Dental Implants – Frisco, CO
Replace Missing Teeth – Roots & All
Many people who have lost one or more teeth don’t think they need to fill the gaps – especially if they’re not noticeable when you smile. However, missing teeth can lead to a whole host of other oral health problems, including jawbone deterioration, dental drift, and an increased risk of gum disease and further tooth loss. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement solution that prevents all of these problems by replicating your original teeth almost exactly. At Ten Mile Dental, Dr. Brett Amedro can even handle the entire dental implant process in our office, making treatment more convenient for you. If you’re ready to rebuild your smile with dental implants in Frisco, then give us a call today!
Why Choose Ten Mile Dental for Dental Implants?
- Dental Implants Placed & Restored In-House
- Member of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry
- Insurance Accepted & Affordable Payment Plans Offered
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a titanium post that mimics that mimics the root of one or more missing teeth. Once Dr. Amedro surgically places the implant in your jaw, it fuses to your existing bone and tissue in a process known as osseointegration. Then, a metal fixture called an abutment is placed on top of the implant, allowing us to secure a custom-made dental crown, bridge, or denture on top and recreate your smile.
As the only solution to replace every single part of missing teeth, dental implants are the next best thing to your natural pearly whites. Once the osseointegration process is complete and your restorations have been placed, your dental implants will look, feel, and function just like the teeth you used to have.
4 Step Dental Implant Process
Getting a traditional bridge or denture requires a short time commitment upfront, but these eventually must be replaced every few years. On the other hand, dental implants may involve an investment of time and effort for the first several months to a year, but maintenance afterward is minimal for decades. Understanding how implants work in Frisco can help you decide whether it’s right for you and your smile.
Initial Dental Implant Consultation
We start by having you meet with Dr. Amedro. This appointment is important because it helps our team determine whether you’re a good candidate for this treatment and how many implants you’ll need. Dr. Amedro will ask for your medical history as well as any medications you’re taking, and he will check out your mouth to make sure it is healthy enough for the placement procedure. If you have gum disease or any other hinderance, we can address the problem beforehand, giving you the best chances of success for your implants.
Dental Implant Surgery
Once you’re ready to move forward, Dr. Amedro will make small incisions in the gum tissue and surgically position the posts in the jawbone. Note that the number of implants you receive may not be the same as the number of teeth you need to replace. Then, he’ll close the gum tissue back up and put a protective cap over each site. For a day or two following this surgery, you’ll need to avoid using a straw, using tobacco products, and eating hard, crunchy foods while your mouth recovers.
Dental Implant Osseointegration & Abutment
Although you will likely feel normal within a few days of the placement procedure, your jawbone needs plenty of time to heal fully. In fact, we give your jawbone several months to grow and surround the implant post. This process is called osseointegration, and it’s the key to how implants are so stable and secure. After this process is complete, Dr. Amedro will then reopen the gums to place the abutment.
Delivery of Dental Restoration(s)
When the gum tissue has healed around the abutment, we will then take impressions of your mouth so that we can create your permanent restorations. We work with an experienced dental lab that will customize your restorations to your unique mouth. They are crafted to look just like real teeth, and, thanks to the implants, they’ll feel like natural teeth as well. Unlike the real thing, these restorations cannot develop decay, but they still need to be brushed and flossed every day, and you’ll need to visit our Frisco office for regular checkups to make sure your implants stay in tip-top shape.
Benefits of Dental Implants
We offer complete dental implant procedures at our Frisco dental office, so Dr. Amedro will perform implant placement and restoration in a location and with a team you know and trust. Many of the reasons patients and dentists prefer dental implant- supported tooth replacement include:
- Both the root and crown of teeth are replaced, creating a more natural look and feel.
- Once in place, dental implant supported tooth replacements can last for 30+ years.
- After two or more decades, your implant-supported tooth replacement will have a 90% or higher success rate.
- Once in place, the dental implant-supported replacement tooth will function just like your healthy natural smile, allowing you to eat a wide range of foods.
- Your replacement tooth will be fully self-supporting, so you don’t have to worry about damage to healthy surrounding teeth.
Who Dental Implants Can Help
After a thorough evaluation, your dentist can tell you whether you’re a candidate for dental implants. They require adequate bone structure for placement. The first stage of the procedure involves oral surgery in which a titanium post is implanted into the jawbone for each missing tooth, or a few dental implants will be used to anchor a bridge or denture. Nature will take its course, allowing your bone and gum tissue to fuse with the titanium post. This creates a solid foundation. Depending on the extent of your tooth loss, you may receive one of the following types of implant restorations:
Missing One Tooth
For a single lost tooth, one dental implant will be placed, and Dr. Amedro will attach a handcrafted, permanent dental crown to each post. The restorations will match your natural teeth and blend seamlessly with your smile.
Missing Multiple Teeth
For two or more consecutive teeth, an implant supported fixed bridge is recommended. Two dental implants are used to support either side of a row of replacement teeth. For consecutive and nonconsecutive teeth, we’ll use two to four dental implants to support a custom crafted partial denture.
Missing All Teeth
For a full row of missing teeth, we’ll use four to six dental implants to support a full denture. Once in place, your implant denture will function just like your healthy smile.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
Every dental implant-supported tooth replacement is different, so we’ll need to review your individual treatment plan to provide an accurate estimate of out-of-pocket treatment costs. We’ll do our utmost to help you keep the costs of your treatment within your budget. While most dental insurance providers don’t offer coverage for dental implants, they will offer benefits for other aspects of your treatment plan, including your replacement tooth or teeth. Our team members will process and file these claims to help you maximize any available coverage. We also provide low- and no-interest financing to help you split the cost of treatment into several more manageable payments.
Types of Dental Implants
Depending on the number of teeth missing, Dr. Amedro will recommend one of the following options:
- Single Tooth Implant – Comprised of a titanium post (implant), abutment, and custom-made dental crown, a single implant can replace one missing tooth on an arch. This is the most affordable solution.
- Implant Bridge – An implant bridge can replace two more missing teeth along an arch that are consecutive. Although more costly than a single tooth implant, it is still more cost-effective than a fixed bridge that will need replacing after a decade or so.
- Implant Denture – When a full arch of teeth is missing, you can expect to pay the most for implant dentures. Your dentist in Frisco will place between four and six implants along the jawbone before putting the denture in place. Although more expensive upfront, the long-term benefits of this type of denture make it a more cost-effective option than traditional dentures.
What Are the Stages of Dental Implant Treatment?
During your consultation, Dr. Amedro will break down each stage of treatment, complete with its cost:
- Initial Consultation: During this visit, you will have a full examination of your smile and facial structure, making sure your jawbone is strong and oral and overall health are in good condition. It will also be necessary to take impressions for lab technicians to begin creating your customized restoration.
- Dental Work: Although not always necessary, there will be a separate cost should you require periodontal therapy, tooth extraction, bone graft, or a sinus lift prior to implant placement.
- Surgical Procedure: When placing dental implants in Frisco, the process does require surgery, so this part of the treatment will incur its own cost.
- Abutment: The abutment(s) are small, metal appliances that are placed on top of the implants and connect to the restoration. These are an additional cost.
- Custom Restoration: Finally, the customized restoration is a separate price, but you might be surprised to find out that your insurance covers these. It’s important to check and make sure with your insurance company first, though.
Are Dental Implants Worth the Investment?
Without a doubt, dental implants are worth the investment. Yes, it is a higher cost in the beginning, but over time, when you’re not having to reline, readjust, or replace your implant like you would a bridge or denture, you will find it was worth the cost.
Other benefits you will find with implants include:
- A permanent solution that can last 30+ years or longer with proper maintenance
- No chance for decay because it is an artificial tooth
- Easy to clean and maintain
- Improved oral health because the implant(s) stimulate your jawbone
- Enhanced appearance and boost in confidence
- Greater functionality when eating, speaking, or chewing
Does Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?
This is dependent upon your individual policy. Most insurance companies do not cover dental implant placement, but they will cover various aspects of the procedure, such as:
- Any pre-dental implant work (periodontal therapy, bone grafting)
- Custom restoration
Make sure to talk to your insurance company as well as your dental team about how much you can expect the total cost of your treatment to be. This will allow you to determine how best to pay for your new smile and whether there are financing options available.
Dental Implant FAQs
You can enjoy a close replica of your natural teeth using dental implants in Frisco. You’ve heard about their benefits, and you’re ready to rebuild your smile; however, we know you still have several questions before you’re ready to commit to the treatment. Dr. Amedro will take the time to explain the process during your initial consultation. While you wait for your visit, here are the answers to a few of the most common questions we hear to help put any anxieties to rest.
Can I get dental implants if I have gum disease?
Although gum disease can be avoided, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates at least 50% of adults have a form of it. While it can be treated quickly during the early stages, it is the leading cause of tooth loss because many people aren’t aware that they have it until it’s too late. If you’ve lost a tooth or two over the years because of the infection, you won’t be a candidate for dental implants until after you’ve undergone periodontal therapy.
The long-term success of dental implants relies on your smile remaining infection-free. As a result, it must be treated before undergoing your placement surgery. You may also need additional treatments to repair the damage caused by the infection, like tooth extractions or bone grafting.
Will I need bone grafting before getting dental implants?
Dental implants differ from any other treatment because they replace the entire structure of a tooth. A titanium implant post is surgically placed into your jawbone. The post acts as a new root, stimulating bone growth to allow your jaw to fuse to it through a process called osseointegration. Your post can stay in place forever with the right foundation. If you’ve experienced bone loss, your jaw won’t fuse to the posts properly. This can ultimately lead to dental implant failure if the issue isn’t corrected before your placement surgery.
Bone grafting adds an additional step to your treatment, but it’s necessary to ensure the success of your smile. It enhances the thickness of your bone to support your posts for many years.
How long do dental implants last?
Dental implants have the potential to last for a lifetime, so they should never need to be replaced with the right aftercare, like maintaining your oral hygiene and visiting your dentist regularly. Although your posts should last forever, your restorations undergo daily wear and tear; however, they can last for a decade or longer before needing to be replaced.
Can I use my dental insurance to pay for dental implants?
Most dental insurances will cover a portion of the cost of the treatment after paying your annual deductible. This can lower the amount you need to pay out-of-pocket until you reach your yearly limit. We will work on your behalf with your insurance carrier to file the necessary claims and forms. A member of our team will take the time to explain any remaining balance and your payment options, like third-party financing with CareCredit. We will help you find the solutions you need to permanently treat your tooth loss without worrying about a large bill.