Dental Implants – Arlington, TX
Completely Replacing Your Tooth, Root and All
Losing a tooth or several teeth can be absolutely devastating. Your oral health will decline over time, it’ll be harder to speak and eat, your confidence could be affected, and your overall quality of life will decrease. At I-20 Dental, Dr. Wardlaw and the rest of our team want to help you smile comfortably in public and eat your favorite foods again, and dental implants in Arlington are often the best way to make that dream a reality.
Benefits for Dental Implants
Indications for Dental Implants
As long as you have enough density in your jawbone and the rest of your mouth is healthy, dental implants can be used any time there’s empty space in your smile, whether it’s from a single missing tooth or an entire arch.
Missing Single Tooth
If you lose a tooth due to injury or a necessary extraction, you can replace it with a single implant capped by a crown. After the implant has been inserted into the jaw via surgery, you’ll need to wait a few months while osseointegration takes place. Once the post has properly joined with the bone and can serve as a strong root, an abutment will be placed, and finally a ceramic, natural-looking crown will be attached.
Missing Multiple Teeth
A dental bridge can replace two or more missing teeth in a row. Normally it would be supported by adjacent teeth, but this can weaken their natural structure and may increase the risk of decay. A bridge supported by two implants will avoid this problem.
Missing All Teeth
If all of the teeth in the upper or lower jaw are gone, dentures are required. With implant-retained dentures, you won’t need to worry about your false teeth slipping or becoming ill-fitting. With the All-on-4 procedure, you can completely replace an entire arch with just 4 implants.Learn More About All On 4 Dentures
Start-to-Finish Dental Implant Treatment
Unlike other practices, Dr. Wardlaw, being a fellow in the International College of Oral Implantologists, can perform the entire process under one roof, from the actual surgery to the placement of the prosthesis. There’s no need to deal with the inconvenience of driving to a specialist you barely know all the way across town; everything is done by a dentist in Arlington you’re already familiar with and trust.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
Obviously, a single implant and a crown are going to carry a different price tag than four dental implants and a full set of dentures. During a consultation, we can examine your mouth, figure out what procedures will be necessary, and give you an accurate estimate of the overall price.
Dental Implants FAQs
Have you ever wondered exactly what it’s like to get dental implants in Arlington? If you’re apprehensive about getting them, it may help to learn a little more about the details of the treatment process. That’s why Dr. Stephen Wardlaw has taken the time to answer some of the questions about dental implants that he gets asked the most frequently, for your benefit.
Does Getting Dental Implants Hurt?
Rest assured that Dr. Wardlaw will use enough local anesthetic and sedation to ensure that you shouldn’t feel much discomfort at all during the implant placement procedure. For a few days following your procedure, though, you can expect to deal with some minor soreness and swelling. It is a kind of oral surgery, after all. However, as long as you follow your post-op instructions and take any prescribed pain medication as directed, you should be able to easily manage your discomfort.
What Can Cause Implant Failure?
Dental implant failure is actually quite rare. When it does happen, it’s usually due to an infection that develops in the gums around the base of the implant post. In some cases, it’s possible to remedy this situation with antibiotics and preserve the implant if the problem is caught early enough. If you notice any swelling or pain around your implants, you should contact us immediately.
Can Smokers Get Dental Implants?
To give your new smile the best chance of lasting for years to come, you should seriously attempt to quit smoking at least two weeks prior to your implant placement. Tobacco use can hinder the mouth’s healing process, which is critical to the long-term success of your implants. While you can still receive implants if you smoke, you should ask Dr. Wardlaw to explain all the potential risks and complications that can arise if you continue the habit. You can also ask him for resources to help you quit, and he’ll be more than happy to help.
Am I a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
As long as you are free of gum disease and other oral health conditions, and you have enough density in your jawbone, you’re almost always a good candidate for dental implants. If your jawbone isn’t thick enough to support implants, we can always perform a bone grafting procedure to strengthen it.
Will I Have to See a Specialist to Get Dental Implants?
Not at all! Unlike many general dentists, who often have to refer patients to an outside specialist like an oral surgeon, Dr. Wardlaw has received the specialized training required to both place and restore dental implants in his own office. Because he is a Fellow in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, you can rest easy knowing that the dentist you trust is with you every step of the way on your implant journey.