Modern technology makes dental implants a strong, beautiful, and natural-looking treatment for missing teeth. We can restore your smile and self-confidence in as little as two office visits. Dr. Mark Sowell provides affordable dental implants in Plano, Texas. He uses the most advanced techniques to fill in the gaps, permanently replace missing teeth and give you a smile you will feel confident with.
Dental Implants in Plano, TX
For many people, missing teeth not only affect their self-confidence due to an unattractive smile, but they may feel awkward talking, have difficulty eating, and have a less active social life. The most important reason to replace missing teeth is to protect oral health. Untreated, missing teeth can cause bone deterioration, jaw recession, gum disease, and further tooth loss. Let Sensational Smiles restore your oral health, stop your pain, discomfort, and embarrassment and improve your sense of well-being.
As a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI), Dr. Sowell has complete training in both the surgical and restorative phases of implant dentistry. This means we offer complete treatments in our Plano, Texas dentist office. No need to go elsewhere to see a specialist for implant surgery!
Always at the forefront of his field, Dr. Sowell has taken thousands of hours of continuing education courses to ensure he provides you with the latest advances, tools, and techniques. Dental implants deliver the comfort, appearance, and function of natural teeth. For most patients, the implant process requires four to six months and three or more appointments with Dr. Sowell. But the results are well worth it.
State-of-the-art dental implant technology has made it possible for almost anyone to be a candidate. Missing teeth can be embarrassing and painful to live with, making it difficult to chew and speak properly and unsightly to smile. While the old solutions to missing teeth were dentures, bridges, and crowns, these solutions can be difficult to maintain and provide only a short-term solution.
Dental Implants Provide Structure & Foundation
Modern dental implants are precision devices available in several designs to address your specific needs. The most common type uses a titanium screw as an anchor in the jawbone. It will serve to replace tooth roots and as a post for a custom-made tooth crown. Once the crown is in place, you may be unable to tell it apart from your natural teeth. The entire system works as a replacement tooth.
They are the only proven way to prevent bone loss after losing natural teeth. Research shows that implant-supported prostheses increase patient comfort. Dental implants are easy to take care of and are the best alternative to real teeth!
Dental implants are one of the most important advances in modern dentistry. Implant dentistry offers patients who are missing one, several, or all their teeth an excellent alternative to partial or complete dentures. Implants remove the fear of denture accidents and make eating, smiling, and talking worry-free. Ask Dr. Sowell about the advantages of how affordable dental implants work for you. Some of the advantages include the following:
- Implants permanently replace missing teeth
- Single implant
- Multiple implants
- Teeth in a day
- Full arch implant options
- They are strong and natural-looking restorations
- Tooth implants are functional and comfortable
What to Expect: The Dental Implant Process
We’re able to perform every part of the dental implant process right in our office. As with any procedure, we’ll start with a consultation. We’ll talk to you about your medical history, goals, and budget. We’ll also perform a thorough oral exam. If you have remaining teeth fragments or gum disease, we’ll have to perform treatment for these conditions before moving forward. If you don’t have enough healthy bone structure to support the implants, a bone graft will need to be performed before moving forward.
When you’re prepared for implants, we’ll schedule the implant placement surgery. We use advanced dental technology to precisely plan the best location and angle in the mouth for implant success. It helps us to ensure the best possible results. The dentist surgically places the implant posts in your jawbone, guided by our technology. The posts need time to heal and fuse with the jawbone. It takes around 3-6 months for this process to complete. We may place a temporary restoration until you can get your permanent one.
We’ll meet with you to ensure that the healing process is progressing as it should. Once you’re healed, we can place your final restoration. Abutments on each implant connect the post to the final restoration. Implants can support a fixed dental crown, bridge, or denture, depending on the number of teeth you’re replacing. Each restoration is specially crafted for your needs. We match the size, shape, and shade of the rest of your smile so that the restoration blends in perfectly.
Dental Implants vs. Dental Bridges
Bridges rely on healthy teeth for support. Because of this, we will need to grind down healthy adjacent teeth. The adjacent healthy teeth often later have problems of their own, requiring new and costly dental work. Bridges can become unsealed without the person noticing. This results in the decay of supporting teeth and will require replacement after five to ten years of use. Removable partials can become loose as the teeth move or anchor clasps fatigue and requires repairs.
Removable partial dentures are an economical short-term solution, but they accelerate the extraction of anchor teeth in the long term.
Dental Implants vs. Dentures
Although dentures are usually the least expensive treatment option for missing teeth, they can be uncomfortable, difficult to maintain, and pose many problems. They are often uncomfortable and can fall out during eating or other activities, causing embarrassment. Removable dentures can also cause sores in the mouth, which can be painful. Removing dentures at night for cleaning and keeping them in place with adhesives is necessary, which can be a hassle.
You will have to avoid certain foods, such as fruit and nuts, with dentures because they are much less efficient than normal teeth. Speaking is more difficult and less natural with dentures. Another drawback is accidentally misplacing the dentures because they are removable devices, which doesn’t happen if you have a permanent restoration.
Because neither bridges nor dentures stimulate bone growth, patients may experience extreme bone loss over time. Thus giving them an older and less attractive appearance.
Learn more about dental implants versus dentures here.
Taking Care of Dental Implants
Dental implants have one of the highest success rates in dentistry. But it’s important that you care for them properly to get the best results. After the implant surgery, you’ll experience some soreness and discomfort for a few days afterward. Only eat soft foods and try to avoid chewing anything directly on the area where the posts are. Avoid hot liquids and spicy foods for a while.
Having bleeding and red saliva for the first day or two after the procedure is normal. If bleeding or severe pain occurs and is prolonged, contact us immediately. Over-the-counter pain medications and cold compresses can be used to combat pain and swelling. We may prescribe prescription painkillers as well. If we prescribe you antibiotics, be sure to take them exactly as directed. They mitigate the risk of infection.
On the day of the surgery, you can gently brush and floss around the surgical site, but don’t rinse. After a day, you can begin rinsing your mouth out with warm saltwater a few times a day. Particularly do this each time after you eat. You may also need to clean the abutment with a cotton swab after a few days.
Avoid drinking alcohol and smoking while your implants are healing. They take around 3-6 months to heal, and these habits can prevent them from healing properly. These habits can increase the chances of your implant failing.
After the Final Restoration
Implants don’t require extra maintenance when you continue to take care of them. You just have to brush and floss your teeth like you normally would, and come into the dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings. Use a soft-bristle toothbrush when you brush, like a nylon one. Avoid using any metal or harder materials at all in your mouth once the implants are in place. Be sure to use non-abrasive toothpaste, too. Other materials can scratch up your implants.
To learn more about our dental implant services, see:
- Benefits of Dental Implants
- Cost of Dental Implants
- All On Four Dental Implants
- Multiple Implants
- Teeth In a Day
- Bone Grafting
- Dental Implants FAQ
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Are you ready to take action to replace your missing teeth? Call one of the top implant dentists in Plano, Dr. Mark Sowell, or schedule an appointment online to visit our Plano dental office for effective treatment today.