If you're missing teeth, it can have a negative effect on your oral health as well as the function and appearance of your smile.
Dental implants replace tooth roots and allow crowns, bridges, and dentures to function just like natural teeth.
Learn how Dr. Grant Heller in Victoria, TX, can use this solution to rebuild your smile.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically embedded into the jawbone. Made from titanium and other biocompatible materials, dental implants can anchor restorations in place with comparable strength and stability to natural teeth.
The implant process takes several months. After an initial surgery, the implant fuses with the jawbone. This is known as osseointegration. Once this process is complete, a second surgery is performed to place an abutment onto the implant. The abutment will connect your replacement tooth to your implant.
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How Much Do Implants Cost?
The cost of dental implants can vary based on a number of factors, including the number of implants needed and the complexity of the case. During your consultation at our office in Victoria, TX, we can discuss pricing and go over financing options that help make this dentistry solution more affordable.
Candidates for Dental Implants
Non-SmokersCigarettes and tobacco products have a negative effect on post-surgical healing. Tobacco use also increases the risk of periodontal disease and implant failure. Dental implant patients should be non-smokers or willing to quit.
Sufficient Jawbone DensityA missing tooth or multiple missing teeth will lead to the loss of bone density along the jaw. Dentists must ensure that there is enough jaw density to support a dental implant. Bone grafting procedures are available to replace lost bone tissue.
Healthy GumsGingivitis and periodontitis could jeopardize the success of your implant and abutment. In addition to checking bone density, dentists also monitor for periodontal disease and signs of gum recession around the tooth gap.
Curious About Dental Implants? Request a Consultation Today
If you are interested in dental implants, we encourage you to contact the dental office of Grant Heller, DDS, in Victoria, TX, today.
During an initial consultation, our dentist can explain the pros and cons of dental implants and answer all of your questions.
To request a consultation, contact us online or give our office a call.
Call Us: (361) 575-0237
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The Risks and Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental Implant Risks
- Potential for implant failure during healing
- Danger of post-surgical infection
- Poor implant placement could result in nerve/tissue damage or sinus problems
Dental Implant Benefits
- Implants are as stable as natural tooth roots
- No need for denture creams or adhesives
- Prevents further bone loss in the tooth gap
- Custom restorations resemble natural teeth
Is the Implant Process Painful?
The Dental Implant Timeline
Our dentist will reference impressions and scans of your bite to design your restoration so you can trust that it will fit perfectly and look natural.
"Made from titanium and other biocompatible materials, dental implants can anchor restorations in place with comparable strength and stability to natural teeth."
Get Started Today Request Your Consultation
If you think an implant-supported crown, bridge, or denture may be what you need to restore your smile, our Victoria, TX, office can help. We coordinate care with a local oral surgeon we trust to place implants. We can then provide you with your custom restoration. Your implant-supported restoration can improve& your ability to eat and speak properly, elevating your confidence in the process.
To get started, request a consultation with Dr. Heller today.
Call: (361) 575-0237
Caring for Your Implant and Restoration
Follow an Oral Hygiene Routine
Floss once a day and use a soft-bristled toothbrush to brush your teeth twice a day to keep your teeth and gums clean. If you have an implant-supported denture, use a non-abrasive toothpaste that won't damage the restoration. Using a mouthwash can help minimize bacteria and keep your restoration from becoming discolored.
Be Mindful of Eating
Though implant-supported restorations are durable and secure, you should still be mindful of how you eat hard, sticky, or tough foods as they can sometimes damage restorations. We recommend chewing these foods in parts of your mouth that don't have an implant-supported restoration if possible. We also recommend minimizing your intake of foods and beverages that can cause discoloration like coffee, berries, and certain sauces.
Attend Regular Dental Checkups
Attending routine exams and cleanings with Dr. Heller twice a year can help maintain your oral health. The hygienists at our Victoria, TX, office can provide you with a more thorough cleaning than what you can accomplish at home. Dr. Heller can examine your implant-supported restoration to make sure it is intact and secure.
A Dental Solution That Lasts
When cared for properly, dental implants can last for the rest of your life. Implant-supported crowns, bridges, and dentures typically last for 10-15 years, though they can last longer with proper maintenance. If you ever need to replace your restoration, whether due to an accident or natural wear and tear, our practice in Victoria, TX, can provide you with everything you need.
Paying for Dental Implant Treatment
Dental Insurance Coverage
Insurance plans do not cover dental implant surgery, but many patients find they are worth the investment because they can last a lifetime. Your insurance may contribute to or cover the cost of your implant-supported restoration. Our Victoria, TX, dentistry practice accepts most insurances.
Dental Financing Options
For uninsured patients or patients with out-of-pocket costs, we offer financing through CareCredit®, a company that allows patients to pay for dental care in affordable monthly installments. With CareCredit, you can comfortably fit dental implants into your budget.
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