Dental Implants – Murphy, TX
Turn Back The Clock on Tooth Loss
Do you need to replace one or more natural teeth? At Murphy Family Dentistry, you'll find a strong, beautiful alternative to traditional bridges, partials, and full dentures. Known as dental implants, they can help you achieve results that look, feel, and function virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth. Our talented doctors are happy to provide every stage of this transformative procedure right here in-office for maximum convenience and comfort. Contact us to learn more about tooth replacement with dental implants in Murphy,TX.
Why Choose Murphy Family Dentistry for Dental Implants?
- Surgical Implant Placement & Restoration In 1 dental Office
- FREE Dental Implant Consultation
- Dental Insurance Welcomed & Payment Plans Available
Benefits of Dental Implants
- Unlike traditional tooth replacement options, dental implants are truly comprehensive in that they replicate every part of the natural dental structure, including the root that exists underneath the gum tissue. This means that the jawbone is well-preserved and the new “tooth” has the enduring support it needs to stay strong for years and years to come.
- Once completed, implant-retained teeth are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth in form, aesthetic appearance, and overall function.
- The placement of dental implants shouldn’t require surrounding teeth to be negatively altered or reduced.
- The longevity of dental implants is outstanding. They’re designed to last for decades. In some cases, patients can even enjoy them for the rest of their lives.
Indications for Dental Implants
Patients with a wide spectrum of tooth loss needs – from a single gap to an entire missing arch – can often successfully replenish their smiles with dental implants. Unique restorative solutions are available for each distinct stage:
Missing a Single Tooth
Implant-retained crowns are available to cover single implants. Crafted from top-tier ceramic materials and highly customized, this individual restoration is available to fit right in alongside natural teeth with no one around you being the wiser. Better yet, healthy dental structure won’t need to undergo negative alterations to accommodate the new “tooth.”
Missing Multiple Missing Teeth
While implant-retained crowns can also be used in several spots throughout the mouth, a custom implant-retained bridge may be the better choice when multiple teeth in a row have been lost. This sturdy, attractive prosthetic is anchored into place over just two dental implants – one on either side of the gap.
Missing All of Your Teeth
Instead of having to replace each missing tooth with its own dental implant, implant-retained prosthetics are a much more cost-effective solution. Our dentists will strategically position a small number of implants throughout the jawbone to support the new “teeth” successfully. Your new denture can either be permanently fixed in place or left removable in nature, which some patients prefer.
All-on-4 Dental Implants
In addition to traditional implants, our Murphy dental team can also provide All-on-4 dental implants, which can beautifully replicate an entire arch of natural teeth all at once. This state-of-the-art system, developed by Nobel Biocare, lives up to its name by using just four strategic implants to successfully support a full, sturdy prosthetic. This reconstructive method is also often ideal for patients who don't have enough healthy jawbone structure for treatment with traditional implants.
Dental Implant Placement Process
Dental implants succeed because of titanium anchor-supported restoration. These anchors are surgically placed into the missing tooth site during the first phase of care. Over time, a special process known as osseointegration will occur. During osseointegration, your implants will naturally fuse with your bone, forming a bond that mimics the bond between your ridge and your natural tooth roots.
The second phase of treatment occurs months later, after your implant site has healed and the osseointegration process has been completed. Dental implants are versatile enough to be used with a single crown, bridge or implant-supported denture. Your finished restoration will match your natural teeth and blend in discreetly with the rest of your smile.
Most dental offices have to refer their patients to a separate specialist for the surgical phase of implant treatment, requiring them to travel and spend time in an unfamiliar dental office setting. But at Murphy Family Dentistry, Dr. Najari has the specialty training needed to complete your implant placement procedure right here in-house. As a result, you can approach your procedure with a much greater sense of confidence and comfort, knowing that you'll be helped by a team you already know and trust.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
Determining the cost of a dental implant procedure is based on each individual patient’s condition and needs. There are several components to this procedure, including the initial surgical placement, the later attachment of an abutment (connector), and the final creation and placement of a customized restoration (crown). Additionally, services like periodontal therapy may be required before the reconstructive process begins in order to ensure that the patient’s oral health is stable enough.
During an initial consultation, our dentists will take the time to understand your unique circumstances with an in-depth oral evaluation. Once this is complete, we can provide specific price estimates regarding each stage of treatment. While dental implants are certainly an investment, we strongly believe that they are more than worth it. While more traditional services like dentures and bridges are likely to require costly replacements over the years, dental implants can thrive for decades.
Maintaining & Caring For Your Dental Implants
Dental implants are incredibly durable, but you’ll still need to make sure you’re taking the right steps to protect them going forward. Just like you would with natural teeth, this includes proper at-home oral hygiene, maintaining a healthy diet, committing to routine checkups and more. Below, we’ve broken down the most important steps to keep in mind for your convenience. If you need more guidance on dental implant care, either ahead of your treatment or after the implants are placed and restored, don’t hesitate to ask!
Make Oral Hygiene a Priority
Bacteria cannot break down the restoration that sits on top of your dental implant, but you’ll still need to brush and floss every day to keep the implant healthy. This is because bacteria can still attack the gum tissue that surrounds the implant. Brushing twice a day with a fluoridated toothpaste and flossing at least once a day will do the trick. For an extra thorough clean, consider adding an ADA-approved oral rinse to your routine.
Eat a Healthy Diet
Once your dental implants are fully healed, we understand why you’re likely excited to start eating some of your favorite foods again. Just keep in mind that just like with natural teeth, you should keep your diet as balanced as possible. It’s okay to indulge once in a while, as long as you also get a healthy serving of vegetables, fruits, dairy, and lean proteins every day. Proper nutrition is incredibly important to providing your mouth what it needs to remain healthy, such as vitamin C, calcium, vitamin D, fluoride, and vitamin A, just to name a few.
Break Bad Habits
Dental implants are designed to withstand average day-to-day use, not make your smile superhuman. For example, you should always take a moment to recognize any bad habits you have and how they could be damaging your dental implant and reducing its longevity. For example, you should avoid:
- Biting your fingernails
- Using your teeth as a tool
- Chewing on ice cubes, pens, pencils, toothpicks, or other inanimate objects
- Using tobacco in any form
Protect Your Dental Implants
Do you find yourself grinding your teeth often? Enjoy playing sports where there is a high risk for sudden impact? You’ll need to give yourself the right protection ahead of time. For example, a custom nightguard can act as a cushion for your teeth (and your implant), preventing wear and tear on your enamel and dedicated restoration. Additionally, a mouthguard will reduce the risk of your teeth cracking, chipping, or getting knocked out while being active.
Schedule Regular Dental Checkups
You should visit our office every six months for a routine checkup and cleaning, not just so we can examine your dental implant and its restoration, but the rest of your smile as well! Dental problems have a tendency to develop without even being aware of it, which is why consistent visits matter to your long-term oral health.
Dental Implant FAQs
Compared to many other dental procedures, dental implants are one of the most complex. As a result, you may have questions about it before you decide to replace your teeth with them. We understand and want to help you make the best decision for you. Below are some of the commonly asked questions that patients ask about dental implants in Murphy and our responses to them. We invite you to read our answers, but feel free to reach out to our practice if you have other questions about implants.
How Successful Are Dental Implants?
When handled by a highly trained and experienced professional, dental implants are remarkably successful. In fact, even 20 years after the initial placement, over 95% of dental implants are still a success. However, it’s important to keep in mind that the success and longevity of the implants largely depend on how well you maintain them with daily oral hygiene, routine checkups, and a healthy diet. Also, molars experience more stress from chewing, so they may be slightly more likely to fail than front teeth.
Does Getting Dental Implants Hurt?
Before our team starts the procedure, we’ll give you a local anesthetic, which means that you’ll be completely numb. The surgery itself should not be painful, but implant placement may leave your mouth feeling sore for a few days. To manage any discomfort, you can take over-the-counter pain medication or prescription medication as instructed. You can also apply a cold compress to your face to help reduce minor pain. After two or three days, discomfort should subside, but if it worsens after this point, you need to contact our office.
Do Dental Implants Decay?
Implants are not susceptible to tooth decay because they are not made of enamel. As a result, you don’t need to worry about your implants getting cavities. However, you still need to keep up with healthy oral habits like brushing and flossing and continue coming to our office for checkups and cleanings. if you have any natural teeth left, they can still develop decay, and your gums can still become infected.
Are Dental Implants Covered with Insurance?
Insurance coverage can vary from patient to patient. Our team would need to take a close look at your policy to determine which parts of the process are covered in your benefits. In general, the placement procedure is not a covered services, but the restoration is. Also, if you need preliminary work, such as a tooth extraction or gum disease therapy, this work may be included in your insurance benefits. We can happily go through your plan with you and help you find ways to save on your costs.
Dental Implants Post-Op Instructions
Thanks to the expertise of our dentists, we’re able to keep your entire dental implant placement process in-house. Once you do receive your dental implants, whether you’re replacing a single tooth or all the teeth in your smile, you’ll need to take precautions to ensure the smoothest recovery possible. This is especially important immediately after you head home from our office. We recommend following the tips below; if you have additional questions or concerns, you can call our office at any time.
What to Do Directly After Dental Implant Surgery
The surgery itself is one of the more difficult parts of the tooth replacement process. Thankfully, a little care and attention after treatment is more than enough to make the recovery process relatively smooth and comfortable. For example, keeping the newly formed blood clot on your open socket protected and untouched is crucial. This can be done by:
- Swallowing saliva, rather than spitting it out (this can dislodge the blood clot)
- Avoiding straws for the next several days
- Never using tobacco products
- Keeping your fingers and tongue away from the implant site
The side effects of oral surgery can be concerning for those that have never completed it before. However, the more aware of them you are, the less concerned you’ll need to be. In the first 24 hours after dental implant placement, you may experience some mild discomfort. This is a normal part of the healing process and can be managed with prescribed and over-the-counter painkillers. Other common side effects include:
- Intermittent bouts of bleeding (easily managed by applying small pressure on the implant site with gauze)
- Facial swelling (which can be reduced with cold compresses)
Like with any oral surgery, a soft diet is key to a speedy recovery. For example, we do recommend that you have the following foods available to you after you complete your dental implant treatment:
- Cold soups
- Ice cream
- Mashed potatoes
As you heal, you can slowly start to reintroduce new foods to your diet when you feel comfortable doing so.
Health & Oral Hygiene
To ensure successful integration and prevent dental disease, you’ll need to practice oral hygiene. Some helpful tips to keep in mind include:
- Gently brushing and flossing your teeth, especially around the treatment site
- Rinsing your mouth out with either a prescribed mouthwash or salt water two to three times a day (just make sure not to spit!)
- Avoiding mouthwashes that contain alcohol, which can lead to dry mouth
What to Do After Your New Teeth Are Attached
After your implant has fully healed and fused with your bone tissue, you should be able to receive your permanent restoration! After the restoration is placed, it’s normal to experience some mild sensitivity in your gum tissue. Additional pain medications can help alleviate this side effect. If you do notice swelling or bleeding after the restoration is attached, please call our office right away.
Which Option Is Right for Me?
If you're not sure which implant option is right for you, Dr. Najari or Dr. Nguyen would be happy to complete a comprehensive exam for you. Contact our Murphy dental office today to reserve your free consultation.