We see patients from all over Bryan and College Station, TX, especially those seeking dental implants. We’ve noticed that many of them share similar questions. Here we’ve made a list of some of the more common questions we’ve heard from our patients and have answered them here for your convenience. However, if you cannot find your own question here, we encourage you to explore our site or give us a call at MajorSmiles.com. We would be happy to take your questions.
While we understand that dentistry can be expensive, we have seen that neglect is more expensive. Replacing missing teeth can be one thing but replacing bone is another. The cost to replace one tooth is similar to a three unit bridge to replace one tooth by cutting down two or more adjacent teeth. These teeth are now harder to clean than one tooth and more susceptible to decay.
Yes, there’s a chance you can still have dental implant treatment! It’s not unusual for a patient to lack the sufficient jawbone to undergo the procedure. In this case, the best course of action would be a recommendation for a bone graft. A bone graft is when new bone is placed to stimulate growth.
As the existing jawbone takes to the new bone, it becomes stronger over time. This creates a great foundation for the dental implant to be placed. So, yes, if Dr. Majors recommends this procedure, it would greatly help your opportunity for permanent teeth.
It depends on the condition of your teeth. There are rare cases where dentures turn out to be the better choice, whether it’s age, health concerns, depleted jawbone, or other. However, most patients will certainly be eligible for dental implants. Dental implants have been found to be a much more cost-effective investment when you look at the longevity of the implant and the many benefits it brings you, such as improved oral health, a complete smile, and maintaining bone in your face.
It can also depend on how many teeth you’ve lost. We’ve offered dental implants for patients who only had one or two missing teeth. Patients with multiple or a full arch of missing teeth may benefit more from dentures, but full-arch dental implants are available as well as implant supported dentures, to give you a full smile that is attractive and functional. During the consultation with Dr. Majors, you’ll get a chance to discuss these options for dental implants.
Typically, the journey to a successfully placed dental implant can last anywhere from four to six months. After the initial placement of the man-made root, some time is needed for it to heal and for osseointegration to take place. Once ready, the abutment and porcelain crown will be placed atop the implant and you’ll be ready for a smile. But don’t worry about what to do with your smile while waiting for osseointegration to heal. We can fit you with a prosthetic crown that covers the implant temporarily, so you won’t have to leave our office toothless.
With proper home care and maintenance, your dental implant can last a lifetime. It may sound impossible, but the process of osseointegration is what seals the deal. Your implant will be permanently placed, shaped to look and feel like a natural tooth. When we say proper home care and maintenance, we encourage you to treat your implant like one of your real teeth. Brush and floss at least twice a day, and attend your regular check-ups throughout the year for a cleaning and evaluation. All of this put together should give you a lifetime of dental advantages.
At MajorSmiles.com in Bryan, TX our friendly team is ready to take any additional questions you may have about our dental care or dental implants. Contact us to also schedule a consultation with Dr. Majors to determine your options for dental implants. We look forward to hearing from you, whether you are a resident of Bryan, College Station, TX or the surrounding areas and hope you’ll consider joining our family. We want to be your happy dental home!
Dr. Chuck Majors
2606 Osler Blvd
Monday: 8AM – 5PM
Tuesday: 8AM – 5PM
Wednesday: 8AM – 5PM
Thursday: 8AM – 5PM
Friday: 8AM – 1PM (every other)