Holes in your smile are more than just an aesthetic embarrassment; they’re also an invitation for your remaining teeth to shift, causing jaw pain, headaches, and further tooth loss as time goes on. You have plenty of options at Cove Choice Dental for filling in these gaps, but if you want a replacement that’s as close to your real teeth as possible, then dental implants are your best bet. Get in touch with us today to learn more about the process of getting dental implants in Copperas Cove, TX.
Dental implants are different from other tooth replacements in that they offer a much more comprehensive solution for tooth loss. The implant itself is made out of titanium and shaped like a screw; it is designed to join with the jawbone and act as a new tooth root. This merging process, known as osseointegration, is what allows dental implants to support a crown, a bridge, or even a full denture via a metal abutment. Due to the unique advantages that they carry, dental implants are now considered the modern gold standard solution for tooth loss.
At many general dental practices, patients are often referred to a separate specialist in order to get the dental implant care they need. Fortunately, the experience of our team of dentists allows us to do everything in one single location. Once we give you a thorough diagnosis, we can get started with treatment as soon as you're ready.
Keep in mind that the dental implant process can take several months at minimum and requires multiple procedures. That said, your new teeth can last for 30+ years if you take care of them, so we think you’ll find that dental implants are worth the wait! We can discuss your treatment in detail at your appointment, but the four basic steps of the process include the initial consultation, the dental implant surgery, osseointegration, and the delivery of your restorations.
First, our team will need to verify that you’re a good candidate for dental implants in Copperas Cove. This is done during a consultation, where our dentists will go over your medical history and review your oral health. If we detect any existing oral issues, such as gum disease or insufficient jawbone density, we’ll create a plan to fix them with various preliminary treatments, such as gum disease therapy or bone grafting. From there, we can walk you through what to expect throughout the dental implant process, including a projected timeline and cost estimate.
Because our Cove Choice Dental team can perform this procedure in-house, you won’t have to worry about visiting an unfamiliar practice. Instead, you’ll be with the team you already know and trust every step of the way.
Surgical dental implant placement is fairly straightforward. We’ll first numb your mouth and, if need, be, help you relax with dental sedation. Then, we’ll make small, precise incisions in your gum tissue, through which we carefully position the implant posts within your jawbone. Lastly, we close up your gums and place protective caps over the implants to ensure they stay safe during the healing process.
Next comes osseointegration – the process of your jawbone growing around the implants until they’re essentially a part of your body. This step is key to the longevity, stability, and most of the other unique benefits of dental implants. However, it can take up to six months before it’s finished.
Once your implants are sufficiently fused to your jawbone, we’ll perform a small surgery to install metal connectors called abutments onto your implants. Abutments act as the bridge between the implant itself and the restoration we place on top of it. As you spend a few weeks healing from your abutment procedure, your restoration will be meticulously crafted at a dental lab based on impressions that we’ve taken of your mouth.
Finally, you’ll return to our office and we’ll secure your tailor-made dental crown, bridge, or denture (depending on the number of teeth you’re replacing) onto your abutments. Once this step is complete, we’ll let you know how to care for your new smile so that it lasts for decades, possibly a lifetime to come!
Replacing the entire tooth from the root up puts dental implants a step ahead of other tooth replacement options. If you’re a candidate for implants, then you stand to enjoy the following benefits:
In addition to losing any number of teeth, a good candidate for dental implants will need to have a healthy mouth and a sufficient amount of jawbone. Those who are suffering from gum disease or tooth loss may need to undergo specific preparatory procedures before moving forward with dental implant surgery. Once we’ve decided to move forward, we can figure out how dental implants can best meet your unique needs, as detailed below:
One lost tooth can easily be replaced with a single implant, which is surgically placed into the gap left behind. The average implant takes a few months to fully integrate with the surrounding bone tissue. We will only top the implant off with a crown once the integration is complete.
If you’ve lost multiple teeth in a row, you can consider getting an implant bridge. Typical dental bridges use natural teeth for support, but you can protect the rest of your natural smile by using a pair of dental implants instead. You can also use implant-supported partial dentures to fill in gaps throughout your mouth.
The idea of replacing all of your teeth with dental implants might seem overwhelming, but it’s actually relatively simple. Dentures can be supported by four to six implants posts that have been carefully placed in strategic spots. Implant dentures are sometimes removable, but more often than not they’re fixed in place.
The cost of dental implants is not set in stone. The process consists of multiple steps that might vary from case to case, and a different number of implant posts will be required depending on the number of teeth missing. Since dental implants can last for decades, they can be considered a long-term investment that will pay off in the long run. We can discuss the costs of the dental implant process during your first appointment so that you know what to expect financially.
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