Dental implants are a very reliable source for effective tooth replacement. Whether you have lost one tooth or many, implants can provide a permanent solution that looks and functions naturally.
in Keene & Joshua, TX
A dental implant is an artificial root upon which a manufactured tooth can be placed. At Old Betsy Dental, we use implants to support the replacement of a single tooth, multiple teeth, or larger prostheses such as dentures, depending on the individual’s requirements and condition. When tooth loss is left untreated it can result in very serious problems like tooth shifts, jawbone deterioration, and facial structure loss. We offer implants because we believe they are a superior way to replace missing teeth, as they do not require alteration of adjacent teeth. Call our office in Keene, TX at (817) 641-2272 or Joshua, TX at (817) 295-4500 to request a consultation to see if a dental implant is right for you.
The Doctors of Old Betsy Dental
Dental Implant Procedure
Dental implants involve multiple steps to complete the entire procedure. Each patient’s process will vary, depending on your oral health at the time, including if tooth extraction or bone grafting is required.
- Consultation and dental exam. To decide if dental implants are an option for you, we will complete a comprehensive dental exam, including digital x-rays to measure bone health. Following the exam, we will discuss treatment options.
- Tooth extraction. Depending on your situation, we may need to remove the tooth/teeth being replaced by implant(s). If the tooth is already missing, extraction is not necessary. If there is bone loss around the future implant site, we will perform a dental bone graft.
- Implant placement. The implant will be surgically placed in the bone and a healing cap is placed over the implant so the healing phase can begin. If you have an aesthetic concern, we can place a temporary tooth before the implant crown is completed.
- Implant healing. After your implant is placed, osseointegration begins. During this process, your jawbone heals around the dental implant, fusing with the implant, and providing a solid base for your new artificial tooth. Typically, it will take 4-6 months for the implant to integrate with the bone. It is after this integration period that a crown is placed on the implant.
- Abutment / crown placement. The abutment is a small metal piece used to connect your artificial tooth (crown) to the implant. The abutment is attached to the implant, and then the crown is placed on the abutment.
If you believe a dental implant is the treatment option for you, contact us today.
Do Dental Implants Hurt?
Local anesthesia is used during the procedure to keep pain at a minimum. This will numb the surrounding nerves so you will not experience any pain. Pressure may be felt during the procedure, but no pain should be felt. It is important to communicate with your dentist if you are feeling any pain.
After the procedure and once the numbness is gone, you may experience some discomfort and soreness for a day or two. Typical discomforts you may experience near the implant include: swelling, pain, and minor bleeding. Follow the recommendations on the cards below to alleviate these discomforts.
Relieving pain at home is going to vary on the severity of pain and issue being dealt with. At home remedies for pain include:
- Pain relievers
- Massaging the affected area, if not painful to apply pressure
- Applying ice or heat packs
- Avoiding hard and chewy foods
Applying ice to the swollen area will not only help with pain, but also swelling. Place an ice pack on the affected area for 10 minutes and then remove for 20 minutes. Repeat as needed.
Small amounts of blood in your saliva for a day or two after your procedure is common. If you are experiencing bleeding, gently bite on a gauze pad for 30 minutes. If the bleeding persists for more than a couple of days following the procedure, please contact our office.
What types of dental implants exist?
Two of the most commonly used dental implants are endosteal implants and all-on-4 implants. Endosteal implants are the most common dental plant option. They are comprised of a titanium metal rod installed into the jawbone and a supporting post specifically designed to secure either a dental crown or a dental bridge. All-on-4 implants are a revolutionary dental implant system in which an entire top or bottom denture is supported on just four implants. Each implant is strategically placed so the replacement teeth remain steady and secure. The advantage of using four implants is that it helps promote faster patient recovery and reduces the likelihood of complications from possible implant failure.
How much does a dental implant cost?
Dental implant costs vary based on how many teeth you’re replacing, insurance coverage, and the extent of each implant procedure. Typically, implants cost between $4,500 without insurance, which is just for the implant—it does not include the abutment (the piece that connects the implant to the artificial tooth) or artificial tooth.
While out-of-pocket costs for patients with dental insurance vary on the particular plan, coverage, and limitations, we’re always happy to provide an estimate of cost based on those factors just after your consultation appointment. For those without dental insurance, we work to keep implants affordable by fixing the implant cost and providing flexible payment plan options.