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In the past, patients who had experienced tooth loss only had options for structurally incomplete restorations, such as dental bridges and dentures. However, dental technology has advanced significantly in recent decades, giving patients the option to take advantage of dental implants for greater stability and durability, along with a host of other benefits. Whether you need to replace a single missing tooth or an entire arch, you should consider this innovative treatment option. Schedule a consultation at our office to learn more about the benefits of dental implants and what to expect from the treatment process.

Dental Implants: A Revolutionary Solution For Tooth Loss

Around the middle of the twentieth century, a scientific researcher made a remarkable discovery that would prove to become the basis for dental implant treatment. Per-Ingvar Branemark was studying the healing process of bone when he noticed that a titanium cylinder inserted into a rabbit’s leg could not be removed because the surrounding bone tissue had fused with the titanium surface. Today’s dental implants take advantage of that discovery, as dental implants are made of titanium so that the jawbone tissue can fuse with the implants.

After that osseointegration is complete, which usually takes a few months after the dental implant is placed in the patient’s jaw, the implant becomes a fixture in the bone, allowing it to function quite similarly to the root of a biological tooth. As such, dental implants offer patients the only option for structurally complete tooth replacements, consisting of both a prosthetic crown and a root-like structure.

Importance Of Restoring Your Smile After Tooth Loss

Patients may be hesitant to replace a single missing tooth, especially if the tooth is not in a prominent area of the smile. However, postponing tooth replacement can have consequences. The neighboring teeth often will shift to fill in the empty space, affecting the alignment of the entire smile. The remaining teeth may also be subjected to unusual forces that can damage them. There are a number of compelling reasons to move forward with restoring your smile after tooth loss.

Keep in mind that the importance of replacing teeth after tooth loss includes replacing the root whenever possible. The root of the tooth stabilizes the jawbone, so when it is absent, jawbone erosion will occur. Because they are structurally similar to tooth roots, dental implants also prevent this jawbone erosion.

Advantages Of Dental Implants

Dental implants have a long list of advantages over conventional appliances. Because the dental implants prevent jawbone atrophy, the appliance is more stable over time. In contrast, a conventional denture will eventually lose its fit because the shape of the jawbone changes as the tissue wears away. Additionally, implant-supported dentures are more secure because the dental implants are more effective at holding the denture in place than denture adhesives (along with being more convenient).

Patients who choose dental implants also can enjoy a more varied diet because implant-supported prosthetics are more effective at chewing than conventional bridges or dentures. Few, if any, foods have to be eliminated from the diet by dental implant patients.

In cases of single tooth replacement, implant-supported crowns are able to stand alone, while standard dental bridges require neighboring teeth to be fitted with crowns, sacrificing healthy enamel in the process, to support the pontic.

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Common Dental Implants Questions
What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a small titanium post that is used to replace the roots of missing teeth. Dental implants can restore a smile by supporting a single crown, a dental bridge or an entire denture, depending on the patient’s needs.

How much do dental implants cost?

The cost of dental implants will vary from patient to patient, and can reflect associated services such as imaging, tooth extractions and bone grafting, when needed. When you come to our office for your initial evaluation, our team can give you a better estimate of what your anticipated costs will be. We will work to maximize any insurance benefits that you may have, and we accept a variety of forms of payment to help you fit any out-of-pocket costs into your budget. This includes zero-percent financing through Care Credit and a discount for patients who pre-pay with cash.

Am I a candidate for dental implants?

The most important consideration for dental implant placement is the quality of bone available at the implant site. If patients have experienced bone loss, which is a common consequence of tooth loss, there may be insufficient bone to support osseointegration, which puts the dental implant at risk of premature failure. In such cases, the patient will be advised to have a preliminary bone graft in order to supplement the bone tissue available at the implant site.

Active gum disease can also pose a barrier for dental implant placement, as it can compromise the underlying bone tissue, potentially jeopardizing the stability of the dental implant. If active gum disease is present, the patient will need to get treatment for that condition before proceeding with dental implant placement.

How are dental implants placed?

Dental implants are placed in a surgical procedure. The dentist will make an incision into the gum tissue covering the implant site and create room in the jawbone to insert the dental implant. Over the course of three to six months after implant placement, the jawbone will osseointegrate, or fuse with, the dental implant. After osseointegration is complete, the dentist will place a post called an abutment on top of the dental implant. The restoration will ultimately be attached to that abutment.

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Dr. Nish Kapadia | Richardson Family Dentistry | Richardson TX
Dr. Nish Kapadia

Dr. Nish Kapadia knows that many people may feel apprehensive about going to the dentist due to innate fear or past traumatic dental experiences, and this is very common! Our goal is to provide gentle, comfortable care with compassion, understanding, and respect for your feelings. We offer dental sedation options as well as relaxing patient amenities to help you feel at home in our Richardson dental office and at ease in our care. The Richardson Family Dentistry team would like to invite you to experience the difference at our practice while restoring yourself to optimal dental health!

Dr. Kapadia is a member of the American Dental Association, Texas Dental Association and Dallas County Dental Society. When he is not practicing dentistry or attending dental continuing education courses, he enjoys running, biking and cooking. Dr. Kapadia is an avid Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Mavericks, Texas Rangers and Texas Longhorns fan.

Dr. Kapadia takes pride in helping others. He is excited about giving back to Richardson, TX, the community in which he was raised. Dr. Kapadia is truly your Richardson Dentist!