Dental implants are tooth replacements that more closely mimic natural teeth than any other prosthetic. Because a portion of your new tooth is embedded in bone, a dental implant is secure and serves to stimulate healthy new bone tissue growth so you can avoid a sagging facial appearance. Each implant is comprised of a titanium post surgically placed in the bone, an abutment just above the gum and a dental crown.
After administering a local anesthetic, Dr. Montgomery makes a small incision in your gum to expose the bone. Then, the implant is carefully positioned and embedded in the jaw. Most patients think the procedure is no more difficult than having a cavity filled. However, we do offer oral conscious sedation if you prefer to remain blissfully unaware during your appointment.
If you’ve had surgery for one dental implant, then you’ll likely be able to return to work after your appointment. However, if Dr. Montgomery needed to position several dental implants in Plano, then you may want to take a day or two to rest. Stay well hydrated, stick to a diet of soft foods and brush gently around the surgical site.
After oral surgery for dental implants, a few months are typically required for complete healing. During this time, the implant and surrounding bone tissue fuse together to form a solid foundation for your eventual tooth restoration. In the case of All-on-4 Dentures, however, you’ll leave our office with a full set of false teeth that will be replaced with permanent dentures once your gums have healed and the implants are secure.
The average cost of an implant in Plano is around $2,000. However, this average can vary depending on the number of implants required and type of restoration needed to complete your smile. If you have dental insurance, be sure to check your plan. Dental insurance benefits often cover at least a portion of the cost of dental implants.
With proper oral hygiene at home that includes brushing twice a day and flossing at least daily, dental implants can last a lifetime. In addition, regular checkups and cleanings are important so Dr. Montgomery can check the integrity of your implants and ensure that infection is not developing.
More often than not, dental implants are preferable to a partial or a bridge, which both depend on adjacent teeth for stability. A dental implant, on the other hand, is a stand-alone device that more closely replicates a natural tooth.