Dental Implants – Frisco, TX
The Modern Answer for Missing Teeth
Dentures and bridges both have extensive histories of filling in empty space in people’s smiles. While both still have their place in modern dentistry, modern dentistry offers a revolutionary alternative in the form of dental implants, which offer many unique benefits thanks to the fact that they replace the entire dental structure from the roots up. And at Blue Star Smiles, our team handles the entire procedure in one location without needing to send you to a specialist for placement. You can take the first step right now and call us to schedule a consultation to discuss tooth replacement with dental implants in Frisco, TX.
Why Choose Blue Star Smiles for Dental Implants?
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What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are basically thin posts that are used to support crowns, bridges, and dentures. Instead of resting on your gums or being attached to natural teeth, they are surgically placed into your jawbone. They’re made out of biocompatible titanium so that they can fuse with the jawbone via osseointegration, meaning they become attached to your jaw the same way your natural tooth roots were. Thus, your new teeth will stay right where they are without the risk of slipping.
The 4 Step Dental Implant Process
- Consultation: We need to make sure that you can get implants in the first place by examining your mouth and jawbone. We’ll then decide whether we can move on to implant surgery right away or will need to perform a number of preliminary procedures first.
- Surgery: You don’t need to see a separate oral surgeon to have your implant placed. We’ll take care of it right here.
- Osseointegration & Abutment: We’ll give your mouth a few months to recover before attaching abutments to each implant post.
- Delivery of Dental Restoration(s): Our team will take impressions of your mouth so that a dental lab can create a customized restoration for you, which will be attached at your final implant appointment after any necessary adjustments.
Benefits of Dental Implants
You can get dental implants to replace any number of teeth while also making sure that your jaw will continue to receive the stimulation it needs to prevent the loss of bone that can occur when teeth are missing. Dental implants are also very easy to take care of, look and feel like natural teeth, do not come with any dietary restrictions once they’ve been restored, and have an extremely long lifespan compared to traditional dentures and bridges.
Who Dental Implants Can Help?
While not everyone can get dental implants, they’re definitely an option worth considering if a tooth is missing or has been extracted. Once we confirm that you have the jawbone density to support an implant and no health problems that could lead to failure, we can schedule implant placement surgery. Note that the implant process isn’t exactly the same for everyone; it can vary quite a bit depending on how many missing teeth need to be accounted for.
Missing Single Tooth
Even a single gap needs to be filled in before the other teeth start to drift out of place. All we need is a single implant post and a crown. After osseointegration, the crown can be shaded and shaped to resemble your natural teeth before being attached to the implant posts via an abutment.
Missing Multiple Teeth
When replacing multiple teeth, the goal is to use the fewest number of implants possible. Thus, instead of getting an implant for every single tooth, we might just place two implants to support a dental bridge. The advantage of an implant bridge is that we don’t need to make any alterations to your natural teeth in order to attach it.
Missing All Teeth
Even an entire row of teeth can be supported by dental implants. It only takes about 4 to 6 implant posts to support a full denture in most cases. An implant denture looks similar to a traditional denture, but it stays permanently in place and can be brushed and flossed normally.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
Preliminary treatments, the number of teeth missing, and the type of restoration or restorations used can all affect the final cost of dental implants. Since the overall price can be vastly different from case to case, we’ll wait to give you an estimate until all factors have been taken into account. The initial cost of dental implants is balanced out by their longevity as well as the other benefits that you wouldn’t get with other options.
Maintaining & Caring for Your Dental Implants
Just like your natural teeth, your dental implants will last much longer if you take good care of them. Even though dental implants can’t get cavities, they can still be damaged, and the tissues holding them in place could get infected. You can keep your new smile safe by following the precautions listed below. Remember that you can always talk to our team if you’d like additional implant maintenance tips.
Make Oral Hygiene a Priority
Gum disease is often the cause of dental implant failure, as it can lead to the deterioration of the bone tissue that keeps the implant posts anchored in place. The best way to prevent gum disease is to practice good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing every day. When you brush, make sure that you’re using a soft-bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste that won’t scratch your implant restoration. Also, it’s advisable to rinse with an ADA-approved antibacterial mouthwash.
Eat a Healthy Diet
Eating too many sugary or starchy foods can eventually lead to gum disease, thus putting dental implants at risk. Of course, this doesn’t mean you have to completely give up candy and chips; you just need to be careful not to eat them every day. Your diet should instead mostly consist of fruits, vegetables, and other foods that are known to promote oral health. Vitamin C is particularly important for keeping gum disease at bay, and calcium will help maintain the health of the bone tissue that supports your dental implants.
Break Bad Habits
Plenty of people chew on their fingernails, eat the ice at the bottom of their glass, or use their teeth to tear open stubborn packaging. All of these habits may seem harmless, but they can be hard on dental implants and the rest of your smile. If you’re not careful, you could end up breaking or otherwise damaging your dental implants without meaning to. Play it safe by putting a stop to bad dental habits as quickly as you can.
Protect Your Dental Implants
Participating in any kind of sport or physical activity often carries a risk of getting hit in the mouth. You should get a customized mouthguard so that you can keep your dental implants safe if an accident happens while you’re out on the court or field. You might also consider getting a nightguard if you have nighttime bruxism; that way, you can keep your entire smile safe from clenching and grinding.
Schedule Regular Dental Checkups
It’s best to have small problems with your dental implants caught and dealt with early so that they don’t lead to issues that would be more costly to treat. The most reliable way to make sure your dental implants are still in good shape is to visit us every six months for a checkup. We will let you know right away if there’s any reason to be concerned about your rebuilt smile.