Dental Implants – Denton, TX
Your Seamless Tooth Replacement Solution
When you lose one or more teeth, you experience more than just gaps in your smile. Your remaining teeth can shift to fill the space that was left behind, causing jaw pain, headaches, or even additional tooth loss down the road. While Dr. Ted Dunson II and our dedicated staff here at Southridge Dental can't reverse the clock, we can offer a solution that's the next best thing: dental implants. As a tried-and-true, yet revolutionary restorative technique, dental implants in Denton can provide the security and natural look you've been looking for in your new smile. Call us today to learn more!
Why Choose Southridge Dental for Dental Implants?
- Entire Dental Implant Process Performed Under One Roof
- State-of-the-Art Dental Technology for Precise, Comfortable Treatment
- Fair Pricing with No Hidden Fees
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant consists of three parts:
- A titanium post that is surgically placed into the jaw to act as the new tooth root
- A metal fixture called an abutment
- A restoration (dental crown, bridge, or denture) that replicates the visible portion of lost teeth
When it comes to replacing missing teeth, dental implants are the only option that rebuilds the entire structure of the teeth. Additionally, the titanium post fuses to the surrounding bone and tissue to create a solution that looks, feels, and functions virtually the same as natural teeth. Dental implants also prevent the oral health problems that can develop after tooth loss, including dental drift and jawbone deterioration. That’s why Dr. Dunson typically recommends dental implants before any other options for patients to replace lost teeth.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Because dental implants replace the entire missing tooth from the root up, they provide several benefits that cannot be achieved using a traditional treatment, including:
- Better oral health. As soon as a tooth is extracted, the jawbone starts to lose density. Over time, this can change your facial shape -- making you appear older -- and weaken the support to the natural teeth you still have. But dental implants go under the surface to keep the jawbone stimulated, helping you enjoy improved oral health and a younger appearance in the long run.
- Preservation of remaining teeth. Dental bridges rely on anchors to keep them in place. This requires removing healthy structure from the surrounding teeth to attach the bridge, making these teeth more vulnerable to decay or even tooth loss in the future. Dental implants do not impact healthy teeth at all, enabling them to stay that way for longer.
- Long lifespan. Compared to dentures and dental bridges, which need to be replaced every 10 years at most, dental implants can last an entire lifetime if they are well-maintained.
- More security. Because dental implants become fully integrated with the jawbone, they are very stable. You won’t have to worry about your replacements falling out or slipping while you eat or speak, giving you more confidence.
Who Dental Implants Can Help
No matter the extent of your tooth loss, dental implants can help you regain your smile’s full health, strength, function, and beauty. Here is how they can meet your needs regardless of your situation.
Missing One Tooth
Dr. Dunson can easily replace just one lost tooth by surgically placing the post into the socket. Then, after the tissue and bone have surrounded the implant, we can top it off with a beautiful dental crown.
Missing Multiple Teeth
For gaps with two or more missing teeth in a row, an implant-supported dental bridge or partial denture is an efficient option.
Missing All Teeth
Dental implants even provide a helpful solution for those who need an entire arch of teeth replaced. Through placing some dental implants in strategic spots, Dr. Dunson can set you up for an implant denture.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
Because every patient is unique, the cost of getting dental implants will vary case by case. After all, the process includes multiple steps in placement, abutment, and restoration, and the number of dental implants needed will impact the cost as well. However, when you consider the long-term benefits of dental implants and the frequency that other tooth replacement options need to be replaced, dental implants could be the wisest investment.
Types of Dental Implants
There is not a set price for dental implants because the amount you pay is based on your individual needs. We provide you with a custom estimate during your initial consultation and explain the costs associated with your treatment.
There are several factors that influence the amount you pay, such as the number of teeth you are replacing. Generally, you can expect to pay more if you need a bridge or denture than if you need a single unit implant. The materials used will also impact the cost, such as a standard or mini implant post.
What Are the Stages of Dental Implant Treatment?
The process to complete your smile occurs in multiple stages, each with separate costs. This often makes it easier to afford for your new smile because you do not need to pay the entire amount upfront. On average, you can expect to pay for:
- Consultation: Besides the office fees, you will also need digital X-rays and a CT scan.
- Additional Procedures: You may need additional treatments before placing your implant posts, like tooth extractions or bone grafting.
- Placement Surgery: You will need sedation or anesthesia during your placement surgery to insert the posts into the jawbone.
- Abutments & Restorations: Each implant post will require an abutment to secure your restoration.
Are Dental Implants Worth the Investment?
Dental implants may be more expensive than traditional treatments upfront, but they are cost-effective. They have over a 95% success rate to last for several decades, so you should never need to worry about having them replaced.
You will also lower your overall dental expenses because they actually improve your oral health. You will have a lower risk of tooth decay, gum disease, tooth loss, and other complications that are typically associated with missing teeth.
Does My Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?
Unfortunately, many dental insurance carriers will not pay for the entire procedure, but they may cover certain aspects until you reach your annual limit. We work on your behalf with your insurance company to reduce the amount you need to pay out-of-pocket.
We accept a variety of payment options to pay any remaining balance, including third-party financing with CareCredit. You care given the funds you need for your treatment. You then repay the amount using a payment plan that accommodates your budget.
If you are ready to invest in your oral health, do not let the cost of dental implants in Denton deter you. We will help you find the solution you need to keep your new smile affordable. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation.
Dental Implant FAQs
Dental implants have become one of the most popular tooth replacement options because of their longevity, function, and naturality. If you’re considering dental implants, you may be curious about the treatment process. Dr. Dunson II wants to ensure that his patients have the information they need before deciding. That’s why he’s included the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about dental implants in Denton. Read on to learn more about this amazing replacement solution.
How Long Does the Dental Implant Process Take?
The dental implant surgery may only take a single dental visit. However, the process in total will take several months. While this seems like a long time, your dental implants must fuse to the jawbone for a successful replacement—a process called osseointegration. Once your implants are placed, we must wait at least three to six months for your implants to become a permanent part of your body. After, you can enjoy a complete and healthy smile for the rest of your lifetime!
Will Insurance Cover My Dental Implants?
If you’re considering dental implants, you may be wondering if your insurance can cover costs. Unfortunately, most dental insurance companies see dental implants as an elective procedure, which is why they typically won’t cover treatment. However, our friendly front desk staff can help to maximize your insurance benefits while minimizing your out-of-pocket costs. In fact, they may be able to get your insurance plan to cover certain aspects of the procedure, but this will depend on a case-by-case basis.
Does It Hurt to Get Dental Implants?
Because dental implant treatment requires surgery, many patients become nervous that the procedure may hurt. However, those who have received dental implants relate the feeling during surgery to a simple tooth extraction. Dr. Dunson will ensure that you’re numb and comfortable before beginning. He also offers sedation dentistry options to give his patients a greater sense of relaxation. The only discomfort you feel will be some slight soreness after surgery.
Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
If you’ve explored dental implants and you’re ready to get started, you may be wondering if this treatment is even an option for your smile. Good candidates for dental implants will typically have a strong enough jawbone to accommodate them, a commitment to good oral healthcare, and have avoided routine tobacco use. However, there are solutions like bone grafting for patients who aren’t ideal candidates, which is why the only way to know for sure is to visit our dentist in Denton for a consultation. Dr. Dunson will carefully examine the condition of your oral health, the number of teeth you’re missing, and the strength of your jawbone before making a proper recommendation.
If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our office today!