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Design Your New Smile With DFW Dental Implants

DFW smile design

Dental implants are used to support replacement teeth and improve the appearance of your smile by replacing one, several, or all of your teeth at one time. But did you know that you can actually design your new smile? Many dental implant patients think they’re stuck with whatever the dentist gives them, but this isn’t necessarily true; with dental implants, you have more control over the aesthetic outcome than you think! 

Let’s take a look at how you can use dental implants to create your own unique smile and feel confident about the way you look. 

A Smile Full of Straight Teeth

Implants can make your smile whiter, straighter, fuller, and younger-looking. If you had crooked teeth in the past, dental implants will make your smile straight. No braces are necessary! This can give you a more confident look and make your smile easier to care for in general. 

The shape of your implant restoration, such as a multi-tooth dental bridge or a fixed “All-on-4” appliance, will be contoured to the anatomy of your jaw and facial profile. This allows our DFW implant dentists to install a prosthesis that straightens your smile and is 100% functional. The overall alignment of your implants will give you naturally straighter looking teeth, but no braces are needed. 

Whiter Teeth Across Your Smile

The dark pigmentation on some people’s teeth may not even respond to whitening gels because of internal discoloration. Over time, these stains become ingrained in tooth enamel, so they’re very difficult to remove even with regular cleanings and great oral hygiene. 

For someone who has dealt with severe dental staining or discoloration because of diseased, dying, or decaying teeth, dental implants can be a great way to brighten up your smile. The fixed prosthesis on top of your restoration is shaded according to your personal preferences, allowing you to achieve the brightest white possible, or more of a natural hue if that’s what you like. Plus, any implants that are placed directly next to your other healthy teeth will be matched in such a way that you won’t be able to distinguish which teeth are “real” or not. 

Regain Self-Confidence With a New Smile

Missing teeth can make you feel embarrassed and not want to go out in public. Things like parties, work lunches, or even smiling around your family may cause you to feel self-conscious or hesitant about interacting with other people. Not to mention avoid having your picture taken. But what a lot of people don’t realize is that their self-consciousness can inadvertently make them seem shy, uninterested, or even off-putting to the people around them (even if that’s not truly the way you feel!)

With implants, your new smile will change your life. When you have healthy and attractive teeth, it instantly makes you feel like the confident person you deserve to be. In fact, it’s not uncommon for ARCHPOINT dentists to see our clients have tears of joy streaming down their cheeks when they finally get to see their new smile for the first time. It’s a truly life-changing experience!

Investing in dental implants means you’ll be able to eat better and have a healthier lifestyle without the restrictions of trying to hide your missing teeth. This proven procedure will change your life for the better.

Types of Implants

Whether you’ve had a single tooth knocked out, currently wear a partial denture, or need to replace all of your teeth, there’s a dental implant option for every person. Our implant specialists will talk with you about the best dental implant option for your smile. That way, we can help make sure you get the perfect outcome that matches your facial features!

For example, you might only need one or two single-tooth dental implants installed alongside other healthy teeth in your mouth. We’ll want those restorations to mirror the shape and color of surrounding tooth structures so that they blend in and make your smile look whole. 

On the other hand, you may be weighing your options between a snap-on overdenture and All-on-4 implants. If that’s the case, we’ll discuss the pros and cons of each one, such as affordability and non-removable features, to help you understand what you’ll achieve from your investment. 

Choosing an Implant Dentist

How do you pick which implant dentist is best to restore your smile? First, be sure to review their education and training. Every dentist will have completed four years of dental school, but specialists go on to complete an additional 2-3 years of advanced training in oral surgery, periodontics, prosthodontics, or something related to oral rehabilitation. 

As a specialist, your implant dentist will likely have at least three years or more of experience with placing implants. You’ll want to find out which type of implant systems your specialist offers, such as traditional designs, zygomatic implants, mini implants, overdentures, All-on-4, etc. The more diverse the experience of your dentist is the wider variety of options you’ll have for designing your new smile. 

And don’t forget to ask about sedation. Will dental sedation options be available during your procedure? If so, do you have a preference as to the level of sedation that’s offered? Some offices may only provide nitrous oxide (laughing gas) but if you want to feel like you’re napping or tuning everything out, something a bit stronger will be ideal. 

Be Realistic About Your Smile Treatment Timeframe

A dental implant takes approximately six months to integrate after the installation process. Your dentist will want to monitor it as it heals and the bone fuses around the implant to anchor it into place.  Rushing through the process and immediately placing “same day implants” can jeopardize the success of your new “tooth” and even cause it to fail. On the other hand, wearing a temporary prosthesis over the implant as it heals will fill in missing teeth until the permanent restoration can be fixed on top of your integrated implant.

Call our DFW Implant Specialists

At ARCHPOINT, our skilled implant experts have an option for every smile. Contact us today to reserve a consultation.

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Cosmetic Implant Dentist in DFW

Any time you want to make something over, you have to be sure it’s done correctly. Maybe you’re remodeling your kitchen, having landscaping put in, or getting work done on your car. You put all of your trust into the person you choose to do the job. You want it done properly, fairly, and most of all, you want the results to look the way you thought they would. 

It’s no different when it comes to your smile. Selecting a dental implant provider—especially in a place as large as DFW—can seem daunting. If you’re in the early stages of selecting an implant dentist, here are some things you’ll want to keep in mind. 

Ask Your Friends

If you’re comfortable sharing that you plan to get dental implants, feel free to ask other people who they’ve used. Personal recommendations are worth their weight in gold. Especially when it comes to something as life-changing as your smile. You probably already ask for personal input for other types of big investments (like selecting a realtor or automotive specialist) so why should it be any different with your dental provider? 

Ask Your Dentist for a Referral

Are you currently seeing a general dentist for routine checkups? Even if they place individual dental implants in their office, they may still prefer to refer you to a specialist for full mouth implant therapy. It’s perfectly acceptable to ask your family dentist if they recommend any specific implant specialists in your area. Add the name(s) to the list you’ve already started from previous recommendations. 

Do Your Research

Now that you have a shortlist of implant dentist’s names, you can start looking them up online. Check to see what credentials they hold and the type of training they’ve received. Are they a specialist such as a prosthodontist, oral surgeon, periodontist, or another implant expert? Do they belong to any specific associations related to full mouth dental implant therapy? Make a note of which practices have the most highly-trained specialists on staff.

Read Dentist Online Reviews

Every online review—whether it’s a restaurant or something else—always has to be taken with a grain of salt. The key is to look for trends in reviews. Such as consistent, highly-rated recommendations or the same compliments being paid over and over again. There will always be someone with a bone to pick, but if you’re seeing amazing 5-star reviews on a day-in, day-out basis, you know you can shorten your list of implant dentists to the best two or three. 

Check Out the Sedation and Financing Options

Two of the biggest concerns of any full mouth implant patient are comfort and affordability. Perhaps you have insurance, or maybe you don’t. Do you want to finance your smile transformation so that you can make affordable monthly payments? Ask the office which types of payment plans they happen to offer. 

Similarly, your comfort during a full mouth implant treatment is extremely important. But the type of sedation that implant dentists offer can vary from one practice to the next. If you want moderate to deep sedation, check to make sure it’s offered by that specific provider. 

Start with a One-on-One Consultation

One of the best ways to find a great implant dentist is to meet with your top picks in person. When you’re there for a consultation you’ll get a general feel for their practice, methodologies, and if they’re a good fit for your needs. More often than not, you can tell from a personal visit with an implant dentist if they’re the right provider for your situation. 

Consultations don’t need to be complex. Maybe it’s just a 15-minute visit to get a feel for the practice or to see what they offer. But if you’re a bit more committed to moving forward, you can go ahead and reserve a comprehensive exam and implant treatment planning session.

View Before-and-After Photographs

Make sure you ask to see some of the implant dentist’s completed cases. Perhaps they have an online portfolio or photo gallery, where you can see similar full mouth makeovers. 

Since cosmetic implant treatment is truly a work of art, you need to know what the results consistently look like. Many of the variations of materials, techniques, and even the lab that is used can greatly impact the final results of a smile makeover. Feel free to share your likes or dislikes, so that the dentist can recommend specific modifications that fit your preferences. No two smiles will ever look the same!

Consider Getting Second Opinions

Didn’t get the warm fuzzies with the last dentist you visited? You’re not the first one to feel that way. In fact, a lot of dental insurances even offer to cover the cost of a second opinion, because they know patients will typically opt for the more conservative one. 

A second opinion for something as life-changing as dental implants is like test driving a car. Sometimes you know it’s “the one” right off the bat, but other times you need to get behind the wheel of another make or model just to be sure that you’re making the best choice. Some of us need that, others don’t. The ultimate goal is for you to just feel confident and comfortable about the person or team who is going to be transforming your smile. 

It’s Time to Visit an ARCHPOINT Dentist

At ARCHPOINT, we treat every single patient as if they were one of our closest family members. Whether you need to replace a couple of missing teeth or you’re exploring full mouth dental implant therapy, we’re here to provide some of the best implant treatments in the Dallas and Fort Worth metroplex. When you reserve an appointment at ARCHPOINT, you can rest assured that you’ll be receiving the highest quality of implant care in the industry. 

We invite you to contact us today to reserve a zero-pressure visit with one of our DFW implant specialists. Experience the ARCHPOINT difference for yourself!