As a leader in dental technology, P.A. Dental Arts provides the cutting-edge dental solutions you need paired with the compassionate care you want.
When it comes to getting implants, we understand that you may have some questions about why they’re beneficial and how we complete the procedure.
Categorized under the heading of cosmetic oral surgery, dental implants have been an option for the last 25 years.
Today, you have many choices, both with the types of implants you choose and the procedure with which they are implanted.
We believe that an informed patient is the best patient, so we want to provide you with all the facts to make a smart choice in your dental care.
When you have missing or broken and chipped teeth, you have a few options:
Veneers are used to solve many dental issues, from staining to chipped and broken teeth to filling gaps between teeth. They are permanently bonded to your natural teeth with cement. If improperly bonded, veneers can shift, exposing the gum to potential disease. Veneers are often used as part of a cosmetic dental procedure, usually on the front-facing teeth.
Bridges are a solution to fill in gaps where teeth are missing. They can be removable or fixed and are anchored on nearby teeth with crowns, filling in the gap with a pontic, or “dummy tooth.” Bridges usually last 5–15 years before needing to be replaced.
Everyone is familiar with dentures, which are removable teeth. They could be an entire set or just a few teeth that are missing. Dentures adhere to the jaw daily using a special adhesive, and they are removed to be cleaned. Dentures need to be resized and replaced as the jaw changes shape.
Dental implants are a permanent solution to replace natural teeth by being implanted into the jaw, much like your original teeth are. They are cared for along with your other teeth and become a permanent part of your mouth and your life.
Cosmetic Oral Surgery Options
|Permanent?||No||Can be fixed or permanent||Yes, but they can shift over time and may need attention from time to time||Yes, treat like the rest of your teeth.|
|Cleaning||Requires daily removal to clean||Clean just like you would your other teeth.||Clean just like you would your other teeth.||Clean just like you would your other teeth.|
|Can they be flossed?||No||On the sides of the bridge||Yes||Yes|
|Will they decay?||No||No||The underlying tooth may still decay.||No|
|Do they look like real teeth?||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Special tools or cleaning solution needed?||Yes||Yes||No||No|
|Can I eat sticky food like chewing gum?||Not recommended||Yes (unless they are removable)||Yes||Yes|
|Are they strong?||Yes||Yes||Avoid biting hard foods||Yes|
|Can the color be matched to my existing teeth?||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Covered by insurance?||Check with your dental insurance provider.||Usually - check with your dental insurance provider.||Unlikely if it's for cosmetic reasons.||If medically necessary.|
|Mon||9:00AM – 6:00PM|
|Tues||9:00AM – 6:00PM|
|Wed||By Appt. Only|
|Thurs||7:00AM – 4:00PM|
|Fri||8:00AM – 5:00PM|
Implants look and feel like real teeth
No one (except your oral care team) will be able to tell which of your teeth Mother Nature provided and which we provided. Your smile will still be uniquely yours, and your new teeth will blend in with your existing teeth.
Implants help prevent - and even halt - bone loss
Because dental implants are installed within the jawbone, they help keep your jaw and mouth strong. That means your smile will stay radiant for years to come.
Implants maintain the integrity of the rest of your teeth
Unlike bridges, dental implants are not supported by neighboring teeth. They support themselves naturally since they become a permanent part of your mouth.
Implants are cared for just like your regular teeth
There’s no need for special tools or cleaning agents once your dental implants are installed. You’ll continue to brush and floss like you always have.
Why Would You Want Implants Anyway?
You might think that people only lose their teeth due to aging or poor oral hygiene, but it could also be due to injury or illness. And it’s not a smart idea to let this situation linger. Missing teeth can cause issues in your daily life, as well as long-term repercussions.
It gets much harder to eat and talk without a full mouth of teeth.
If it hurts to eat certain foods, you might not get the nutrition your body needs. It’s been proven that people with sensitive teeth and dental problems tend to eat more soft and/or processed foods, which usually aren’t a strong foundation for overall health. A poor diet leads to additional health issues, such as obesity and malnutrition.
Your jawbone is more likely to degenerate without all of your teeth.
When you don’t have all of your teeth, your jawbone won’t get the stimulation it needs to stay strong. Strong bones are healthy bones. If they’re not as healthy, the bone tissue can be reabsorbed into the body. With less bone in your jaw, you can look forward to an altered smile and face shape. And that doesn’t even take into account how hard it will be to conduct restoration procedures down the road!
The P.A. Dental Arts Difference
We don’t leave anything to chance when it comes to your dental implants. Not only do we use top-of-the-line materials, we also use cutting-edge technology. While many dentists and oral surgeons insert dental implants manually, Dr. Blacher relies on i-CAT, a dental imaging machine that provides for computer-guided surgery. This procedure is exceptionally accurate, meaning that you can count on the best results.
We accept most insurance plans, including Medicaid, and offer flexible payment options.
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Dental Implant Construction
There are three basic parts of a dental implant: the artificial root implant screw, the abutment, and the crown (visible tooth portion). The root is surgically embedded in an opening of the jawbone and gum and then a healing abutment is attached to the implant fixture. Flaps of gum are used as a suture around the abutment. After 3 to 6 months of healing time, the crown is placed into the implant root and abutment.
Traditionally, titanium is used for the implant screw, as bone tends to grow around it unmolested and titanium is extremely strong. 95% of most dental implants use titanium alloys. There has never been a report of an allergic reaction or health problems with this alloy, but some patients who are concerned about having metal in your mouth might consider researching zirconium oxide, a ceramic-looking metal used to make crowns and bridges.
Titanium implants usually consist of two parts—the implant and the crown—but due to its appearance, zirconium oxide is often installed as one whole piece. The crown is usually best when made with ceramic or metallic alloys such as zirconium oxide.
How Accurate is This Procedure?
Dr. Blacher uses the latest computer-guided technology to ensure the perfect fit. While many dentists and oral surgeons insert dental implants manually, Dr. Blacher relies on i-CAT, a dental imaging machine that provides for computer-guided surgery. This procedure is exceptionally accurate, meaning that you can count on the best results. The implant screw must be positioned into the jaw for maximum support and comfort. This means making sure the screw is positioned within a fraction of a millimeter. If it’s too near to the edge of the jaw bone, there won’t be enough support for a strong foundation. If the screw is misaligned, there may be undue stress on the entire tooth and/or discomfort as you chew. For a dental surgeon to perform this task manually, it is extremely difficult, which is why Dr. Blacher relies on cutting-edge technology to perfect this procedure.
What Kinds of X-rays Are Required for Dental Implants?
Since the procedure to embed implant roots can be tricky and precise, a 3D x-ray is often recommended for increased safety and accuracy during surgery. Often referred to as a CT scan or a cone beam 3D scan, these types of x-rays allow the dentist to perform virtual surgery on your mouth before the procedure. This allows for maximum planning of the approach we will take for your procedure.
Dental Implant FAQs
How Strong Are Dental Implants Compared to Real Teeth?
Compared to original teeth, dental implants are surprisingly strong. In 1952, Swedish Dr. Branemark realized that titanium placed next to bone would result in bone growing around the metal alloy, making its position permanent. Once the implant is settled into the jawbone, it is as strong as—if not stronger than—natural teeth.
How Painful Is the Procedure?
There are people who, understandably, have apprehension about dental procedures. Dental implants usually require surgery followed by a longer healing period. The procedure itself is no more painful that having a tooth extracted. Most patients are administered a local anesthesia before the surgery takes place, and for any gum soreness following, over-the-counter pain medications are usually sufficient.
What Should I Look for When Choosing a Dentist for Dental Implants?
While most dentists are general practitioners, some specialize in oral surgery procedures, including dental implants. In our office, we focus a large portion of our practice on fixing bridges, placing veneers, tooth extractions, and dental implants. Other practices, in comparison, may not have the extensive training our team does, so it’s important to ask when choosing your dental surgeon.
Does Insurance Cover Dental Implants?
Generally speaking, most insurance companies don’t cover dental implants for cosmetic purposes. However, with some types of tooth loss, the procedure may be covered when it moves from cosmetic to medically necessary. You should speak to your insurance provider and review your policy to better understand your coverage.
How Many Dental Implants Are Completed, and How Safe Is the Procedure?
According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, in the US, 450,000 dental implants are conducted annually. At the practice of P.A. Dental Arts, we use state-of-the-art technology to ensure a positive outcome. But, as with any surgical procedure, there are always risks. Overall, doctors enjoy a 95% success rate, and the procedure is as safe as getting a tooth removed under local anesthesia.
Should I Choose a Cosmetic Dentist or a Periodontist?
A cosmetic dentist specializes in giving you a great smile. A restorative dentist specializes in correcting issues that detract from the appearance of your smile. Both are excellent choices for your dental implant procedure since both focus on the overall look of your smile. An oral surgeon is another option, although they focus more on surgeries than how your smile looks. Periodontists fall into the same category as an oral surgeon. For dental implants, it is best to choose a cosmetic or restorative dentist.
About P.A. Dental Arts
P.A. Dental Arts is a premium family and cosmetic dentistry service located in Allen, Texas. Led by Dr. Christina Blacher, P.A. Dental Arts utilizes some of the industry’s best equipment and technology in all of our day-to-day activities. We have served hundreds of families in the local community.
To schedule a FREE consultation (including x-rays) at P.A. Dental Arts for your dental implant treatment, call us today at 214-383-5511. Our Allen practice offers a wide range of dental services, from family dental checkups to cosmetic services to intensive root canals.
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