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Dental Implants – Midland, TX

The Most Comprehensive Tooth Replacement to Date

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Tooth loss affects millions of Americans every day. While many of them are older, there are still 178 million Americans that are missing at least one tooth. The most traditional solution for tooth replacement is placing a bridge or denture, but these solutions often come with setbacks that turn people off to tooth replacement entirely. Thankfully, dental implants in Midland, TX offer a long-term solution, complete with unique benefits you won’t find with typical tooth replacements. To schedule your first dental implant consultation, give our dental office a call today!

Why Choose Laura Philipps, DMD for Dental Implants?

  • Works with Midland’s Best Implant Specialists
  • Fully Personalized Treatments for All Patients
  • Natural-Looking Ceramics Used for Best Esthetics

How Dental Implants Work

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When it comes to replacing missing teeth, dental implants offer unmatched comfort, durability, and longevity. This is thanks to their truly unique method of replacing both the roots and crown of missing teeth. Typically, this process involves a consultation, preliminary treatments, implant placement, osseointegration, and final restoration. While getting dental implants may be a much more involved process than other options like dentures or dental bridges, the results are well worth the effort! During your consultation, we’ll go over each step of your treatment plan in detail so you’ll know exactly what to expect.

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Benefits of Dental Implants

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Dental implants make use of three main components: the titanium post, the abutment, and the restoration that fits on top. Since the titanium post integrates with your existing bone and gum tissue, you can expect your tooth to last significantly longer than other tooth replacement methods. This is because dental implants are the only method that involves long-term integration with your mouth’s organic structures, which is in stark contrast to how dentures and bridges function. The result is the most natural-looking and natural-feeling tooth replacement.

Not only do dental implants last longer, but they make basic tasks like chewing your favorite foods easy. Whether you’re chewing your favorite cut of steak or you’re biting into an apple, there’s never any worry of your replacement tooth becoming loose or falling out. Additionally, dental implants maintain success rates as high as 98 percent, even after a 10-year period.

Indications for Dental Implants

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One of the reasons dental implants are considered so versatile is because they can be used to replace teeth in a variety of situations. Whether you’re missing one tooth, multiple teeth, or all the teeth in either of your arches, you can get them replaced with dental implants.

Missing Single Tooth

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To replace a tooth, a single implant is placed inside of the jaw, then closely monitored to ensure the healing process is successful. Afterward, an abutment is placed to both stabilize the eventual restoration and keep it attached in the long-term. A ceramic crown is placed on top, which keeps your smile looking natural.

Missing Multiple Teeth

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To replace multiple consecutive teeth at a time, a pair of dental implants can be placed to hold an implant-retained bridge. Instead of modifying existing tooth enamel so it can effectively hold the restoration, the implants themselves do all of the heavy lifting. This is ideal if you don’t want to affect your current tooth enamel.

Missing All Teeth

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To replace all teeth in a given arch or multiple teeth on opposite sides of the mouth, an implant-retained denture can be held with a series of dental implants. One of the benefits of this method is that you can often replace an entire arch of teeth with just four to six dental implants.

Partners with Midland’s Best Specialists

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While Dr. Philipps performs the restoration phase of dental implant treatment in-house, she works with some of the most experienced implant specialists in Midland to complete the surgical portion. Once your implants are placed and they’ve had a chance to heal, you’ll come back to our dental office, so we can fit the restoration and ensure that it feels natural in your mouth. We’ll make sure to perform any adjustments as necessary before sending you on your way.

Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

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When we talk about the cost of dental implants, it’s important to keep in mind that your treatment will likely vary depending on your needs. For example, if you need to replace multiple teeth, as opposed to a single tooth, your treatment will be longer overall, require additional planning, and involve more complex restorations, all of which cost more. Even though the cost is higher than traditional tooth replacements, dental implants are often seen as more cost-effective than bridges or dentures because they do not require the same maintenance, repairs, or replacement as other methods.

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Dental Implant FAQs

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Even after reading all of the information above, do you still have questions about getting dental implants in Midland? To ensure that you have all of the information necessary to make a sound decision, we’ve answered some common questions we receive from our patients below about dental implants.

Will the dental implant procedure hurt?

The thought of having dental implants placed in your mouth may sound painful and daunting, but most patients are surprised to experience little to no discomfort during the surgery itself. Before the treatment begins, your oral surgeon will administer local anesthesia, which will completely numb your mouth so you can’t feel a thing. However, you’ll remain awake during the process so you will still be able to respond. Another factor that makes this process virtually pain-free is that the jaw bone in which your implants are placed doesn’t have many pain-sensing nerves in it.

If you feel nervous about the procedure, you can always speak to Dr. Philipps about sedation options to help calm your nerves before the surgery takes place.

What is the recovery process after dental implant surgery?

For the days following your implant surgery, you may experience some tenderness and discomfort as your gums heal. However, this pain should be manageable with over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen. You may also experience some bruising of your skin and gums or minor bleeding, but this is a typical effect and isn’t anything to be concerned about. After your surgery, you can use a cold compress on your face to help reduce any swelling. Be sure to place it on the affected area for 10 minutes on/10 minutes off.

It’s important to keep your mouth clean and regularly rinse with warm salt water throughout the following days. This will provide you with relief, soothe your sore oral tissues, and help clean the area. To help with tenderness, it’s also important to maintain a soft diet as your gums heal.

How long will it be before I can use my new dental restorations?

Every dental implant treatment timeline differs depending on factors such as how many teeth you need replaced and what type of restoration you need to have crafted. Based on your needs, we’ll let you know how long your individual dental implant procedure will take. Typically, the process occurs over the course of several months because it requires at least two healing periods. These are essential for the long-term success of your implants, and patients agree that the wait is well worth the benefits.

How successful are dental implants?

The modern dental implant procedure has been around for several decades and boasts an impressive 98 percent success rate. With the proper maintenance and care following your procedure, you can make a fast and problem-free recovery.