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.
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.
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.