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Dental Implants — Arlington, TX

Completely Replacing Your Tooth, Root and All

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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 Family 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.

Why Choose I-20 Family Dental for Dental Implants?

  • Dentist Places and Restores Dental Implants In-House
  • Replace an Entire Arch Fast with All-On-4
  • Flexible Financing Options Available

What Are Dental Implants?

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A dental implant is designed to mimic natural teeth as closely as possible. This includes everything from the crown that makes up your smile to the implant that replicates the original tooth root. Because implants are made to integrate with bone and soft tissue, you can expect your tooth replacement to maintain a level of longevity and function that simply can’t compare to bridges or dentures. Whether you’re smiling, speaking, or eating, dental implants are almost indistinguishable from original teeth. That also means you can smile with confidence without anyone noticing you had teeth replaced. These reasons and more are why so many dentists recommend them for patients missing single, multiple, or even all of their teeth.

Benefits of Dental Implants

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If you don’t already know, dental implants are very popular as tooth replacements. Dentists nationwide place over 500,000 of them yearly! As for why they’re so well-liked, the reason is their unique placement method. Implants offer many special perks due to slowly fusing with your jaw, a solid contrast to dentures or bridges. They thus work very well at restoring all sorts of smiles. If you’d like to know more about the benefits of dental implants in Arlington, just keep reading or call our office for details.

Day-to-Day Benefits

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As you’d expect, the most evident implant benefits are the day-to-day ones. These upsides tend to include the following:

  • A Prettier Smile – Implants are capped with quality dental crowns, so they look pretty and seamlessly blend in with your smile. You won’t, then, need to worry about other’s reactions. Most won’t see a difference between your implant(s) and your natural teeth.
  • Better Confidence – When you get dental implants, your full smile will be restored. That means you can immediately feel more confident in your looks!
  • Easier Meals  – Because implants fuse with the jaw, they strengthen much of your bite force. The result is fewer difficulties with meals and a (potential) return to duty.
  • Low-Maintenance Treatment  – years on average. Their lifespan can even reach 30 years or more with proper care. That said, maintaining the caps isn’t too hard a job. It would help to simply brush your teeth twice daily and floss between them once daily. Add in some frequent rinses with mouthwash and you’re good to go!

Health Benefits

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In truth, implants also offer physical upsides and advantages. Still,  there are some benefits related to your health. The most common of these are:

  • Better Teeth-Cleaning  – In getting rid of germ-filled tooth gaps, implants make it easier to clean your mouth. You’re risk of oral health issue then decreases.
  • A Strong Jawbone – Left unchecked, persistent tooth loss will cause your jaw to weaken and erode. It can even cause long-term facial collapse, harming your appearance. Luckily, dental implants manage this process.
  • No Sensitivity – Compared to dentures or bridges, dental implants don’t rub against other teeth or gum tissue. Their placement, then, involves little-to-no sensitivity and reduces your tooth loss risk.

Long-term Benefits

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More than anything else, what sets implants apart are their long-term benefits. These ensure your treatment is effective for many years. In particular, the most common of such factors include:

  • Low Chance of Failure – After implant surgery, your new teeth are unlikely to fail. In fact, their ten-year success rate even sits at over 95%!
  • Long-Lasting Results – The average dental implant lasts 15-20 years. In comparison, a well-maintained one can have a lifespan of 30 years or more. Therefore, it’s evident that your restorations could last a lifetime.
  • Cost-Effectiveness – Because implants last a long time, getting them involves very few replacement or repair visits. As such, they’ll often save you money in the long run.

Who Dental Implants Can Help

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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.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

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Most healthy adults whose tooth loss is recent are indeed good candidates for dental implants. If your jawbone has insufficient structure to support the dental implants, you may need a procedure like bone augmentation or sinus lift first. Schedule an appointment with your implant dentist to learn whether or not they are a good option for your smile.

Missing One 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 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

Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

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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.

Maintaining & Caring for Your Dental Implants

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While dental implants boast a success rate of over 95%, even 10 years after being placed, it doesn’t mean they won’t be vulnerable to complications. To make the most of your newly rebuilt pearly whites, you’ll need to take certain measures to properly care for them. Not doing so can increase the risk of damage, infection, or even failure. Here are several ways you can care for your dental implants to preserve them for longer.

Make Oral Hygiene a Priority

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Though your dental implants can’t form cavities, the rest of your mouth can still be susceptible to bacteria and decay. If any of your remaining natural teeth and gum tissue becomes unhealthy, this can increase the chance of treatment failure. One of the easiest ways to prevent this is to maintain good oral hygiene habits, such as brushing, flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash every day. This can help you avoid complications like decay and periodontal disease.

Eat a Healthy Diet

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Once you successfully receive your dental implants, you can expect to enjoy a wider range of dietary choices. This is because the restorations will help you regain 80% or more of your natural biting power. That said, consuming foods that are particularly hard, sticky, or even sugary can lead to problems, as this can risk damaging your implants or promoting bacterial growth that could result in infection. That’s why you’ll want to stick to a healthier diet that involves more vitamin C and calcium to maintain healthy gums and a strong jawbone.

Break Bad Habits

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Certain oral habits can be a bad idea for the health of your dental implants. To keep them as long as possible, you’ll want to avoid smoking or using tobacco products. Refrain from using your teeth as tools to open packages or chewing/biting down on harder objects. This can help you prevent any breakage or potential dental implant failure.

Protect Your Dental Implants

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Your dental implants will be designed to be incredibly durable, but they won’t be completely indestructible. To keep them safe from accidental injuries or physical harm, you’ll want to consider wearing a mouthguard during contact sports activities. Additionally, if you tend to grind or clench your teeth during sleep, you can opt for nightguards for bruxism to reduce wearing down your pearly whites.

Schedule Regular Dental Checkups

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Visiting your dentist every six months for dental checkups and cleanings is crucial for both your natural teeth and dental implants. Our team can help monitor your oral health, thoroughly polish your smile, remove any plaque and tartar, and address any developing problems we might find, especially those that could risk implant failure.

Dental Implant FAQs

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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 (if requested) 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.

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.