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Dental Implants — Arlington, TX
Say Goodbye to Gaps in Your Smile Permanently
Missing teeth negatively impact much more than just the appearance of your smile. Tooth loss can make it substantially more difficult to chew comfortably, speak clearly, and enjoy other aspects of your day-to-day life. What’s more, missing even just one tooth can lead to significant jawbone loss, shifting teeth, and a higher risk of serious oral health issues. While there are plenty of options you can choose from to replace your teeth, dental implants stand head and shoulders above the rest. This state-of-the-art treatment is the only one that can help you say goodbye to gaps in your smile permanently!
Recognized as a local authority on dental implants in Arlington, Dr. Ravi Doctor has regularly been sought out to teach up-and-coming dentists how to effectively use this treatment to improve the lives of their patients. At his own dental office in Arlington, this state-of-the-art procedure enables him to replace any number of teeth for a lifetime to come, and he uses the latest technology to ensure fantastic results, including computer tomography and low-radiation X-rays.
Why Choose Dr. Ravi Doctor, DDS For Dental Implants?
- Board-Certified Dental Implantologist with Years of Advanced Training
- Numerous Dental Implant Options for All Kinds of Smiles
- Advanced Technology For Comfortable Treatment & Precise, Long-Lasting Results
What Are Dental Implants?
In the world of tooth replacement, dental implants are truly in a class of their own. They are the only treatment available today that actually restores an entire tooth from root to crown, recreating natural dental structure in every way. A small titanium post is positioned within the jawbone in the socket of the missing tooth. Once there, it actually bonds with the surrounding bone just like a real tooth root! This unique process is called osseointegration, and it is what gives the replacement teeth unmatched strength and comfort. The implant post is then topped with a high-quality, custom-made crown, bridge, or denture depending on the extent of your tooth loss. Rebuilding teeth from the roots up gives you a smile that looks, feels, and functions just like natural, which is why Dr. Ravi Doctor and countless other professionals consider dental implants to be the gold standard of tooth loss.
The 4 Step Dental Implant Process
Since dental implants replace missing teeth both above and below the gumline, they naturally require a more involved process than traditional options like dentures and dental bridges. Every patient’s journey towards a completed smile will be slightly different, but there are four main stages of treatment you can expect: the initial consultation and preliminary treatments, dental implant surgery, osseointegration and abutment placement, and the delivery of your new replacement teeth.
With most other dental offices in Arlington, patients need to visit multiple doctors to have this all completed. Dr. Doctor, however, has the advanced training, experience, and equipment to provide the entire treatment from start-to-finish. From your first consultation, all the way until you walk out of our dental office with a new smile, you’ll be able to work with the same dentist and team that you know and trust, saving plenty of time and money along the way.
Initial Dental Implant Consultation
During your initial visit, you’ll have a conversation with Dr. Doctor about what your goals are for your smile and any concerns you may have about replacing missing teeth. Then, he’ll review your medical history as well as your teeth, gums, and jawbone. If any problems are detected that could potentially threaten the success of your dental implant treatment, he may recommend preliminary treatments like bone grafting or a specialized dental implant method like mini dental implants.
Dental Implant Surgery
Once you’ve healed from any necessary preliminary treatments and you and Dr. Doctor have determined which type of dental implant is right for you, it will be time for your dental implant surgery. Before getting started, we’ll use local anesthetic and possibly sedation techniques to ensure your comfort. Then, Dr. Doctor will make one or more small incisions in the gums to access the jawbone and place the implant(s). The gum tissue is then sutured back together, a protective cap is placed over the implant, and you’ll be sent home to heal.
Dental Implant Osseointegration & Abutment Placement
Over the next four to six months, your dental implant will undergo a unique process called osseointegration. Thanks to its biocompatible nature, it will gradually fuse with the surrounding bone and gum tissue to form a strong, stable, and natural-feeling foundation.
After osseointegration is complete, you may need to return to our office for one more minor surgery to have the abutment placed. Not all types of dental implants require this step. As you heal from this last surgery, we’ll carefully design your final restoration.
Delivery of Dental Implant Restorations
Before you know it, you’ll be returning to our practice for the final step of your dental implant treatment. Dr. Doctor will fasten your custom-made crown, bridge, or denture to your dental implant. Then, he’ll check to make sure your bite lines up properly and feels comfortable, and that you’re happy with your results. After going over the basics of how to care for your new dental implants, you’ll be ready to go out and enjoy your newly rebuilt smile!
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dentists and patients alike are calling dental implants “the gold standard of tooth replacement” and it’s easy to see why! Since dental implants replace the entire structure of missing teeth, they can virtually mimic them in every way. They have the potential to improve your health, confidence, and quality of life in ways that traditional dentures and dental bridges simply can’t! Below, you’ll find a few of the most popular reasons why our patients love dental implants.
- Powerful Bite: Unlike with regular bridges and dentures, dental implant patients are able to eat whatever they want without worry that their prosthetic will shift or break.
- Natural Appearance: If you were to look at a dental implant side by side with a real tooth in a patient’s mouth, you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference. That’s because they are always topped with custom-made porcelain restorations.
- Easy Maintenance: Caring for dental implants is similar to caring for natural teeth in many ways. Regular brushing and flossing, as well as routine checkups with Dr. Doctor, are all that’s required to keep your new smile strong and sparkling.
- A Complete Solution: Dental implants are the only treatment available today that can stop and even reverse the jawbone loss that occurs after tooth loss. This not only protects the foundation of the remaining teeth, but it also helps a patient maintain a more youthful face shape as the years go by.
- Protect Natural Teeth: Dental implants are self-supporting, which means they do not rely on your remaining natural teeth in any way. They also serve as placeholders to keep remaining teeth from drifting out of position.
- Comfortable Tooth Replacement: Dental implant patients never have to worry about the discomforts that come with traditional tooth replacement options, like gum sores, tooth sensitivity, or jaw soreness. In fact, many patients find dental implants so comfortable that they occasionally forget that they are even there!
- Built to Last: With proper care, dental implants have the potential to last for decades — perhaps even for an entire lifetime. The artificial teeth on top of implant can also endure for many years. In fact, the longevity of dental implant can make them much more cost effective than traditional options that need to be replaced every few years.
- Reliable Results: Dental implants boast an astonishing success rate of over 95%. In fact, when placed by a seasoned professional like Dr. Doctor, dental implants have been shown to have that same success rate 10 years after placement!
Who Dental Implants Can Help
For patients missing one or more teeth in a row, many choose to get a traditional dental bridge. Meanwhile, patients with much more significant tooth loss can choose full or partial dentures. While these classic restorations have helped countless patients in the past, they simply don’t offer nearly the same level of beauty and security as dental implants. Dental implants don’t require the alteration of healthy teeth like bridges do, nor do they rely on remaining teeth and the gums for support like dentures. No matter how many teeth you’re missing, we can design a dental implant treatment plan to help you regain a complete, confident smile.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
Dental implants can help practically any healthy adult suffering from tooth loss. During your initial consultation, we’ll look for several key factors to see if you’re a good candidate:
- Good overall health
- Great oral health
- Adequate jawbone density
- Commitment to good oral hygiene habits
Each of these items is essential for the success of your dental implant treatment. If you don’t meet the requirements above, there’s no need to worry. We offer a variety of advanced procedures, specialized techniques, and unique dental implant methods that can help almost anyone get ready for dental implants.
Once you’ve healed from any necessary preliminary treatments, such as bone grafting or gum disease therapy, we’ll create a treatment plan with you. We’ll fully explain all of your options based on how many teeth you’re missing:
Missing 1 Tooth
Traditional dental bridges used to be the only way to replace one missing tooth. While somewhat effective, they had a negative impact on the adjacent healthy teeth. These “abutment” teeth needed to be filed down in order to make room for the bridge, which made them weaker and more prone to sensitivity.
With a single dental implant and custom crown, we can seamlessly replace that missing tooth without altering any of the remaining healthy teeth. We’ll simply place the dental implant into the jawbone where the missing tooth once was and top it with the restoration. This is clearly a much healthier alternative with better results!
Missing Multiple Teeth
For multiple consecutive missing teeth, an implant bridge can be used. Like its traditional counterpart, an implant bridge consists of two dental crowns that support one or more replacement teeth between them. However, the key difference between the two is in their placement. Instead of relying on the remaining tooth structure, and implant bridge is anchored securely in place by one dental implant on either end of the gap.
Patients with multiple nonconsecutive missing teeth could choose to replace each one individually with single tooth dental implants. However, a partial secured in place with several well-placed dental implants is usually much more time- and cost-effective!
Missing All Teeth
Traditional full dentures are meant to replace an entire row of teeth by sitting directly on the gums and relying on natural suction to stay in place. Unfortunately, for most people, they constantly shift, click, and even fall out during speaking and eating. With just six to eight implants, however, Dr. Doctor can anchor an implant denture to the jawbone that can be trusted to remain stable no matter what a patient is doing.
Or, for patients with jawbones that are too thin to support regular implant dentures, Dr. Doctor can use the Teeth-in-a-Day procedure. This involves placing just four implants into the thickest part of the jawbone and immediately topping them with a denture, helping a patient recover a full row of teeth in a single appointment.
Specialized Types of Dental Implants
Dr. Doctor makes every effort to stay on the cutting edge of new technology, especially when it comes to helping his patients reclaim a strong, attractive smile with state-of-the-art dental implants. As a Board-Certified Implantologist, a Diplomate of the American Dental Implant Association, and a Diplomate of the International Congress of Implantologists, he has completed rigorous continuing education, advanced training, and in-depth research to truly become a dental implant expert. He is proud to offer a wide variety of dental implants to help every unique smile look and feel its absolute best. During your initial consultation, he’ll review with you all your tooth loss solutions and help you choose the one that’s right for you. Here are some of the specialized types of dental implants Dr. Doctor offers.
Argon K3Pro® Dental Implant System
Dr. Doctor regularly uses the Argon K3Pro® Dental Implant System to ensure the best possible results for his dental implant patients, both from a clinical and appearance-related standpoint. A variety of implant styles and sizes are available through this system, which means that he can meet his patients’ unique implant needs without worry. The final result? A seamlessly confident and long-lasting smile that looks virtually indistinguishable from the original.
AnyRidge® Dental Implant System
In order to help patients achieve the optimum level of functionality and security with their dental implants, Dr. Doctor uses the AnyRidge implant system. It can help restore a single tooth or even an entire row. What makes AnyRidge special is its ease of use and its ability to maximize a patient’s existing bone density. Many dentists consider AnyRidge to be revolutionary because it’s able to provide unprecedented benefits for dentists and patients alike.
AnyRidge implant posts are tapered at the end, ensuring that as much of a patient’s jawbone is preserved as possible during placement. Because of this, Dr. Doctor is often able to forgo bone grafting or advanced surgery, which could potentially add a lot of time and expense to a patient’s overall treatment process.
This system consists of self-cutting threads on the implants as well, which makes placement easier and helps with the formation of a firm connection between the implant and the jawbone. The unique shape of AnyRidge implants also helps them “grip” the jawbone more tightly, helping patients enjoy a strong bite they can always rely on.
In other words, AnyRidge enables Dr. Doctor to deliver better results in less time while keeping a patient more comfortable, which is a big win-win-win in his book!
Mini Dental Implants
Mini dental implants are placed directly through the tissue without the use of flaps. Complete with a ball attachment, the implants are one solid piece, making them less invasive than traditional dental implants, more affordable, loaded at the same time they’re placed, and can be placed in weaker areas of the jawbone because of their size. A rubber ring and housing are placed over the ball, which is embedded into the denture. The rings work as a retention force to stabilize the denture. Once the denture is ready for placement, it is snapped into place.
Lower Attachment for 4 Lower Arch
Using 4 implant fixtures and 4 implant heads, your dentist can retain a full lower denture. Once the implants are surgically placed into the jawbone, four attachments located on the denture snap into the implant heads. This type of retention doesn’t require a lot of room in the mouth, which is ideal for candidates who have suffered from tooth loss for a long time.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
In order for dental implants to be as effective as possible, every treatment needs to be completely personalized based on a patient’s unique situation. Because of this, the cost of dental implants in Arlington differs from person to person. While dental implants do tend to cost more upfront compared to removable bridges and dentures, they are designed to last for decades. Regular prosthetics, on the other hand, typically have to be completely replaced every 5 – 7 years. Because of their longevity, implants usually help patients save thousands in maintenance alone over time, making them a great option for both your smile and your wallet.
Preliminary Treatments & Dental Implant Surgery
It’s common for patients to need preliminary treatments before they qualify for dental implants. For example, your implant dentist in Arlington might determine that you require a bone graft or tooth extractions. Each preparatory treatment comes with its own cost.
The implant placement surgery incurs a separate fee. Its price depends on how many implants Dr. Doctor is placing as well as the type and amount of sedation used. Since Dr. Doctor can perform comprehensive implant treatment in-house, you won’t have to worry about dealing with the pricing policies of an outside dental practice.
The Parts of Your Dental Implant
Not all dental implants are the same, and there are a variety of implant treatment protocols. For example, some patients qualify for mini dental implants, while others receive standard implants. There are also advanced options like Teeth-In-A-Day and the AnyRidge Dental Implant System. During your consultation, Dr. Doctor will determine which implant treatment best meets your circumstances, and our team will provide you with a clear and candid cost estimate.
The Final Restoration
A dental implant restoration is the crown, bridge, or denture that is attached to the dental implants. Logically, their price varies depending on how many teeth they are replacing. A single crown to replace just one tooth will cost less than a denture that replaces an entire arch of lost teeth. The material and techniques used to fabricate a restoration also have a bearing on price. For example, replacing a full arch of teeth with traditional implant dentures, Teeth-in-a-Day, or Argon K3Pro Dental Implant System will each cost different amounts since they use different methods.
Does My Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?
It is becoming more and more common for dental insurance to cover dental implants in Arlington, but some still do not. You will have to check the specific details of your plan to see how it applies. Our team is ready to help you. As an insurance-friendly practice, we are used to dealing with the ins and outs of insurance, and we will aid you in maximizing your benefits. Even if your insurance does not cover the dental implants themselves, it might cover portions of your preliminary treatment or your final restoration.
Making Dental Implants Affordable
In addition to assisting you with insurance, we offer a few provisions that may help you afford dental implants:
- Financing Options: We work with CareCredit, Lending Club, and Med Loan, third-party financiers that offer a range of payment plans to help patients afford medical and dental treatments.
- Special offers. We often feature specials on dental implant treatment that can significantly reduce your out-of-pocket obligation.
Advanced Dental Implant Procedures
Additional treatments may or may not be necessary for you to receive dental implants; it mainly depends on how much bone tissue, if any, is missing from your jaw. It may be more difficult than usual to place dental implants if it has been a while since you lost your teeth. Over time, your jaw will start to degrade, meaning it loses some of its density and may not join with the implant post. To avoid any unnecessary difficulties, Dr. Doctor might recommend advanced dental implant procedures before beginning your dental implant treatment.
Bone grafting is a surgery that’s used to repair a bone that has been damaged or has degenerated. It’s essentially used to fill an area where the necessary tissue is missing. The material may come from another bone in your body, but you could also receive it from a donor, or it could be entirely synthetic. In any case, once the new material is accepted by the body, it gives the jaw a framework for new bone cells to grow.
During the procedure, the gums are opened to expose the gum tissue and the grafting material is applied. Depending on your situation, Dr. Doctor might use a few different grafting techniques. For example, he can create a “tent” of titanium mesh that supports the gums over the bone graft. The mesh will help maintain the shape of the bone while the new tissue is forming. It can take several months after the surgery is performed for the bone to fully grow back; we can move forward with a follow-up procedure once your mouth has completely recovered.
Dental Implant Failure & Salvage
Dental implants boast an impressive success rate of over 95% and have the potential to last a lifetime. However, dental implant failure is still a remote possibility, especially if you don’t take the right precautions. If you notice pain, swelling, sensitivity, or looseness in your dental implant, call us immediately. We’ll see you right away to investigate the issue. If your implant is failing, we may be able to rescue your smile with a dental implant salvage treatment. Read on to learn more or give us a call to schedule your next appointment.
Maintaining & Caring for Your Dental Implant
Your dental implants can last you a lifetime, but only if you take care of them correctly! Thankfully, maintaining and caring for your dental implants is as simple as taking care of your natural teeth. Your Arlington implant dentist Dr. Doctor has laid out five of the most important ways to take care of your new dental implants below. If you have more questions, don’t hesitate to give us a call!
Make Oral Hygiene a Priority
While dental implants can’t get cavities, it’s essential that you continue to practice good oral hygiene. Regularly cleaning away plaque around your dental implant will help keep the connective tissues strong and healthy, which in turn will keep your new smile firmly in place. Be sure to brush for two minutes twice a day, floss daily, and rinse with mouthwash regularly.
Eat a Healthy Diet
Dental implants allow you to enjoy a full, nutritious diet with all your favorite foods! However, while you munch on steak, apples, nuts, and more, there are some foods you should be wary of. Do your best to limit your sugar intake and avoid eating too many hard or sticky foods. Instead, eat plenty of items with calcium and vitamin C to ensure the tissues around your dental implant stay strong!
Break Bad Habits
A few bad habits can dramatically reduce the lifespan of your dental implant. If you choose to rebuild your smile with dental implants, now is the perfect time to break bad habits like:
- Smoking: Smoking can interfere with how your dental implant integrates into your jawbone and leaves your mouth vulnerable to infection, which could potentially cause implant failure.
- Chewing on hard objects: Gnawing on pen caps, ice, fingernails, and other hard objects can wear down your dental implant quickly.
- Using your teeth as tools: You should never use your teeth as a tool to open containers, trim your fingernails, hold groceries, or perform any other task. You could easily find yourself with a chipped or cracked dental implant or natural tooth!
Protect Your Dental Implants
Do you play sports? A sudden blow to the face can potentially knock your dental implant out of place. Alternatively, do you grind your teeth in your sleep? This long-term overexposure to pressure can wear down and loosen your dental implant. If you’re active or suffer from bruxism, invest in a mouthguard to keep your smile safe.
Schedule Regular Dental Checkups
Perhaps one of the most important things you can do to ensure the longevity of your new smile is to come visit Dr. Doctor for regular dental checkups. By seeing you every six months, Dr. Doctor can keep a close eye on the integrity of your dental implant, as well as the rest of your teeth. Should any problems begin to develop, he’ll be able to spot and stop them before they cause you any unnecessary pain or damage.