When it comes to tooth replacement, dental implants are universally considered to be the gold standard, both by patients as well as dental professionals. Why the agreement? Because when it comes to strength, aesthetics, and durability, the only thing that tops dental implants are natural teeth. At New U Dentures and Implants, Dr. Guillory can use this state-of-the-art treatment to replace any number of teeth for a lifetime, helping a patient put their tooth loss behind them permanently. To find out more about this procedure and what it could do for you, contact us today to schedule a consultation to discuss tooth replacement with dental implants in Cleveland, TX.
A dental implant isn’t a replacement tooth, but rather a prosthetic tooth root. A small titanium post is placed within the jawbone where a natural tooth used to reside, where it will bond with the surrounding bone through a natural process called osseointegration. At this point, a crown, bridge, or denture can be attached on top, essentially replicating all parts of a natural tooth. To date, no other treatment does this, and it’s why dental implants are truly in a class of their own.
Unlike other restorations, implants require a multi-step treatment that spans several months. Still, you can trust their perks make such time and effort worthwhile! New U Dentures & Implants even performs placement in-house to ensure the new teeth work correctly. That’s only natural, as Dr. Guillory is highly experienced in tooth replacement and belongs to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. So, you can expect four main steps from our implant process: consultation, surgery, osseointegration, and delivery of the final restoration.
Indeed, the implant process’ first step is a consultation with Dr. Guillory. This visit lets our office learn your treatment goals, health history, and general background. That way, we can confirm whether you qualify for implants and tailor the final results to suit your needs.
Of course, our team can still help if you aren’t a good implant candidate at first. We’ll work with you to complete preliminary procedures, from gum disease therapy to tooth extractions. That way, your mouth will have the support it needs to handle implants.
Should we approve treatment, this initial consult will also cover the details of implant work. In other words, it’d guide you on the implant procedure’s timeline, cost, and other such factors.
Again, our office’s approach is to place implants in-house. Doing so means avoiding the hassle of outside specialists located far away. If you’re a returning patient, this setup also ensures our team can access your dental records instantly.
When you see us for the implant surgery, you’ll undergo:
Once the surgery is over, your implant(s) will gradually fuse with your jawbone. This process is called osseointegration and usually takes 4-6 months. At the time of completion, it’ll make your implant a permanent and stable part of your mouth.
Following the osseointegration, you’ll receive an additional surgery that places your abutment. (An abutment is a metal connector that holds an implant’s tooth-like portion.) As you recover from this procedure, the final restoration will be crafted from prior dental impressions.
Delivery of the final restoration is the last step of the implant process. Given the number of teeth you’ve lost, said prosthetic might be a crown, bridge, or denture.
Ultimately, fitting your final restoration won’t take long. The dentist simply needs to apply a special cement. From there, you can enjoy your newly restored smile with confidence.
Dental implants are widely regarded as the gold standard of tooth replacement by both dentists and patients. Why? As the only tooth replacement option that replaces both the roots and the crowns of a missing teeth, this revolutionary solution offers many important benefits that you simply can’t get with traditional options like dentures or dental bridges. In fact, dental implants have the potential to significantly improve your health, confidence, and quality of life. Read on as we go over some of the most popular reasons why our patients love dental implants.
Dr. Guillory can use dental implants to replace one, multiple, or even an entire mouthful of teeth. All a patient needs to bring to the table is relatively good oral health and a jawbone strong enough to support the new roots (we can help a patient if they are lacking either requirement). After giving you an exam, Dr. Guillory can help you decide which of the following implant procedures would best suit your situation:
A dental implant root can be placed between two healthy teeth and topped with a custom-made porcelain crown. Unlike with a bridge, the adjacent teeth won’t have to be reshaped, making this procedure much less invasive. The crown itself will be perfectly color-matched to the rest of the smile.
Rather than using individual implants for each missing tooth, Dr. Guillory can use just one or two to support a bridge or partial denture that brings back several teeth at once. In addition to being more cost-effective, this approach also gives these prosthetics incredible stability that their removable counterparts simply can’t replicate.
With just four to six posts placed along the jawbone, Dr. Guillory can give a patient a full denture that is more stable, natural-looking, and durable than any removable prosthetic. Implant dentures help a patient recover much more of their bite strength, which can lead to better overall health because they allow someone to eat more nutritious, difficult to chew foods.
Because every dental implant treatment Dr. Guillory provides is personalized for each patient based on their needs, the cost is always different. The number of implants needed, the type of prosthetic they will support, and the necessity for preparatory procedures can all influence the final price. No matter what your specific needs may be, it’s important to recognize that dental implants are a fantastic long-term investment for your oral health.
Certain procedures may be needed before dental implant treatment can be viable. This includes gum disease therapy, tooth extractions, and bone grafting, all of which will increase the cost of your tooth replacement overall. Furthermore, surgery incurs its own unique cost and can increase depending on how complex your needs may be. Since we keep the entire process in-house, you can expect your fees to be more compact and easy to understand, rather than having to accommodate fees from an outside oral surgeon.
The more implants you need to have placed, the more materials we will need to replace your tooth roots. In this case, more titanium is needed, increasing your total cost. However, the price of implants can also vary depending on the brand or manufacturer you receive them from. If you have questions about the specific implants we use or why we choose to use them, feel free to let us know during your consultation.
When additional implants are needed to replace teeth, more complex restorations need to be made to make your smile complete. For example, single implants only need one implant crown to restore them. In comparison, a pair of implants will need an implant bridge, while a series of implants (anywhere between four and six) will need an implant denture. Not only are more materials required to create these restorations, but more time is needed to ensure it fits properly and blends in with your existing teeth, if applicable.
In most cases, dental insurance does not offer coverage for dental implants. With that said, there are some exceptions. For one, insurance plans can sometimes offer coverage for preparatory treatments needed to make dental implants possible. For example, bone grafting, gum disease therapy, or the restorations themselves can receive partial coverage. Our team is ready to help you maximize any benefits you want to use, so don’t be afraid to ask for help!
We’ll go over all cost information when you come to see us for a consultation, plus we can discuss financing options so the treatment fits comfortably into your budget. Options our office recommends for dental implants include CareCredit, American Finance, and Lending Club. These third-party financiers allow you to pay for dental services on a monthly basis, usually with low to no interest attached to these patients. At the end of the day, we want to help you achieve your oral health needs without making you break the bank along the way.
We’re able to complete the entire dental implant process from start to finish in our office. You will be given specific post-op instructions after your procedure to help you remain comfortable and heal quickly. Continue reading to learn more about what you can expect from the healing process and when you should give us a call.
You may not be looking forward to the dental implant placement procedure itself, but when you take all the right steps, you can make the healing process go much quicker and more smoothly. Be sure that you are in accordance with the following.
It’s normal to experience some side effects for the first few days after your surgery, but they are usually pretty mild. Here are some common ones that you may come across:
All of these effects should be temporary and gradually subside as time goes by. If that is ever not the case, let us know.
You should be mindful of your diet for several days following your procedure. Here are some foods that you may want to stock up on in advanced:
As soon as your discomfort subsides, you can switch back to your normal diet. However, it’s still a good idea to avoid chewing directly on the surgical site.
It’s crucial that you keep your mouth clean after your surgery. This way, the implants will have a better chance of integrating with your jawbone successfully. Here are some tips that can help:
Once your smile is healed up and the implants have fused with your jawbone, the hard part is complete. When your dental crown, bridge, or denture is attached to the implant(s), you might experience some mild sensitivity, but this is easy to control with over-the-counter pain relievers, and it is completely temporary. There shouldn’t be any bleeding, swelling, or extensive recovery.
Dental implants have the ability to last for several decades (and even for life) when you take the right steps to maintain them every day. Thankfully, caring for your dental implants is not as complicated as you might think. In fact, the at-home maintenance for your dental implants is very similar to that of your natural teeth. Below, you can read more about the best tips to keep your dental implants (and the rest of your mouth) as healthy as possible.
The restorations attached to your dental implants (as well as the implants themselves) cannot develop decay because they are made from inorganic material. However, the gum tissue surrounding the implant can still become infected and cause your tooth replacement to fail. For that reason, brushing twice a day and flossing daily are vital. Using a water flosser to loosen food debris and rinsing your mouth with an alcohol-free oral rinse ensures a more thorough routine as well.
The foods you eat can make a larger impact on your oral health than you may realize. For example, eating large amounts of food high in sugar and starch make it easier for oral bacteria to produce plaque. This irritates the mouth and increases your risk for developing gum disease and tooth decay. On top of practicing consistent oral hygiene, you’ll want to eat foods conducive to oral health. That includes fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and dairy products. Staying hydrated also helps keep saliva production high and keeps the mouth clean.
Your dental implants are extremely durable, but that does not mean you should let bad habits damage them. Just like how you wouldn’t with your natural teeth, you should not use your teeth as a tool. Instead, have the right tool nearby to perform tasks like trimming your fingernails and opening packages or bottles. Avoid biting pens, pencils, ice cubes, or other foods that shouldn’t be chewed on (i.e. hard candy, popcorn kernels, etc.)
It’s important to stay active, but you don’t want to participate in activities that put your smile at risk without the right protection. For example, sports like football, basketball, wrestling, karate, soccer, and others can put your smile at risk of sudden impact. In fact, playing sports without a mouthguard is one of the most common causes of dental emergencies. Additionally, you should wear a nightguard if you grind or clench your teeth while sleeping as you could damage your restoration or implant without it.
Maintaining routine checkups and cleanings is essential to protecting the long-term health of your dental implants. Visiting every six months gives our office a chance to examine remaining teeth and your dental implants for any issues as early as possible. If problems do present themselves, treating them early will always be easier than if they have a chance to develop.
At New U Dentures & Implants, you can expect a uniquely catered experience when you’re in need of tooth replacement. With so many ways to make your smile complete and capable of withstanding day-to-day use, it’s not surprising if you have questions about your future treatment. Below, we have included a handful of some of the most common questions we hear as well as our detailed answers for your convenience. If you have another question, we encourage you to give us a call directly!
During the actual procedure, we make sure to numb your mouth fully and completely so you do not feel any sensations during your surgery. With that said, you may notice a bit of pressure if teeth need to be extracted so they can be replaced with dental implants. Following the completion of your surgery, you may notice some mild soreness as the local anesthetic wears off. However, this is relatively normal with any oral surgery.
We understand that the cost of dental implants tends to be higher than other methods of tooth replacement. If you are finding it difficult to pay for treatment upfront, we recommend considering third-party financing options like CareCredit, American Finance, and Lending Club. These services make it possible to pay for expensive dental treatments over the course of several months, rather than all in one lump sum. During your consultation, Dr. Mark R. Guillory will go over your treatment costs in better detail so you know what to expect.
Overall, dental implant placement can be done in a day. However, you’ll need to make sure to allow for a healing phase, which can take anywhere between four and six months. The rate at which they heal will vary depending on where the implant is located. Of course, the healing rate can also be influenced by how effective your at-home oral hygiene is and whether or not you maintain regular checkups with our office.
Absolutely! Dental implants are designed to mimic teeth in just about every way possible, meaning they are just as effective at stimulating bone tissue (and keeping your biting strength high) as they are at looking natural! Whether you enjoy a crisp apple, a thick cut of steak, or a variety of crunchy vegetables, one of the most notable benefits of dental implants is being able to chew and tear through your favorite foods with relative ease. Of course, we don’t necessarily recommend foods that can still crack teeth, including hard candy.
Yes you do. Oral bacteria doesn’t stop developing just because you’ve received dental implants. It’s true that the restoration cannot develop decay since it’s made from porcelain. However, the gum tissue holding the implant in place can still become irritated, inflamed, and infected if not properly cleaned. That means you should be brushing twice a day and flossing daily at home.