Dental Implants – Texas City, TX
Seamless, Sturdy Smile Restoration
Modern dentistry offers a number of ways to replace missing teeth, including traditional dentures, bridges, and dental implants. However, unlike alternative treatments, dental implants in Texas City restore teeth from the roots up. These small titanium cylinders are a remarkable way to fill in the gaps in your smile and gain new confidence. Dr. Jack Hackbarth is proud to offer dental implant services. If you are interested in undergoing this treatment, contact our team today to schedule a consultation.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Some of the most outstanding benefits of dental implants include:
- Strength and stability. Because the implants are anchored in the jawbone, they offer a bite force that rivals that of natural teeth. They won’t ever click or slip out of place during eating and speaking.
- High success rate. Dental implants are successful in over 95 percent of cases.
- Remarkable aesthetics. Dental implant restorations (crowns, bridges, and dentures) are made out of materials that closely resemble the look and feel of natural tooth enamel. Each restoration is custom-made to blend in seamlessly with a patient’s smile.
- Dental implants have the potential to last a lifetime. Their restorations may last for 10 years or longer.
- Protection for surrounding teeth. Dental implants help the remaining natural teeth to remain in their proper places. In many cases, placing the implants does not require that any natural teeth be modified or extracted.
- Easy care. In many ways, caring for dental implants is similar to caring for natural teeth.
Indications for Dental Implants
Whether you are missing one tooth, a few teeth, or an entire arch of teeth, dental implants may be an appropriate treatment for you. This treatment can address tooth loss in any area of the mouth, and most adult patients with a strong jawbone are good candidates for it.
Missing a Single Tooth
If you’ve lost just one tooth, Dr. Hackbarth will likely recommend that you receive a single dental implant accompanied by a single crown.
Missing Multiple Teeth
Are you missing a few teeth in a row? An implant-retained dental bridge, which requires the support of just one or two implants, may work for you.
Missing All Teeth
Patients who have lost all or most of their teeth may benefit most from an implant-supported denture. These prosthetics may be permanently fixed in place, or they may be removable and simply “snap” onto the implants via small attachments.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
The cost of dental implant treatment varies from patient to patient. The price of your procedure will depend on how many implants you need, the extent of any preparatory work, the materials used to make your restoration, and other factors. When you visit Dr. Hackbarth for your consultation, our team can provide you with a realistic estimate of the cost of your restored smile. Although implants are more expensive than alternative treatments, they offer an excellent long-term value. They are an investment in your oral health and confidence that could serve you well for decades!
Dental Implants FAQs
Are you still curious about what your life would be like with dental implants? Replacing your missing teeth is essential to maintaining your oral health, and with this modern restoration procedure, you can protect your mouth for decades to come. For your convenience, we’ve compiled a list of common questions we get from patients to help you make the decision that’s best for you.
Do dental implants require special care?
After you get dental implants, you’ll want to make sure that you take care of them so you can get the most out of your investment. When you get them placed, be sure to ask your implant dentist for recommendations about the best way to preserve your new restorations so they last a long time. Because implants are so similar to your natural teeth, you typically just have to brush twice a day, and floss at least once each day like you would with your natural teeth. You can also use an antibacterial mouth wash to help control the number of harmful bacteria in your mouth.
How long is the implant process?
Many patients are excited and can’t wait to start utilizing their new restorations, which is why they are eager to get the procedure started. One thing to remember is that because dental implants replace both the biting surface and roots of your missing teeth, they have to undergo important processes like osseointegration, when your implants fuse with your jawbone. These often take time, and when they’re not properly completed, can jeopardize the success of your new implants.
So, in order to give your mouth the healing time it needs and for your implants to be successful, it could take months before you’re able to enjoy them fully. The time frame depends on various factors such as how many implants you’re having placed, and whether or not you need preparatory procedures such as bone grafting.
Will my dental insurance cover the procedure?
Typically, dental insurance plans don’t cover implants because they consider them a cosmetic procedure, although they may cover traditional restorations. However, as implants are becoming more common, insurance companies are starting to change their policies on this. Our team would be glad to help you find out if your insurance will cover a portion of the procedure. Plus, sometimes medical insurance plans may help contribute to preparatory procedures, so it’s worth looking into all of your funding options.
Will it hurt to get my implants placed?
At Dental Cosmetic Center, we focus on utilizing the latest technology in our field to help minimize our patients’ post-operative discomfort. Typically, after the surgery, patients don’t report experiencing major pain. In fact, most discomfort can be easily taken care of with over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen and it only lasts a few days. If you need more extensive procedures like bone grafts, it may require more healing time and you could need to take specially prescribed pain medication. The best way to promote fast healing and minimize discomfort is to follow your implant dentist’s aftercare instructions.