Dental implants are an increasingly popular option for replacing missing teeth.
Losing a tooth is no fun, to put it lightly. If you’ve experienced tooth loss, breakage, or decay, you’re probably looking for the best way to restore your natural smile.
Luckily, teeth can be replaced – no matter how you lost them.
Dental implants are a permanent, strong, natural-looking replacement for lost or removed teeth. At Mesa Street Dental, we’re proud to have over 20 years of experience with dental implants. We’ve helped many patients overcome the pain, shame, and self-consciousness associated with missing teeth, and we can help you, too.
Mesa Street Dental is a local practice with a commitment to our community. We combine top-quality care with a personalized, community-based approach to best serve our neighbors in El Paso.
Here are some of the reasons El Paso residents choose Mesa for their dental implants:
Dental implant surgery is intimidating when it’s a big unknown. Let us walk you through what it’s like to get an implant at Mesa Street Dental so that you know exactly what to expect.
Our dental implant process starts with a consultation. Many patients come into our office with other concerns and later discover that they’re a good candidate for an implant. At this point, we’ll set up a consultation.
For example: say you’re visiting us for an extraction and we see that you could benefit from an implant. We’ll discuss your options with you, and if you’re interested in an implant we’ll set up an initial consultation.
During the consultation, we’ll examine your teeth and gums and assess your overall oral health. We’ll also take X-Rays to determine your jaw’s bone density. This initial exam gives us an idea of your specific needs and allows us to craft a treatment plan that’s right for you.
If you’re already missing teeth, no extractions are necessary to prepare for your implants. But if there is a broken or decaying tooth in your mouth, we’ll remove it in order to replace it with an implant. This extraction follows the exact procedure of our standard extractions.
Once all teeth are extracted, we will make a small incision in your gum and drill a hole into your jawbone. A small titanium rod is then inserted into the jawbone where the root of the missing tooth was. Titanium is compatible with human bone and actually stimulates the jawbone. This means that your jaw doesn’t lose density, as it would if there were nothing to fill the gap.
The rods for your dental implants will be inserted under anesthesia so you won’t feel pain during the surgery.
For patients with insufficient jawbone density, we may need to perform a bone graft before installing the implant. This requires the addition of artificial bone or the patient’s own bone (taken from another area of the body) to the hole drilled in the jaw. This initial bone graft takes up to several months to heal. It provides a stronger surface in which to install the implant.
When the implant rod is placed and the jawbone has fully healed around it, we will add an abutment to the rod. This metal piece attaches to the top of the rod and provides a surface upon which the implant’s crown is mounted.
In the final step of the dental implant procedure, a crown is mounted to the abutment. This creates the natural appearance that makes crowns so popular. Crowns can be adjusted to fit the shape, size, and color of your other teeth.
Dental implants are by far the best way to replace missing teeth. They look, feel and act as natural teeth do. With regular care they will last a lifetime.
Implants can replace a tooth anywhere in the mouth. Using implants, it’s also possible to anchor multiple teeth or bridges to the jawbone.
Losing a tooth can make you feel self-conscious. It might affect your smile and the way you speak. It can change the way you eat or drink, meaning that other parts of your mouth might also be affected. This can lead to jaw pain or pressure on other teeth.
Implants allow replacement teeth to stay securely in place, making it easier for patients to eat and talk like they would with natural teeth. This makes the transition simpler for the patient and allows them to quickly resume their normal activities.
If a missing tooth is not properly replaced, the jawbone where the tooth root once resided will begin to deteriorate. This can alter the structure of a patient’s mouth and face, sometimes causing it to cave in.
Dental implants, however, stimulate the jawbone to maintain its structure. This helps patients avoid expensive cosmetic treatments later down the road to treat caved-in or shrunken-looking faces.
If you’re missing a single tooth or several teeth in different areas of your mouth, you’re a good candidate for dental implants. You also need to have adequate jawbone density (or be willing to undergo a bone graft).
General oral health is a must, too. Dental implants are designed to replace single missing teeth, but they’re not the best option for people who are missing most or all of their teeth or who are experiencing widespread decay.
Despite their renown for being the best treatment for replacing teeth, many patients choose not to have implants because of their comparatively high cost. Even with their higher initial cost, however, dental implants may end up saving you money and future hassles in a number of areas. When you look at implants as an investment and consider how reliable they are for replacing teeth, It’s clear that they are well worth the cost..
Contact our office to discuss the cost of dental implant treatment. Mesa Street Dental will work with you to create an affordable finance plan.
Follow your El Paso dentist’s advice after your surgery to reduce potential discomfort and swelling at the site.
Dental implants offer the most long-lasting solution for replacement teeth. If you take proper care of your oral health (daily brushing and flossing, biannual dental cleanings, etc.), your implant could last for an entire lifetime.
Other tooth replacements need to be changed every 5 or so years. Replacing replacements can add up quickly, especially if you also have to pay for jawbone or reconstructive surgery.
Dental implants are a very popular and effective procedure. They improve the cosmetic look of your mouth while also maintaining your oral health after tooth loss. If you choose to get dental implants, your dentist will go over a treatment plan with you. Every situation is different and the procedure may need several visits, but Mesa Street Dental will work with you to make the process as stress-free as possible.
If you’re interested in finding out more about dental implants in El Paso, contact Mesa Street Dental for more information.