Dental Implants — Marshall, TX
A Permanent Solution to Missing Teeth
You expect your teeth to last for a lifetime, but unfortunately, sometimes disease, injury, or neglect can take their toll on your smile, leading to one or more missing teeth. When this happens, you want a durable and attractive replacement that requires a minimum of maintenance. Over the last few decades, dental implants have gained the reputation as the best tooth replacement solution among dental professionals as well as their patients. With this state-of-the-art treatment, Dr. Charles Parker can help you reclaim your full and beautiful smile for decades to come.
Why Choose Marshall Denture Clinic For Dental Implants?
- Dentist with Decades of Experience Rebuilding Smiles with Dental Implants
- Can Potentially Replace Any Number of Missing Teeth for Life
- Sedation Options Available for Comfortable Dental Implant Placement
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are the only tooth replacement that can replace the entire structure of a missing tooth. Just like a real tooth, a dental implant has a crown that sits above the gumline and “roots” (an implant post) that anchor it in place. These small implant posts are made of titanium and inserted directly into your jawbone, where they fuse with the surrounding tissue. This unique placement is what gives dental implants their unmatched functionality, stability, comfort, and longevity!
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants have quickly become the premier way dentists around the world replace any number of missing teeth, and at the Marshall Denture Clinic, Dr. Parker has used them for decades to rebuild thousands of smiles across Marshall, Texarkana, and Shreveport. Why are they so popular, and why does Dr. Parker recommend them to everyone who’s interested in replacing their missing teeth? Read on below to learn more about the unique benefits of dental implants and why they could be exactly what your smile needs.
Complete Tooth Replacement
Most traditional tooth replacements only bring back the visible part of the tooth, the crown, which is what people can see when you smile. Implants, however, go a step farther and actually restore a tooth below the gum line as well. A small titanium “root” is placed directly into the jawbone, and this is used to support any number of restorations that bring back previously absent teeth.
This two-part construction not only makes them extremely stable and secure, but the root also prevents one of the most common side-effects of tooth loss—bone loss. The new root stimulates the jawbone and encourages the growth of healthy bone, which helps maintain the strength of the bite as well as the overall shape of the face.
Implant roots are typically paired with all-porcelain restorations that can be designed to perfectly mimic the appearance of real teeth in every way. And, because implant teeth are able to stay firmly in place on their own and don’t require support from the adjacent teeth, they don’t have obvious metal components that stick out in the smile. In short, they are built just like natural teeth, so they look just like natural teeth as well.
Traditional bridges and dentures are inherently unstable because all of their support is above the gum line and comes from the surrounding gums and teeth. Implants, however, are extremely stable because they are anchored within the dense jawbone, meaning a patient is able to eat and speak without having to worry about annoying slippage or breakage. With implants, a patient is able to enjoy a wider variety of foods, which leads to a much healthier and fulfilling diet.
With the proper maintenance, a dental implant can easily last for 30 years or more, and many are able to last for a lifetime. This is many times longer compared to other replacements whose lifespans are typically only 5-10 years. This durability not only gives patients peace of mind, but it’s also why implants are extremely cost-effective, making them a wise long-term investment.
Ease of Care
If you want your implants to last for a lifetime, all you need to do is brush and floss consistently and routinely see your dentist. Basically, you just have to take care of them like they’re real teeth! You won’t have to do some complicated care routine every day or buy loads of extra cleaners to keep your implants working for decades to come.
Who Dental Implants Can Help
Dental implants are not limited to patients who only need to replace one tooth or even two or three. Implants can hold individual crowns or anchor bridgework or dentures. Dr. Parker can even create a customized treatment plan for you that combines several approaches. Learn more about implant restorations below:
Missing 1 Tooth
Once an implant root is in place, an all-porcelain dental crown can be attached to the top. Unlike with a traditional bridge, this new tooth won’t require support from the surrounding teeth to stay in place, making it a seamless addition to the smile.
Missing Multiple Teeth
Instead of replacing consecutive missing teeth with individual implants, one or two implants can be used to support multiple prosthetic teeth, creating a strong and natural-looking bridge.
Missing All Teeth
Using a few well-placed posts, a full or partial denture can be anchored directly to the jawbone, providing a look, fit, and security a traditional removable prosthetic simply can’t match.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
Because dental implants are able to help people with varying degrees of tooth loss, the overall price of the procedure can differ from person to person as well. Factors such as how many teeth a patient wants to be replaced, where they are located in the mouth, and what type of insurance coverage they have can all influence the final cost.
While implant restorations do tend to be more expensive upfront than traditional ones, they are actually the most cost-effective option long-term, largely thanks to their longevity. While regular bridges and dentures typically need to be completely replaced every 5-10 years, implants can easily last for 30 or more, saving a patient thousands in periodic maintenance and retreatment.
How Many Dental Implants You Need
Dental implants can be used to replace any number of missing teeth, ranging from a single tooth all the way to an entire mouthful. By far, the biggest deciding factor in how much your implant treatment will cost is how many you will need. A single implant costs less than a bridge which costs less than an implant-retained denture. The more implants you need, the more materials are necessary, plus it makes placement a bit more complicated. Dr. Parker can handle any number of implants easily, but it will affect your overall cost.
Your Jawbone Health
One of the most basic requirements a patient needs in order to get dental implants is a strong jawbone that is able to safely support the prosthetic roots. Many patients with missing teeth do not have this, as bone loss is very common after tooth loss. If your jawbone is too thin or brittle to hold implants as is, you will need a bone graft to build it up first. Dr. Parker can handle this in his office to make things nice and easy, but it will add to the overall cost of your treatment.
In-House Dental Implant Placement
Most dental offices offer dental implants, but very few of them are able to handle the surgical part of the procedure in-house, needing to instead refer you to an outside specialist. While this can yield great results, referrals always make things more expensive. Thankfully, at our practice, Dr. Parker has decades of experience performing the entire implant procedure from start to finish, ensuring that your journey will not only be simpler, but it will cost quite a bit less compared to other practices as well.
Your Dental Insurance Coverage
Many dental insurance plans do not cover dental implants because getting them is considered an elective or cosmetic procedure. However, that is changing as implants are becoming more popular, and some plans now provide at least partial coverage. Also, many medical insurance plans have benefits that can help offset the cost of implant placement as well. Every insurance plan is different, so it’s a good idea to go over both your dental and health insurance policies to see if they’ll cover any part of your implant procedure. Our team can help you with this as well, as we want to make your care as affordable as possible.
Are Dental Implants Worth the Investment?
Overall, implants do cost more upfront than a traditional bridge or denture, but over the long term, they are actually the most cost-effective solution. Bridges and dentures typically need to be completely replaced every 5-7 years, while dental implants can easily last for 30, making them a one-time cost for many patients. This, in addition to the fact that they provide the most reliable and natural-looking results, is why Dr. Parker recommends them so highly.
Making Dental Implants Affordable
Our practice is also able to offer our patients numerous financing options to help break up their out-of-pocket costs. If you’re interested in getting dental implants and want an estimate of what your treatment will cost, please contact us today to schedule a consultation. Afterward, our team will work with you to find a financial option that helps your treatment fit easily into your budget.
Dental Implant FAQs
If you’re considering dental implants to replace your missing teeth, you’re making a great decision and investment in your smile. Dr. Parker understands just how devastating an incomplete smile can be, which is why he wants you to be confident in your decision. If you want to learn more about this tooth replacement option, here are some frequently asked questions about dental implants for you to review.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
If you’re looking for a solution that will last a long time and keep you from having to visit the dentist multiple times for a new restoration, you’ll find no better option than dental implants. With proper care and maintenance, dental implants can last for decades or even a lifetime!
Are Dental Implants Removable?
Because they are surgically placed, dental implants are not removable. This is actually one of the greatest benefits to them because unlike dentures that can accidentally slip, you never have to worry about your dental implant falling out. The implant is secured to the bone, so it acts just like a normal tooth.
Does Getting Dental Implants Hurt?
The dental implant process is a surgical procedure, which means there will be some minor discomfort afterward. However, before placing the implants, Dr. Parker will make sure you are comfortable and at ease by administering local anesthesia.
Can Dental Implants Fail?
While rare, yes, dental implants can fail. But if you avoid some of the factors that can cause implant failure, you’ll be one of the many success stories your dentist can share with others. The reason for implant failure can be the result of:
- Smoking or using tobacco use. This weakens your immune systems and makes it harder for the implant to fuse to the bone, often resulting in implant failure.
- Improper placement or balance. If the implant isn’t placed or balanced in the right position, it can put the incorrect amount of pressure on the bone and ultimately, it will fail.
- An infection within the bone or soft tissue.
How Do I Care for My Dental Implant?
One of the other great aspects of dental implants is they are low maintenance. Because they act like regular teeth, all you need to do is brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes, floss at least once a day, and rinse with an antiseptic mouthwash. In addition, you’ll need to make sure you visit our office every six months to have Dr. Parker check your implants.