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Dental Implants — Fort Worth, TX
Restore Your Smile Naturally and Seamlessly!
It doesn’t matter how tooth loss occurs. Whether it is caused by injury, poor dental hygiene, health factors, or anything else, finding a secure and replacement is of the utmost importance. Dental implants in Fort Worth are the only comprehensive solution following the loss of one or more teeth. Dr. Givan provides dental implant care in our state-of-the-art office; contact his office to schedule your next consultation!
Why Choose Dr. Mark Givan, DDS For Dental Implants?
- Dental Implant Placement & Restoration Completed Under 1 Roof
- Permanently Replace Any Number of Missing Teeth
- Dental Insurance Welcome & Financing Options Available
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are the only tooth replacement solution that’s designed to restore the entire structure of a missing tooth. The dental implant itself is a small post that is typically made of titanium. It’s placed beneath the gums and directly into the jawbone. Over time, it fuses with the surrounding tissue to essentially replace the roots of the missing tooth. The implant is then topped with a custom-made restoration that looks just like a natural tooth to complete your smile. Depending on how many teeth you’re missing, one or more dental implants can support a crown, bridge, partial, or full denture. The end result is a smile that looks, feels, and functions just like natural!
The 4 Step Dental Implant Process
Unlike dentures and dental bridges, dental implants require a multi-step process that spans the course of several months. Every patient’s treatment plan will vary slightly, but in generally, there are four main steps you can expect:
- Consultation and preliminary treatments: First, you’ll meet with Dr. Givan to ensure that dental implants are right for you. You may need preliminary treatments like bone grafting or gum disease therapy before moving onto dental implant placement.
- Dental implant placement surgery: Dr. Givan will next insert your dental implant(s) you’re your jaw via a minor surgery. Performed under local anesthesia and other sedation as needed, the gums are opened, the implants are positioned, and the gums are closed around it.
- Recovery and osseointegration: Over the next several months, the dental implants and jawbone will gradually fuse together in the process known as osseointegration. This typically takes 4-6 months.
- Delivery of final restoration: After osseointegration is complete, the dental implant is secure in the jawbone. A connecting abutment is placed on top of the implant, and we will place your custom-made crown, bridge, or denture.
Benefits of Dental Implants
The benefits of dental implants are numerous and significant compared to non-implant retained options in tooth replacement. Replacing the entire tooth allows you to benefit from various advantages that aren’t possible using any other treatment, including:
- The look and feel of a natural tooth thanks to all-ceramic restorations
- Reliable results with over a 95% success rate
- Ability to eat, speak, and smile with full confidence
- Stimulation of the jawbone, which keeps it healthy
- The potential to last a lifetime
- Restored biting power of 70% or more
- Prevents dental drift and encourages better oral health
- Easy maintenance and care
- Doesn’t alter any healthy teeth
- A cost-effective solution that shouldn’t need to be replaced for decades.
Who Dental Implants Can Help
No one ever expects to lose a tooth, but it’s a reality 120 million Americans face. If you have an incomplete smile, it’s easy to feel insecure about the empty space. Not to mention, losing even a single tooth negatively impacts your oral health and your quality of life. Thankfully, you don’t need to live with the effects of tooth loss. Our office uses the latest solutions in dentistry to replace any number of missing teeth with dental implants.
Missing 1 Tooth
A single dental implant consists of a small titanium post that is surgically implanted beneath the gum line. Here, it acts as a prosthetic root for the tooth replacement that is attached with a connecting abutment and porcelain crown.
Missing Multiple Teeth
While a dental implant can support a single crown, multiple dental implants retain a bridge. Instead of relying on natural teeth to anchor a restoration like a traditional bridge would, implant bridges use an implant on either side of the restoration.
Significant tooth loss is traditionally treated with a removable partial, which holds prosthetic teeth in a gum-colored base that has a metal framework. As an alternative, a partial implant denture can be held in place with a few dental implants.
Missing All Teeth
If you’re missing an entire arch of teeth, you’ll be happy to learn that dental implants can accommodate a full denture. By placing several implants strategically throughout the jaw, your next denture can benefit from improved stability and appearance, regardless of which arch you need to replace.
Additionally, we’re proud to offer All-On-4 dental implants. As its name suggests, this method utilizes four strategically placed dental implants to anchor a full denture in place. This way, even patients with low jawbone density can enjoy all the benefits of dental implants with less surgery and faster results.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
The cost of your dental implant tooth replacement varies depending on your unique treatment plan. The bulk of the cost is in the implant posts and their surgical placement. In addition to the costs of the implants and their surgical placement, you also need to keep in mind a variety of other factors that can impact the overall price of treatment, including preparatory procedures like tooth extraction, sedation dentistry, and your replacement tooth or teeth.
With that said, dental implants are designed to be a long-term solution to tooth loss. As a major investment, they are meant to be more cost-effective compared to bridges and dentures, which both carry a shorter lifespan overall.
Implant dentistry is the comprehensive solution following tooth loss. If you would like to discuss your eligibility for dental implants in Fort Worth, don’t wait to get in touch with Dr. Givan. Request an appointment online today!
Average Cost of Dental Implants
The bulk of the out-of-pocket portion of your implant supported tooth replacement will be the price of the implants. A single implant can cost between $500 and $2000. This is just for the implant post. Before you opt for the cheapest version, you should know that the quality of these dental implants varies widely. In addition to the cost of the implant itself, you’ll also need to consider the following aspects of your treatment:
- Preparatory procedures – tooth extractions and/or bone and soft tissue grafts may be necessary prior to treatment
- Sedation – if you choose to use dental sedation during the treatment process, this can be an additional cost
- Restoration – your replacement tooth or teeth will need to be included in the overall cost of care
Insurance & Dental Implants
Unfortunately, the vast majority of dental insurance providers do not currently cover dental implants. However, as more and more dentists are recommending dental implant tooth replacement as the ideal solution, providers are slowly starting to include these procedures. Luckily, most providers will still offer at least some coverage for your preparatory procedures, dental sedation, and your replacement teeth. This is an immense help in planning for the overall cost of your treatment.
Dental Implant Financing Plans
We are happy to work with patients to help them fit the cost of implant supported tooth replacement into their budgets. To start, we will not bill for the entire treatment process at one time. Instead, we will bill each phase of treatment separately. This will allow you to plan ahead and save between treatment visits. We are also happy to work with third part medical and dental financing companies like CareCredit. These third-party financiers offer low and no interest payment plans for patients who need to cover the cost of advanced procedures. If you have a flexible spending account (FSA) or health savings account (HSA), these funds can often be put toward covering the cost of your implant supported tooth replacement plan.
Dental Implant FAQs
As dental implants are becoming increasingly popular, more and more patients choose them as their solution to tooth loss. In fact, about half a million Americans get dental implants every year! But as more people learn about them, more questions about the treatment pop up. To help address some of your concerns, we’ve laid out the answers to a few of our most frequently asked questions about dental implants near Arlington.
Does It Hurt to Get Dental Implants?
With the amount of local anesthetic (and possible sedation) that is administered during the implant placement surgery, you shouldn’t feel any pain during the procedure. In fact, most patients are able to return to work the very next day.
However, you may feel a bit sore afterward, but this discomfort should only last a few days. In the meantime, you can take prescribed or over-the-counter pain medication as needed. It may also help to hold a cold compress to your cheek in ten-minute intervals.
Am I Too Old or Too Young for Dental Implants?
In most cases, dental implants are not recommended for children because their facial muscles and bones have not quite finished developing. For this reason, most dentists will wait to place implants until a patient is at least 18 years old.
On the bright side, there is no upper age limit for dental implants. Even patients in their nineties have used them to rebuild their smiles! While older patients are more likely to require a bone graft prior to implant surgery, you can never be “too old” for this treatment.
Are Dental Implants Safe?
Dental implants have been used for half a century to replace missing teeth. They are made from incredibly safe and biocompatible materials. When placed properly by an implant dentist near Arlington, they shouldn’t cause any health problems.
How Successful Are Dental Implants?
Even after three decades, dental implants have a success rate of more than 95%. However, there are certain factors that can increase your risk of implant failure, such as smoking or chewing tobacco, poor oral hygiene, and certain medical conditions like diabetes. Before receiving dental implants, it’s a good idea to consult with your medical team about the risks involved and the steps you need to take to minimize those risks.
Maintaining & Caring for Dental Implants
Dental implants are actually surprisingly easy to maintain. For the most part, simply care for them as you would care for your natural pearly whites. Brushing and flossing every day, attending dental checkups and cleanings on a regular basis, and wearing a mouthguard when participating in sports can all prolong the lifespan of your implants.