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Dental Implants – Arlington, TX
Say “Goodbye” To Annoying Gaps
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, and there, it actually bonds with the surrounding bone just like a real root, which is then topped by a brand new crown, bridge, or denture. This process is called osseointegration, and it’s the key to a dental implant’s unmatched stability.
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 Ravi Doctor, DDS for Dental Implants?
- Diplomate of the American Dental Implant Association
- Diplomate of the International Congress of Implantologists
- Board-Certified Dental Implantologist
Bridges vs. Implants
For patients missing one or more teeth in a row, many choose to get a traditional dental bridge. While this has helped countless patients in the past, this prosthetic doesn’t offer nearly the same level of beauty and security as dental implants. In order for a bridge to be placed, the surrounding teeth have to be filed down and covered with crowns, meaning that completely healthy teeth have to basically be sacrificed.
A dental implant, on the other hand, is completely self-contained. The entire prosthetic is fitted into the jawbone, and the adjacent teeth don’t have to be altered at all. This makes implants much less invasive, which is better for the long-term health of the smile. Plus, implants are able to last much longer than traditional bridges in addition to needing less maintenance.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Why do dentists and patients around the world love implants? Because they offer so many unique benefits:
- 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.
- 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.
- Built to Last: With just regular brushing, flossing, and dental checkups, implants are able to last for decade after decade.
Argon K3Pro® Dental Implant System
Dr. Doctor makes every effort to stay on the cutting edge of new technology, especially when it comes to helping his patients reclaim strong, attractive teeth with state-of-the-art dental implants. That’s why he regularly uses the Argon K3Pro® Dental Implant System, which ensures the best possible results 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 would 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!
Missing One Tooth
Instead of using a dental bridge to replace a single tooth, in which the teeth on either side have to be shaved down to hold the prosthetic, a dental crown secured with a single implant can be positioned within the smile without affecting the surrounding dental structure. This is especially helpful for replacing teeth towards the back of the mouth, as their position affects the entire dental arch.
Missing Multiple Teeth
Both bridges and partial dentures can be retained using a small number of implant roots as well. These have a much stronger hold compared to traditional dental prosthetics, and they are guaranteed to last quite a bit longer as well.
Missing All Teeth
Full dentures meant to replace an entire row of teeth typically sit directly on the gums and rely on natural suction to stay in place, but for most people, they constantly shift and click during speaking and eating. With just six to eight implants, however, Dr. Doctor can anchor a 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.
How Dental Implants Work
The dental implant procedure involves two main phases, placement, and restoration. Placement refers to the new roots being surgically positioned within the jawbone, and these are eventually topped with restorations after the mouth has healed. With most other dental offices in Arlington, patients are forced to visit multiple doctors to have this all completed. Dr. Doctor, however, has the training 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 trust, saving plenty of time and money along the way.
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 final price of the procedure can be very different 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, while regular prosthetics typically have to be completely replaced every five to seven 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.
As effective as dental implants can be, they may not join with the jaw properly if there’s not enough bone density present. Dr. Doctor can rebuild any bone that has been lost with a procedure called bone grafting. After placing a special titanium mesh between the gum and bone, the graft material is placed. While the titanium mech acts as a tent and holds the shape of the bone, the graft encourages the jaw to create new tissue. You should be ready to receive implants after a few months.
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. The type of retention doesn’t require a lot of room.