Do dental implants need to be replaced?

For patients that have missing, cracked, or broken teeth, dental implants are a great solution. Implants give patients a permanent, comfortable option that lasts for years or even a lifetime.

At our office, we meet with our patients to evaluate if they are a good candidate for implants.  We also come up with a customized treatment plan for each patient that fits their needs. Our team is always available to help patients through each step of the way, supporting them and answering any questions they may have.

Many patients are interested in finding out if their dental implants will ever need to be replaced? Compared to other alternatives such as dentures or bridges that only last 5-15 years before needing replacement, implants are permanent and do last upwards of 25 years or even a lifetime.  It is important to care for implants just like our natural teeth to ensure they do last. Implants rarely ever need additional work once placed in the mouth, and have a 95% success rate with patients.

We recommend good oral hygiene, and following our recovery instructions as you heal from the implant procedure. Avoid hard foods and any products that will stain your teeth.

Tips to ensure your implants last a lifetime:

  • Use a low abrasive brush such as a soft type tooth brush.
  • Use a non-abrasive gel or paste to avoid scratching the surface of your implant.
  • Floss daily using implant specific floss, or use a Waterpik Water Flosser to help protect and keep the implant and surrounding tissue healthy.
  • Avoid any products containing, stannous fluoride, sodium fluoride, or baking soda. These products may make the implants prone to corrosion.
  • Anti-microbial rinses can be used to prevent infection and reduce inflammation.

If you care for your implants and practice good oral hygiene, dental implants can last your lifetime and never have to be replaced. Contact us today to schedule your appointment, and see how our implant services can benefit you.

How long do dental implants last?

Dental implants are one of the most common restorative procedures done today. Implants are built to last upwards of 25 years or even a lifetime. If you are unhappy with your smile, and want a solution that lasts and looks natural, then dental implants may be right for you.

We meet with all patients to discuss their concerns, and we evaluate their teeth to determine if they are a good candidate for dental implants. Our team creates a customized treatment plan, and makes sure our patients understand all steps of the implant process.

Dental implants provide long lasting results and are comfortable in the mouth. They function exactly like natural teeth and allow our patients to eat the foods they desire and live a happy and healthy life.

Benefits of dental implants and why they last:

  • Implants are made of a strong material called titanium and if cared for properly can last upwards of 25 years, or a lifetime. Other implant alternatives may only last between 5-15 years.
  • Implants are anchored to the bone rather than the tooth’s roots. This allows the implant to be stronger, and provide the needed support. Implants are just as strong as our natural teeth, and in most cases can withstand more pressure.
  • The success rate for dental implants are 95%.
  • Bone grafting can be done, if the patient does not have enough bone to support the implant. This helps to provide the support needed, and keep the implants strong and sturdy in the mouth.
  • Implants are comfortable in the mouth, and make it easy to speak and chew food.
  • Caring for implants is similar to caring for natural teeth. We recommend good oral hygiene that includes brushing and flossing daily, and regular dental checkups at our office.

Contact us today to schedule your appointment, and see how dental implants can work for you.

What to expect during a dental implant procedure?

If you have missing or broken teeth, and have been recommended for dental implants, you may be wondering what to expect along the way. Implants are one of the most common restorative procedures, and provide long lasting permanent results for patients that seek a beautiful, natural looking smile.

Consultation:

Our office will meet with each patient to evaluate if they are a good candidate for dental implants. We use this time to answer any questions they may have, discuss recommended treatment, and what the procedure entails. We develop a customized treatment plan for each patient, depending on their needs.

Overall Procedure:

Dental implants replace tooth roots with metal posts made of titanium. These act like artificial tooth roots, and provide a base of support for the artificial teeth placed on top. An abutment or connector is set on top of the implant and this helps to hold the crown in place. We create customized crowns that match the color and shape of each patient’s teeth allowing them to look natural in the mouth.

Bone Grafting:

The condition of a patient’s jawbone is important, because sufficient support is needed for the implants.  As part of our evaluation, we will look to see if a patient has adequate bone present. Having sufficient bone is important to ensure the process is a success. Bone grafting can be done where synthetic bone is used, or bone is taken from another location of the body and transplanted to the area. The bone then has to heal and grow to support the dental implant, and this process can take a few months.

Placing the implant:

 The gums are opened to expose the bone. Holes are drilled where the dental implant post will be placed. The implant is then placed deep into the bone. We will provide a partial or temporary denture for appearance if required while the healing process takes place. During this stage of the healing process patients wait for osseointegration to occur. This is where the jawbone grows around the implant.  This process can take a few months, but this allows for a solid base to support the implant. 

Abutment placement and artificial teeth:

Once osseointegration is complete, an abutment or connector is placed on top of the implant. Healing time is needed before the artificial teeth or crowns are then attached on top. Our office creates realistic custom crowns that match both the shape and color of your existing teeth. This allows the implants to look natural, and provide the smile patients desire.

Recovery:

Local anesthesia is used throughout the implant process to keep our patients relaxed and comfortable. We recommend pain medications and antibiotics after your dental implant surgery. Some swelling and bruising is expected, as well as minor bleeding, but this should subside. If you notice increased swelling or pain after surgery, contact our office immediately.

Dental implant surgery has a 95% average success rate and with proper care, implants can last a lifetime. We recommend good oral hygiene and a soft food diet to assist in the healing process.  Avoid hard foods or products that will stain your teeth. Also, schedule your regular visit at our office, so we can monitor the progress and healing process.

If you are interested in finding out more about our dental implant procedures, contact us today to schedule your appointment

How many years do dental implants last?

You may be deciding what restorative solution is right for you and wavering between options. Dental implants are a permanent solution for patients that are built to last for many years, or even a lifetime. If you have cracked or broken teeth, and want a comfortable and reliable option that provides excellent results, then dental implants may be right for you.

Implants are made out of titanium and anchored to the bone rather than the tooth’s roots. This allows them to be stronger and withstand more pressure in most cases compared to natural teeth. Adequate bone is required to support the implants, and our team will evaluate your mouth to determine if any bone grafting is needed.

Bone grafting takes bone from another part of the body, or uses synthetic bone filler to add bone to the implant area. This helps to build a good foundation for the implants, and provides the strength needed to keep the implants strong and stable in the mouth.

Caring for your implants is similar to caring for your natural teeth, and with good oral hygiene patients can ensure their implants last for years or even their lifetime. Implants are built to last upwards of 25 years, and it is very rare that you will ever need replacement unless there is an issue.

Reasons dental implants last:

  • Implants function like natural teeth and are extremely reliable.
  • Implants are permanent, and do not need to be taken out for cleaning compared to dentures or bridges.
  • If needed, bone grafts can be done to help support the implants.
  • Implants are anchored to the bone rather than the tooth’s roots, and this makes them strong and stable in the mouth.
  • Implants are easy to care for if you follow good oral hygiene.

If you are interested in finding out more about our dental implant services, contact us today to schedule your appointment.

Are dental implants painful?

Dental implants are the closest solution to having natural teeth and provide long lasting results compared to other dental alternatives. Implants are like artificial tooth roots placed in the jawbone, that act as a base for one or more artificial teeth known as crowns. A connector or abutment is set on top of the implant to hold the crown in place. Adequate bone is required to support the implants. In some cases, bone grafts are needed to graft bone to the implant area. This helps provide that additional support required for the implants.

Many patients seek to have that beautiful smile that looks and feels natural, and dental implants provide that. If you have one or more missing teeth, then dental implants may be right for you.

The overall implant procedure is not painful, and most say getting a tooth removed is far more painful compared to a dental implant procedure.  Our office meets with all of our patients to discuss the implant process, so our patients know what to expect every step of the way.

Local anesthesia is used to numb the gums and surrounding areas, so our patients remain calm and relaxed during the procedure. The overall procedure can take a few months depending on what is needed and how many teeth are replaced. A good part of the healing time is devoted to allowing the bone and jaw to heal with new bone growth.

After the procedure you may have the following:

  • Bruising or swelling of the gums or face.
  • Pain at the implant site
  • Minor bleeding

The recover process is usually between 4-6 months after the procedure, but most patients can return to normal activity and tasks the next day. Antibiotics and pain relievers are recommended, and we advise our patients to contact us if pain or swelling gets worse. Soft foods are also recommended and as the site heals.

Overall, the recovery process can be managed to keep pain to a minimum. To assist in the healing process practice good oral hygiene and avoid chewing hard foot items or using products that can stain your teeth.

Contact us today to schedule your appointment and see how dental implants can benefit you.

How to Care for Dental Implants?

Dental implants can provide patients at Pflugerville Family Dentistry with the smile they always dreamed of. Implants have been used for over 30 years, and continue to be one of the most common restorative procedures used today.  As with any dental procedure, there must be maintenance and care done at home to keep your implants looking and feeling great. Maintaining good oral hygiene is essential to the health of the implants.

Implants take approximately four to six months to heal while the bone fuses to the new implant. Our team at Pflugerville Family Dentistry will discuss what at home care routine should be followed, in order to keep your implants looking and feeling great for years to come.

The tissue surrounding the implants should remain pink showing no signs of infection. We recommend following the below guidelines to care for your dental implants at home.

Dental Implant care guidelines:

  • Avoid products with stannous fluoride, baking soda, sodium fluoride or stain removers. These types of products can cause damage to the implants by removing the oxide layer. The implants may be prone to corrosion.
  • Use a non-abrasive gel or paste while brushing your teeth. This will ensure any exposed surface of the implants is not scratched.
  • Brush your teeth at least twice daily to remove any bacteria or plaque with a low abrasive brush such as a soft tooth brush.
  • A Waterpik Water Flosser can be used to reduce inflammation and reach difficult areas surrounding the implants.
  • If any inflammation is present, rinse teeth with a non-microbial rinse and do not hesitate to call us.
  • Floss daily using a wax free type floss, or an implant specific floss. This will help to protect the tissue surrounding the implants.

Implants should be cared for on a daily basis just like natural teeth. They should be kept free of plaque, and while brushing be sure to reach all sides of the implant. Dental implants are designed to last a long time if they are cared for properly.

Call or email Pflugerville Family Dentistry today to schedule your appointment and learn how dental implants can benefit you.

How Strong Are Dental Implants Compared to Real Teeth?

Dental implants are designed to last for years, or even a lifetime if they are cared for properly. Implants are the closest thing to natural teeth, and can be easily cared for at home. At Pflugerville Family Dentistry, we will meet with you to discuss treatment options, and the benefits of dental implants compared to other dental solutions. We offer convenient payment options, as well as sedation for our patients.

Dental implants provide many benefits to patients. They make it easier to speak compared to dentures or bridges and will aesthetically look great. When you meet with our team at Pflugerville Family Dentistry, we will evaluate your teeth and determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants. Our team will check if there is adequate bone in the jaw to ensure the procedure is a success, and your implants last. If needed, a procedure can be done to graft bone to the implant area. This will help to provide adequate bone and support to the implants.

Maintaining good oral hygiene is essential to keeping dental implants healthy, and will make sure they last longer. Our team will work with you to come up with an at home care plan for your implants. Gum disease can cause instability, so it is important to prevent any gum disease in order to keep the implants strong and stable.

Reasons dental implants are the strongest tooth replacement option:

  • Dental implants are made of titanium and function like a natural tooth root.
  • Dental implants are built to last for years or even a lifetime, but this also depends on the patient’s bone strength and strength of existing teeth.
  • Implants function exactly like regular teeth, and they are a reliable tooth restoration option providing comfort and long lasting smiles.
  • Implants are anchored to the bone rather than to the tooth’s roots, and this allows them to be stronger and withstand more pressure than natural teeth.
  • Implants are a permanent solution compared to dentures or bridges.
  • Bone grafts can be performed if needed, to provide the implant with additional support. This procedure increases the longevity of the implant, and helps keep the implant from becoming loose.

Dental implants are strong and are built to last if you care for them properly. If you are looking for a more permanent solution, or are embarrassed to smile, dental implants may be right for you.

If you want to learn more about how dental implants can work for you, call or email Pflugerville Family Dentistry today to schedule an appointment.

 

How Do Dental Implants Work?

If you are embarrassed to smile, or have pain and issues chewing food, then you may be a good candidate for dental implants. At Pflugerville Family Dentistry we offer many dental restoration services, and one of our most common is dental implants.

Implants are the closest thing to having natural teeth, and they allow you to do everything you would do normally. Dental implants are a more permanent solution, and will last for years. They are becoming increasingly popular compared to dentures or bridges, and provide you with a reliable solution for a beautiful smile.

Dental implants are like artificial tooth roots that are placed in the jawbone. The implants act just like a screw that bonds with the jawbone. Once the implants are placed, they create a base that provides support to one or more artificial teeth referred to as crowns. Bone grafts can be done if the patient does not have enough bone around the implant area. When the implants are placed in the jawbone, the bone will grow around the implants and this is called osseointegration. This process allows the implant to function like a natural tooth root.

Once the base is complete, a connector or abutment is set on top of the implant to hold the crown in place. This abutment provides support for the crown. Our team will custom make the crowns to match your existing teeth color and shape, so that they fit your mouth perfectly.

Our team at Pflugerville Family Dentistry will meet with you to go over all the treatment options available.  We will also discuss the option for sedation, as well as convenient payment options.

Dental Implants are the strongest solution available, and offer the proper support for teeth needing replacement. Implants allow you to live a healthy life, and feel proud of your smile.

Benefits of dental implants:

  • Looks and feels natural in your mouth.
  • Gives patients confidence and provides a beautiful smile.
  • Dental implants are one of the safest procedures performed.
  • Implants provide long term value financially and last for years.
  • Patients with dental implants do not need to worry about food getting stuck in-between or under replacement teeth.
  • Slipping or clicking will not happen because implants are permanent, compared to dentures or bridges.
  • Other dental solutions require you to take your replacement teeth out for cleaning.

Call or email Pflugerville Family Dentistry today to schedule your appointment, and see how dental implants can work for you.