how safe are dental implants

Are Dental Implants Safe?

how safe are dental implants

Dental implants are a popular tooth replacement option that has been used in DFW for several years. But some people still have questions about their safety, given the fact that modern implants have only been popular for a couple of decades.

The truth is the materials used to make dental implants have been used for at least a few decades. The same materials—primarily titanium—are frequently used in safe, FDA-approved surgeries such as joint replacement. Our DFW dental implants are a safe and effective way to replace missing teeth, and at ARCHPOINT Implant Dentistry in DFW, our on-site specialists are experts in dental implant therapy. We want you to know that we’ve done extensive research on implant methodology and can assure our patients that implants are one of the safest procedures in all of modern dentistry.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are small titanium devices that replace the roots of missing teeth. They’re made from titanium because of the biocompatibility of this hypoallergenic metal. You see, our bodies accept titanium as something that’s natural, which allows our bone to accept it like it’s any other part of your mouth. Once the implants are placed, they fuse with the bone through a process called osseointegration. After it’s fully integrated, your implant can support the weight of a natural tooth.

Are dental implants safe?

Yes, DFW dental implants are extremely safe. They have been used for over 25 years with a high success rate. According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, the success rate for dental implants is over 95% (close to 98-99% in most cases.) This makes them one of the most reliable tooth replacement options available in the United States. There are no allergens contained in the titanium, and even people with metal sensitivities do well with conventional implant designs

What are the risks of dental implant surgery?

Like any surgical procedure, there are some risks associated with dental implant installation. These risks include infection, nerve damage, and implant failure due to infection. However, these risks are extremely rare and can be minimized by working with a specialist. Choosing an implant dentist with advanced training and resources for implant installation improves your treatment success rates, as complications are less likely. 

At ARCHPOINT Implant Dentistry, we believe that the better educated our patients are about their smile, the more successful their implant treatment is. That’s why we review all concerns ahead of time and give you careful instructions on how to care for your implants on a day-to-day basis. Gum infections are the leading cause of implant failure, but they can be avoided with a preventative brushing, flossing, and checkup routine. 

How long do dental implants last?

By design, today’s dental implants can last a lifetime with proper care and maintenance. The crown, bridge, or denture attached to the implant may need to be replaced at some point in time, but the implant itself should remain stable and secure for the rest of your life. Since the implant is integrated with the bone, the goal is to keep your mouth healthy and avoid any periodontal (peri-implantitis) infections. The better home care you have, the longer your dental implant should last. 

Are there any age restrictions for dental implants?

There are no age restrictions for dental implants. However, younger patients may need to wait until their jawbone is fully developed before receiving dental implants, which is usually around age 18 or so. As long as a patient has a healthy jawbone and gums, they may be a candidate for dental implant surgery. It doesn’t matter if you’re 25, 55, or 75. No one is ever “too old” to replace their teeth with implants. 

Are dental implants compatible with medical conditions and medications?

In general, dental implants are compatible with most medical conditions and medications. However, certain medical conditions or medications may affect the healing process or increase the risk of infection. Patients should discuss their medical history and any medications they are taking with our implant specialists before receiving dental implants. Please be sure to include everything from over-the-counter supplements you’re taking to recent hospitalizations or surgeries. The more we know about your oral and overall health history, the better we can determine if dental implants are right for you.

How do I know if I am a candidate for dental implants?

To determine if you are a candidate for dental implants, your specialists will evaluate your overall oral health and medical history, including the condition of your bone structure and gums. If you have sufficient bone density and are free of active gum disease, you are probably a candidate for dental implant surgery. 

At ARCHPOINT Implant Dentistry, we make it easy to find out whether or not implants are right for you. We offer free initial consultations and 3D scans to discuss your oral anatomy and smile goals. Once we gather this essential information, our experts can determine whether or not you qualify for dental implant treatment. 

What is the dental implant process like?

The dental implant process typically involves several stages ranging from planning to surgery to final restoration. First, dental implants are surgically placed into the bone. Then, a healing period of several months is needed to allow the implants to fuse with the bone so that they can support the fixed “tooth” on top of it. Once the implants have fully integrated, abutments are attached to the implants. Finally, a crown, bridge, or denture is secured to the abutments to complete the tooth replacement.

Are dental implants more expensive than other tooth replacement options?

Dental implant treatments are generally more expensive than other tooth replacement options in the beginning. However, they offer many long-term benefits, including improved stability and longevity. When you compare implants to the cost of dentures or fixed bridges, the overall investment in implants is much more cost-effective. 

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If you are considering dental implants as a tooth replacement option, our team at ARCHPOINT Implant Dentistry in DFW can help. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

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Overdentures (Snap-on Dentures) FAQs

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If you’re missing all of your teeth, you may be considering dentures as a replacement option. After all, dentures have been used for centuries and are one of the cheapest ways to quickly restore your smile. While traditional dentures can be effective, they can also be uncomfortable and prone to slipping and limited meal choices, not to mention changes in the way you talk. Luckily, there is a solution – overdentures, also known as snap-on dentures. At ARCHPOINT Implant Dentistry in DFW, our Dallas and Ft. Worth practices have on-site specialists who are experts in dental implant therapy, providing a wide range of restorative choices you won’t find at a typical dental office. 

If you’re new to the idea of overdentures or “clip-on” implant dentures, here are some common questions you’ll probably want to ask:

What are overdentures?

Overdentures are a type of removable denture that snaps onto dental implants. Unlike traditional dentures that rest on the gums, overdentures provide a secure and stable fit that prevents slipping and sliding. They essentially look like a traditional full denture, but there are special attachments underneath the “plate” that will clip onto implants. 

How do implant stabilized dentures work?

Implant-supported overdentures work by attaching to anywhere from 2-4 dental implants placed in your mouth. Since the prosthesis is removable, it does not need additional support from several implants. Rather, the implants offer additional reinforcement throughout the day.

The implants serve as a stable base for the denture, which snaps on and off as needed. This allows you to easily remove their dentures for cleaning and maintenance the same way you would a conventional design.

In certain instances, newer dentures may be able to be retrofitted to fit on top of dental implants. That way, you’re not entirely replacing a brand new denture if you decide to convert it into a snap-on design

Are overdentures more comfortable than traditional dentures?

Yes, overdentures are generally more comfortable than traditional dentures because they provide a more secure and stable fit throughout the day. Traditional dentures rest on the gums, which can cause discomfort and irritation, especially when you have a thin bone ridge or the dentures “rock” when you’re wearing them. Overdentures attach to dental implants, which prevents slipping and shifting whenever you’re wearing them. Plus, no messy adhesives or pastes are needed because the prosthesis clips into place. 

Are overdentures better than traditional dentures?

Whether overdentures are better than traditional dentures depends on the individual patient’s needs and preferences. For our DFW patients who are looking for a more secure and stable fit from their dentures, overdentures are often a better choice. However, there is a bit more investment needed up front, as at least two dental implants will need to be installed for the prosthesis to function properly. Thankfully, this approach is quite affordable and a nice upgrade for anyone considering an implant-supported prosthesis. 

How many implants are needed for snap-on dentures?

The number of implants needed for overdentures depends on the individual patient’s needs and the type of denture being used. In general, patients need at least two implants to support an overdenture. However, some patients may require as many as four implants for added stability. Since the prosthesis is removable, we have more flexibility as to where your implants can be installed. This means we can still use fewer implants because each one is placed at a strategic point to offer maximum hold under the overdenture. 

How do I care for my overdentures?

Caring for implant-supported dentures is nearly identical to the home care routine for traditional dentures. Patients should remove their dentures daily for cleaning and maintenance. This includes brushing them with a soft-bristled brush and denture cleaner, as well as cleaning the dental implants and any attachments. Soak your denture overnight and then brush it clean the next morning before putting it back in your mouth. We recommend seeing a dentist regularly for check-ups and adjustments, as the locators may occasionally need to be replaced (the parts that allow the denture to “snap” onto the corresponding implants.)

What are the benefits of overdentures?

Some of the many benefits of overdentures include:

  • Improved comfort and stability on a day-to-day basis
  • Better ability to eat and speak since the denture doesn’t slip out of place
  • Improved self-confidence around other people
  • Enhanced bone health and preservation
  • More food options at mealtime since the dentures offer additional reinforcement

Do overdentures require surgery?

Yes, overdentures require a minimally invasive surgical procedure to place the dental implants into the bone. However, this is typically a minor process that is performed under local anesthesia with minimal discomfort. In some cases, overdentures can be placed immediately instead of having to wait for your implants to integrate. Your exact treatment plan process will be unique to your particular circumstances, so be sure to work with specialistS like the team at ARCHPOINT, as we offer an extensive menu of treatment approaches.

Are overdentures more expensive than traditional dentures?

Yes, because they require dental implants to hold them in place. Adding the cost of 2-4 implants to your restorative procedure will increase the amount you pay to get dentures. However, the long-term benefits of overdentures, including improved comfort and stability, can make them a worthwhile investment for many patients. 

Our treatment coordinators will work with your insurance company, if applicable, to help you utilize any coverage that’s available toward the cost of an implant denture. We also offer flexible payment plan options so that you can start treatment at any time. Most financing plans are available with 0% or low interest rates and can be combined with your existing insurance coverage, if applicable. 

Reserve a Consultation Today

If you’re considering overdentures as a tooth replacement option, our team at ARCHPOINT Implant Dentistry in DFW can help. Our on-site specialists are experts in dental implant therapy are happy to provide a free initial consultation and 3D scan to determine if an implant-supported denture is right for you. Contact us today to get started.

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How Do Dental Implants Work?

How dental implants work

Dental implants are a cutting-edge solution for any adult with missing teeth. Their unique shape and durability are designed to provide a permanent and effective replacement for natural teeth. At ARCHPOINT Implant Dentistry in DFW, our specialists are experts in dental implant therapy and are dedicated to providing the highest quality care to our patients. This innovative tooth replacement option is totally unlike any other modern tooth replacement because implants look, feel, and function just as real teeth do.

Dental Implants Design: Made to Function Like Natural Tooth Roots

Dental implants are small titanium posts that essentially mimic the anatomy of tooth roots. Each one is surgically placed into the jawbone to replace the root of your missing tooth. They can be installed alongside other teeth and are completely non-invasive to adjacent tooth structures (unlike conventional restorations like bridges or partial dentures.)

Once your dental implant is placed, it fuses with the jawbone over the next few months through a process called “osseointegration.” This process allows the implant to become a permanent part of the bone in that area, providing a stable and long-lasting foundation for the replacement tooth. 

Keep in mind that the implant itself is only the “root” portion of your new “tooth,” so it will still need a fixed restoration on top to fill in your functional smile. 

Understanding the Dental Implants “Osseointegration” Process

Osseointegration is the natural process in which the bone tissues in your jaw grow onto and fuse with your dental implant. Most implants have a lightly ribbed or microtextured surface that enables bone integration, making it easy for a layer of bone to form around them. This process usually takes at least a few months to complete, but once it’s finished, your new implant will offer a strong foundation for the replacement tooth. During the integration process, it’s important to practice good oral hygiene and follow any post-operative instructions from our dental specialists. Rest assured; we can also plan ahead so that you don’t have any visibly missing teeth while your implant is integrating. 

Implant Abutments: What Are They?

Once a dental implant has fully integrated with the jawbone, an abutment is placed on top of the implant to extend above the gum tissues. The abutment is a small connector that attaches the restoration or replacement “tooth” to the implant that’s set inside of the bone. Without an abutment, the new restoration wouldn’t be able to attach to the implant. 

Uncovering your implant is a simple, comfortable process. We’ll gently numb the gums in that space, make an extremely small incision, then screw the abutment into the top opening of the implant. From there, the gums once again heal around the abutment, similar to the margin you’d see around a natural tooth. 

Single vs. Pairs of or Multiple Dental Implants

The number of implants you’ll need depends on how many teeth are missing and where they’re located in your mouth. Single implants are an excellent choice for our patients who are missing one tooth here and there. For our patients who are missing multiple teeth, pairs or multiple implants can work together to support a bridge or denture. This approach uses fewer implants while also restoring a wider portion of your smile. In some cases, as few as four implants are needed for a full-arch prosthesis like “All-on-4”. 

Choosing the Best Implant Restoration (How Many Teeth are Missing)

Choosing the right implant restoration depends on how many teeth are missing and where they’re located in the mouth. There are several options available, including crowns, bridges, clip-on dentures, and “all-on” prosthetics that restore your entire smile. Crowns are a good choice if you’re missing one tooth, while bridges work best when you have missing multiple teeth in a row (as they can be installed on top of a pair of implants working together.) But even if you’re missing all of your teeth, our DFW implant specialists can help you decide between an All-on-4 appliance or something more conventional, like a snap-on overdenture. Each one works differently from the others, so it’s important to understand exactly what you need before setting your heart on a particular type of implant treatment. 

Long Term Maintenance

Just like your natural teeth, dental implants require regular maintenance and home care. We recommend that you continue to brush and floss regularly and schedule regular check-ups and cleanings to have your implants evaluated by a professional. While implants are designed to be a permanent solution for missing teeth, they can still be susceptible to plaque and tartar buildup, which may compromise the gum and bone that helps hold them in place. Regular dental check-ups can help detect any potential issues early on before major complications like peri-implantitis ever have a chance to develop. 

Improving Your Diet and Quality of Life

Dental implants improve your day-to-day life because they allow you to eat whatever you want and speak more normally. Unlike dentures or partials, dental implants are designed to function like natural teeth, allowing you to eat your favorite foods without worrying about slipping or shifting, or cutting your meals up into little bites. Additionally, dental implants can improve your self-confidence by giving you a beautiful and natural-looking smile that supports the soft tissues of your lips and cheeks. 

A Holistic Choice for Tooth Replacement

Dental implants are a natural choice for tooth replacement because they’re designed to function and look like real teeth. Unlike other popular tooth replacement options, dental implants don’t require adjacent teeth to be cut down, and they don’t put pressure on the bone that causes discomfort or predisposes you to infection. In reality, the opposite is true; dental implants can help preserve the jawbone by stimulating bone growth and preventing further bone loss.

Reserve a Consultation Today

ARCHPOINT Implant Dentistry offers free initial consultations—including a 3D scan—for anyone considering dental implants in Dallas or Ft. Worth. Contact us today to discuss your options and learn more about what’s possible with this modern tooth replacement solution.

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Traditional vs. Same Day Implants

regular vs. same-day dental implants

When it comes to dental implants, there are a lot of different options to choose from. Chances are, you’ve heard about same-day dental implants in DFW. While same day implants may seem like the more appealing option, there’s more to it than meets the eye. In fact, traditional implants offer the best long-term results and a more predictable outcome, and you still won’t have to go around with missing teeth. 

Here’s why you should consider traditional implants and why you should work with an implant specialist when it’s time to replace your missing teeth. 

Why Same Day Implants Aren’t What They Seem

Same-day implants are often marketed as a fast and convenient option for those who want to have dental implants placed in a single appointment. However, this quick process often sacrifices quality for speed. Same-day implants may not provide the same level of stability and longevity as traditional implants, which can lead to complications and a need for additional procedures down the line. 

If you install an implant and attach a replacement “tooth” (restoration) on the same day, the implant won’t be able to support the biting or chewing forces. This can lead to total failure of the implant. 

What surprises most people is that same day implants usually come with some type of temporary restoration. Such as an overdenture. This interim prosthesis is only meant to be worn until the implant is integrated. At that point, you have to go back to the dentist’s office to get a new restoration. Yes, you get “teeth in a day,” but they aren’t permanent. If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is. 

Traditional Implants Offer the Best Long-Term Results

Traditional dental implants are placed into the jawbone in a surgical procedure, then given several months to integrate properly with the bone. This integration process is crucial for the long-term success of the implant, as it helps ensure that the implant is securely attached to the jaw. Traditional implants also allow for a more customized fit and greater precision in placement, which can lead to better results.

Since conventional implant treatment is adapted to the individual, it’s not a rushed process. Every restoration is tailored for fit, function, and aesthetics. Even if you’re waiting on your implants to integrate properly, our DFW specialists will be sure to offer a temporary restoration to fill in your smile while you wait. You don’t have to worry about people seeing you with missing teeth. 

Conventional Implants Have Time to Integrate Properly

Because same-day implants are placed in a single appointment, they may not have enough time to integrate properly with the jawbone. This can result in a higher risk of failure and the need for additional procedures, such as a bone graft, to help support the implant. With traditional implants, you have peace of mind knowing that your implant has the time it needs to integrate with your jawbone for the best possible outcome properly.

You see, dental implants need to integrate with the bone around them before they can work correctly. After they’re installed, it takes anywhere from 3-6 months for new bone to fuse around the implant. Implants are naturally attractive to bone cells, so your bone will grow a new layer around the implant. Once that happens, the implant is permanently fixed in place and can support the biting or chewing pressure of a natural tooth. In fact, it will be stronger than your other teeth!

You Won’t Need to Be Seen With Missing Teeth

Same day implants aren’t the only way to avoid people seeing you have missing teeth. Another advantage of traditional implants is that we can design a healing prosthesis that you wear in the meantime. 

Your temporary healing restoration can be placed after the implants are installed, so you won’t need to walk around with a gap in your smile. Common examples include immediate overdentures, flippers, or flexible partials. This can be a huge benefit for anyone that feels self-conscious about their appearance because of missing teeth. Simply wear your restoration while your implants integrate and return for a permanent prosthesis when the time is right. 

Fast Implant Treatment Increases the Chances of Failure

While same-day implants may seem like a convenient option, they often increase the chances of failure and added, unexpected treatment costs. Because the implant is placed in a single appointment, it may not have enough time to integrate properly with the jawbone, which can lead to a higher risk of implant failure. 

Re-treatments or the need to turn around and buy a new dental restoration can significantly increase your cost of care. Especially when you thought the entire process would be a “once and done” experience. 

At ARCHPOINT, you know exactly what each step of the implant process will entail, including the fees involved. You won’t have to worry about getting caught off guard like many “teeth in a day” patients do. 

Why You Should Work with an Implant Specialist

At ARCHPOINT Implant Dentistry in Dallas and Ft. Worth, we specialize in advanced dental implant therapies, and our on-staff implant experts are highly trained and experienced. When you choose to work with us, you can feel confident that you’re receiving the best possible care for your dental implant needs. Our team will work with you to determine the best implant option for your individual circumstances and help ensure that your implants are placed properly and have the time they need to integrate with your jawbone for the best possible outcome. We can also fit you with a prosthesis to wear while your implants integrate so that nobody sees you with missing teeth. 

Don’t rush perfection! Traditional implants offer the best long-term results for our patients with missing teeth. While same-day implants may seem like a fast and convenient option, they often increase the chances of failure, added costs, and can lead to additional procedures down the line. At ARCHPOINT Implant Dentistry, we believe in providing the highest quality care for our patients. Call us today to reserve your consultation!

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What’s it Like to Have an Overdenture?

what's it like to wear an overdenture?

An overdenture is a type of removable denture that is supported by dental implants. Unlike traditional dentures, which rest directly on your gums, an overdenture is secured to a series of dental implants. This provides a more stable and secure fit and helps to improve chewing and speaking ability. 

Overdentures are a popular option for those who have lost most or all of their natural teeth. In most cases, only 2 or 4 implants are needed for your “snap on” denture. 

What is a Snap-on Overdenture?

An overdenture is custom-made to fit over dental implants. This design provides a secure fit without the use of denture adhesive. Once it’s snapped in, it isn’t going anywhere. 

Implant retained dentures are shaped to the curves of your mouth. But unlike traditional dentures, which rest on the gums and can shift and slip, overdentures are securely attached in place, providing a much more stable and comfortable fit throughout the day. This stability makes eating and speaking much easier, as you won’t have to worry about your dentures slipping or sliding in your mouth. 

From the outside, overdentures are typically designed nearly identically to traditional dentures. Each prosthesis is made to match the shape of your gums and mouth, with your new smile shaped and shaded to your liking. They give you a more confident and natural smile. With the implants underneath, overdentures are snapped into place instead of relying on suction to hold them in. 

Is an Overdenture the Same Thing as a Snap-on Denture?

Yes, a snap-on overdenture is a type of overdenture that “snaps” onto the dental implants. This provides a secure and stable fit and eliminates the need for adhesives.

Snap-on overdentures are unique in that they have special locators under the base that clip onto the implants, providing a secure and stable fit. From the outside, snap-on overdentures look just like regular dentures, but underneath, they have small, special locators that attach to the implants. 

This design means that you won’t have to worry about using denture adhesive or slipping and sliding, as the overdenture will be securely clipped onto the implants. Snap-on overdentures are a great option for those who want the convenience and affordability of regular dentures but with the added stability and comfort provided by implants. They’re the best of both worlds. 

Do Snap-on Overdentures Need Denture Adhesive?

No, snap-on overdentures do not require denture adhesives or pastes. They are designed to fit securely over dental implants and stay in place without the need for adhesives.

Snap-on overdentures eliminate the need for denture adhesives by providing a secure fit that is attached directly to the implants. With traditional dentures, adhesive can sometimes become messy and can cause skin irritation, making it difficult to eat and speak with confidence, especially if the denture is rubbing back and forth during the day. Snap-on overdentures provide a stable fit without worrying about your dentures shifting or rocking.

Can I Upgrade My Denture to a Snap-on Denture?

Upgrading from a traditional loose denture to snap-on overdentures can be a great option for anyone looking for a better fit and more stability. With snap-on overdentures, you’ll be able to enjoy all your favorite foods and speak with confidence, knowing that your dentures won’t slip out of place. Additionally, snap-on overdentures are a much more comfortable option because they don’t rub the inside of your mouth or require a seal underneath them. 

Overall, snap-on overdentures are a great option for anyone who wants to upgrade their denture experience and enjoy a more secure and stable fit.

Will I Need to Take My Overdenture Out at Night?

Yes. Most patients remove their overdentures at night to give their gums and dental implants a break. Overdentures are designed to be removed easily and can be stored in a special cleaning solution or in a case when not in use.

Like traditional dentures, overdentures are not designed to be worn overnight. Wearing overdentures for extended periods, including while sleeping, can increase the risk of oral infection. Additionally, sleeping in your overdentures can also cause them to become damaged or worn out more quickly, leading to the need for premature replacement.

It’s important to remove your overdentures at night and store them in a safe and clean place, away from pets or small children. This allows your gums and mouth to rest and breathe, reducing the risk of infection and promoting good oral health. Cleaning your overdentures regularly is also essential to maintain good oral hygiene and prevent the buildup of harmful bacteria.

If your heart is set on a permanent prosthesis, something like an All-on-4 or All-on-6 system may be a better choice (as these hybrid “dentures” are nonremovable.)

How to Clean an Overdenture

Cleaning your overdenture is an important part of maintaining your oral health and ensuring that your overdenture lasts for as long as possible. To clean your overdenture, simply remove it from your mouth and brush it gently with a soft-bristled brush. You can also soak it in a cleaning solution for a specified amount of time to help remove any plaque or bacteria. Don’t use hot water or abrasive products (such as baking soda.)

Are Overdentures the Same as All-on-4 Implants?

No, overdentures and All-on-4 implants are two different types of dental implant systems. Overdentures are removable dentures supported by dental implants. In contrast, All-on-4 implants are a type of full-arch restoration that uses just four dental implants to support a full set of replacement teeth without a “plate” in the roof of your mouth.

Choose Our DFW Implant Specialists

If you’re considering an overdenture or any other type of dental implant therapy, the specialists at ARCHPOINT Implant Dentistry in Dallas and Ft. Worth can help. Our team of experts has years of experience and a wealth of knowledge in the field of dental implants, and we’re here to help you achieve a healthy and beautiful smile. 

Contact us today to schedule a consultation and find out if an overdenture or another type of dental implant solution is right for you.

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I Have Gum Disease: Can I Get Dental Implants?

can i get dental implants if i have periodontitis?

Periodontal disease—also known as “gum disease”—is the leading cause of tooth loss. But it also affects dental implants. 

While dental implants are a popular and effective solution for people who have missing or damaged teeth, they’re not right for everyone. If you have gum disease, you may wonder if you’re a candidate for this permanent tooth replacement option. The good news is that gum disease doesn’t automatically rule you out as a candidate for dental implants. However, it’s important to consider a few key factors before making a decision.

Why is Periodontal Disease Bad for Dental Implants? 

Gum disease is a threat to dental implants because it can lead to inflammation and infection of the gums. When the gums are infected, they can pull away from the teeth, exposing the implant posts. The underlying bone also becomes compromised. This can lead to a condition known as peri-implantitis, which is similar to periodontitis (gum disease). Ultimately, peri-implantitis can cause implant failure and even the need for the removal of the implants altogether. 

Active gum disease can make it difficult to clean the implant posts and surrounding gums properly, leading to a buildup of additional plaque and bacteria. This can cause further infection and inflammation and can make it more difficult to treat gum disease and keep it under control. Good oral hygiene techniques are key, so it’s important to incorporate them before your dental implant treatment. 

It’s important to address gum disease before undergoing any dental implant procedure. The good news is that if you do have gum disease, it’s possible to get it under control so that you can enjoy the benefits of dental implants. But the gum needs to be healthy leading up to your implant treatment; we can’t place the implants if there is still an active periodontal infection. 

If There is Enough Healthy Bone to Support Your Implants

Having enough healthy bone to support your implants is a must. If gum disease has caused significant bone loss, it may not be possible to place implants without additional procedures, such as bone grafting or sinus lift surgery.

The longer periodontal or gum disease goes unaddressed, the more bone loss there usually is. Bone loss can be difficult to see when you smile in the mirror, but it’s evident on your dental X-rays and as your dentist or hygienist measure around each tooth. Without healthy bone support, there’s no foundation to support the implants. And periodontal disease is the leading cause of bone loss around teeth.

Even if you lost teeth to gum disease in the past, the longer you go with missing teeth, the more bone loss there usually is. You see, bone naturally resorbs (shrinks) around extracted or missing teeth. The good news is that if you place an implant in that space quickly, it can stimulate healthy bone to prevent loss of support in your jaw. 

If Gum Disease is Under Control and Not Spreading

Next, it’s important to make sure that gum disease is under control and not spreading. If gum disease is active, it can cause further damage to your gums and teeth, making it more difficult to place implants. You’ll need to take steps to stabilize your gum infection before the implant can be installed. This might involve a series of deep cleanings and possibly even therapeutic dental extractions. Most importantly, you’ll want to adapt your home hygiene routine to address any inflammation or bleeding after your teeth have been cleaned. 

If the Neighboring Teeth are Healthy

Even though it’s not where your implants are being installed, it’s important to consider the health of your neighboring teeth. If the teeth adjacent to your implant location are not healthy, it could predispose your implants to an infection or total failure. 

That being said, it’s usually in the best interest of your smile (and your budget) to preserve or restore the healthy teeth you still have. Treatments such as bone grafting, gum grafting, fillings, or crowns may be needed to stabilize your oral health leading up to implant treatment. 

Know When to Work With a Specialist

If you’re considering dental implants and already have a history of gum disease, it’s a good idea to work with a specialist. A specialist will have the training and expertise to evaluate your unique situation and determine if dental implants are a viable solution for you. Especially experts like oral surgeons, periodontists, or prosthodontists. Because of their added insight and background, these specialists have likely treated patients with cases similar to yours. 

How to Treat Gum Disease

If you have gum disease, it’s important to treat it before undergoing any major dental procedure, such as dental implants. Treating gum disease may involve deep cleanings, prescription mouth rinse, locally placed antibiotics, or more extensive procedures, depending on the severity of your condition.

Can Gum Disease Damage Dental Implants?

Yes. Gum disease can prevent the bone from integrating around your implant properly. In fact, the leading cause of implant failure is peri-implantitis, which is the implant form of gum disease. That’s why it’s important to make sure that periodontal disease is under control before undergoing treatment.

If you’re not sure whether or not you still have gum disease, our implant specialists will thoroughly screen your gum and bone health prior to recommending any type of implant prosthesis. 

Reserve an Implant Consultation to Find Out if You Qualify

If you have gum disease and are considering dental implants, it’s important to work with a specialist. They can determine if you’re a candidate for this treatment and help you prepare your smile if you aren’t. 

The team at ARCHPOINT Implant Dentistry is a specialist clinic with on-staff implant experts at both our Dallas and Fort Worth locations. Our team is happy to see you at a no-obligation consultation to determine if dental implants are a viable solution for your smile. 

Reserve your consultation today to find out if you qualify for dental implants.

Choosing an implant dentist in DFW

How to Choose an Implant Dentist

Choosing an implant dentist in DFW

When it comes to choosing an implant dentist or specialist, it’s important to do your research. That way, you can ensure you receive the best care possible. Not all DFW implant dentists are alike or offer the same types of treatment. 

Here are some key points to consider when making your decision:

Choosing an Implant Specialist: 

Look for a dental specialist who is specifically trained and experienced in implant dentistry. Such as a periodontist, prosthodontist, or oral surgeon. An implant specialist has the knowledge and skills to provide a wider range of implant options to achieve the best possible outcome for your individual needs.

As a team of dental implant specialists, the providers at ARCHPOINT Implant Dentistry have undergone extensive training and years of experience in implant dentistry. This specialized training and experience allow us to provide a wider range of implant options and to achieve the best possible outcome for each individual. Our implant specialists have a deep understanding of implant technology, materials, and techniques, staying up to date with the latest advances in the field and providing the highest level of care and precision possible. 

In addition to their specialized training and experience, implant specialists have access to the latest technology and resources, which enables them to provide the most effective and efficient treatment available. For example, ARCHPOINT Implant Dentistry uses advanced technology such as 3D imaging and planning software to ensure precise placement and optimal results. We also have access to a wider range of implant designs, such as zygomatic and zirconia implants, allowing us to find the perfect solution for each individual patient.

Why Dental Specialists Can Provide a Wider Range of Implants: 

Dental implant specialists have a deeper understanding of implant technology, materials, and techniques, which allows them to provide a wider range of implant options. Especially in situations where you have bone loss, extensive tooth loss, or a history of gum disease. Those scenarios often require adjunctive therapies that extend beyond a straightforward dental implant installation. 

Perhaps most importantly, a dental implant specialist can provide the right type of treatment for the patient’s situation and health status. They have the expertise to assess a patient’s unique needs and background and to recommend the best implant solution for their smile’s circumstances. With a focus on individualized care, an implant specialist can help ensure a positive outcome and help each patient achieve a beautiful, healthy smile.

Does the Dentist Offer the Type of Implants You Want? 

Plan to research the different types of implants available and make sure the dentist you choose offers the type you want. Some dentists may only offer one type of implant, while others may have a wider range. Others boast “same day” or “teeth in a day” options without talking about the type of system it actually involves. 

There are several common types of dental implants in DFW, such as individual implants, implant-supported bridges, snap-on dentures, zygomatic implants, ceramic designs, mini implants, and All-on-4 systems. Each type has its own advantages and is designed to meet the specific needs of different patients.

For instance, individual implants are designed to replace a single missing tooth, providing a natural-looking and long-lasting solution. Implant-supported bridges are used to replace multiple missing teeth, providing a more stable and permanent solution compared to traditional bridges (without having to extract the other healthy teeth.) Snap-on dentures are designed to provide a secure and stable fit for denture wearers, while All-on-4 implants are designed to provide full-arch restoration for patients that don’t come out at night.

It’s important to choose a provider who offers a variety of implant options because each type of implant is designed to meet the specific needs of different patients. A provider who only offers one or two types of implants may not be able to provide the best solution for your individual needs. By offering a range of implant options, a specialist can help you choose the best solution for your unique situation, ensuring the best possible outcome and a beautiful, healthy smile.

Read Online Reviews and Testimonials: 

Although most online reviews should always be taken with a grain of salt, you’ll definitely want to read testimonials from past dental implant patients to get an idea of the quality of care and customer service offered by their dentist. This can provide valuable insight into the experiences of others and help you make an informed decision as you narrow down your choice of providers. 

Review Their Financing Options: 

Consider the cost of the implant and make sure the dentist you choose offers financing options that work for your budget. This can make the process of getting an implant more accessible and affordable.

Paying for dental implants can be a concern for many patients. Fortunately, several options are available to help make the cost of treatment more manageable. For example, some insurance plans provide coverage for dental implants, and many providers, including ARCHPOINT Implant Dentistry, offer financing options to help make treatment more affordable.

Dental insurance policies vary, and it’s important to understand what your policy covers before undergoing treatment. 

If your insurance policy doesn’t provide the coverage you need, there are alternative financing options available. ARCHPOINT Implant Dentistry offers affordable payment plans as well as third-party financing options through trusted lenders. These financing options can help you spread the cost of treatment over several months, making it easier to budget for your dental care.

Schedule a No-Obligation Consultation:

Schedule a no-obligation consultation with an implant dentist to get to know them better and to discuss your individual needs and goals. This will give you an opportunity to ask questions and determine if the dentist is the right fit for you.


ARCHPOINT Implant Dentistry is conveniently located in both Dallas and Fort Worth. Our specialty clinics have on-staff implant experts specializing in advanced dental implant therapies. With advanced training and experience, we’re committed to providing high-quality care and helping our patients achieve the best possible outcome from their smile reconstruction. 

Call ARCHPOINT Implant Dentistry today to reserve your first visit. 

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What are Zirconia & Ceramic Dental Implants?

Zirconia and ceramic dental implants are alternatives to traditional titanium dental implants. They are made from biocompatible materials that are designed to mimic the appearance of natural teeth and can be used to replace missing or damaged teeth. But unlike traditional implants, zirconia and ceramic versions are made from tooth-colored materials instead of silver ones.

DFW Zirconia and Ceramic Dental Implants

Zirconia, also known as zirconium dioxide, is a strong and durable ceramic material that has been used in the medical field for many years. It is white in color and has a similar appearance to natural teeth, making it a popular choice for dental implants in the front of your mouth. It can also be used where gum tissue is thin or receding, and the implant might be more visible. 

Ceramic dental implants are similar to zirconia implants in that they are made from a biocompatible ceramic and are designed to mimic the appearance of natural teeth. However, ceramic implants are typically made from a slightly different type of material which is also hard and highly resistant to wear. 

Both of these materials are frequently used to create custom crowns, bridges, and dental veneers. 

Why Choose a Tooth-Colored Dental Implant?

There are several reasons why some people choose zirconia or ceramic dental implants over traditional titanium implants. One reason is that they are more aesthetically pleasing, as they are white in color and blend in seamlessly with the other teeth. This is particularly important for people who are replacing more visible front teeth or who are concerned about the possible appearance of any visible metal. 

Like titanium, zirconia and ceramic implants are biocompatible, meaning that they do not cause any allergic response or other adverse reactions in the body. This is important for people who may be allergic to certain materials or have an extreme reaction to metals or certain types of metal jewelry. Be sure to let our DFW implant specialists know if you have a metal allergy, as we will want to take that into consideration whenever we create your treatment plan. 

Should I Get Ceramic Implants?

In most cases, traditional titanium dental implants are more than sufficient for most patients. However, zirconia and ceramic dental implants are always available as options for those patients who have unique situations or who prefer the aesthetics and biocompatibility of these materials. If you are considering dental implants, it is important to discuss your choices with a qualified dental professional who can help you make an informed decision based on your specific needs and preferences.

During your treatment planning process, we’ll discuss the implant design options available and determine the best one for your smile. Most people do well with traditional titanium implants. Other popular alternative designs include mini dental implants and zygomatic dental implants, both of which work well for non-traditional implant candidates. 

Once you have your treatment plan ready, we’ll walk through the additional information you’ll want to consider, such as financing and insurance benefits. 

Will My Dental Implants Be Visible? 

Zirconia and ceramic dental implants were specifically designed to offer an aesthetic or cosmetic alternative over traditional titanium implants. Even though titanium is a silver-colored metal, it’s completely submerged in your bone and gum tissue. That means people shouldn’t be able to see it whenever you’re smiling or talking. But there are instances where someone might have thin gums or bone, where the shadow of a silver material is more noticeable. In those scenarios, our DFW implant specialists might want to discuss ceramic or zirconia designs instead. While these scenarios are rare, it’s good to have a backup plan for more unique circumstances. Partnering with a team of experts ensures you have all the different options at your disposal rather than feeling locked into one specific type of treatment. 

Ceramic and Zirconia Implants are Shaped Differently

Traditional dental implant “teeth” are made up of three sections: the implant, an abutment, and a crown or other restoration on top of it. The abutment is the piece that connects the visible tooth portion to the actual implant. It’s usually installed about three months after the implant is placed, once the integration process is complete. 

But ceramic and zirconia implants usually consist of two parts: the implant and the restoration. Most of these implants do not have a separate abutment, as the abutment is already built into the implant. Because they are made from ceramic materials, it’s best to have the laboratory create the entire prosthesis at once. This step eliminates the need to connect two separate pieces of ceramic to one another. Then once the implant is integrated, the restoration is cemented on top of it. Since the entire structure is tooth-colored, there is zero risk of any visible metal whenever you smile. 

Better Than Dentures or Bridges

Regardless of which type of implant design you choose, implants provide a non-invasive restoration that is better for the rest of your smile. We won’t have to reshape or cut down adjacent tooth enamel like you would with getting a fixed bridge. And no metal clasps are wrapped around teeth to hold them into place. Investing in implants gives you the most natural, functional, lifelike alternative to replacing missing teeth. 

Implant durability and long-term maintenance are the next best thing to having anatomical teeth all over again. That’s just one reason why investing in dental implants is the best thing anyone can do if they have missing teeth, regardless of whether they choose a tooth-colored ceramic or zirconia design. 

Best Types of Dental Implants

At ARCHPOINT, our DFW implant specialists will discuss your concerns one-on-one and offer their expert advice when it comes to restoring your smile. Since our dentists are experts in dental implantology, we can provide a wider range of implant designs and techniques, giving you more options to choose from to fit your situation. From single-tooth ceramic implants to full-arch reconstruction, there’s truly something for everyone. 

Contact ARCHPOINT today to reserve a dental implant consultation at our office in Dallas or Ft. Worth. 

What Makes Gum Disease a Threat to Dental Implants?

At ARCHPOINT Implant Dentistry in Dallas and Fort Worth, we pride ourselves on providing the highest qualityimplant dentistry in the DFW area. The decision to have dental implants can provide you with life-changing benefits by replacing missing teeth in the strongest, most natural-looking way. With dental implants, you can enjoy all the food you loved before losing teeth and smile with confidence again.  Implants also eliminate the need for cumbersome or uncomfortable dentures and messy adhesives.

DFW dental implants can last a lifetime when taken care of properly, but just like natural teeth, they are also susceptible to plaque and gum infections. The implant specialists of ARCHPOINT want to ensure your dental implants last as long as possible. Understanding how they work and how to protect them is necessary to keepyour implants for a lifetime. 

What is the Leading Cause of Natural Tooth Loss?

Missing teeth not only changes the appearance of your smile but also affect the foods you can eat and can damages your self-confidence. While tooth loss often occurs due to decay or injury, the most common cause for losing teeth is gum disease or “periodontitis.” Also known as periodontal disease. 

What is Periodontal (Gum) Disease?

Gum disease begins as an inflammation of the gingival tissue around your teeth. Harmful bacteria left behind after brushing or flossing irritate surrounding tissues, causing the gums to become red and swollen. As bacteria continue to accumulate, an infection forms and begins to attack the bone that anchors the teeth into place. When left untreated, bone loss becomes more severe and leads to eventual tooth mobility and loss. It’s estimated that 120 million Americans have suffered from tooth loss due to periodontal disease, and that number will most likely increase over the next decade. 

Understanding How Dental Implants are Anchored

Dental implants provide a permanent solution to tooth loss by utilizing the most durable and biocompatible materials available. A titanium screw-like implant is surgically placed into the jaw bone tissue, essentially becoming a new tooth root. Titanium immediately triggers the process of integration, fusing to the bone tissue permanently. The entire integration process takes about three months, and provides a bite capability stronger than a natural tooth. 

Once your titanium implant has fully fused to the bone tissue, a custom designed porcelain crown is anchored to it via an abutment, resulting in a natural looking and natural feeling tooth replacement.

However, healthy gum and bone tissue are essential for this integration process to take place. 

Can Gum Disease Affect a Dental Implant? 

While dental implants are resistant to decay, they are still susceptible to periodontal disease. Similar to natural teeth, dental implants need to be brushed and flossed daily to remove the build-up of harmful plaque. When good home care practices are not maintained, infection can easily begin to destroy the tissue that anchors your implant in place. When periodontal disease affects a dental implant it is referred to as “peri-implantitis.” Because peri-implantitis is relatively painless, you may not be aware that your implant is at risk until it is too late. 

Having dental implants does not mean that you are going to get peri-implantitis. This gum infection is completely avoidable with good home care and easily treatable if caught early. The implant experts at ARCHPOINT want you to keep your implants for a lifetime!

What Causes Peri-Implantitis?

While bacteria are the source of peri-implantitis, several risk factors may increase your chances of this condition occurring. 

As with natural teeth, daily brushing and flossing are recommended to disrupt the collection of bacteria in our mouths. Unlike teeth, dental implants do not decay. They are made of titanium and are nearly indestructible. However, the supporting gum and bone tissue need to be healthy to keep your dental implants anchored to the bone. When plaque is left to irritate the gum tissue, your risk of peri-implantitis drastically increases. 

Certain illnesses, such as cancer or diabetes, can lower your body’s immune response. These illnesses affectthe whole body, including your mouth. Medications used to treat certain illnesses can also affect your immune system, putting you at risk for developing peri-implantitis.

If you lost your teeth due to periodontal disease or other mouth infections, be sure to discuss this information with your implant specialist. You may also be at a higher risk for peri-implantitis. 

Symptoms of Peri-Implantitis

During the early stages of peri-implantitis, symptoms are generally mild; they may not even be noticeable until the condition worsens. The most common symptom to first experience is inflammation of the gum tissue,including redness, swelling, and pain in the tissue around the implants. 

As peri-implantitis worsens, these symptoms will worsen and include bleeding of the gingival tissue. In some cases, a pimple-like lesion may produce a foul-tasting discharge. You may also feel swollen or tender lymph nodes in your neck or underarm.

When left untreated, pain and infection begin to reach the surrounding bone tissue as the condition worsens. The bone begins to resorb or shrink away from the implants, eventually causing the implants to become loose. This deterioration of bone tissue is painless. Ultimately, after bone tissue is destroyed, your implant will fail and need to be removed. 

Preventing Implant Failure From Gum Disease

Maintaining good home care each day is essential to preventing peri-implantitis. The use of a soft bristle brush, non-abrasive toothpaste, super-floss, and even a water flosser is typically recommended to properly clean your dental implants and surrounding gum tissue. 

Frequent preventative care appointments are also necessary to ensure your dental implants stay healthy. Schedule regular checkups and cleanings, even if your entire smile is made up of dental implants. By catching peri-implantitis in its earliest stages, we can prevent implant failure. 

Keep Your Implants a Lifetime

Our specialists have undergone extensive training to diagnose, treat and prevent peri-implantitis and implant failure. If you are in the Dallas or Fort Worth area, chose ARCHPOINT for all your dental implant needs. Whether you are missing a single tooth, or several teeth or looking to upgrade your dentures, ARCHPOINT Implant Dentistry can personalize an implant plan for you.

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What’s The Difference Between Using Four Or Six Implants For Full Arch Reconstruction?

Full arch reconstruction (sometimes called full mouth restoration) is a process where your entire smile is repaired back to normal or even better than before. In many scenarios, it involves replacing all of the teeth at one time. Especially for people with extensive tooth damage, missing teeth, non-restorable teeth, or a history of advanced periodontal disease. The most efficient way to replace all of your teeth at once is with an “All-on” implant system. 

Depending on your oral anatomy, a set of four or six implants is used to support the full-arch restoration. Because implants are extremely strong, there’s no need to install an implant for each tooth that’s missing. 

What Do “All-on” Implants Look Like?

An all-on implant system is a full-arch prosthesis that covers the curve of your smile, replacing all of the teeth in your upper or lower arch (jaw.) But unlike dentures, all-on implants are more like an extended dental bridge. The fixed prosthesis follows the natural curve of your jaws, freeing up the roof of your mouth. Similarly, there’s no bulky plate or base covering the majority of your jaw. This streamlined design makes all-on implants more comfortable to wear and talk with. 

Underneath the full arch restoration are strategically placed implants. The all-on prosthesis permanently locks onto each one of those implants, preventing the restoration from shifting out of place. From the outside, no one can see your dental implants and only an implant provider can remove your prosthesis. There are no plates or partials to take out at night while you’re sleeping. It’s almost like a hybrid between a denture and a bridge.

What Does The All-on Restoration Process Entail? 

Full arch reconstruction is a dental procedure that involves replacing all of the teeth in an arch (either the top or bottom) with dental implants. The number of implants used in this procedure can vary, with some patients requiring four implants and others needing six implants per arch. But what’s the difference between using four or six implants for full arch reconstruction? Here are a few key points to consider:


One of the main differences between using four or six implants for full arch reconstruction is stability of the overall prosthesis. In general, using six implants provides greater stability compared to using four implants. This is because the additional two implants help to distribute the load more evenly across the arch or jaw, which can help to reduce the risk of implant failure or other complications. However, it’s important to note that the stability of the implants also depends on the quality of the bone in the jaw and the overall health of the patient.


Another factor to consider is cost of the implants. Using six implants for full arch reconstruction tends to be more expensive than using four implants, as it requires slightly more materials. However, the cost of the procedure can vary based on various factors, including the location of the practice you choose, the experience and qualifications of your dental team, and the type of implants and restorations selected. Not to mention pre-surgical steps like bone grafting, sinus lifts, or if you need sedation during your dental implant procedure. 

Recovery Time: 

The recovery time for full arch reconstruction can vary depending on the number of implants used and other factors, such as the patient’s age, overall health, and the condition of the jawbone. In general, using four implants may result in a slightly shorter recovery time compared to using six implants, as the procedure involves less surgery and fewer incisions. But in the big picture, the difference isn’t usually all that much between one and the other. However, the recovery time will also depend on how well the patient follows the post-surgical instructions provided by our dental implant team.


As with any dental implant treatment, the longevity of full arch reconstruction using four or six implants can vary, as it depends on the patient’s oral hygiene habits and other factors, such as their medical history and overall health. However, using six implants may provide greater longevity compared to using four implants, as the additional implants help to distribute the load more evenly and reduce the risk of implant failure.

How Many Dental Implants Do I Need? 

The minimum number of dental implants needed for full mouth reconstruction is four implants per arch. When placed at strategic points, four implants can support the biting pressure of all of those teeth. But sometimes, additional support or reinforcement is needed, particularly if there are areas of weak bone anatomy or the implants are placed in a less-traditional position. 

Ultimately, the decision to use four or six implants for full arch reconstruction will depend on the specific needs and preferences of the patient, as well as the recommendations of our DFW dental implant specialists. It’s important to discuss all of the options with a qualified dental expert to determine the best course of treatment, as it’s unwise to provide the very same type of implant service to each unique patient. 

How to Choose Between All-on-Four and All-on-Six

The only way to determine whether you need four or six implants is to meet with a specialist who can assess your oral anatomy. Usually, 3D imaging works best. CBCT scans allow our DFW implant specialists to visualize your entire oral makeup, including the bone structure that will support your future dental implants. From there, we can identify the best installation point for a stable and secure full-arch prosthesis. As we digitally map out your treatment plan, we can determine if four or six implants are best. 

We also offer alternative implant designs like zygomatic implants, which work well for people with extensive bone loss. 

Full Arch Reconstruction in Dallas, Ft. Worth

Don’t trust your smile to just anyone. ARCHPOINT implant specialists offer advanced, one-of-a-kind full mouth restoration in DFW. Meet with our experts to feel confident about your smile’s future!