At Lynn Dental Care, we know that the loss of natural teeth can dramatically impact a person’s appearance and quality of life. Chewing can become painful and clear speech can become difficult. The risk of developing cavities or an infection is also increased. Therefore, it is important to replace those teeth for daily comfort and optimal oral health. Several options are available in the Dallas area from Lynn Dental Care, with the most long lasting and comprehensive being dental implants.
Implant dentistry is a comprehensive approach to replacing missing teeth, and can completely restore a patient’s smile and oral health. If you have experienced tooth loss, or are unhappy with your current dentures or bridge; or looking for implant restoration, find out more about your dental implant options by contacting our Lynn Dental Care office today to set up a consultation.
What are Dental Implants?
A long term solution for missing teeth
An implant is a tiny cylinder, usually made of titanium, which serves as an artificial tooth root. It can be used to support specially designed crowns, bridges, or even full dentures. This provides the same or similar level of stability and chewing efficiency that you had with natural teeth. Most Dallas implant patients in need of replacement teeth are good candidates. However, if you have suffered extensive bone loss, Dr. Lynn may recommend a bone graft prior to implant placement.
This is typically considered the most comfortable, and strongest, solution for missing teeth. Dental implants are made of titanium, a highly biocompatible material. These tiny cylinders are placed strategically in the jawbone, providing a strong anchor for the replacement teeth. They can replace one or many teeth to restore beauty and functionality to your smile. Statistically, they are the longest lasting way to replace missing teeth.
Parts of a Dental Implant
A natural tooth is only partially visible. The visible portion is called the crown. Hidden beneath the gumline is the tooth root, which serves as the support system. Dental implants are considered the most natural option, replacing both parts of the tooth for full restoration of appearance and function.
Root: Typically, the actual implant is a hollow metal post. After placement, it is fitted with a connector called an abutment. However, some implant designs are one-piece, with the abutment included.
Crown: The visible part of the tooth is replaced with a beautiful cosmetic restoration. If you are missing one tooth, a single implant will be topped with a porcelain crown. If you are missing several teeth, two or three implants may be used to support a dental bridge. For patients who are missing all of their teeth, only four implants are needed to support our Natural Bite implant dentures.
Types of Dental Implants
There are several types of dental implants. Endosteal implants are the most common. They are inserted into the jawbone, forming a secure bond. For some individuals who do not have enough jawbone, subperiosteal implants may be used. They are placed below the gum tissue, atop the jawbone.
There are also many different sizes and variations of implant styles. After evaluating your oral health and jawbone density, Dr. Lynn will recommend the best one for you.
Dr. Brock Lynn is a premier implant dentist as well as a board-certified Periodontist who helps patients replace teeth that have been lost due to decay, an injury, or other reasons with dental implants. An implant is a tiny post, usually made of titanium or titanium alloy, which replaces the root of a tooth. The implant is then topped with a custom-made connector called an abutment, which holds a gorgeous cosmetic crown.
Dental implants are now considered the standard of care for patients missing one or more teeth. Whether you lost your tooth to decay, gum disease, accident, injury, or other factors, an implant from Lynn Dental Care is an excellent solution.
All-on-4 Implant Dentures
All-On-4 Implant Dentures, also called “Teeth in a Day,” are a wonderful solution for people who want an economical, comfortable, and beautiful way to replace missing teeth. Traditional dentures are secured by suction, which only works if they fit snugly. Many patients often have to use adhesive to stabilize them. All-On-4 Implant Dentures are fixed in place and can only be removed by a dentist. This system is more economical than many implant-retained dentures, because it only requires 4 dental implants to achieve full stability. In the past, it took 8, 10, or even 12 implants to support a denture.
If you have lost, or are losing, all of your natural teeth, you are probably thinking about traditional, removable dentures. They are the most common way to replace a full arch of teeth, although they have limited success in many cases. Thanks to advances in implant technology, we now have a better way!
What is an implant-supported bridge?
You may be familiar with a traditional dental bridge. It consists of false teeth (called pontics) suspended between two dental crowns. Implant supported bridges are very similar, with a very important distinction. Rather than being bonded to your teeth, it is placed on dental implants.
Before dental implants became the standard of care for the replacement of missing teeth, there was only one option available to patients needing to replace a single tooth, and that was a conventional dental bridge. The dentist would reduce the teeth on each side of the missing tooth to place the conventional bridge, thus compromising the natural teeth to sustain a full smile. Even with the placement of the bridge, the bone around the missing tooth would begin to deteriorate because there wasn’t a natural root in place to tell the body the bone was still needed. Over time, this bone loss could result in the loss of the adjacent teeth. The only option for replacing missing teeth and maintaining healthy bone is a dental implant.
Typically, an implant is placed for every missing tooth. The bridge includes a series of crowns, which are connected to create a solid unit. However, depending on the location of the gap and the condition of your jawbone, a different configuration may be used. When the gap is too close to a nerve or sinus cavity, implants may be placed on each side. In some cases, the bridge is supported by an implant at each end, similar to a conventional fixed bridge.
The parts of an implant bridge include:
- The implants are tiny posts, which are gently inserted into the jawbone. They act as “roots” for your new teeth.
- Abutments are cylindrical connectors attached to the implants.
- Crowns are the artificial teeth, which are connected to form your bridge.
When are implant-supported bridges used?
A single tooth would be replaced with one implant and a crown. If all teeth in an arch are missing, Natural Bite implant retained dentures are usually recommended. An implant bridge is appropriate for patients who are missing several, but not all, of their natural teeth.
Because the crowns are joined together, there is reduced stress on each individual implant. This is especially important for patients with bruxism (grinding of the teeth), which causes considerable pressure on the implants. Using a bridge rather than separate crowns allows for greater strength, and reduced chances of the implants loosening.
In addition to placing dental implants, Dr. Lynn performs implant restoration at Lynn Dental Care. Using the advanced technology of the Novel Biocare custom scanner, he is able to achieve superlative results that are convenient and accurate. Dr. Lynn utilizes custom-designed and milled titanium and zirconia abutments for all implant restorations. This results in an aesthetically pleasing and natural look. Unlike former methods which produced conspicuous results, this method of implant restoration creates a final result in which the tooth looks like it is growing out of the gums naturally.
Placement of Dental Implants
After a treatment plan has been decided upon, the dental implant procedure takes place over two appointments. The first appointment involves oral surgery in which Dr. Lynn will open the gums and insert the titanium cylinders into the jawbone. The length of this procedure will vary, based on the number of teeth that are being replaced. Once the dental implant posts have been placed at our Dallas center, Dr. Lynn will provide patients with temporary restorations to wear while they continue to heal over the following few months. It is during these months that the implants will fuse with the jawbone, in a process known as osseointegration.
During the second part of the dental implant procedure, which occurs after the gums have healed properly and the implants have fully integrated with the jawbone, patients can return to Dr. Lynn’s office to receive their permanent replacement teeth. Implant restorations can include crowns, bridges, or implant-supported dentures. These restorations are long lasting and they allow patients to regain the natural function and appearance of their teeth.
Benefits of Dental Implants
The implant does not technically replace the tooth; it only replaces the root. Just as you could build many different things on a solid foundation, we can secure many types of restorations with dental implants. This versatile technique is an excellent solution for patients missing one, several, or all of their natural teeth.
Implant dentistry provides unparalleled stability, comfort, and cosmetic benefits. A few of the advantages of dental implants include:
- Long-lasting – A dental implant rarely needs to be replaced, and the prosthetic teeth can last up to 15 years or longer with proper oral hygiene
- Allow patients to speak clearly and eat comfortably
- Restore the smile’s natural beauty
- Prevent jawbone deterioration, which follows tooth loss
- Prevent shifting teeth and jaw misalignment
- Preserve the jawline and facial structure
- More durable, comfortable, stable alternative to options such as bridges or removable dentures
- Eating anything you want, and enjoying better nutrition
- Never worrying about your teeth slipping or falling out
- Being able to smile with pride
- Fewer dental implants (only 4 with All-On-4) makes it a faster, more economical procedure with a faster healing time
- In most cases, we can place a temporary restoration the same day as your implants – you don’t have to wait to smile!
- With our iTero digital impression system, there is no messy paste and no gagging
Problems with Traditional Dentures
In terms of health, the most significant issue that denture wearers face is bone loss. According to the laws of physics, form follows function. Therefore, the bone grows around tooth roots, holding them in place. Biting pressure is transferred to the bone, and it strengthens in response. When the bone has no roots to hold, and no stimulation, it begins melting away. It is similar to what happens to your muscles when they are not exercised.
Additionally, many denture wearers endure a number of daily miseries, caused by the lack of stability. Denture sores caused by the friction of a sloppy appliance, and general discomfort, are the most common complaints. When your teeth are not stable, chewing and speaking becomes challenging. Most denture wearers can’t enjoy foods such as steak, fresh apples, or corn on the cob. Their health can suffer in the long-term, due to nutritional inadequacies.
Everyone wants to maintain a natural-looking smile that is healthy and functional. Dental implants help with that goal by functioning like a natural tooth root, stimulating healthy bone regeneration and allowing the bite to work as it normally would without added stress to the surrounding teeth.
With proper care and maintenance, which includes dental cleanings with one of our highly trained hygienists; dental implants last a lifetime for most people. That’s a big advantage over the conventional bridge, which can last 7-15 years.
Cost of Dental Implants
What is the cost of dental implants?
Many factors can affect the cost of a dental implant. It is important to understand what is involved in every procedure so that you can make an accurate assessment of the cost vs. value when choosing to have dental implant surgery. Some offices will offer patients a quote for dental services based on a limited portion of the treatment, then referring them out to a specialist to complete the procedure. This can lead to the unexpected surprise of additional fees. The quote that seemed to be so much less than other providers suddenly is more expensive!
Why Lynn Dental Care?
The Advantages of Lynn Dental Care for your dental implant needs.
We strive to provide an exceptional quality of dentistry, with equally exceptional service.
We don’t “upsell” or pressure you to commit to a procedure. We clearly explain all good options, and the pros and cons of each.
When we give you a price quote, we will discuss all expected costs, for every stage of the process.
You won’t be referred to an unfamiliar dentist; Dr. Lynn performs every phase of the implant process.
For denture wearers, we offer Natural Bite dentures, which only require four implants for stabilization, making them quite economical.
We are a One Location Surgery Center
All of your dental implant needs are done under one roof at Lynn Dental Care! No need to travel anywhere else for special x-rays, consultations, or laboratories. Dr. Brock Lynn has built a beautiful office with a spa-like atmosphere that provides his patients with everything they need to complete their dental implants with fewer visits than traditional dental offices.
Convenience lowers the cost of your treatment
Our office offers the newest digital 3D imaging equipment (cone beam x-ray), highly trained staff, and an in-house dental laboratory that includes the Nobel BioCare Procera Scanner. This scanner allows Dr. Lynn to create customized implant abutments specific to the patient’s needs. This means that every step of your dental implant procedure will be completed under one roof, saving you time and money! Call Lynn Dental Care at 972-934-1400 and schedule a consultation today!
Customized, Precise, and Convenient Service- That’s our guarantee!