Dr. Mark Sowell and his dedicated oral health care team fully prepare you for any dental restoration procedure. During your one-on-one consultation, Dr. Sowell will address any of your dental concerns and answer all of your questions. Every patient’s oral health concerns are unique and require an individualized and comprehensive treatment plan.
Dr. Sowell serves the communities in and around Dallas, Plano, and Frisco, Texas. We welcome new patients and encourage you to reach out with any questions about getting affordable dental implants from Dr. Mark Sowell. Restore the health and function of your smile and get your confidence back using dental implants.
What Are The Benefits of Having a Dental Implant Procedure?
Dental Implants have many long-term benefits for patients. They offer a stable and natural-looking solution to missing teeth. They can replace the missing tooth without having to disrupt the surrounding healthy teeth as required when placing a bridge.
Dental implants can help prevent periodontal health deterioration, bone structure loss, and bite issues. Implants give patients confidence that their teeth are secure and will not slip while speaking or eating. Commonly, patients report having more confidence and a higher quality of life after replacing missing teeth or dentures with dental implants. To learn more about the benefits, visit Benefits of dental implants.
What Are The Alternatives To Dental Implants?
If you are not a suitable candidate for dental implants, or prefer different treatment options, there are a few alternatives. You may elect to use dental bridges, cosmetic dentures, or partial dentures to replace missing teeth. However, these are mostly removable options that require special fittings and routine maintenance.
A fixed dental bridge involves placing crowns on the adjacent teeth to support a prosthetic tooth or teeth. This can be a good option for a patient that has healthy neighboring teeth that can support the bridge.
Removable cosmetic dentures are dental appliances that replace missing teeth and surrounding tissues. They can provide an aesthetic solution for individuals with multiple missing teeth, but require daily maintenance.
In certain cases, orthodontic treatment may actually be an effective alternative to dental implants. By moving an existing tooth into the gap that the lost tooth left behind, orthodontics can help improve both the function and aesthetics of your mouth.
Dr. Sowell can help you determine the right restorative dental procedure for your missing teeth. If you opt to not replace your missing teeth, it can lead to infection, bone loss, and other complex dental health concerns.
Will My Diet Be Limited After My Dental Implant Procedure?
Initially, yes you will have to adjust your diet to make sure that the dental implants adjust properly. We recommend restricting your diet to soft foods for a few days after your implant procedure. Your bone structure needs time to heal and secure the titanium posts. Eating difficult-to-chew food can irritate the healing process.
After about a week, you can resume your normal diet. Dr. Sowell will discuss specific post-surgery procedures with you that include a recommended diet.
What Material Are Implants Made Of?
Dr. Sowell uses only the most advanced technology and materials in all dental restorations. Dental implants consist of titanium or a titanium alloy. Titanium is a biocompatible compound that the human body doesn’t reject. It is resistant to corrosion and very strong. Titanium alloy is also utilized in various other dental applications, such as orthodontic wires, brackets, and dental instruments.
Today’s modern dental implants look more natural and are aesthetically pleasing because of the compounds. Many of our patients say that people can’t differentiate between their implant and natural teeth!
Are Dental Implants Permanent?
Yes, the dental implant post specifically is permanent and will last well past your lifetime. Our complete dental implants could last for over 30 years with proper maintenance and care. Although decay is not possible in dental implants, it is important to maintain the health of the surrounding gums, teeth, and bones to ensure a long-lasting implant.
How Much Pain Will The Dental Implant Procedure?
Dr. Sowell is a certified sedation dentist. Offering several different sedation dentistry methods, our team will work to ease your dental anxiety and reduce pain to a minimum. Many of our patients are surprised at how painless the procedure and healing process is.
Dr. Sowell encourages patients to speak with him about their dental anxiety to find the right solution for them. Avoiding dental health treatment can lead to lengthier and more expensive procedures.
Do Dental Implants Require Special Care?
Treat dental implants like your natural teeth. Regular brushing and flossing are essential to maintaining your dental implants’ long-term health and function. Keeping your gum and bone healthy and strong will help to maintain your implant for a lifetime. We will also recommend regular visits to Dr. Sowell’s Plano dental office for checkups and to see how your dental implants are doing.