Losing a tooth doesn’t just affect your appearance – it can have negative consequences for the rest of your life, such as the sudden inability to chew properly or eat a complete diet. Without a tooth in place to stimulate your jaw tissue, the bone there will begin to deteriorate and grow thinner, causing your face to appear hunched and prematurely aged. Thankfully, Dr. Jason L. Montgomery is happy to share his passion for helping patients recover from tooth loss here in his Plano office. Our team can use dental implants to restore both your oral health and your self-confidence!
Dental implants have become the ideal solution for patients from Plano and beyond who have lost either a single tooth or multiple teeth. In fact, it’s become more popular than removable dentures or bridges! Dental implants completely replicate the exact structure of a natural tooth, including the root, which helps to keep your jawbone full and healthy. Unlike removable dentures, a dental implant allows you to eat, smile, and practice oral hygiene just like you did before. In fact, many patients forget after a while that they ever lost a tooth in the first place!
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Dental implants are a seamless and strong answer to tooth loss because they simulate the look and feel of a natural tooth. You’ll begin treatment by having the implant itself (a small, titanium post) placed in the appropriate socket; this will serve as your new tooth root. Then, there is a period of healing where the implant naturally bonds with the jawbone and creates a sturdy, natural foundation. Most implants can even be cleaned with brushing and flossing just like natural teeth. Finally, once a bond has been created, you will come to our office where Dr. Montgomery will place a beautiful, customized dental crown over the implant, completing your new look. Your smile will look complete and natural!
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Dr. Montgomery could use a bridge or denture to replace your missing teeth, but why does he think that dental implants are preferable? Because unlike those other options, a dental implant stands in for an entire tooth from root to crown. Therefore, it more closely replicates a natural tooth in both form and function. Your complete smile will be restored, you’ll be able to speak with confidence and eat all the foods you love in order to maintain a nutritious diet. All the while, dental implants remain firmly in place.
Furthermore, dental implants are surgically positioned in your jawbone, helping to support your natural facial structure. When you are missing a tooth, there is also a missing root. Consequently, your jawbone does not receive the stimulation necessary to generate healthy new bone tissue growth. Subtle changes in the shape of your jaw that might make your face look sunken and older could result. This can even happen with a denture or partial that only sits on top of your gums.
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On average, a single dental implant costs around $2,000, which is often more than what you would spend for a crown and bridge or a denture. However, with proper oral hygiene and regular dental checkups, dental implants can provide a lifetime of smiles. Bridges and dentures usually require repair and replacement at some point, which can add up over time.
Moreover, dental implants enjoy a success rate of 98 percent! If your health is generally good and you are committed to brushing and flossing daily, then odds are your dental implants will last for decades.
And if you have dental insurance, don’t forget to check the provisions of your plan. Dental implants are rarely covered. However, the prosthetic that needs to be attached as well as some of the preparatory work may be part of your benefits. Dr. Montgomery’s team will be glad to help you make this determination.
There are several factors that Dr. Montgomery relies on to determine whether a patient is an acceptable candidate for dental implant treatment. Contact our Plano office today to schedule an appointment where our team can review your oral health and determine your candidacy. We’ll be happy to help you find the tooth replacement solution that works best for your needs! We welcome smiles of all shapes and sizes from all over the Collin County area, including Frisco, Richardson, McKinney, Allen, and beyond.
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