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Dental Implants

Dental Implants

Missing teeth can not only cause problems for a patient’s self-confidence or professional life—they can dramatically affect your health as well. Over time, your jawbone can begin to atrophy without a root to stimulate the bone tissue. Worst still, gum disease can set in, resulting in tooth decay or even further tooth loss.

Dental Implants

Complete Dental Implant Procedures for a Complete Smile

Your comfort and convenience is important to us, and we understand that seeing multiple doctors for your dental needs can be worrisome and stressful. Dr. Cannon offers the complete dental implant procedure, from placement to restoration. This means instead of a referral to an oral surgeon, you’ll simply visit our office for your dental implant placement. Once your implant has healed, you’ll return to Dr. Cannon for your restoration, whether a crown or prosthetic teeth.

What are dental implants?

To put it simply, dental implants are a strong, beautiful alternative to traditional bridges, partials, and dentures that provides long-term support and a smile that feels as natural as it looks. How is this possible? Because dental implants don’t just replace your missing teeth—they replace the root as well.

Dental Implants - The Complete Solution

Using a small titanium post Dr. Cannon and the team at our Fort Worth office can help qualified candidates reclaim the supportive smile they’ve been missing. It’s this key difference that makes dental implants revolutionary. The implant post is placed into the jaw during a short oral surgery. Because the titanium post is biocompatible, the jawbone naturally fuses with the implant during a process called osseointegration. Simply stated, your body accepts the dental implant post as a “tooth root” creating a solid foundation for a crown or implant-retained denture, partial, or bridge.

Traditional Dental Implants

If you’re missing just one tooth, or a few missing teeth, traditional dental implants might be right for you. We’ll simply place an implant post for each missing tooth and top it with a handcrafted crown. And because we’re replacing your root along with your tooth, you don’t have to worry about a weakened jaw leading to further tooth loss.

Mini Dental Implants

For patients who don’t have enough bone density for traditional implants, or cannot withstand the implant surgery, we offer mini dental implants. A one-step procedure that’s also minimally invasive, mini dental implants provide as much support as traditional implants. Mini dental implants can support a crown for a single missing tooth, or be used to anchor implant-retained dentures. What’s more, the procedure takes just a couple of hours, and then we can have you back to your normal life once again!

Implant-Retained Dentures

With implant-retained dentures, you can finally have a secure new smile. And because of the solid foundation that implants impart, you can not only have a smile that looks completely natural—it will feel natural too. Your custom-made denture or partial will simply “snap” onto the implant posts, eliminating the discomfort of slipping and the need for adhesives.

Stopping Jaw Bone Loss with Dental Implants

When a patient looses a tooth, whether due to accident, injury, or dental disease, the jawbone can begin to atrophy. Why? Your jaw’s purpose is to support the teeth. If a tooth root is removed from the jaw, it begins to shrink. This begins a domino effect of additional tooth loss. When a lost tooth isn’t replaced, it’s estimated that within 4-8 years, a patient is at risk of losing 20% of adjacent teeth due to jawbone atrophy.

Because dental implants replace the tooth root, stimulating the jaw, bone atrophy is halted saving remaining teeth. Retaining jawbone mass also preserves the shape and natural contours of your face, helping you maintain a youthful appearance. What else can dental implants do?

  • Stop the shifting and rotating of neighboring teeth
  • Restore your ability to eat hard-to-chew foods
  • Maintain a balanced bite
  • Create confidence in your newly complete and revitalized smile
  • With proper care, implants can last a lifetime

Dental Implant Myths and Misconceptions

A missing tooth is just fine, as long as it is in the back where nobody can see it.

This is a common misconception. When any tooth is missing, it changes the way your teeth and jaws function. Each tooth is designed and shaped for a specific function. Your front teeth are for biting, your canines for tearing, and your molars for chewing/grinding. When any tooth is missing, it causes an interruption of the natural and normal function of the teeth. Using front teeth to chew, for example, causes excess wear and stress on them. Over time, teeth in constant misuse begin to deteriorate and are eventually lost. In addition, a missing tooth in one area will still have an opposing tooth in the opposite jaw. Your teeth are designed to meet up with each other when you bite down. In the case of an unopposed tooth, there is nothing to meet it when you bite down. Over time, the tooth begins to “supererupt”, meaning that it begins to drift up or down until it meets with the opposing gum tissue where the opposing tooth should be. This causes problems with your bite, changes the appearance of the tooth and can make it difficult to later restore the area since there is no space between the end of the tooth and the opposing gum tissue (interocclusal space).

Dental Implants are complicated and I don’t have time to go from dental office to dental office.

Dr. Cannon understands what it means to have a busy lifestyle. Between work, personal life and social obligations it can be very difficult to find time for quality dental care. Implant dentistry is a highly specialized area of practice, but for an experienced dentist, it is not complicated. At his Fort Worth dental implant practice, Dr. Cannon is proud to offer his busy dental patients the convenience of one stop dental implants. This means that all your treatment is done in the office. If a specialist, such as an oral surgeon, is needed he will come to you, right here in the office. Advancements in implant dentistry often allow for the convenience of placing the dental implant at the same time to tooth is extracted. In some cases, the dental implant can be loaded immediately, allowing for the placement of a crown on the same day the implant is placed. For full mouth dental implant patients, dental implants and restorations are also available in one visit.

Dental Implant Surgery is Painful

Dr. Cannon sees many patients who are fearful of the dentist, or afraid of feeling pain during treatment. The good news is that he has over 25 years experience in providing dental care in complete comfort for his patients. You will be offered multiple options to ensure your comfort during your treatment. In addition to generous and precise local anesthetic, you will be offered nitrous oxide gas to help you relax or you can choose IV sedation and sleep through your procedure. You might not be aware that an overwhelming majority of dental implant patients report no pain during the placement of their dental implants, and very few have post-operative discomfort which is not relieved by an over the counter analgesic such as Advil or Tylenol. This is because of the unique nature of the surgical procedure. Dental implants are precisely placed using a technique that preserves the health and viability of the surrounding bone and gum tissue, which results in minimal trauma to the jaw and gums. This is a key component to the success of dental implants which also minimizes the chance of post- operative discomfort.

Dental Implants are too expensive

Dental implants are not inexpensive, but they are an important investment in your overall health and quality of life. If you have missing teeth, you don’t have to imagine what the impact on your quality of life. You might find yourself covering your mouth when you laugh, smile or speak. You might not be able to enjoy your favorite foods, are embarrassed eating in front of others, or have ill-fitting dentures which are loose, painful or unstable. When you suffer with these types of problems, your outlook on life changes, you might lose self-confidence, have concerns about your appearance or even suffer from health problems caused by the inability to maintain a healthy diet. Dental implants can change that reality for you and improve your quality of life dramatically.

There is no question that in the case of missing teeth, dental implants are the gold standard of treatment. The question is, how do you make this lifestyle improvement a financial reality? Dental Implant costs can be extremely economical, especially when appropriate planning and budgeting are taken into consideration. The team at the Fort Worth dental implant practice of Dr. Cannon is knowledgeable and ready to help you make your dental implants a reality. One of the most utilized tools available to you is Care Credit, which is a healthcare financing plan which offers low interest and no interest payment plans. When you divide the cost of dental implants into monthly payments, it becomes easier to achieve. In addition, some dental insurance plans will assist with the cost of dental implants. Our experts in the business office can help you plan for and budget for this important improvement to your dental health.

Should I have a dental bridge vs. a dental implant?

If you are facing a missing tooth, and trying to decide whether to replace it with a dental bridge vs. a dental implant, it is important to understand the difference between the two options. While it is true that not every dental patient is a candidate for an implant, for most people, a dental implant is the treatment option of choice.

A dental implant is designed to replicate the anatomy and function of a natural tooth. A dental implant preserves your jaw bone and your bite. It is stronger than other tooth replacement options and has a 98% chance of lasting you for the rest of your life. Replacing a tooth with a dental implant is the most reliable, natural looking and feeling option available today, and a dental implant will not decay.

A dental bridge involves reshaping of each tooth adjacent to the space and placing a crown on each tooth, with a false tooth floating in the middle. While this option does replace the tooth, it does not preserve the bone in this area, and over time a divot will form below the false tooth crown. This can cause problems with hygiene, allowing food to get stuck beneath the bridge and increasing the incidence of decay beneath the crowns on the anchor teeth. If the anchor teeth decay, they may require additional treatment, extraction and reconstruction or extension of the bridge itself. The life span of a dental bridge is about 10-15 years. A dental bridge must be replaced or extended when it becomes worn, broken or the anchor teeth decay.

Dental implants are over 98% successful over almost 50 years. From a health and lifestyle perspective, and when considering cost-effectiveness over time, dental implants are often the most reliable, economical and functional option for tooth replacement.