Dental Implants in Odessa, TX

The Benefits of Dental Implants

Living with missing teeth can limit your lifestyle and make you feel less self-confident. Dental implants can turn your life around. They’re made to blend in with your teeth so you can have a full and beautiful smile.

They’re permanent restorations too, so you won’t have to worry about taking them out for cleaning. An implant feels just like a natural tooth in your mouth and you can care for it like one as well. Just brush and floss your dental implant daily to keep your oral hygiene in check.

You’ll hardly even notice it’s there, and it’ll be like you never lost a tooth in the first place. Your implant will allow you to eat anything you want and to smile fearlessly.

digital image of a titanium fixture in a jaw for implant placement
Dental implant restoration with customized crown

The Dental Implant Process

The first step to getting a dental implant is to visit Dr. Rangel for a consultation. At your consultation, he’ll examine your teeth and jaw to determine if a dental implant is the right solution for you. 

Some people who have had missing teeth for a while need a supplemental procedure. Missing teeth can lead to your jawbone weakening over time, but dental implants require a strong jaw to bond with. Supplemental procedures make your implant more likely to succeed.

After your jawbone and gums are ready to receive an implant, Dr. Rangel can place the titanium fixture. This acts as the roots of your new tooth and will keep it stable as you eat and speak throughout the day. The fixture will create a strong bond with your jawbone in a process called osseointegration, becoming a natural part of your jaw.

When your jawbone has full healed, you’ll be ready for your abutment and crown. These will complete your dental implant so you can flash you beautiful smile without fear.

Are You a Candidate for Implants?

Our patients choose dental implants for many reasons. You’re a candidate for implants if:

  • You have/will have one or more missing teeth
  • You want a natural-looking tooth replacement
  • You’d like to be able to eat all the foods you love
  • You’re interested in a permanent, stable restoration
  • Protecting your oral health is on your list of priorities

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do dental implants last?

Dental implants can last for a lifetime if you take good care of them. They’re created to last for a very long time, just like a natural tooth. Implants are made of biocompatible materials that integrate with your jawbone, so they don’t come out.

Caring for your dental implants is essential to their longevity. Luckily, dental implants don’t require specialized home care — all you have to do is brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day, treating your implant just like a natural tooth.

Regular dental cleanings and checkups with Dr. Rangel also ensure your implant is in its best condition.

How do you take care of your dental implants after the procedure?

Dental implants are easy to take care of — just brush and floss your teeth. You can think of your dental implants like natural teeth when you’re taking care of them. No special tools, adhesives, or removal required.

Right after your procedure, you’ll have to be careful though. Your surgical site will be sensitive and caring for it properly ensures your dental implant will be successful. Avoid using a straw, be careful when spitting, and eat soft foods until you’ve healed.

Are dental implants safe?

Yes, dental implants are safe. Implants have a very high success rate and few complications, so the procedure is reliable. When an experienced implant dentist like Dr. Rangel places your implants, you can rest assured that your implants will be placed properly.

Dental implants are made from biocompatible materials, meaning they’re safe for your body. The implant will become a part of your jawbone through a process called osseointegration, so it’ll be secure.

Does insurance cover my dental implants procedure?

Most insurance providers cover at least part of the cost of dental implants. For the details of your coverage, we recommend that you contact your insurance company. 

If you’re worried about affording dental implants even with insurance coverage, our office can help. We accept a variety of payment options and offer financing plans that can break your treatment cost up into smaller monthly payments.

We believe in the highest quality dental care for everyone — payment shouldn’t be a barrier for the smile you deserve.

What do I do in the event of a complication with my dental implants?

If you have an issue with your dental implants, contact us by calling (432) 333-6169 so we can help you. Our experienced dental team can guide you through the next steps in the event of a complication.

We’ll schedule an appointment with Dr. Rangel so he can examine your dental implant. Then, he’ll be able to help you fix the complication. 

Complications with dental implants are rare and most people don’t have any. But if you do find yourself with an issue, don’t panic — we’re here to help.

Dr. Rangel Can Restore Your Smile

Whether you’re missing one, several, or a full arch of teeth, dental implants can help. Dr. Rangel is an experienced implant dentist and he can make sure your implant procedure goes smoothly. The start of your beautiful brand-new smile could be a consultation away.

To learn more, call our office at (432) 333-6169. You can also fill out your information in our contact form and we’ll be right with you.

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