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Dental Implants – Dallas, TX

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Tooth loss can cause you to make a lot of changes in your life. You might avoid eating certain foods because they’ve become harder to chew, or you might try not to say certain words that are hard to pronounce with gaps in your smile. In some cases, you might even go out of your way not to laugh or smile in front of others because you’re self-conscious about your appearance. But with dental implants, you can put a permanent stop to your tooth loss problems with a completely new smile that looks and feels natural. Contact our team at Arts Family Dentistry of Dallas to learn more about the dental implant process and whether it might be the right choice for your smile.

Man and woman with healthy smiles after dental implant tooth replacement

Why Choose Arts Family Dentistry of Dallas for Dental Implants?


What are Dental Implants?

Animated smile with dental implant supported dental crown

When you have your teeth replaced, your primary goal is probably to fill the space that you can see in the mirror. But dental implants take things a step further: they replace the roots that previously held the natural teeth in place. Each implant is shaped like a screw and made out of titanium or another biocompatible material. Once the post is placed in the jaw, the bone will start to grow around it, eventually creating a strong bond. At that point, a customized restoration like a crown can be placed. Dental implants make it possible to replace any number of teeth in a way that looks and feels natural.


The 4-Step Dental Implant Process

A dentist showing a patient a dental implant model

However eager you might be, you can’t get dental implants at once. The treatment process involves multiple steps over several months. Still, you can trust that implants’ benefits make this wait worthwhile. At Arts Family Dentistry, we partner with skilled surgeons who make your prosthetics effective and beautiful. You’re thus guaranteed to receive stellar results. As for how dental implants work in Dallas, you can expect four steps: consultation, surgery, osseointegration, and restoration delivery. To learn further details, just keep reading or contact our office for help.



Initial Dental Implant Consultation

A man consulting with his dentist about implants

Like any cosmetic dental work, getting implants starts with a dental consultation. In other words, you’ll begin by discussing your smile goals, medical history, and oral health with our dentists.


You see, Drs. Ludlow and Azimi must confirm your implant candidacy. Based on their findings at the consult, they’ll decide whether the restorations could work for you. If you don’t qualify, the two could work with you to complete preliminary services such as gum disease therapy, tooth extractions, or bone grafting.


Should we give you the go-ahead, the consult will also explain how implant placement works. Namely, we’ll walk you through the treatment’s various aspects – the timeline, the cost, and more.


Dental Implant Surgery

A dental implant in the hands of a dentist

As mentioned before, our office works with outside specialists to place dental implants. Given that fact, we’ll refer you to their (nearby) location when the time comes for surgery. These surgeons are dedicated implant experts, so rest assured that their placement efforts are top-notch.


The actual surgery will involve the following:


  • A Numb Mouth – The surgeons will numb the treatment area before the placement. This action ensures you won’t feel pain while the implants are placed.
  • Minor Incision – When you’ve been fully numbed, the surgeons will make a small incision in your gums. That way, there’ll be room for your future implant.
  • Placement of Implant(s) – The surgeons will use precise tools to place the implant in your jaw socket.
  • Gum Closure – With the implant placed, your incision will be closed, and a cap will be placed over the post.


Dental Implant Osseointegration & Abutment

A 3D illustration of a dental implant and its parts

You might think implant treatment ends after surgery, but it doesn’t. At that point, you’ll need to wait a while for the restorations to fuse with your jaw. That fusion – called osseointegration – will keep your new teeth in place. It’s thus crucial that you don’t do anything to disrupt it.

When your implants have fused properly, you’ll return to our office for abutments – metal connectors that secure crowns. As you heal from that step, your final restorations will be crafted from dental impressions.


Delivery of Dental Implant Restoration(s)

: A man showing his implanted tooth against a light background

For treatment’s last step, you’ll return to our office to have your restoration placed. (Depending on how many teeth were missing, this appliance could be a crown, bridge, or denture.)


Once we’ve fastened the restoration, we’ll make final adjustments to ensure your bite is comfy. After that, you’re all done – you’ll be ready to go out with your fully-restored smile!


Benefits of Dental Implants

Dentist explaining the benefits of dental implants

Dental implants can do many things that traditional bridges and dentures simply cannot do on their own. Having teeth that feel as natural as they look can enhance your confidence, making it easier to show the world your new dazzling smile. Furthermore, implants are easy to take care of, let you eat all kinds of nutritious foods, stop bone loss in your jaw, and minimize wear and tear on your remaining teeth. Read on to learn more about the many benefits of dental implants in Dallas today!

Day-to-Day Benefits

a woman enjoying the benefits of dental implants in Dallas

  • Enjoy your favorite beverages: Patients with other tooth replacement options typically have to refrain from drinking dark-colored beverages, such as wine or coffee, as well as be careful of liquids that are too hot. However, dental implants will be highly resistant to staining and discoloration, and they won’t warp as easily from high temperatures. This means you can enjoy all your favorite drinks without any concerns!
  • No dietary restrictions: Those who wear dentures or have dental bridges usually stay away from munching on foods that require excessive chewing. These may include apples, carrots, corn on the cob, and steak. Dental implants, on the other hand, can return 80% or more of your natural biting power (compared to only 25-30% from bridges and dentures). You’ll be able to comfortably munch on all kinds of foods in the long run.
  • Smile confidently: Since your dental implants will look and feel like your permanent teeth, you won’t have to worry about them accidentally slipping off when eating or speaking. Others won’t even be able to notice the difference between your restorations and your natural pearly whites. Once you get your new teeth placed, you can be sure to show off a confident smile for many years to come.

Health Benefits

mature men enjoying the benefits of dental implants in Dallas

  • Preserve your jawbone & youthful facial shape: Dental implants are considered the “gold standard” for tooth replacements because they serve as the new permanent roots. This will help stimulate blood flow into the jawbone, promoting a stronger and healthier foundation for your smile. They’ll also prevent or even revert the aged or sunken appearance that tends to come with tooth loss.
  • No tooth sensitivity or gum irritation: Dentures rely on the suction with the gums, which can result in irritation or jaw soreness when they lose their fit. Dental bridges are supported by abutment teeth which are first prepared by removing a part of the enamel. This leaves the teeth weakened and vulnerable to sensitivities. Dental implants are anchored into the jawbone, effectively avoiding any of these concerns.
  • Maintain good oral & overall health: You won’t need to practice any special cleaning techniques to maintain your dental implants. Since you can easily care for them like natural teeth, this will significantly lower your risk of problems like gum disease and tooth decay. Some studies have shown that people who are missing teeth at the age of 65 are more likely to experience issues like osteoporosis, diabetes, and heart disease. With dental implants, you can decrease your chances of these complications.

Long-Term Benefits

a mature man enjoying benefits of dental implants in Dallas

  • Save money & time on your smile: Dental implants may come at a higher initial price than other restoration options, like dentures and bridges. However, they will save you much more time and money when it comes to repairs, replacements, cleaning products, and frequent dental appointments.
  • Long-lasting results: Not only do dental implants boast a success rate of over 95% (even 10 years after being placed), but they can also last several decades to a lifetime depending on how well you care for them.
  • Improved longevity: Studies have shown that those with 20 or more teeth at the age of 70 are more likely to live longer than those with less than 20 at the same age. By rebuilding your smile with dental implants, you can promote a much healthier smile that will boost your lifespan in the long run!


Who Dental Implants Can Help

Three generations of women smiling after dental implant tooth replacement

The only way to find out for sure whether dental implants are the right choice for you is to schedule a consultation with your dentist. That said, most healthy adults qualify for this treatment, and those who don’t may be eligible after having a bone graft or other additional work done. One of the following treatment options may be recommended based on how many teeth are missing:


Missing Single Tooth

Animated smile during single tooth dental implant placement

One dental implant post can be inserted into the gap between two of your natural teeth. There should be enough space to place the post without having to change any natural dental structures. Then the implant is topped with a personalized crown that has been made to match the rest of your smile.


Missing Multiple Teeth

Animated smile during multiple tooth dental implant placement

While a single implant and crown can be used to replace one missing tooth, two implants and a bridge can be used to fill in a gap left by three or more consecutive teeth. Implant bridges are much sturdier than traditional ones, and they tend to have a much longer lifespan. If you have multiple gaps to fill in, a partial denture can be attached to a few carefully placed implant posts.


Missing All of Your Teeth

Animated smile during dental implant supported denture placement

We normally just need four to eight dental implants along with a full denture to replace every single tooth in a single arch. Many patients prefer implant dentures to traditional ones due to the fact that implants prevent prosthetic teeth from slipping at embarrassing times, making it easier to eat at their favorite restaurant and smile confidently when meeting someone for the first time. Implant dentures can be either fixed or removable.

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Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

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Since the dental implant process needs to be personalized according to each patient’s needs, the cost will vary from case to case. We can only give you an accurate cost estimate once we’ve reviewed the factors specific to your situation, such as how many teeth have been lost and whether preparatory treatments are necessary. We’ll go over all this information with you during your initial consultation before we explain your payment options, such as third-party financing. Keep reading to learn more about the cost of dental implants in Dallas!

Preliminary Treatments & Dental Implant Surgery

a dentist discussing the cost of dental implants in Dallas

In some cases, patients may require preparatory treatments to make them eligible for dental implants. For instance, you might need to undergo a bone graft or gum disease therapy to ensure the success of your restoration treatment. Of course, this will add to the overall price of restoring your pearly whites. Fortunately, these procedures are usually covered by dental insurance.

Once you’re back on track with good oral health, we’ll be able to determine the cost of your dental implant process. The overall price will also be influenced by the oral surgeon who will place the metal posts. While we work with the best implant specialists in the area, feel free to speak directly with the person who will be performing your surgery. They can provide you with a more accurate cost estimate and discuss the factors that can affect what you’ll pay, such as the location of the implant in your mouth and the type of sedation used.

The Parts of Your Dental Implant

parts of implant representing cost of dental implants in Dallas

Several other factors can influence the overall price of your dental implants, including:

  • Number of implants : The more metal posts you require to restore your missing teeth, the higher the price.
  • The kind of restoration : Once you’ve received your implants, you’ll fit them with restorations like crowns, bridges, and dentures. Each of these options will come with its unique price range.
  • Size and materials : Some implants are smaller or longer than average, and they can also be made out of different materials, like zirconia and titanium.
  • Brand of dental implants : Many companies manufacture dental implants and have various price points. Our team only uses the best-quality brands to restore your smile.

How Dental Implants Can Save You Money

piggy bank representing the cost of dental implants in Dallas

Although dental implants come with a higher initial price, they can end up saving you thousands of dollars in the long run. Traditional tooth replacements like dentures and bridges will typically need to be readjusted or replaced every few years, which can up the cost over the years. On the other hand, dental implants can go as far as several decades to a lifetime, meaning you won’t have to spend as much to maintain them. You also won’t have to pay for additional or special cleaning products or adhesives to preserve your restorations.

Does My Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants

dental insurance for the cost of dental implants in Dallas

While most dental insurance providers won’t cover the entire cost of your dental implant treatment, many can provide partial assistance for the procedure. This may include coverage of a percentage of your final restoration(s) or any necessary preliminary treatments. That’s why you’ll need to consult your provider to get the details of your plan. Our knowledgeable team will also be happy to help you navigate your policy and make the most of your benefits.

Making Dental Implants Affordable

teeth holding money representing cost of dental implants in Dallas

Don’t have dental insurance? Our team is proud to offer alternative financing options to help you afford your dental implant treatment. We are partnered with third-party financiers, such as CareCredit and Sunbit, who can help split up the cost of your procedure into more manageable monthly installments. These plans also come with little to no interest, meaning you can work within your budget to restore your smile!

Dental Implant Failure & Salvage

Dental implants are considered the pinnacle of tooth replacements, due to their lifelike and long-lasting results. These titanium posts also have a success rate of 95% or more even 10 years after being placed! However, there’s still a tiny chance that you could experience a failed dental implant. If you notice any issues with your new teeth, make sure to notify our team so we can help you by performing implant salvage treatment to save your pearly whites.

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Dental Implant FAQs

dentist holding model of dental implant in jaw

As excited as you might be to begin the process of restoring your smile with dental implants in Dallas, we’re sure you have a few questions first. That’s perfectly natural! Our team at Arts Family Dentistry of Dallas will be more than happy to address your concerns in-person when you see us for a consultation, but until then, we encourage you to read the answers to a few of our most frequently asked dental implant questions below.

Can I Take Dental Implants Out?

No. Once your implant dentist in Dallas has surgically placed the implant post into your jaw, the surrounding bone begins to fuse with it. The natural process, called osseointegration, means that the implant becomes just as embedded in your jawbone as the roots of your natural teeth. Therefore, you cannot take dental implants out. Some types of implant dentures are designed so that you can remove the prosthetic, though the implants posts remain in the mouth.

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

Unlike other tooth replacements, dental implants are designed to be permanent. In more than 95% of cases, dental implants are able to last for 30 years or longer – they may very well last for the rest of your life! Like any dental treatment, though, their lifespan depends on how well you take care of them. Luckily, dental implants don’t require any complex maintenance like dentures do. For the most part, you can brush, floss, and attend routine dental checkups as you would if you had all of your natural teeth.

Am I Too Old for Dental Implants?

There is no upper age limit for dental implants, but it’s worth mentioning that older patients are more likely to have underlying health issues that could affect their candidacy for the treatment. That’s why our dentists will take the time to carefully review your medical history and current medications to determine whether dental implants are right for you. More often than not, you can become a good candidate through some preliminary treatments, such as gum disease therapy or bone grafting if you have suffered from jawbone loss. Although these procedures may lengthen your overall treatment timeline, they’ll be worth it to have a fully restored smile well into your golden years!

Do Dental Implants Feel Natural?

Yes! After your implants have been placed and they start to integrate with your jawbone, they should feel indistinguishable from the pearly whites you once had. This is because they perform exactly the same functions and take up the exact same space as your natural tooth roots. So, while traditional dentures often feel flimsy or awkward, dental implants are able to easily feel – and look – incredibly lifelike.

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