Dental implants stand quite apart from the rest of the pack when it comes to replacing teeth. If you want to replace the entire dental structure from root to crown, they are your best and only option. They also yield natural-looking and long-lasting results, and they’re often said to be the closest thing to getting your real teeth back. Our experts at ProSmiles Dental & Orthodontics of Hurst have rebuilt countless smiles with dental implants, and we’re ready to do the same for you, no matter how many teeth you’ve already lost. To learn more about replacing missing teeth with dental implants from our Hurst, TX dentist, get in touch with us for a consultation.
One of the great points about dental implants is how versatile they are. We can develop an implant treatment plan just for you based on the number of missing teeth:
When you lose a single tooth, the traditional solution is to fill the gap with a dental bridge that uses the surrounding teeth for support. Instead of altering existing teeth to make room for such a restoration, we can simply place a dental implant directly into the jaw to act as a new root for a single dental crown.
There are actually a few different ways to replace multiple teeth with implants. A few separate gaps can be filled with individual implant crowns or even an implant-retained partial denture. However, if you’ve lost 3 to 4 teeth in a row, you can get a dental bridge that is supported by two dental implants.
An entire row of new teeth can be safely anchored in place with just a few dental implants. Dentures can typically be supported by 4 to 6 new implant “roots.” This means you don’t have to deal with the inconveniences of removable dentures, such as untimely slipping or having to take your teeth out at night to let the gums rest.
One of the traits that make dental implants unique is the fact that they integrate with the jawbone. To do this, first they need to be inserted into the jaw via surgery. At a different dental office, you might have to go to a separate specialist for this step. Thanks to the versatility of our dental team at ProSmiles, however, you can have the surgery done right here in an environment that you’re already familiar with and a team that you already know. This saves you time and money as well as the stress of having to juggle appointments between multiple locations.
When planning for a dental implant procedure, one of the foremost questions on your mind is likely to be how much everything will cost. There are actually many possible answers to this question depending on your individual circumstances. How many implants do you need? What kind of restoration or restorations will they support? How healthy is your mouth? Other factors need to be considered as well; for example, front teeth are sometimes slightly more costly to replace due to aesthetic concerns and a lack of bone in that area.
You can usually expect implants to have a higher upfront cost than other tooth replacements, but the tradeoff is that they offer improved function and aesthetics that other options can’t match. Their durability also makes them the more economical option in the long term since they won’t have to be replaced nearly as often compared to bridges and dentures that will only last about 5 to 7 years at a time. You could end up saving thousands of dollars over the years.