Lifelong Tooth Replacement with Dental Implants
Traditional tooth replacement options only restore the portions of teeth that are visible when patients smile, but these restorations do not fully renew oral health as they don’t replace the supportive underlying root structures.
At Wineagar Dental, we offer implant placement and restoration in our comfortable Harker Heights, TX dental practice.
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Why Choose Winegar Dental for Dental Implants?
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are small posts that resemble a screw. They are inserted into the gum line where they mimic the natural function of the lost tooth roots. Once implants are surgically placed, they fuse with the gums and jawbone, recreating the lost tooth roots. Abutments are attached to the implant post in order to affix the replacement tooth or teeth. When in place, your replacement teeth will look and feel just like your healthy, natural smile. You can also expect many long-term oral health benefits that you won’t find with other tooth replacement options, making them a highly recommended and sought-after procedure.
The Dental Implant Process
- Consultation – During a consultation, Dr. Winegar will look at every aspect of your oral and overall health to make sure implants are right for you.
- Preliminary procedures – In some cases, separate treatment is needed beforehand (e.g. gum disease therapy, a bone graft, or extractions).
- Implant placement – For convenience and continuity of care, Dr. Winegar will perform your implant surgery right here in our office. It usually takes 1-2 hours per implant, during which she’ll make your comfort a top priority from start to finish.
- Osseointegration – Implants generally take 3-6 months to osseointegrate, or fuse, with the surrounding jawbone. Exceptions to this are All-On-4 or Teeth-In-a-Day cases, in which implants are placed and restored on the same day.
- Restoration – The last step is having your implant restored with either a single dental crown, bridge, or a denture.
Who Dental Implants Can Help
Dental implants are ideal for almost every age and nearly all levels of tooth loss. Whether you’ve been missing teeth for years or you recently had one extracted, chances are dental implants can completely change your life!
Missing One Tooth
Once the dental implant has fused with the supportive tissues, we are able to attach tooth replacement prosthetics. An individual missing tooth is replaced with a single implant connected to a dental crown.
Missing Multiple Teeth
Two consecutive teeth are typically replaced with two connected crowns affixed to one implant. Patients missing three to four consecutive missing teeth will need a fixed bridge supported at either end by a dental implant post. Because of this, there’s no need to modify existing enamel of neighboring teeth just to receive a replacement.
Missing All Teeth
Patients with more extensive tooth loss need an implant denture. Like their traditional counterparts, dentures replace numerous teeth along a single arch or a full row of teeth. We use the minimum number of implant posts that will still effectively support teeth. Usually, dentures can be supported by four to eight strategically positioned dental implant posts. We offer both fixed and removable full dentures depending on patient preference.
In the past, patients with significant tooth loss who lacked jawbone density needed to undergo time-consuming bone grafting procedures prior to receiving tooth replacement via dental implants. Additionally, patients with significant tooth loss often needed to wait weeks or months before receiving a prosthetic. At Winegar Dental, we offer a solution by performing the All-on-4 procedure. This implant tooth replacement allows our team to place fewer implant posts and offer patients a dental prosthetic on the same day implants are placed. Using just four dental implants, this treatment option requires less jawbone density to provide the same amount of support.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
Dental implants provide countless benefits that other options don’t, including superior strength and stability, more self-confidence, and longevity – just to name a few. However, we understand that many additional factors go into your decision to get dental implants. For many patients, cost is one of the biggest considerations. Below, you’ll get an idea of what determines the final figure, but if you’d like an estimate that’s tailored just for you, contact us to schedule a consultation!
Dental Implant Salvage
Here at Winegar Dental, our priority is to make sure your dental implant process is a success. While the failure rate for the procedure is very low, you might still end up losing the implant post if the underlying bone becomes injured or infected. If you notice the signs of implant failure (radiating pain around the post, red or inflamed gums, difficulty chewing, and so on), call us right away so that we can take an X-ray of your mouth and figure out the problem. Ideally, once we’ve treated the problem, you should be able to safely have implant placement performed again.
Restore Your Smile, Protect your Health!
Dentures are probably the first thing to come to mind when thinking of ways to replace a whole row of missing teeth. However, while regular dentures can restore your ability to chew and smile with confidence, they can’t stop the bone loss in the jaw that occurs when teeth are missing. That’s why at Winegar Dental, we’re proud to offer implant-retained dentures in Harker Heights, TX to help protect your oral health!
How Implant-Retained Dentures Work
While traditional dentures simply sit on top of the gumline, implant-retained dentures are supported by metal posts that are surgically inserted into the jawbone. These posts are naturally fused with the jaw through osseointegration; this way, they can secure the dentures firmly in place. Depending on patient preference, implants retained by dentures can either be permanently fixed in place or removable.
Candidates for Implant-Retained Dentures
The success of any treatment involving dental implants depends largely on your oral health. Bone grafts may sometimes be necessary to make sure the jaw has enough height for osseointegration to work. If you smoke, you’ll need to stop before and after the surgery; otherwise it could disrupt the healing process. You’ll need to speak with a dentist in Harker Heights to have your mouth evaluated in order to determine the best course of treatment.
What’s the Process for Getting Implant-Retained Dentures?
Depending on how many teeth need to be replaced, you can get full or partial dentures. At Winegar Dental, we’ll always use the minimum number of implants necessary to provide the right amount of support for your prosthetic. Usually, four to eight implant posts are necessary.
After an initial consultation, Dr. Winegar will schedule the surgery for placement. This is where the actual implants will be placed in your jawbone. Once healing is complete, a second surgery will be performed to place an abutment; after that, all that’s left is to place the actual denture. In certain cases, you can get Teeth-in-a-Day, which is where you receive your dentures on the same day as your implants.
Benefits of Implant-Retained Dentures
When you’re missing a tooth or multiple teeth, the bone no longer receives the benefits of chewing and gradually begins to resorb. In other words, it starts to deteriorate because it’s no longer needed. While traditional dentures have no effect on bone loss, dentures secured by dental implants in Harker Heights can give the jawbone the stimulation it needs to stay healthy.
There are other advantages of implant-retained dentures as well:
- They’re held in place by the implants, so they’re not prone to slipping.
- They provide chewing power comparable to that granted by natural teeth.
- With good maintenance and excellent oral hygiene, they can last a very long time.
- Since the dentures sit on implants below the gumline instead of directly on the gumline, it results in a far more natural-looking smile.
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We’ll make the process of paying for your dental care as simple as possible! Our office accepts a wide variety of insurance plans, and we’re always happy to file your claim for you so that you can be sure to receive the maximum benefits available to you. Winegar Dental is in network with Delta Dental, Cigna, Metlife, Aetna, Guardian, Ameritas, Principal, United Healthcare, United Concordia, Assurant, GEHA, Careington, Humana, TDA, BlueCross BlueShield and more! Call us today to find out how we can maximize your insurance plan!
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