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Midlothian Dental Implants: Replace Missing Teeth For a Lifetime

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It’s estimated that over 120 million people in the U.S. currently have at least one missing tooth, and that number is expected to grow by leaps and bounds in the coming years. If you’re one of the many who has to deal with gaps in your smile or an uncomfortable denture, Marvel Dental is ready to offer a solution that’s proven to bring back missing teeth better than any other treatment available today: dental implants. With them, our dentists can restore any number of missing teeth so a patient can eat, speak, and smile with complete confidence again. If you’re ready to finally say “goodbye!” to the gaps in your smile, be sure to contact us today.

Dental Implant Process

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The reason dental implants are so special is because they are the only treatment that restores a tooth both above and below the gum line. A small titanium post is placed into the jawbone where a tooth has gone missing, and this is used to support a variety of dental restorations that show in the smile.

In order to get dental implants, you will first need to undergo a minor surgery where they are actually positioned within the jawbone. After examining you to make sure this procedure would be safe, our dentist will refer you to one of their trusted specialists to carry it out. Afterward, you will need about three to six months to heal, during which the implant posts will actually fuse to the surrounding bone to create the perfect foundation for your smile.

Once you have healed, you’ll return to Marvel Dental to receive your new teeth. If you are missing a single tooth, an all-porcelain crown will be attached directly to the implant. Or, if you are missing a few in a row, a single implant can be used to support two crowns, or two implants can help form a bridge as well. Either way, these kinds of restorations will blend completely into the smile, and with regular oral hygiene, they can be trusted to last for 30 years or more.

Implant-Retained Dentures

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If you have a denture that you can’t trust to stay in place or is always causing sore spots in your mouth, then dental implants can easily make both of these problems a thing of the past. With implant-retained dentures, the prosthetic teeth are anchored to the jawbone using multiple implant posts placed within the mouth. This not only gives them a much more secure fit, but the implants themselves will stimulate the jawbone to keep it healthy and full, which will ensure the dentures maintain their day one fit for years to come.

Also, implant-retained dentures have been shown to restore much more of a patient’s natural bite force compared to traditional dentures, making it easier for someone to enjoy a more varied and healthy diet with ease, which can quickly improve overall health.

Dental Implant FAQs

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Even after hearing about the benefits of dental implants in Midlothian, it is normal to still have several questions about the treatment. After all, it is a big decision. We want you to feel confident in the choices you make for your smile. We take the time to address your concerns about dental implants during your consultation. Here are the answers to a few of the most common questions about the treatment.

Am I too old for dental implants?

You are never too old for dental implants. Age is not a determining factor for your candidacy as long as you have finished growing. Instead, it relies on your oral and overall health. Your dentist in Midlothian will also discuss your lifestyle habits to ensure there are no issues that may complicate the procedure, like smoking. Besides a visual examination, a CT scan is also needed.

Can I get dental implants if I have gum disease?

Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss in the United States. Unfortunately, you cannot use dental implants to fill the empty spaces if the infection is still active. The long-term success of dental implants relies on your jawbone’s ability to support the posts and remaining infection-free. As a result, you will need to treat the infection before replacing your missing teeth. You may also need additional procedures to repair any issues caused by the infection, like bone grafting.

Can I prevent dental implant failure?

Dental implants are the most predictable and reliable option to replace missing teeth. They are proven to last for several decades with the right aftercare, but they can fail. Generally, your risk of implant failure is less than 5%. Although it is rare, it is best to be proactive about your new smile to ensure it lasts. You can help reduce your risk of implant failure by:

  • Brushing your natural teeth, your restorations, the abutments, and the implant posts at least twice a day.
  • Flossing in between any natural teeth and around your dental implants daily.
  • Using an antimicrobial mouthrinse to kill any harmful bacteria left behind by your toothbrush.
  • Visiting your dentist twice a year for a cleaning and checkup.
  • Not smoking.
  • Not drinking alcohol in excess.

How much do dental implants cost?

There is no easy answer to explain how much you will pay because the cost is determined by your individual treatment plan, like the number of teeth you are replacing. The process occurs in multiple phases, which each have separate fees. This helps spread the cost of the treatment out across several months.

We explain the cost of your treatment during your initial consultation and discuss your payment options, such as using your dental insurance. Our office works on your behalf with the insurance company to minimize how much you need to pay. We also accept CareCredit to keep your new smile within your budget.

If you still have questions about dental implants, a member of our team is only a phone call away.