what are dental implants?
To replace a missing tooth or teeth with a long-lasting restoration, Dr. Luke Riley is proud to perform implant dentistry for his patients in Haslet, TX. Implant dentistry uses surgically placed metal posts in your jawbone to act like the root of the tooth. The post(s) may be connected to a crown, denture, or bridge for a beautiful restoration that can be cleaned like natural teeth. Dr. Riley is also highly skilled at implant restorations for the very rare events when a crown or denture has become cracked or damaged. To fix a gap in your smile or restore an existing implant, make an appointment to get more information on implant dentistry at Riley Dental. Dental implants may help if you don't want to deal with loose crowns or the hassle of removable dentures. Talk to Dr. Riley about what you would like and figure out if implant dentistry is a good option for you.
What Are The Benefits Of Dental Implants?
Dental implants in Haslet, TX at Riley Dental can help you achieve a stronger bite and a more beautiful smile with excellent benefits that include:
- Offers multiple implant options
- Strengthens the bite
- Allows you to eat what you want
- Restores facial shape and symmetry
- Supports healthier teeth and gums
- Improves speaking
- Looks natural
- Easy to care for
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am i a candidate for Dental Implants?
Implants can restore one or several lost teeth by connecting the implant to a crown, denture, or bridge. You may prefer implant dentistry if you have a removable or cemented dental restoration but don't like the appearance or fit, or if there's special cleaning needed. Dental implants can be treated just like your normal teeth with daily flossing and brushing. At your consultation, Dr. Riley will evaluate the health of your jawbone and gums to determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants. In some cases, a bone or gum graft surgery may be needed prior to implant surgery to strengthen your mouth. Dental implants may not be appropriate if you use tobacco products, are pregnant, or are being treated for another issue such as periodontal disease.
How do dental implants work?
To prepare for your dental implants, you may have teeth extracted, as well as gum and bone grafts. When you are ready for dental implant surgery, the necessary areas will be given local anesthesia to numb your mouth. Other anesthesia or sedation may be used to relax you throughout the treatment. Dr. Riley will start by making a surgical incision in your gums so the post can be placed in your jawbone. The incision in the gums will be stitched closed with some of the dental implant above the gums. This will be repeated if several implants are required. While the dental implant integrates into the gums and jawbone over the following months, a temporary cover will be placed over the implants. As soon as Dr. Riley decides your implant is stable, your permanent restoration (crown, denture, or bridge) can be connected to your implant and adjusted for a comfortable fit.
how long is Recovery with dental implants?
There may be some short-term inflammation in your mouth and lower face, plus discomfort, bruising, and minor bleeding after your implant procedure. Dr. Riley will talk to you about what is to be expected and what should be reported to our office. He may also give you a prescription for pain relievers and antibiotics. After your dental implants are integrated and your restoration is connected, you should develop a good oral care routine at home that includes daily brushing and flossing. You should schedule annual exams and bi-annual professional cleanings at Riley Dental so Dr. Riley can evaluate the health of your mouth and implants. He will talk to you if your restorations or implants should be adjusted, repaired, or replaced.
Does insurance cover dental implants?
Based on your dental insurance company and personal coverage, part of the expenses of your implants and custom restoration might be paid for. We will talk to your dental insurance company to understand your coverage and determine your personal cost. At your initial consultation with Dr. Riley, he may estimate your expenses and discuss payment methods we accept, our different payment plants, and information on financing via CareCredit.
Dental Implants FAQ
Does it hurt to get dental implants?
While dental implants are a more involved procedure, most patients don't find them any more uncomfortable than having a cavity filled or root canal done. Dr. Riley will completely numb the treatment area with a local anesthetic before he begins. Riley Dental also offers nitrous oxide sedation to help make you more comfortable if anxiety or pain is a concern. During recovery, there may be some discomfort and soreness as your gums heal, but this is typical and expected. Ice packs and over-the-counter pain relievers are often sufficient to keep most patients comfortable during recovery.
How long does it take to get dental implants?
The entire process to have dental implants placed is about six months. In this two-step process, first, Dr. Riley will install the metal anchors that will hold the crown or denture in place. After this is complete, you'll have a recovery period as your gums heal. During this time you'll wear a temporary appliance. Then you'll return to have your permanent crown, bridge, or denture placed.
Are dental implants considered safe?
Yes, they are. Although every surgery comes with some amount of risk, dental implant surgeries are considered minor and involve little to no risk. For 30 years, patients have successfully had dental implants placed with an up to 98% success rate.
Are dental implants permanent?
Yes, they are. The anchor post placed in your jaw is permanent; however, the crown, bridge, or denture attached can typically last up to 30 years. Regular dental checkups at Riley Dental will help ensure your dental implants are in strong working order, and if needed, a change or modification can be made to ensure function, fit, and comfort.
Permanently restore your smile
Implants with custom restorations may be a good option if you are looking for a replacement for missing teeth that is simple to care for and can last for many years. Dr. Riley will explain the steps needed, starting with surgery for implant placement and your restoration options. To get more information on implants, schedule a consultation at Riley Dental.
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