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Dental Implants – Midlothian, TX  

Replacing Teeth from the Ground Up

As useful as dental bridges and dentures can be, they can only replace the normally visible parts of your teeth; they do nothing about the roots that are needed to maintain a healthy jawbone. But with dental implants, our team at Legacy Dentistry has the ability to replace the entire tooth structure for a tooth replacement that looks and feels like the real thing. And, unlike other dental offices, there’s no need for a referral; you can have the surgery done right here in our familiar, comforting dental office. Call us today to learn more about the process of replacing teeth from the ground up with dental implants in Midlothian, TX.

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Why Choose Legacy Dentistry for Dental Implants?

What Are Dental Implants?

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Dental implants are very small posts normally made of titanium. Since they’re meant to function as tooth roots, they’re surgically inserted into the jawbone so that they can become part of the bone through a process called osseointegration. They can then support a prosthetic such as a crown, bridge, or denture. As long as your mouth is healthy and your jawbone is sufficiently strong, we can replace any number of teeth with implants.

The 4-Step Dental Implant Process

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Thanks to the extensive training that Dr. Nguyen and Dr. DeSimone have completed, you can have the entire dental implant treatment taken care of under one roof. This saves you time and money on visiting an outside specialist, all while keeping you at-ease in our relaxing dental office.

Each patient has different needs and thus experiences a slightly different dental implant process, but you can expect your treatment to involve four basic steps:

  1. Initial consultation – First, our dentists examine your mouth and jaw to evaluate your candidacy for implants. If you’re eligible, we begin planning out your treatment.
  2. Dental implant surgery – After numbing your mouth, we carefully create tiny incisions in your gums, through which we can insert the implants into your jawbone.
  3. Osseointegration – The bone and tissue in your jaw grow attached to your implants over the course of several months (usually between three and six).
  4. Placing the final restoration(s) – Lastly, we can secure your custom crown, bridge, or denture on top of your implants.

Benefits of Dental Implants

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Dental implants as we know them started becoming common in the 1980s, and today they’re more popular than ever, with 500,000 new posts being placed every year. We highly recommend dental implants to any patient that is missing at least one tooth, as they offer so many outstanding benefits that can enhance the quality of your life after tooth loss. If you’re not sure whether implants are right for you, take the time to learn a bit more about the benefits they offer.

Day-to-Day Benefits

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  • You’ll be able to eat most foods – With traditional dentures, some foods are more challenging to eat than others, and you’ll often find yourself staying away from harder to chew meals. But with dental implants, you can eat virtually anything you could with your natural teeth, meaning you can return to your old diet.
  • You’ll be able to speak clearly – When speaking in front of others, it helps to know that your prosthetic teeth aren’t going to move out of place at the wrong moment. With your dental implants keeping your teeth secure, you’ll have no trouble clearly enunciating all of your words.
  • You’ll be able to smile confidently – Your prosthetic teeth will be personalized to match your natural facial aesthetics. You’ll be able to show off your smile at any time knowing that most people will only see a dazzling grin filled with beautiful teeth.
  • Oral hygiene is easy – With dentures, you would have to adapt to a new oral care routine. However, the maintenance that dental implants require isn’t much different than what you would have to do to take care of your natural teeth.

Health Benefits

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  • Your jawbone will be preserved – Your jaw needs the internal support and stimulation that tooth roots provide in order to maintain its shape and strength. Dental implants make up for the lack of natural tooth roots and help prevent the bone from breaking down.
  • Your natural teeth will be protected – Getting dental implants can be good for your remaining teeth in various ways. It prevents them from drifting into the open space, and it eliminates the need to remove enamel to make room for a dental bridge.
  • You’ll maintain a nutritious diet – Not being able to eat everything you want can make it harder to eat healthy, but dental implants have no such limitations to worry about.

Long-Term Benefits

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  • Implants have a high success rate – Dental implants are very reliable over the long term. Studies have shown that they have a 95% rate of success two decades after their initial placement.
  • You’ll keep a more youthful appearance – By preventing jawbone deterioration, you’ll keep your face looking more youthful in general.
  • Implants have a long lifespan – Are you tired of having to replace bridges and dentures every few years? Dental implants are known to be able to last for 30 years or longer, with some even lasting entire lifetimes.

Who Dental Implants Can Help

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You’re likely a candidate for dental implants if you’ve lost one or more teeth and have decent overall health. Each implant procedure is different and will be designed based on your unique needs.

Missing One Tooth

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As you might expect, you’ll only get one implant when a single tooth is missing. After your mouth heals from the placement surgery, the post will be topped with a carefully designed crown that can endure the forces of your chewing and completely fill in the empty space to prevent your other teeth from drifting.

Missing Multiple Teeth

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Have you lost three or more teeth in a row? We may be able to replace them all with a dental bridge (a restoration made of two crowns and a few artificial teeth). Instead of making changes to your natural teeth, like with a traditional bridge, the crowns will use a pair of implants for support.

Missing All Teeth

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Even if you’ve lost an entire row, implants can still be a viable solution. Anchoring dentures to four or more implant posts keeps them firmly in place and allows you to chew tougher foods you might have trouble with otherwise. Also, since the implants stop the jawbone from breaking down, there’s less risk that your dentures will need to be frequently adjusted.

Mini Dental Implants

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Patients that lost their teeth a while ago normally have less healthy jawbone available to support implants. But with mini dental implants, which as you might expect are about half the size of regular ones, more people have the opportunity to enjoy new teeth supported by sturdy artificial roots.

Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

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If you’re like most patients, one of the first things on your mind when considering dental implants is their price. Before we can give you an accurate estimate, we need to check your mouth as well as your medical history and answer the following questions:

All these factors need to be considered in order to determine the final price of your new smile.

Keep in mind that dental implants tend to have a higher initial cost than other kinds of tooth replacement. However, due to their longevity and the numerous benefits they offer, they are often considered the best investment.

Maintaining & Caring For Your Dental Implants

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As you might know, dental implants have the potential to last a lifetime. However, they’ll only do so if you give them proper care and maintenance. There’s a good chance they’ll fail or need replacement otherwise. Given these facts, then, we at Legacy Dentistry want to help your restored smile stay that way. As such, listed below are some tips on dental implant care in Midlothian. Please read them over to learn more about your prosthetics, or call our office for further details!.

Make Oral Hygiene a Priority

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Dental implants themselves can’t get cavities. (After all, they’re artificial.) Even so, you’ll still need to practice good oral hygiene for their sake. Various dental issues, especially gum disease, can cause implants to fail over time. Therefore, it’s crucial always to brush them twice daily, floss them once daily, and rinse them with mouthwash as needed. Doing so will ward off decay and infection that could ruin your restorations.

Eat a Healthy Diet

A healthy diet for dental implant care in Midlothian

True enough, implants can handle tough foods; they let you eat most anything, really. That said, it’d be better if you held back on hard, sticky, or sugary items. A too-hard bite could still crack the prosthetics, and clinging sugar can cause decay that triggers implant failure. Instead, try to eat more “mouth-healthy” foods like lean proteins, leafy greens, whole grains, etc. Such products are jam-packed with nutrients that help your teeth, gums, and jaw stay strong.

Break Bad Habits

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Bad oral habits can and do make implants fail sometimes. For instance, tobacco products often keep the prosthetics from fusing with your jaw. Similarly, teeth-grinding, biting your fingernails, and chewing on pencils may cause your implants to break. You should thus stop these habits at once if you have them. That way, your new teeth will stay functional for many years to come.

To resist the behaviors above, try chewing sugar-free gum that keeps your mouth occupied. You could also consult with our office for other ideas.

Protect Your Dental Implants

A mouthguard, a form of dental implant care in Midlothian

Implants may be strong and durable, but they aren’t indestructible. You must take extra steps to protect them from injury and excess force. For instance, wear an athletic mouthguard for sporting events — it’ll protect your teeth from blows to the face. Getting a nightguard is also a good idea if you grind your pearly whites at night. The item would prevent extra wear and tear on your implants.

Schedule Regular Dental Checkups

: A dental checkup, a form of dental implant care in Midlothian

Even if you’re diligent at home dental care, there’ll still be leftover plaque. (Brushing and flossing can only reach so much of your mouth.) For that reason, remember to visit our dentists for regular dental checkups. Their oral exams will let them monitor the state of your implant(s). If they spot any issues, they can fix things quickly so you don’t need invasive dental work down the line

Dental Implant FAQs

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If you are considering dental implants, you probably have multiple questions before you make your final decision. At Legacy Dentistry, we understand the gravity of this choice, which is why we believe in providing honest and helpful answers to ensure you feel more confident about your dental decisions. Below you will find a series of common questions asked by patients interested in dental implants. If you do not see your question listed below, please don’t hesitate to contact us to schedule an appointment.

Why Do I Need a Bone Graft Before Getting Dental Implants?

Not all patients who receive dental implants are required to undergo a bone graft. However, if Dr. Nguyen believes your jawbone is too deteriorated, it may be necessary to have grafting minerals placed into various areas of your bone to create a more stable and structurally sound foundation for your implants. Although this additional procedure does require more time spent recovering at home, it is well worth it to receive dental implants that will remain in place for decades.

Is Dental Implant Surgery Safe?

Much like any other type of procedure, there are always risks involved. Dental implant placement does have a high success rate, but there is a small chance that an infection could develop that requires additional treatment or surgery. It is also possible that nerves can be bruised, causing numbness throughout the lips, cheeks, and tongue. Should this happen, it will most likely be temporary.

Can Dental Implants Fail?

Yes, it is possible for dental implants to fail; however, this is rare. Instances where an implant is incorrectly placed, or an infection develops within the bone can cause your procedure to be unsuccessful. This is why it is imperative that you select a trusted professional who has experience and training when it comes to surgically placing dental implants. Fortunately, Dr. Nguyen has advanced training in dental implant placement.

Is It Possible to Switch from Dentures to Dental Implants?

It is not uncommon for denture-wearers to inquire about switching to dental implants. During your consultation with Dr. Nguyen, he will examine your oral cavity and facial structure to determine if you are a qualified candidate. If the jawbone proves to be strong enough and you possess good gum health, there is a good possibility he can provide you with an implant-retained denture that contains between 4 and 6 implants.

Does Getting Dental Implants Hurt?

When preparing for dental implant placement, Dr. Nguyen will administer anesthesia to ensure you remain pain-free throughout the procedure. Also, it may be possible to receive sedation dentistry to calm your nerves and make sure you are fully relaxed while he completes his work. Once the anesthesia and sedation wear off, you will likely experience mild to moderate discomfort and soreness. Fortunately, we can provide you with detailed instructions on ways to address your symptoms and start feeling better in no time.

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