illustrated dentist with dental implantColleyville oral surgeon, Dr. Chris Tye, is highly regarded as one of the best oral surgeons in North Texas. In fact, he is the top choice for many other doctors as well as families in the area. His expertise comes from graduating from both medical school and dental school. That, combined with his passion for providing high-quality, patient-oriented dental care, is what makes him a trustworthy and skilled oral surgeon.

In this blog, Dr. Tye answers the most frequently asked questions about dental implants.

1. What are dental implants?

A dental implant is a small, titanium, screw-like post that is inserted below the gumline and into a patient’s jawbone. It is the only way to replace a person’s tooth root. To restore the tooth crown, a dentist will place an abutment, also called a connector, and a dental crown on top of the implant.

For patients with multiple missing teeth, dental implants can be used to secure dental bridges and dentures.

2. What are the benefits of dental implants?

Dental implants offer several advantages that other tooth replacement options don’t.

One advantage that is exclusive to dental implants is that they support jawbone regeneration. Many patients don’t realize that missing teeth cause the jawbone to deteriorate. This is because the tooth roots stimulate the jawbone, causing it to maintain strength and density. When a dental implant is placed, the jawbone and implant integrate through a natural process called osseointegration. This restores the jawbone’s health which benefits the patient’s chewing force and facial features.

Additionally, dental implants are:

  • Natural feeling
  • Natural-looking
  • Long-lasting
  • Safe
  • High success rate

3. How much do dental implants cost?

There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question because so many factors determine the cost of dental implants. Factor affecting the cost of your dental implants include:

  • The dentist
  • Location
  • Number of implants
  • Number of appointments and procedures
  • Insurance coverage

Even so, it is most common for patients to pay between three and five thousand dollars per implant, abutment, and crown. Insurance may cover part of this cost, but most dental insurance companies don’t cover the full cost of dental implants surgery.

We know those numbers can be overwhelming, but don’t let it deter you from getting the care you need! Our team can work with your budget and find a payment plan or financing option that works.

4. Are dental implants safe?

We always answer this question with a resounding “yes!” because dental implants are one of the safest tooth replacement options available. According to the Institute for Dental Implant Awareness, dental implant treatment has a success rate of over 95 percent.

This success rate does not decrease over time but remains steady. In addition, dental implants have fewer complications than other tooth-replacement options.

5. Who should place dental implants?

It’s imperative that those seeking dental implant surgery choose an experienced and trustworthy oral surgeon. This is one of the factors that deeply impacts the implant procedure success rate.

Oral surgeons receive extensive training that qualifies them to place dental implants precisely and accurately. These specialists are aware of the latest technologies and treatment methods and offer safe and effective anesthesia options.

Our oral surgeon, Dr. Chris Tye is one of the most trusted oral surgeons in North Texas. He cares deeply for each patient and desires to help them achieve a healthy, beautiful, and functional smile. To schedule an initial consultation with with our Colleyville oral surgeon, call (817) 552-3223 today.