Dental Implants – Fort Worth
Your Solution for Missing Teeth
comfortable, functional smile requires a full set of strong, healthy teeth. If you’ve lost one or more
teeth to decay, trauma, or disease, our dentists can restore your quality of life with natural looking dental
Many patients turn to dental implants because they seek a prosthetic tooth or teeth that look and feels like
nature intended. Implants feature a prosthetic root and crown, so they mimic natural tooth structure. No
adhesives or clasps are required, and you will never have to worry about mouth irritation or embarrassing
slippage. Cared for properly, dental implants can last a lifetime.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
One of the most common issues
with tooth loss is bone resorption. When teeth are missing, the alveolar bone and the jaw bone begin to resorb
back into the body to areas where it’s more needed. This results in a weakened jaw and reduced biting
force, making it incredibly difficult to chew certain foods. Implants are the only solution that stimulates the
bone and prevents this process from happening, allowing you to eat foods naturally without issue.
If you’re concerned about surgery, you can rest knowing that eligible candidates can expect very high
success rates with implants. On average, dental implants have a success rate as high as 98 percent, even after
10 years of use! That’s 10 years of chewing, grinding, laughing and smiling with the confidence that other
tooth replacement options cannot guarantee. As a bonus, implant-retained crowns cannot develop cavities since
they are made of inorganic material, offering you additional protection from decay.
Learn How Dental Implants Work
Dental implants are
biocompatible, meaning they’re designed to integrate with the body’s natural bone and tissue. It is
this bond that allows implants to last for so many years and essential to the implant process. Once the implant
is initially placed, it’s given several months to heal and bond to the jaw bone. Once fully healed, an
implant-retained crown will be placed on top, acting as your new permanent tooth. You’ll treat the implant
just like a natural tooth and practice the same routine care you do for your existing teeth. Just make sure to
avoid all tobacco products as they negatively affect the healing process and increase the risk of implant
Types of Dental Implants
Dental implants aren’t only designed to replace one tooth. In fact, their versatility allows our team to
rebuild your entire smile!
Missing Single Tooth
Single teeth are given a single implant and implant-retained crown. They can be placed either in the top or
bottom arch, but this will influence the amount of time needed for healing.
Missing Multiple Teeth
If you have consecutive missing teeth, we can use an implant-retained bridge and two implants to rebuild your
smile. Implant-retained bridges are similar to traditional bridges except they do not require the process of
buffing down natural teeth to place. Instead, they use an implant on either end of the bridge to hold one larger
restoration connecting the crowns in between them.
Missing All of Your Teeth
By strategically placing four to six implants, our dentists can replace an entire arch of teeth, both upper and
lower. In this instance, a denture is customized to fit with dental implants and act as a fixed device, as
opposed to a removable one like with traditional dentures.
Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Good oral health and adequate jawbone structure are necessary to support dental implants. If you're a
candidate, Dr. Cheng, Dr. Thorburn and Dr.
Luk can surgically place tiny titanium posts in your jaw, one for each implant crown or a few to
support a bridge, partial, or denture. Some implants allow for immediate attachment of a restoration, while
others require a healing process prior to attachment. Dr. Cheng, Dr. Thorburn and Dr. Luk can consult with you
to determine the best option for your unique case.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
The cost of dental implants will
always very from person to person based on a few key factors. The most influential factors is the number of
implants needed to rebuild your smile, which will also influence the type of restoration and the amount of
abutments needed. The price can vary depending on the preparatory treatments needed to make placement viable,
including bone grafts, sinus lifts and periodontal therapy to treat infected gum tissue. Remember, dental
implants are considered a long-term investment and typically cost less than replacing other tooth replacement
options over several decades.
To find out how dental implants can improve your smile, call our Fort Worth office today to schedule your
consultation with one of our skilled dentists. Our progressive dental practice is convenient to Crowley, Aledo,
Weatherford, and surrounding areas.
Frequently Asked Questions – Dental Implants
Dental implants are one of the best investments you can make in your smile, and at Hulen Dental, we know
not necessarily an easy decision to make. Our team of professionals want you to be well-informed and confident
your chosen method of treatment, which is why we’ve listed some of the most common frequently asked
about dental implants. To learn more about this truly unique and superior tooth replacement solution, check out
questions below. Should you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact
How long does it take to replace teeth using dental implants?
Dental implant placement can take up to 6 months to complete. The reason is that once your implants are
placed into your jawbone, you’ll be required to spend the next 3-6 months healing at home. A process known
osseointegration, which is the fusing on the implant to the bone and surrounding tissues, must successful occur
before returning to have your custom restoration secured into place. Depending on how fast you heal can
how long it will take to receive your new, fully restored smile.
Can a dental implant fail?
Yes, dental implants can fail, but it’s extremely rare. Dental implants have an extraordinarily high
rate (98%), so the majority of patients never experience problems with their new teeth. However, in certain
situations, a problem can arise that ultimately results in implant failure. Some of the reasons this can happen
- A patient is smoking or using tobacco, which can make it much more difficult to heal, thus, making the
osseointegration process almost impossible.
- The oral surgeon improperly places the implant causing too much pressure to be placed upon the implant,
it to shift and loosen.
- Infection occurs in the bone or soft tissue.
- An individual has a compromised or weakened immune system due to health-related conditions or diseases (i.e.
How do I care for my dental implants?
Dental implants are, by far, one of the easiest restorative treatments to maintain. Not only do you not need
supplies to keep them healthy, but they act just like regular teeth, so a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, and
mouthwash are all you need. Although your implants cannot decay, your natural teeth can, so maintaining a good
hygiene routine is crucial. It’s also important to remember to keep your six-month dental appointments, so
can continue to monitor and check your restorations for any problems.
Are dental implants expensive?
It is true that dental implants are more expensive than other types of restorative treatment, but they are worth
costly investment. While most dental insurance companies won’t pay for your implants, they will most
pay for other aspects of your implant procedure (i.e. sedation, initial consultation, restoration).
How long will my dental implants last?
While it might seem like too much money being spent in the beginning, you’ll actually save money in the
run because of their ability to last decades, if not a lifetime. Dental implants are far superior to crowns,
bridges, or traditional dentures when it comes to lifespan. These other types of restorations require
after several years, but as long as you keep your implants in good shape, you can enjoy your new smile for as
as you live.