What Are Dental Implants?
Our teeth serve a number of essential functions including keeping us healthy while helping us to look and feel our best. When you lose a tooth, not only does it affect your health, but it can also be a massive blow to your self esteem.
Fortunately, at Laser Smile Center of Odessa, TX, Dr. Rangel can replace your missing teeth with Dental Implants. Dental Implants are restorations that look and act like real teeth. With a custom made set of dental implants, you can eat, speak, and smile with confidence again.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dr. Rangel encourages patients who are good candidates or could be good candidates with a supplemental procedure to have dental implants installed to replace missing teeth. Dental implants offer a wide array of advantages over non-implant restorations like dentures and bridges including:
Dental implants are anchored to your jawbone by biocompatible titanium fixtures, keeping them securely in your mouth where they belong.
Combining a proper oral hygiene regimen with regular dental exams with Dr. Rangel could allow your implants to last twenty years to a lifetime.
Tooth loss-related health issues often can’t be addressed or prevented by non-implant options such as dentures and bridges. In some cases, these appliances can create or exacerbate oral health issues.
Dental implants can help prevent and resolve tooth loss related issues including loss of jawbone density (resorption), dental misalignment, temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), gum disease, improper digestion, reduced bite, cardiovascular disease, and further tooth decay.
You care for your implants the way you care for your natural teeth: by brushing twice a day, flossing once a day, rinsing between meals, and attending regular dental exams.
Your restorations will be customized to blend in seamlessly with your natural smile.
The Dental Implant Process
Before deciding on dental implants, you’ll attend an initial consultation with Dr. Rangel. Dr. Rangel will examine your teeth, mouth, and jaw to determine if you’re a good candidate for dental implants.
If you’ve had missing teeth for an extended period of time, you may have lost gum tissue or jawbone density. Dental implants require sufficient jawbone density and healthy gums to succeed. In cases like these, Dr. Rangel may recommend a supplemental procedure.
Supplemental procedures like bone grafting and gum tissue grafting can add the necessary foundation for your implants, giving you higher chances of implant success.
Once Dr. Rangel has decided that dental implants are a good choice for you, and all necessary supplemental procedures have been performed, we’ll schedule your appointment for dental implant placement.
Before placing your implants, we’ll numb the surgical site with a local anesthetic and make sure it’s working properly. If you experience dental anxiety, be sure to ask Dr. Rangel about our sedation dentistry options before your dental placement procedure. Sedation can keep you calm and relaxed, making the procedure easier for you and Dr. Rangel.
Once you’re numb and calm, you’ll be ready for your dental implant placement. Dr. Rangel will make small incisions in your gums where the titanium fixtures will be placed. These fixtures are the biocompatible foundation of your implants, mimicking the root of a natural tooth. Your fixtures will fuse to your jawbone in a process called osseointegration.
You’ll return for your third appointment once your jawbone is fully healed and osseointegration is complete. You can expect healing to take anywhere from three to six months. This timeframe can grow or shrink based on factors such as the number of implants you receive and your body’s unique physiology.
For your third appointment, your permanent restoration, the crown, will be attached to the titanium fixtures. This is done using a connector piece called an abutment. With your permanent restorations firmly attached, your implants will be complete and you’ll walk out of our office that day with a new, dazzlingly complete smile.
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
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 implants is essential to their longevity. Luckily, they 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.
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.
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.
They’re 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.
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.
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.
Laser Smile Center Can Restore Your Smile With Implants
At Laser Smile Center, our dentist, Dr. Rangel can use state of the art dental implants to restore your smile to its full functionality. With dental implants, you can eat, speak, and smile again without feeling the need to cover your mouth. Best of all, your implants can grant you the benefits of a complete smile for years to come.
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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