Dental Implants

Replace Lost Teeth – Permanently!

Have you lost a tooth? Rodeo Dental & Orthodontics can permanently replace one or more of your missing teeth with dental implants. A dental implant is a small man-made titanium fixture that serves as the replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth. Implants can be used to:

  • Replace a single lost tooth
  • Replace several missing teeth
  • Replace a large number of missing teeth (full arch fixed bridge implant)
  • Anchor removable dentures (mini implants)

Implants have been around for decades, and they are the most natural option available today to restore your smile!

The Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants are often preferred over removable dentures and traditional types of bridges. Some of the reasons include:

  • They look, feel and function like natural teeth.
  • They are permanent and meant to last a lifetime.
  • They have a proven clinical history (more than 20 years).
  • They preserve the integrity of the facial structure.
  • They require nothing more than normal brushing and flossing.

Once the implant has been placed, patients are able to live normally, eat normally, and brush normally. It’s as if their own tooth has been restored!

Getting a Dental Implant

Dental implants require a few appointments spread over several months. Two of those appointments involve oral surgery, and the final appointments allow the dentist to create and place the prosthetic tooth.

  • Step 1: Implant Placement – The surgeon places a metal post into the jaw so that it can bond with the bone. This generally requires two separate appointments – one to prepare the jaw, and one to place the implant.
  • Step 2: Healing time – After surgery, the patient takes the time to heal. This process can take anywhere from six to 12 weeks. Partial dentures can be worn during this time to cover the implant.
  • Step 3: New tooth – Once the post and jaw have fused together, the dentist creates and places the prosthetic tooth. This procedure involves simply screwing or cementing the new tooth onto the post.

Do Dental Implants Hurt?

Most patients report very little discomfort from the procedures. In fact, many patients report that the surgeries involve less pain than a tooth extraction!

Rodeo Dental does understand that many patients still feel nervous about getting dental implants. So we have a number of options available to help them feel completely at ease. One of our most requested options is sedation dentistry, with a very popular choice being IV sedation (patients can have no memory at all of the procedures). We also offer DentalVibe to completely eliminate pain from shots.

Paying for Dental Implants

Dental implants can be expensive and they are often not covered by insurance. Some insurance plans do cover the procedure, however, and it is also worth checking to see if your insurance will cover the cost of the prosthetic tooth. Other options for paying for your implants include a Flexible Spending Account (dental implants are usually considered eligible) or payment plans under widely accessible programs like CareCredit™.

Full Arch Fixed Bridge Implants

At Rodeo Dental, we can use regular dental implants to anchor fixed bridges in patients who need a large number of their teeth restored. This is called a full arch fixed bridge implant. This type of procedure is ideal for patients who have lost most of their top and/or bottom teeth but do not wish to use removable dentures.

Getting a full arch fixed bridge implant requires several appointments over a few months:

  • The dentist first determines how many implant posts need to be placed. Patients will always require multiple implants to secure the bridge, but the number depends on individual anatomy and how many teeth are being replaced.
  • The patient undergoes regular dental implant surgery and then waits six to 12 weeks to allow the metal posts to fuse to the jaw.
  • Once all healing is complete, the dentist securely attaches the bridge to the implants. This process may require multiple appointments.

Full arch fixed bridge implants have all of the benefits of other types of dental implants. They look and feel like real teeth, they preserve facial structure, and they are meant to last a lifetime.

Mini Implants for Dentures

We have a number of patients who choose not to undergo regular dental implant surgery. Sometimes they do not have enough bone for regular dental implants, sometimes they do not wish to undergo the procedure, and sometimes they are looking for a cheaper alternative.

These patients require dentures and they choose mini implants to help anchor those dentures more securely. Mini implants are smaller than traditional implants and are simply placed into your gums rather than surgically attached to your jaw. The procedure only requires a single 2 hour office visit.

Once placed, mini implants attach to your dentures securely while still allowing them to be snapped in and out for cleaning. The small posts will need to be brushed regularly to remove plaque and prevent gum inflammation, just like with regular teeth.

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