what to expect during implant treatment

Start to Finish: What to Expect During Implant Treatment

what to expect during implant treatment

You’ve probably heard that getting dental implants isn’t a one-time, same-day process. Sure, there may be places that advertise teeth in a day, but there’s actually a lot more to dental implant treatment than one appointment with your dentist. In fact, the dental implant process isn’t something that you want to rush; skipping important steps or cutting corners can set your treatment up for failure. You need to know what to expect.

At ARCHPOINT, we want our implant candidates to understand the entire treatment process before they commit to getting dental implants. That’s why we’re clear and upfront about the overall procedure, the steps involved, and the total time commitment required. 

Initial Consultation and Imaging

The first step in getting dental implants is an initial consultation with an implant specialist. During this consultation, our implant experts will evaluate your dental health, review your medical history, and discuss your treatment goals and expectations. We’ll also take digital X-rays and/or a 3D CT scan to assess the anatomy and density of your jawbone. If you have any natural teeth that can be restored—or need to be extracted—we’ll also discuss that at this time. 

At this point in the implant process, we can determine the best location for your dental implant placement and create a personalized treatment plan.

Treatment Planning: What to Expect

After the initial exam (but at the same appointment,) our treatment coordinators will develop a detailed care plan that outlines the steps of your implant treatment, including the number of implants needed, the location of implant placement, and the type of restoration that will be used to replace your missing teeth.

Treatment plans typically serve as a blueprint for your upcoming smile reconstruction. They list out the number of appointments needed, adjunctive services that are to be performed—such as sedation, bone grafting, or tooth extraction—and a breakdown of all of the associated fees. 

Reviewing Costs and Financial Options

Once your treatment plan has been developed, our treatment coordinator will review the costs of the treatment with you. If you have more than one option to consider, you can weigh one against the other to find the best one for your budget. At this time, we’ll also discuss financing options, including payment plans and insurance coverage, to ensure that you can receive the treatment you need at a monthly rate you can afford. 

For full-mouth treatments like All-on-4 implants, it’s fairly common to finance all or a portion of the procedure. Our payment plans offer low and 0% interest rates that make it easy for you to start your implant therapy as soon as you’re ready.

Now that you have your consultation completed, a written treatment plan, and a cost breakdown of your proposed care (all of which are usually completed in one visit), you can do one of two things: schedule right away, or take the information home and think about it or talk it over with someone close to you. 

Surgical Placement of Your Dental Implants

Once you’re ready to begin the actual process of getting implants, we’ll schedule you to come back for a surgery date. That’s assuming you don’t need any adjunctive services leading up to the procedure, like extractions or sinus lifts. During this visit you’ll know what to expect: our implant specialist will numb the area with local anesthesia and create a small incision in your gums to access your jawbone. They will then create a small hole in the bone and place the implant into that space. Once the implant is in place, the gums over your implant will be closed to allow the surgical site to heal. 

Some people choose to have their implant surgery completed with the help of sedation so that they can tune things out. 

Osseointegration: What to Expect

This stage of implant treatment is one of the most important. At that point, it’s easy to know what to expect over the next few weeks. After the surgical placement of your dental implants, osseointegration begins. This is a natural process where the bone around your implant fuses with the implant surface, creating a permanent and stable foundation for your new “teeth.” 

Depending on your health history, osseointegration usually takes anywhere from 3-6 months. If you rush through this process, it could result in dental implant failure. But don’t worry, we can arrange to fit you with a temporary prosthesis to wear so that you won’t have visibly missing teeth during this phase of treatment. 

Presentation of Final, Fixed Prosthesis

Once osseointegration is complete, our implant specialist will create a final, fixed prosthesis, which is the replacement tooth or teeth that will be attached to the implant. This may be a single tooth, a bridge, or a full arch of replacement teeth, depending on your individual needs. More than likely, this part of your treatment will involve a couple of different appointments for impressions, scans, and photographs. We may even be able to have you try a mock-up of the proposed design before the permanent version is made. We’ll also install special abutments by uncovering your implants, attaching small extensions to them, and then taking impressions for your permanent restoration to fit on top of them. 

Installation of Your Permanent Implant Teeth

After the final, fixed prosthesis has been created, our implant specialists will remove your interim prosthesis and then install your permanent implant restoration. This is the final, permanent part of the “tooth” you see above the gumlines on top of your dental implants. 

Care and Maintenance

Once your implant treatment is complete, it is important to care for them properly to ensure their longevity and success. This includes brushing and flossing regularly, planning regular dental check-ups, and avoiding habits that can damage your implants, such as smoking or chewing on hard objects.

At ARCHPOINT Implant Dentistry, we are dedicated to providing our patients with the highest quality implant treatment from start to finish. Our team of implant specialists has extensive training and experience in advanced implant therapies, and we use the latest techniques and technology to ensure that your treatment is successful and your new smile looks beautiful.

For a personalized treatment approach, plan your consultation at ARCHPOINT in Dallas or Fort Worth today.

Cost of dental implants

Cost: How Expensive Are Dental Implants?

Cost of dental implants

If you’re missing teeth or need a tooth extracted, replacing them is also on the agenda. Today, dental implants are the best tooth replacement option there is. But compared to other types of tooth replacement, the cost of dental implants is typically more upfront. The good news is they can save you money over the long-term health of your smile. 

At ARCHPOINT Implant Dentistry, we specialize in advanced dental implant therapies and want to help you understand what factors can affect the cost of dental implants. That’s why we begin every patient care process with a no-obligation consultation to discuss your options. 

Cost of Implants vs. Partials, Dentures, or Bridges

When it comes to effective tooth replacement options, dental implants tend to be more expensive than partials or dentures. That being said, dentures do need to be replaced every several years, while dental implants typically do not. Instead of resulting in recurring costs, dental implants tend to be a one-time investment.

Like dentures, dental bridges only last for a set period of time. They also require altering the structure of the teeth that support them; that means you can only replace the bridge once or twice before the supporting teeth give out. Since implants are non-invasive to your other teeth, they save you money as well as protect the adjacent teeth.

Looking at the big picture, it’s more affordable to get a single implant than it would a conventional dental bridge.

How Many Implants You Need Affects the Cost

The number of implants you need will directly affect the cost of your treatment plan. Each implant is an investment, but the cost per tooth being replaced tends to go down when more implants are involved. For example, it would be more expensive to install a single implant and crown for every tooth than it would be to use a set of implants for a fixed All-on-4 procedure. 

Since dental implants are so strong, there’s no need to use one for each missing tooth. We can pair implants together to support multi-tooth restorations like implant bridges or hybrid appliances. This makes the surgery easier, reduces your cost of treatment, and is more efficient.

The Type of Implant Prosthesis You Choose

Another factor that will affect the cost of your dental implant treatment is the type of implant prosthesis you choose. By prosthesis, we mean the restoration that goes on top of the implant to serve as a functional, aesthetic “tooth.” There are several options, including single-tooth implant crowns, implant-supported bridges, implant-supported dentures, and “All-on” hybrid appliances. Each option has its own unique advantages and cost, which we’ll discuss with you during your consultation.

Chances are, you may have at least a couple of options to choose from. We’ll share all appropriate choices with you so that you can make an educated decision that fits your personal goals. For example, a snap-on overdenture vs. an All-on-4 system. The snap-on appliance is cheaper, but you still have the option to upgrade to traditional All-on-4 implants later. 

Cost If Grafting, Sinus Lift, or Other Surgery is Required

In some cases, patients may require additional procedures such as bone grafting, sinus lifts, or other surgeries before implants can be placed. These procedures are necessary to ensure there is enough bone structure to support the implants so that the treatment is successful. Additional procedures such as these will add to the cost of your treatment, but they are essential for ensuring long-term implant success.

When we quote patients a price for dental implants in DFW, we also include adjunctive therapies such as extractions, grafting, sedation, etc. There are no hidden fees at ARCHPOINT, so you won’t have to worry about what is or isn’t included. 

Weighing Your Treatment and Cost Options

While dental implants may initially be more expensive than other tooth replacement options, it’s important to weigh the long-term benefits against the upfront cost. Dental implants can last a lifetime with proper care and maintenance, whereas traditional options, such as dentures, usually need to be replaced every few years. Additionally, implants offer improved oral health, better function, and increased confidence. It’s essential to consider these long-term benefits when deciding on your tooth replacement option.

Given that dental implants promote healthy bone, delay premature aging, and protect the natural teeth next to them, the treatment is practically priceless. 

Cost If You’re Using Dental Insurance

Many dental insurance plans cover some of the cost of dental implants or fixed implant restorations, depending on the specifics of your individual plan. Keep in mind that your benefits package is usually selected by your employer. Our team will work with you to understand your insurance coverage and help maximize your benefits by contacting your insurance carrier during the treatment planning process. We also offer financing options to help make dental implant treatment more affordable. 

A Better Return on Investment

While dental implants may require a higher upfront cost, they provide a better return on investment in the long term. Dental implants have a success rate of over 98%, and with proper care, they can last a lifetime. When considering the cost of dental implants, it’s essential to look at the big picture and consider the long-term benefits.

How Much Do DFW Dental Implants Cost?

Every single person’s smile is different. So are their restorative needs. The only way an implant specialist can quote you a price for dental implants in DFW is to physically see your mouth and dental X-rays in person. It’s not a gimmick. They truly need to assess your oral anatomy and bone density before recommending a specific type, number, or style of implant restoration(s.) After your initial exam, you’ll have a black-and-white cost estimate to consider. 

Request a Custom Treatment Plan Today

At ARCHPOINT Implant Dentistry, we understand that affording dental implants is a long-term investment in your oral health and quality of life. Our team of specialists will work with you to create a personalized treatment plan that meets your unique needs and budget. Contact our DFW implant experts today for a personalized treatment estimate.

Do implants feel different than dentures?

How do Dental Implants Feel Different From Dentures?

Do implants feel different than dentures?

If you need to replace all or most of your teeth, you have two popular options to choose from: dental implants and dentures. Dentures have been around not just decades, but centuries. As time goes by, they become more and more advanced for both comfort and performance. But no matter how modern your “plate” may be, there’s a huge difference between dental implants and dentures and how they both feel inside your mouth.

The Way Dentures Fit and Feel Inside Your Mouth

Dentures are removable prosthetic devices that replace missing teeth. For most people, they are held in place with suction created between your denture and gum tissues or the use of dental adhesive products. Most full dentures are made of acrylic materials, while partials have a metal framework for the base (since fewer teeth are replaced.) With a full denture, your prosthesis covers the entire roof of your mouth or rests on the lower jaw, where your lips and tongue help hold it in place.

Unfortunately, conventional removable dentures can feel bulky and uncomfortable in your mouth, particularly when they become loose or ill-fitting due to changes in our bone or gum tissues. They can also cause sore spots and irritation in our mouth, and their removable nature can make them unstable during eating and speaking. You might find that you have to cut foods up into smaller bites or shift to eating softer textures than you did before since the prosthesis works differently from natural teeth. 

Implants Eliminate the Denture “Plate” Across Your Palate

Dental implants, on the other hand, are permanent prosthetic devices. Whether you’re replacing one tooth, five in a row, or all of them, that are surgically placed into the jawbone. At that point, they fuse with the supporting bone in a process called osseointegration, creating a stable and long-lasting foundation for the replacement teeth.

Since your implants are set directly into the bone, there are no removable plates or suction needed to chew or speak. The permanent restoration gives you a stable, firm foundation that only takes up the space of an anatomical tooth. Natural designs eliminate the need for a bulky plate across the roof of your mouth, which—as most denture wearers know—can affect speech and taste because of how it covers their palate. 

Movable Dentures vs. Non-Movable Replacement Teeth

Dentures are removable, which means that they can potentially move around in your mouth whenever you’re eating and speaking. This can sometimes cause discomfort and embarrassment, as well as difficulty with chewing and enunciation of certain words or sounds. Again, a lot of this is due to the bulky plate that spans across the roof of your mouth. 

Implants, on the other hand, are non-movable and are anchored firmly in the jawbone, making them a more stable and reliable option for tooth replacement. They only fill in the space immediately on top of your gum tissues, where your teeth naturally stand. This position and smaller design allow for better chewing and speaking because no “plate” is getting in the way. Plus, it eliminates the need for dental adhesives.

More Freedom and Ability to Eat and Speak

Dentures can restrict your ability to eat certain foods, particularly hard, crunchy, or sticky foods. They can also make it difficult to speak clearly, as they can slip and move around in the mouth. Most people require several weeks adjusting to their new denture before they feel comfortable enough speaking on the phone, talking to people face-to-face, or going out into public to eat at a restaurant.

Implants, however, provide more freedom and the ability to eat and speak the same way you would with your natural teeth. Because they are firmly anchored in the jawbone, they can withstand the pressure of chewing and biting, allowing you to eat a wider variety of foods. Additionally, they eliminate the embarrassment and discomfort that can come with ill-fitting dentures, allowing for clear and confident speech.

Implants are the Most Lifelike Tooth Replacement

Dental implants are the most—and only—lifelike tooth replacement option available in modern dentistry. They look and feel like natural teeth, and because they are custom-made to match the size, shape, and color of your natural teeth, they blend seamlessly with your smile. It doesn’t matter if you’re only replacing one tooth, a few teeth in a row, or are getting an All-on-4 treatment; each one is streamlined to mirror the feel of your anatomical teeth. 

Implants also stimulate the jawbone, preventing bone loss and preserving the shape and structure of your face. This can help to maintain a youthful appearance and prevent the sunken-in look that can occur with tooth loss. On a related note, wearing dentures for an extended period of time can accelerate bone loss, resulting in premature aging and changes in your facial profile. Since implants counteract bone resorption, they add a healthier and younger glow to your smile. 

Dental Implants in DFW

At ARCHPOINT Implant Dentistry, we are dedicated to providing our patients with the highest quality dental implant therapy and tooth replacement process. Our team of implant specialists has extensive training and experience in advanced dental implant therapies, and we use the latest techniques and technology to ensure that your implant surgery is successful and your new smile looks natural and beautiful. From 3D imaging to in-house manufacturing process, we oversee the entire experience to ensure high-quality results. 

We understand that dental implant surgery or the idea of replacing your entire smile can be intimidating, which is why we offer personalized care and support throughout the entire process. From the initial consultation to the final restoration, we are here to answer your questions and address your concerns, ensuring that you feel comfortable and confident every step of the way.

If you’re still considering your options, know that dental implants and dentures are two very different tooth replacement strategies, with dental implants providing a more stable, comfortable, and lifelike alternative to dentures. Call ARCHPOINT Implant Dentistry today to discuss all of your options and find out which choice is right for you!

Are dental implants visible when you smile

Are Dental Implants Visible When You Smile?

Are dental implants visible when you smile

If you’ve ever seen a picture of dental implants, you may have wondered, “Can you see the implants in my mouth whenever I smile?” or “Are the implants visible?” The short answer is “no.” But there are occasional exceptions to the rule. Let’s dig in a bit deeper to understand what your new smile will look like once you invest in dental implant treatment at ARCHPOINT.

Non Visible Implants are Hidden Below Your Gum Tissue

Dental implants are special restorations made to act like artificial tooth roots. Just like a real tooth root, your implants are placed into the jawbone and completely covered by bone and soft gum tissue (gingiva.) That being said, there will be a small abutment extending out the top of your implant, which is meant to support a replacement tooth or bridge. The implants and abutment are made of titanium, which is biocompatible and fuses with the jawbone over time, creating a stable and long-lasting foundation for the replacement teeth.

During your implant surgery, the entire implant is placed below the gum tissue, and a healing abutment is attached to the top of the implant. The gum tissue is then closed over the implant, and it is left to heal for a few months. During this time, the implant fuses with the jawbone in a process called osseointegration. At that point, you won’t be able to see the dental implants at all. 

Once the implant has fused with the jawbone and is fully integrated, we create an extremely small opening at the top of the implant to insert your abutment. That’s when a dental crown or bridge is attached to the top of the implant structure. 

The Top of Each Implant is Covered, So it’s Not Visible

You don’t normally see the roots of healthy teeth whenever you smile. The same goes for dental implants. The dental crown or bridge that is attached to the top of your implant is designed to look and function like a natural tooth from the gums up. Each unique crown or bridge is custom-made to match the size, shape, and color of your anatomical teeth, ensuring your smile looks natural and seamless.

Since every dental crown or bridge is designed to cover the top of the implant completely, no part of the implant is visible. This means that when you smile, all that anyone will see is the natural-looking replacement tooth or teeth above the gingiva. 

If You Have Thin or Receding Gums Implants Could be Visible

While dental implants are designed to be hidden below the gum tissue, in some cases, shadowing may be visible, particularly if you have thin or receding gums. Shadowing is a dark area that can appear around the area where your implant is installed. Or if the gums recede, it can expose the implant directly. 

At ARCHPOINT Implant Dentistry, we offer several solutions to address such issues. If you have thin or receding gums, we can provide a gum graft to thicken the gingival tissue and cover the implant completely, leaving no visible shadowing.

We also offer ceramic dental implants, which are white in color and mirror the shade of your natural teeth. Ceramic implants are an excellent option for patients who want a completely natural-looking smile and have concerns about visible shadowing or possible gum recession. 

Another way we prevent visible dental implants is to adjust the way your implants are installed. At ARCHPOINT we use 3D imaging to pinpoint the exact location and angle of the implant placement in your jaw before the surgery. This ensures you have adequate tissue coverage around the entire implant. As long as you keep the area healthy and look after your implant as directed, you usually won’t have to worry about seeing your implant whenever you smile. 

We Design How Your New Smile Looks in Advance

At ARCHPOINT Implant Dentistry, we understand that every patient’s smile is unique. That’s why we use state-of-the-art technology to design how your new smile will look before any work is done. 

For beginners, our implant specialists will use digital imaging and 3D models to create a personalized treatment plan that takes into account your facial structure, gum line, and natural teeth. This ensures that your new smile looks natural and complements your overall appearance. We also design the exact shape, width, contour, and color of every tooth that’s being restored; that includes their proximity to your gum tissue. Depending on the complexity of your case, our specialists may even create what’s called a “wax up” or “try in” that allows you to preview the proposed design before the permanent version is made at our lab. We want you to be completely thrilled with the aesthetics, function, and feel of your new smile. 

The Importance of Working With a Specialist

Dental implant surgery is a complex and delicate procedure that requires specialized training and expertise. That’s why it’s essential to work with a specialist who has the necessary knowledge and experience to perform the surgery safely and effectively. 

Rushing through a dental implant experience can predispose you to risk factors such as peri-implantitis, implant mobility and failure, or bone and gum loss. But working with a specialist will ensure that all measures are taken to protect the integrity and success of your new restoration.

At ARCHPOINT Implant Dentistry, our team of implant specialists has extensive training and experience in advanced dental implant therapies. We use the latest techniques and technology to ensure that your implant surgery is successful and your new smile looks natural and beautiful, even if you have known areas of thin gum tissues or receding gumlines. 

Call the Experts at ARCHPOINT

All dental implants are designed to be hidden below the gum tissue, and the top of each implant is covered with a custom restoration like a bridge or crown. While visible shadowing may be a concern for some patients with thin or receding gingiva, we offer solutions like gum grafts, ceramic implants, and modified placement techniques to address these issues. Call ARCHPOINT Implant Dentistry to reserve a no-pressure dental implant consultation.

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Dental Implants: Designing Your New Smile

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If you’re considering dental implants, you may have questions about what the process involves and how your new teeth will look once all is said and done. At ARCHPOINT Implant Dentistry in DFW, our on-site specialists are experts in dental implant therapy and can help you achieve a natural-looking, beautiful smile. From matching implants to your adjacent teeth to create an entirely new appearance, your dental implant options can be life-changing. 

What Will My New Smile Look Like?

One of the most common concerns patients have when considering dental implants is what their new teeth will look like. At ARCHPOINT Implant Dentistry, we understand that every patient has unique needs and preferences. Our on-site specialists work with you to create a personalized treatment plan that considers your facial features, skin tone, and other factors that affect the appearance of your new teeth. Everything from the shape and size to the underlying hues of your new teeth can affect your facial appearance. No detail is overlooked!

We use digital imaging software and other advanced tools to create a 3D model of your mouth and design your new smile to be as natural-looking as possible. This includes how each new “tooth” is positioned in your mouth and how they relate to one another. 

Pairing Dental Implants with Existing Teeth

If you have existing teeth that are healthy and strong, we may recommend pairing dental implants with your natural teeth to achieve the best possible result. That way, you can avoid extracting healthy teeth and minimize the total cost of your smile investment. This process will involve creating a treatment plan that takes into account the shape, size, and color of your existing teeth.  After all, we want your new ones to blend in seamlessly, making it look like you never had any missing teeth to begin with.

Our on-site specialists will work with you to determine the best approach to combining dental implants and your natural teeth to create a beautiful, natural-looking smile. As a result, you can preserve the healthy teeth you still have while reversing the aging aspects of visible tooth loss. 

Diagnostic Models/Wax-Ups: Previewing Your New Smile

To help you visualize your new smile, we may create a diagnostic model or wax-up of your mouth, especially if you’re undergoing a complete smile transformation where all or most of your teeth are being restored. This process involves creating a model of your teeth in wax or other material to show you what your new teeth will look like before we begin the actual treatment. It’s essentially a real-life preview of our proposed implant design so that you can look at it up close and personal. This preview can help you make informed decisions about your treatment and ensure that you are happy with the final results from the very get-go. In some cases, these wax-ups can even be placed over your existing teeth so that you can preview the model in your mouth. 

Attractive, Natural-Looking Smile Results

At ARCHPOINT Implant Dentistry, we specialize in creating attractive but natural-looking results with dental implants. Our on-site specialists use the latest techniques and materials to ensure that your new teeth blend seamlessly with your natural teeth and look as natural as possible. We take great care to create a smile that is customized to your unique needs and preferences, so you can feel confident and happy with your new teeth, especially when it’s a case where all of your teeth are being replaced. In those scenarios, you’ll want the flexibility to choose the size, shape, and exact color of your new smile. Our goal is to take your vision and make it a reality. Each detail, from your skin tone to your facial profile, is considered because we want your teeth to be both gorgeous as well as natural looking.

How We Design Your New “Teeth”

Designing your new teeth with dental implants is a complex process that involves careful planning and precise execution. Our on-site specialists use advanced imaging software to create a 3D model of your mouth and design your new teeth to be as natural-looking as possible. That means everything from the length and width to the shape of every tooth is adjusted because teeth are not a “one size fits all” facial feature. We take into account your physical profile, skin tone, and other factors that affect the appearance of your new teeth, so you can achieve the best possible result.

Additionally, your implants are aligned for optimal function and appearance. Even if you previously had crooked or crowded teeth, your implants will appear like a perfectly aligned, straight smile. 

Individualized Smile Design Planning

At ARCHPOINT Implant Dentistry, our smile experts believe in creating personalized treatment plans that are tailored to your unique needs and situation. Our on-site specialists will work with you to determine the best approach to restoring your smile with dental implants, discussing the pros and cons of various concepts so that you can select the best one for your lifestyle. We take into account your budget, your aesthetic goals, and your overall health and well-being, so you can achieve the best possible result.

Smile About Our Financing Plans

A complete set of dental implants can be a significant investment; thankfully, they can last a lifetime. That’s why we offer financing plans to help make your treatment more affordable. We work with you to create a payment plan that fits your budget and allows you to achieve the beautiful, natural-looking smile you’ve always wanted. Low and 0% interest financing is available for most patients, regardless of how many dental implants you need. 

Designing your new smile with dental implants involves careful planning, precise execution, and a commitment to creating a natural-looking, beautiful result. At ARCHPOINT Implant Dentistry in DFW, our on-site specialists are experts in dental implant therapy and can help you achieve the smile you deserve. Reserve a complimentary consultation and 3D scan with us today to find out how to get started.

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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. 

Reserve a Consultation Today

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

clip on dentures

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.

How dental implants work

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.

regular vs. same-day dental implants

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!

what's it like to wear an overdenture?

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.