Dental Implants – Plano, TX
Rebuilding Your Smile,
Roots and All
Invented in 1952, implants have become the new gold standard for dentists when it comes to replacing any number of teeth. While traditional bridges and crowns are useful for restoring the biting and chewing functions of your smile, only implants can replace the tooth roots needed to maintain a strong, healthy jawbone. Call Dr. Kung for a consultation today; once he has determined that you’re a candidate for dental implants in our Plano, TX dental office, he can begin the process of planning your new smile!
Why Choose Vitality Dental for Dental Implants?
- Implants Placed and Restored in One Location
We Seek to Deliver
- Overcoming Dental Fear is Our Specialty
What is a Dental Implant?
Unlike other kinds of tooth replacement, a dental implant is a surgical fixture that interfaces directly with the jawbone. It takes the form of a screw-shaped post (normally made out of titanium), and once it has been inserted into the jaw, it will gradually integrate with the bone through a process called osseointegration. Once this is done, the implant can now act as a “root” for a dental crown or another type of dental restoration.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Compared to other types of tooth replacement, dental implants come the closest to being like your natural teeth in terms of both appearance and their overall feel. They hold your new teeth firmly in place, preventing them from slipping; this makes it easier for you to speak clearly at all times and enjoy all of your favorite foods. Other advantages include:
- Root Replacements: Your new implants will stimulate your jaw the same way natural tooth roots do, thus preventing the tissue from breaking down (which could eventually cause your facial structure to collapse.
- High Success Rate: Dental implants are by no means new. Dentists have been using them successfully for decades now, and currently they have a 95% success rate.
- Convenience: When your dentures are permanently attached to implants, you don’t have to take them out at night, and you can continue brushing and flossing as you normally would.
- Long Lifespan: As long as you take proper care of your implants, they’ll last for decades – possibly even the rest of your life.
Are Dental Implants Right for You?
Ideal dental implant candidates have at least one missing tooth (or a tooth that needs to be extracted soon) as well as a healthy mouth and a jaw with sufficient bone density. Some preparatory procedures (such as bone grafts or sinus lifts) might be necessary before the actual implant surgery. Also, the number of implants and the type of restoration you receive will vary from case to case, as noted below:
Missing Single Tooth
Replacing a single tooth with a dental implant is relatively straightforward. All we need to do is insert the implant post into the gap. Then, once your mouth has fully recovered, we can top the implant with a dental crown that has been customized to blend in with your remaining natural teeth.
Missing Multiple Teeth
Dental bridges are useful for replacing a row of lost teeth, but one downside is that they normally use natural teeth for support; this means removing small amounts of enamel to make room for said crowns. However, it is possible for a bridge to rest on a pair of dental implants instead, which tends to be better for oral health in the long run.
Missing All Teeth
It only takes about 4 to 8 implant posts to support an entire arch of new teeth. Some implant-retained dentures are designed to be removable (meaning they can snap in and out of place as needed), but many patients prefer the convenience of false teeth that have been permanently anchored in their mouths.
How Dental Implants Work
The dental implant process is divided into multiple stages: an initial consultation, placement surgery, the attachment of an abutment, and restoration. All of these steps can be completed right here at Vitality Dental. You don’t have to drive to a completely separate location to be treated by a specialist that you hardly know; instead, you can rely on the expertise of Dr. Kung and a friendly dental team that is already familiar with you and your needs.
CT-Guided Implant Surgery
Dr. Kung uses CT-Guided implant surgery to reach the highest degree of precision and confidence for patients. The process begins with a 3D digital scan of your teeth just before a more in-depth CT scan is performed to capture your head and jaw in even more detail. It can also detect the locations of facial nerves and sinuses! The advantage this affords is that it removes the guesswork and replaces with completed smiles for years to come.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
When you decide to get dental implants, you are making an investment in strong, stable teeth that will last for many, many years. Keep that in mind when considering the overall cost of the procedure compared to other forms of tooth replacement. The amount that you pay for implants largely depends on the number of teeth that need to be replaced, the kind of restoration you’ll get, and the type of preparation required before surgery.
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