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Dental Implants for Waco, TX Residents

Did you know that more than 35 million people in the U.S. are missing all of their teeth on one or both arches? Also, it is estimated that an additional 30 million people have bad teeth and/or periodontal disease, and will face losing teeth in the near future. In the past, the only solution for these patients has been dentures.

Problems with Dentures

A full denture is a set of artificial teeth that sits on the gums and provides an excellent cosmetic result. There are some definite drawbacks to dentures.

Dental Implants are a Preferred Solution

Dental Implant IllustrationDental implants have proven to be an ideal solution for those missing all of their teeth on one or both arches:

Versatile Care with Dental Implants

Older couple smilingThe type of restoration you need depends on how many teeth you need to replace. The good news is that this service is versatile enough to work with all manner of restorations, from single crowns to bridges and dentures. In each case, your restoration is supported by one or more titanium implants. These implants act like prosthetic roots holding your custom-made restoration in place and ensuring results that look and feel natural.

A Full Arch of Teeth Can Now be Replaced with Four to Six Implants, Without Bone Grafting

The best option for replacing all of your teeth is a fixed hybrid denture, also known as an All-on-4 prosthesis. In this situation between 4 and 6 implants are placed in each arch. The prosthesis is permanently attached to the implants and not removed. This is the closest to your natural teeth that can be achieved.

Implant Overdenture

In some situations a fixed hybrid is not the best solution. In this instance, an implant overdenture is a great option. This provides the benefits of implants, but the denture is still removed by the patient. In this scenario 2 or 4 implants are placed in each arch and the denture snaps onto the implants.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental X-raysDental implants in Waco offer a number of benefits for eligible patients who are missing any number of teeth. Some of the most significant advantages of this treatment option include the following:

Indications for Dental Implants

Dental implants can be used to replace any number of missing teeth, anywhere in the jaw. The indications for dental implants are listed below.

A Single Missing Tooth

Even if you are missing just one tooth, replacing it with a sturdy implant post is very important. Taking this step will ensure that the bone tissue stays healthy and will also prevent the surrounding teeth from drifting out of place. A single dental crown can be supported on one dental implant post without affecting the teeth next to it, as is necessary with a fixed dental bridge.

Multiple Missing Teeth

If you have lost several teeth, dental implants can secure a bridge or partial denture to keep the remaining pearly whites in place and also restore your ability to eat, speak, and smile with full confidence.

Total Tooth Loss

Patients who have lost an entire arch of teeth in the upper or lower jaw can benefit from an implant-retained denture. This option preserves the bone and periodontal tissue while also providing unsurpassed stability for the denture, which may be difficult to achieve using the traditional denture method.

Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

Because they cost more than any other option in tooth replacement, dental implants are an investment -- and they are one that could not be more worth it. There is no fixed price for dental implant procedures, so the only way to find out what yours might cost is to schedule an appointment with our office. When you do, we will consider the following factors to determine what you can expect to pay for your dental implants: