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Dental Implants – Sunnyvale, TX

A Permanent Solution to Missing Teeth

Why Choose George T. Philip, DMD for Dental Implants?

  • Partnered with Highly Trained Local Dental Implant Specialists
  • Flexible Payment Plans Available
  • State-of-the-Art Dental Technology Used

What Are Dental Implants?

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A dental implant is a titanium post that replaces the part of the tooth you can’t see. The post is surgically inserted into the jaw, where it serves as the root structure for a lost tooth. After the surgery, the surrounding bone and other oral tissues bond with the implant in a process called osseointegration. Then, a metal attachment called an abutment is secured onto the implant. Lastly, Dr. Philip places a custom-made dental crown (or bridge or denture, depending on how many teeth you wish to replace) atop the abutment, completing your smile with flawless results.

By reconstructing missing teeth from the roots up through the crowns, dental implants are able to look, feel, and function almost exactly like the pearly whites you used to have. They’re also able to last significantly longer than any other tooth replacement solution. For those reasons and many more, Dr. Philip recommends dental implants for most patients who are looking to rebuild their smiles.

The Dental Implant Process

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Dental implant tooth replacement is a multi-phase process. Depending on the individual case, it may involve completing preparatory procedures like tooth extractions and tissue grafts followed by dental implant placement surgery before finally designing, crafting, and placing a custom replacement tooth or teeth. During the treatment planning process, we’ll review your specific case and help you to create a plan to address your specific needs quickly and effectively.

Preparatory Procedures

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Before we can replace missing teeth with dental implants, we need to ensure your oral and overall health. This includes reviewing current and past health concerns, medications, and your jawbone density and gum tissue volume. We may need to extract damaged teeth, place a bone or soft tissue graft, or provide treatment like gum disease therapy to maximize your chances for successful dental implant placement.

Dental Implant Placement

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Once we have completed your plan and prepared your smile, we’ll schedule your surgery to have one or more implants placed. This is usually as simple as making a small incision in the gums. Then, the implant post is positioned into the gum line. A protective cap is attached to the implant, allowing it to heal and fuse with supportive structures over the course of several months.

Abutments & Restoration Design

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Once the implant has fused with the jawbone, you’ll return so we can attach the abutments (connector pieces) and design your replacement teeth.

Replacement Teeth

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When we receive the dental crown, bridge, or denture from our lab, you’ll return to the dental office for the final step of the restoration process. Dr. Philip will affix the restoration to your abutment posts, recreating a flawless smile you’ll be proud to share. Most restorations are semi-permanently affixed, but removable dentures may also be available.

Benefits of Dental Implants

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Before you get started with a dental implant tooth replacement plan, we will carefully review your treatment options, including the pros and cons of each solution. Unlike other treatments, dental implants come with a unique set of advantages because of their surgical placement in the jawbone. Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of dental implants in Sunnyvale.

Day-to-Day Benefits

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  • Look and feel: Dental implants feel completely natural because your jawbone fuses to the implant post, so you’ll never need to worry about any slipping or irritation. In addition, your restoration is made of all-ceramic material to mimic the appearance of your natural tooth.
  • Stability: Dental implants don’t rely on any natural teeth for support. This allows them to remain unchanged to ensure they last for a lifetime with the right aftercare. Not to mention, you’ll enjoy unmatched security, so you’ll never need to worry about any slipping or irritation.
  • Diet: Dental implants help you regain as much as 70% of your natural biting force. This allows you to eat a more varying diet that is better tasting and better for you.
  • Confidence: Without worrying about your missing teeth or an unstable denture, you’ll have the confidence to smile, speak, and eat in any social or professional setting. Enjoy a boost of self-esteem every time you show off your grin.

Health Benefits

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  • Oral health: Dental implants in Sunnyvale help support your remaining teeth by preventing them from drifting out of place. This also lowers your risk of cavities, gum disease, and additional tooth loss.
  • Bone health: A dental implant is the only treatment that can stop bone loss associated with missing teeth. The implant post stimulates your jaw to encourage new growth. This keeps your jawbone strong to preserve any remaining teeth while also providing a more youthful facial appearance.
  • Maintenance: Your oral hygiene routine is essential to the long-term success of your new smile. Don’t worry, dental implants don’t require a lengthy maintenance process or any expensive cleaning products. Simply brush at least twice a day and floss nightly just as you would your natural teeth. Pay a little extra attention when cleaning around the abutments, and don’t forget to visit your dentist at least twice a year for a cleaning and checkup.

Long-Term Benefits

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  • Reliability: Dental implants are the most reliable treatment for missing teeth. They have over a 95% success rate even after 10 years. This gives you peace of mind when choosing a procedure that does require minor surgery.
  • Longevity: With proper care, dental implants can last for over 30 years. While dental implants tend to cost more than other options, they can actually save you money in the future by helping you avoid replacements and the dental appointments that come with them.
  • Convenience: Because dental implants last for so long, you can invest in your oral health and your quality of life without having to worry about replacements as long as you maintain your dental hygiene at home and visit your implant dentist in Sunnyvale regularly.

Who Dental Implants Can Help

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The great thing about dental implants is their versatility. Generally speaking, most people with missing teeth who are in good oral and overall health are eligible for this treatment. They can rebuild your smile no matter how many teeth you have lost!

Who Is a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

Dr. Philip will assess your oral health to make sure that you have enough jawbone structure to hold your dental implants in place permanently. This isn’t the only thing that Dr. Philip will evaluate to determine if dental implants are the best restorative option for you. In fact, ask yourself these quick questions to begin thinking if dental implants are a good option for you:

  • Are you committed to improving your oral health?
  • Are you willing to quit smoking or using tobacco if you’re a current user?
  • Do you feel as if your jaw is in good strength? Do you have a prematurely aged appearance from a sunken jaw?
  • Do you have any pre-existing conditions that may interfere with your oral surgery?

Even if you do not currently meet these standards, you may still qualify for dental implants! We may simply have to plan out one or more preparatory treatments to ensure dental implant success. During your consultation, we can discuss whether any of these procedures are necessary.

We can also talk about how many implant posts you’ll need. As we touched on earlier, dental implants can replace any number of teeth:

Missing One Tooth

To replace a single tooth, a natural-looking all-porcelain crown can be secured directly to an implant to make it seem like a tooth was never missing at all. It will be held in place using a small connector called an abutment, which also gives the new restoration internal support. Because the implant will have the same two-part structure as the teeth that surround it, it will seamlessly blend into the smile both functionally and aesthetically.

Missing Multiple Teeth

In the past, partial dentures and traditional dental bridges were the only way to replace multiple missing teeth. These restorations place stress on the neighboring healthy teeth in order to remain stable, which can cause them to slowly wear down over time. Fortunately, this is a problem easily solved by dental implants. With an implant-supported bridge, two implant posts with crowns are placed on either side of the empty space, and they are connected to prosthetic teeth that fill in the gap. They’re strong and secure on their own without relying on other teeth.

Missing All Teeth

Want to have a denture you can always rely on to stay in place? Dental implants can give you exactly that! With implant dentures, a full row of prosthetic teeth is secured using multiple implant posts that are anchored within the jawbone, providing a durable hold that a typical removable prosthetic simply can’t match. Plus, with implant dentures, patients also enjoy a much stronger bite, enabling them to enjoy a wider variety of foods with ease.

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Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

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As with any dental procedure, the cost of dental implants can vary from patient to patient depending on their specific needs. Factors such as how many teeth a patient wants to be replaced, jawbone health, and insurance coverage can all influence the final cost. While dental implants can be more expensive upfront than traditional dentures and bridges, they are actually extremely cost-effective thanks to their longevity. Typically, dentures and bridges need to be replaced every 7 to 10 years, while dental implants can easily last for 30 or more with the proper maintenance.

Types of Dental Implants

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The materials used to make your implant post, the portion that effectively becomes your replacement tooth’s root, can influence the cost of your overall treatment. However, the number of implants you intend to replace has a much larger influence because it makes every aspect of your treatment more complex. The price can also be influenced by the manufacturer our office purchases the implants from. During your consultation, our office will go over all of these details so that you can remain informed during every step of the implantation process. If you have questions about the options we choose, feel free to ask!

What Are the Stages of Dental Implant Treatment?

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Keep in mind that most patients do not pay for their dental implant treatment upfront. Instead, people will make regular payments to pay the cost over time, which makes sense since treatment is a several-month-long process. However, each stage does come with its own set of costs depending on your needs.

To start, the planning stages of your treatment may include bone grafts, extracting teeth, or periodontal therapy. Bone grafts expand bone volume, while periodontal therapy improves the health of your gums; both treatments improve your eligibility for treatment.

The implant surgery can also vary in cost depending on how much time is needed to complete the placement of each post. This stage may also include the placement of abutments, which act as connectors for the restoration and implant itself.

Finally, the design and placement of your restoration, which may be a single crown, bridge, or denture, can dramatically influence your overall cost.

Are Dental Implants Worth the Investment?

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Dental implants are considered to be the most cost-effective solution to dental implants because of their longevity, durability, functionality, and lifelike aesthetics. They do not require replacement every 7 to 10 years like dentures. Bridges also require replacement every 10 to 15 years. In contrast, dental implants can last anywhere between 25 years and a lifetime when properly maintained. For these reasons, dental implants are truly worth the investment, as long as you understand the long-term benefits.

Does My Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?

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While you’ll need to check the details of your insurance policy, dental implants are not typically covered by dental insurance. Even if yours does not, it’s worth considering how it may cover the cost of preparatory treatments or the restoration itself. Opting for flexible financing plans like CareCredit can also make payments more manageable. Either way, we’ll work with you as you explore your resources to make dental implants fit into your budget.

Dental Implant FAQs

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Do you have a few questions before committing to dental implants in Sunnyvale? Dr. Philip and our team are here to help! If you would like specific answers from our knowledgeable staff, contact our office today to schedule a one-on-one consultation. However, if you would simply like a bit more information before moving forward, read on for the answers to some frequently asked questions!

How Long Do Dental Implants Last? 

Thanks to high-quality materials and state-of-the-art technology, dental implants can last 20+ years with proper care! Therefore, to prolong the lifespan of your full smile, it is crucial to prioritize your oral hygiene routine. Priority number one is keeping your mouth infection-free by brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and avoiding cavity-causing foods and beverages (like soda). And, of course, make sure to visit your dentist every six months for a routine exam and professional cleaning. That way, they can catch dental concerns when they are small and effectively clean the hard-to-reach areas of your mouth.

Is There Anything I Shouldn’t Eat with Dental Implants?

Following your procedure, you will need to stick to soft items, like yogurt, mashed potatoes, and scrambled eggs. Foods like this won’t irritate the implant site, ensuring a smooth, comfortable recovery. Once our implant dentist in Sunnyvale gives you the okay, then you can transition back to your normal diet. Nevertheless, like your natural teeth, there are a few items you should limit to keep them in pristine condition. In addition to limiting sugary foods and beverages, avoid hard products that can leave them vulnerable to cracks and chips.

Does Getting Dental Implants Hurt?

Since most patients’ dental anxiety stems from fear of pain, it’s not surprising that one of the most common questions about getting dental implants is, “Will it hurt?” If you have a similar reservation, then you’ll be happy to learn that Dr. Philip and our team go above and beyond to ensure our patients are comfortable throughout every step of the process. In addition to numbing the area before the procedure, we also provide you with an extensive list of aftercare instructions to help. While you may experience some irritation following the procedure, sticking to soft foods, gently cleaning your teeth, and taking over-the-counter medication as needed can help you have a smooth, pain-free recovery.

What Can Cause Dental Implants to Fail?

Dental implants are a state-of-the-art tooth replacement solution that currently holds a success rate of over 95%! While they are considered one of the most successful tooth-replacement options in the short and long-term, it is possible for them to become loose, fall out, or otherwise fail. One of the most common culprits is peri-implantitis, which is a form of gum disease that develops from poor oral hygiene. Another reason they would fail is because of failed osseointegration (the process of the jawbone and the implant post fusing together). Tobacco use, teeth grinding, and certain health conditions could also be to blame. Don’t worry – we will go over all of the risk factors at your initial consultation to provide you with the highest likelihood of success.

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