Dental Implants (en Español) 

Dental Implants will give you the look of natural teeth.  Having teeth that are perfectly formed and customized for your facial structure can greatly enhance the quality of your life by improving your image and feeling of self confidence.

Are you wondering if you are a candidate for dental implants? If so, the answer is yes. Almost anyone is a good candidate for dental implants.

Dr. Tello has worked with numerous patients in the Fort Worth and North Richland Hills areas. Dr. Tello will consult with you and help you understand exactly what to expect from your treatment plan.

Are you in the Fort Worth or North Richland Hills area and interested in dental implants?

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817-281-9141

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Dental implants allow for the replacement of missing teeth without grinding on good teeth to make bridges. Many conventional dental procedures are still indicated today. However, with the advent of dental implants, many of those procedures are becoming outdated or contraindicated. For decades, the dental profession has advocated the preservation of natural teeth and natural tooth structure. This concept is certainly upheld when using dental implants for tooth replacement. The need for removal of healthy tooth structure (enamel) has been eliminated by dental implant treatment.

Dentists agree that a tooth often begins a downward spiral after being touched by a dental drill for the first time. Patients and practitioners alike have agonized over the decision to grind on healthy teeth. We, as practitioners, see conventional crown and bridgework fail prematurely. Several studies on crowns and bridges found an average 9-10 year life expectancy in the United States. Until about 1985 our choices for tooth replacement were poor, at best. Since implants have become the “standard of care” for tooth replacement our choices have improved dramatically.

The use of dental implants gives three more benefits rarely discussed:

  1. Dental implants strengthen the dentition (entire set of teeth). By adding a dental implant where a tooth is missing, we are replacing the root and the crown (top) which is missing, thereby potentially increasing the life expectancy of surrounding teeth. In some ways the implant is more solid than the tooth it is replacing. Bridges and partials weaken the dentition by forcing other teeth to carry the burden of the missing ones.
  2. Dental implants preserve the bone levels that are present when a tooth is lost. Without the implant the bone will slowly reabsorb (melt away) because there is no stimulus to keep it in place.
  3. Dental implants do not decay. By far, the most common reason for a crown or a bridge to fail is because decay starts at the margin where the crown meets the natural tooth. Titanium implants cannot decay.

Need to know more about Dental Implants? We can explain!

Single Tooth Replacement (Crowns)

A dental implant is by far the best way to replace a missing tooth. Teeth adjacent to the missing tooth do not need to be ground down to support a bridge. The new tooth looks and feels just like (or better than) the tooth it replaced.

Fixed Bridges (Non-Removable)

When several teeth in a row are missing, they can be replaced by a bridge anchored to implants. An implant is not needed for each tooth being replaced. Three or four teeth can be replaced with just two dental implants for support. This is less expensive than placing an individual implant for each tooth being replaced. Dental implants are strong and can support the biting forces of several teeth when they are anchored together.

Bridges/Partials (Removable)

A top and bottom view of a lower partial denture replacing all the back teeth held in by two implants (no clasps).

When many, but not all, teeth are missing a removable partial denture supported by implants can be made. This eliminates the metal clasps associated with partial dentures. Many teeth can be replaced with a minimum number of implants, thus reducing costs.

The implants prevent the partial denture from moving around or coming loose. The remaining teeth are protected because the partial denture does not clasp on them with wires.

Implant Dentures (Removable)

Complete dentures are difficult to wear, at best. Implants can be used underneath removable dentures to eliminate many of the problems associated with denture wear.
 
In the upper denture, most people complain about having the palate of their mouth covered, thus decreasing the ability to feel and taste food. Four implants under an upper denture hold it securely so that the size of the plate can be reduced, removing the palate from the denture altogether.
 
The lower denture is more difficult to wear than the upper (there is no suction to hold it in place). It constantly moves, presses on the gums, and has to be held in by the cheeks and tongue. Just two implants under a lower denture improve it so much that it makes for some of our happiest patients!
 
The improved ability to chew is one of the biggest benefits patients report. Since the dentures anchor on the implants instead of resting on the gums, they allow patients to bite much harder with no discomfort. Another benefit – no messy adhesives!

Implant Dentures (Non-Removable)

For people who don’t want to take their dentures out every day, non-removable implant supported dentures may be an option. This treatment requires more implants than a removable implant denture. The denture is screwed onto the implants. The final result is a much more natural feeling set of new teeth. Normal chewing forces are completely restored, and you never have to take your teeth out!

Full Mouth Treatment

An entire mouth can be rebuilt using dental implants to support replacement teeth.
The most natural results are achieved when a beautiful porcelain crown and bridge treatment is used in conjunction with precise implant placement. Usually, 6-8 implants on the upper and 4-6 implants on the lower are used to support an entire set of porcelain teeth.
 
The teeth are cemented or screwed in and they look and feel just like real teeth.

Mini Implants

Mini implants are similar to regular implants but are smaller, often less than 2mm in diameter. They are used most often when there is inadequate width of bone to place standard sized implants.
 
The direct placement of mini implants through the gum with no incision allows for a minimally invasive procedure. Most patients experience immediate results and can often eat their first meal within a few hours.
 
Mini implants can effectively serve as long term support for dentures. They also can be used to support crowns on very narrow tooth spaces. We are proud to offer mini implants as part of our restorative services. Please call today to set up a consultation to find out if mini implants are right for you.