since bridges and dentures require more time and effort to customize to your specific needs, you’ll need to pay more to have these restorations designed and fabricated.
Does My Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?
In most cases, dental implants are not covered by dental insurance. However, there are some exceptions that can occur. For example, specific phases of your treatment (including preliminary procedures, the restorations themselves, and initial consultations) can receive coverage from a dental plan. Keep in mind that if they do provide coverage, it’s usually only a portion or specific percentage. Our team will gladly review the details of your plan so you are not caught off guard by surprise fees.
Making Dental Implants Affordable
Even if you don’t have dental insurance to utilize, there are options available to make your dental implant treatment more affordable. For example, those looking for a way to pay for care in monthly installments and with little interest attached will find CareCredit to be more than reasonable.
Alternatively, those who sign up for Parkway Vista Dental’s in-house benefit plan can expect discounts on many procedures performed at the office, including specific phases of care related to dental implant treatment!