Dental Implants – Coppell, TX
Because Your Smile Deserves the Best
Dentures and bridges only account for the crowns of your missing teeth – as in, the parts that were normally visible above the gumline. They can’t replace the roots of your teeth by themselves, and as such they have their limits when it comes to restoring the function of your mouth. Dental implants are the next best thing to having your natural teeth again, and the technology that Dr. Steele uses can give them an even better chance of success. Call us today for a consultation to discuss tooth replacement with dental implants in Coppell, TX.
Why Choose Steele Dental for Dental Implants?
- Complimentary Evaluation and Panoramic X-rays
- State of the Art Robotic Implant Placement
- Oral Surgeon with Gentle, Caring Chairside Manner
What are Dental Implants?
In terms of function, dental implants are artificial tooth roots. While traditional dentures sit on your gums or are attached to natural teeth in the case of partial dentures, dental implants are inserted into the jawbone via a simple oral surgery. Once they have successfully fused with the bone (which is a process called osseointegration that typically takes months), implants can be used to support crowns, bridges, and dentures to replace any number of teeth.
4 Step Dental Implant Process
When planning your dental implant treatment, we’ll give you an overview of timeline and explain the different steps that will need to be taken before you can enjoy your newly restored smile. The process does typically require multiple appointments and can take a year or longer in some cases, but the long-term benefits and numerous advantages of implants will more than make it worth your while. Below is an outline of the four basic steps that every implant patient will go through.
Initial Dental Implant Consultation
Everything starts at the first implant consultation. When you tell us that you’re interested in implants, we’ll take X-rays and examine your mouth to see if you’re eligible for the treatment. Sometimes we might have to schedule bone grafts and gum disease therapy before implants can be placed. We’ll always take the time to outline your other options for tooth replacement and give you a cost estimate for the implant process before asking you to make any decisions. Once you’ve made your choice and all the preparations are taken care of, we’ll schedule your implant surgery.
Dental Implant Surgery
Your mouth will be numbed before dental implant surgery. We’ll then open your gums, create small holes in the jawbone, and carefully insert the posts. The gums will then be closed, and a cap will be attached to the implant post to protect it while your mouth heals. Dr. Steele uses state of the art technology to perform implant surgery so that you can be rest assured that the implant post will be placed precisely where it needs to go in order to support a restoration without causing undue damage to your other dental structures.
Dental Implant Osseointegration & Abutment
Dental implants can fuse with your jawbone through a process called osseointegration, which can take about three to six months depending on how fast your mouth heals. You’ll be given instructions for taking care of your implants and the rest of your mouth during the recovery process. Then, after a successful osseointegration, an abutment will be attached to the post. This is an important step, as the abutment is what will allow us to connect the final restoration to the implant post during the last step of the process.
Delivery of Dental Implant Restoration(s)
After your mouth as healed and the abutments are in place, we’ll take an impression of your natural smile and send it to a trusted dental lab so that they can design and create a crown, bridge, or denture for you. It will usually take them a few weeks to make the restoration and send it back to our practice; once we’ve received it, we can schedule your final dental implant appointment. Necessary last-minute adjustments to the restoration’s fit, shape, and color will be made before we attach it.
Benefits of Dental Implants
When you choose dental implants to replace your teeth, you’ll enjoy several benefits as a result. For example:
- The implants will stimulate the jawbone and help prevent bone loss.
- The restoration supported by the implant will be customized to match the color of the surrounding teeth and completely fill in the empty space.
- Implants restore much of your bite force so you can eat anything you want.
- The stability of implants allows you to speak easily and naturally.
- Dental implants are very easy to care for and don’t require you to buy any special products.
- Dental implants are designed to last the rest of your life.
YOMI Robot-Assisted Implant Dentistry
Precision is of the utmost importance when placing dental implants. The posts must be in just the right spot to join properly with the jawbone without causing any unnecessary damage. To ensure the highest level of precision possible, we perform implant surgery with the help of a robot known as YOMI. Not only does it assist with surgical planning, but it also guides Dr. Steele’s hands throughout the procedure so that everything goes in the right direction.
Who Dental Implants Can Help?
Almost anyone with missing teeth is a good candidate for dental implants (although you might need bone grafts or periodontal therapy first). Once we’ve evaluated your mouth, we’ll consider your treatment options and suggest an implant procedure that reflects your needs. We can use dental implants to correct the following tooth loss situations:
Missing One Tooth
Even just one missing tooth can be devastating to your oral health. To fill in the gap, we can take a single implant post and insert it into your jaw. It can then be restored with a dental crown that matches the shape, color, and size of the adjacent teeth to blend in as perfectly as possible.
Missing Multiple Teeth
When three or more teeth in a row are missing, we may recommend a dental bridge supported by two implants. Traditionally, bridges are supported by natural teeth, but using dental implants instead will let you keep more of your natural enamel. For nonconsecutive teeth, implants can be used to support a partial denture.
Missing All Teeth
A full denture is the restoration of choice when an entire row of teeth is gone. The All-on-4 technique makes it possible to support a dental implant with just 4 posts. This simplifies the surgical procedure and can even make it possible to attach new teeth to the implants much earlier than normal.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
We will make sure that you have an idea of how much you’ll end up paying for dental implants by the end of your initial consultation. The number of teeth being replaced and the kind of preparations required beforehand are just a couple of factors that we’ll need to account for when creating an estimate. Remember that since implants can last for decades, they can help you save money when it comes to future replacements.
Dental Implant Failure & Salvage
It is believed that there is a 95% success rate when it comes to initial dental implant placement procedures. But just like all other oral surgeries, some potential risks and complications can develop. In the case of receiving permanent prosthetics, one possible problem is a failed dental implant in Coppell. The good news is Dr. Steele can implement proper techniques and strategies to save and improve your new smile, preparing it for a longer-lasting life.
Maintaining & Caring For Your Dental Implants
Dental implants can last for the rest of your life, however this is only possible with proper maintenance. By investing in good oral healthcare, and taking a few easy steps, you can safeguard your smile and enjoy implants for decades to come. That’s why we’ve included some easy yet helpful tips for dental implant care in Carrollton. Read on to learn more!
Make Oral Hygiene a Priority
The good news is that dental implants themselves cannot get cavities, however it’s still incredibly important to care for your smile. Brushing twice a day and flossing once a day are the easiest steps you can take to reduce your risk of infection that can cause implant failure. It’s a good idea to invest in an electric toothbrush, especially if you have difficulty reaching all areas of your mouth. You can also add a non-alcoholic mouth rinse to your routine, which is a great way to clean the parts of your smile you can’t get to.
Eat a Healthy Diet
One of the most significant advantages of dental implants is that they allow you to eat whatever you want, giving you a more nutritious and tasty diet. However, do not overindulge in extra hard, sticky, or sweet foods. These items can cause problems for your implants, increasing your risk of issues like infection that hurts your gums. Instead, try to eat foods that are rich in calcium and vitamin C to keep your jawbone and gums healthy (example: crunchy, fresh veggies and low-fat dairy products).
Break Bad Habits
Even with a high success rate, dental implants can still fail due to poor lifestyle choices and habits. Tobacco use like smoking decreases the rate of healing and increases the likelihood of infection, which is why you should quit if you want to enjoy your implants for decades to come. Additionally, do not use your teeth for anything other than eating, speaking, and smiling. Do not use your smile to open packages or bottles. Lastly, do not chew on non-food items like ice cubes or pens because these can crack or damage your restorations.
Protect Your Dental Implants
Do you play sports or participate in physical activity? If so, you must wear a mouthguard to protect your smile! While implants are firmly rooted in the jaw, they can get damaged due to sports injuries and trauma to the face. Our mouthguards are comfortable, long lasting, and very effective compared to store bought products. Also, those who suffer from bruxism should wear a nightguard. This custom-made oral appliance will protect your implants from unnecessary wear and pressure that occurs from teeth grinding.
Schedule Regular Dental Checkups
We recommend scheduling routine dental appointments at least twice a year with Dr. Steele. He will carefully examine your mouth to ensure that your implants are still strong and healthy. These visits also give our experienced hygienists a chance to clean your smile, removing tough plaque and tartar that you couldn’t get to on your own.
Advanced Dental Implant Procedures
The dental implant process relies on a strong foundation in your jawbone. You need to have a sufficient level of bone density for the implant posts to successfully join with the jaw. Even if you don’t currently meet this criterion, you could still enjoy the benefits of dental implants with the help of preliminary procedures such as bone grafting, sinus lift, and ridge expansion. During your initial consultation, our team will thoroughly examine your jaw to see if any advanced procedures might be necessary before you can enjoy a reliable new smile supported by dental implants.
Dental implants rely on a process called osseointegration to form a lasting bond with the jawbone. A certain amount of bone is needed for this process to be successful, but unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for the jawbone to start to deteriorate after teeth have been lost. The good news is that such deterioration can be reversed with a process called bone grafting.
The procedure involves taking bone minerals from another part of your body. Said minerals are then placed in the weakened areas of the jawbone. Over time, the new material joins with the bone tissue that’s already there, effectively replacing what was lost. After several months, your jaw will be fully recovered and should be ready to receive dental implants.
The upper back jaw tends to have lower bone density in general, so it can often be difficult to place dental implants in this area. This is especially true if the sinus cavity is too close to where we need to put the implant posts. For this particular situation, we can perform a procedure called a sinus lift to ensure that the implant gets the room and bone density it needs for successful osseointegration.
During the procedure, we’ll open your gums and make a small opening in the exposed bone. Through the hole, we will slightly raise the sinus membrane and pack the bone grafting material into the available space where it’s needed. Once your mouth has healed (which can take about 4 to 12 months depending on your body’s recovery process), you’ll be ready to receive dental implants.
Every jaw is built differently. In some cases, a dental implant can’t be placed right away because the jaw is too narrow. To create the available space, we can perform what’s known as a ridge expansion. In short, the ridge bone of the jaw is divided into inner and outer segments, which are then gently wedged apart. The bone graft material is placed in the space between the bone sections and then given time to join with the rest of the jaw. Once the healing process is complete, there should be plenty of room for new dental implant posts.