Dental Implants – Horseshoe Bay, TX
Reclaim Your Smile for a Lifetime
Are one or more missing teeth making your life a little less pleasant every single day? Do they force you to avoid your favorite foods or rethink your word choice all the time? Want those problems to go away forever? If so, Dr. Sopel would love to talk to you about dental implants. They are truly in a class of their own when it comes to tooth replacement, and if you’re ready to finally close those annoying gaps for good, they offer the most complete way to do it. To learn more about implants and see what they could do for you, contact us today.
Why Choose Horseshoe Bay Dental for Dental Implants?
- Entire procedure completed under one roof
- CEREC Guided Implants: Faster & more precise care
- Mini-dental implants: Less invasive, better results
Benefits of Dental Implants
- Comprehensive Solution: The reason dental implants are so special is because they replace both the root and crown of a tooth, something no other treatment does. A small titanium post is placed within the jawbone, and this is used to support the new teeth, giving them a strength and stability a patient can always trust.
- Aesthetics: Implants have the same two-part construction as natural teeth and are topped with custom-made porcelain restorations. The end result? Only you and Dr. Sopel will know which teeth aren’t real!
- Stops Bone Loss: The jawbone naturally starts to atrophy after tooth loss, and dental implants are the only treatment that can stop and even reverse this process. The new tooth roots actually stimulate the bone and encourage renewed blood flow to the area.
- Built to Last: Thanks to the high-quality materials we use with our implants, a patient’s restorations can easily last for 30 years or more.
Indications for Dental Implants
How many teeth do you need to be replaced? No matter your answer, dental implants can provide a solution. At a consultation with Dr. Sopel, he’ll go over all of your implant-restorative options:
Missing One Tooth
For a single gap, the traditional solution would be to file down the teeth on either side in order to place a bridge, sacrificing healthy enamel. Instead, a lone implant root and crown can be put into the smile without disturbing the remaining teeth at all.
Missing Multiple Teeth
Numerous implant crowns can be placed throughout the mouth, and Dr. Sopel can even use multiple implants to secure a partial denture. For patients with consecutive missing teeth, just two implants can support up to three prosthetic teeth in a row, providing a more conservative and cost-effective solution.
Missing All of Your Teeth
If a patient is missing most or all of their teeth, implants are still a viable option. Instead of replacing each tooth individually, we only need four to six implants to anchor a full denture to the jawbone, and patients won’t ever have to worry about annoying slippage.
Patients who have been missing teeth for a long time often have thin, weak jawbones that are unable to support traditional implants. While most dentists would recommend patients try another treatment in this situation, Dr. Sopel is able to offer mini implants. The prosthetic roots are shorter and thinner, and they can remain stable in less bone while still providing a strong base for a new denture. With them, now even more people can benefit from the most complete tooth replacement available today.
Start to Finish Convenience
Dr. Sopel is the kind of dentist who never stops learning, and over the years, he has gained the expertise and knowledge to complete the entire implant procedure himself, including the surgical placement of the implant roots. Thanks to this one-stop approach, our patients are able to save both time and money compared to other practices that send their implant patients running between multiple doctors. Here, you’ll work with the same team from your first consultation all the way to when you walk out with a rebuilt smile.
Benefits of CEREC Guided Implants
CEREC technology enables Dr. Sopel to put together extremely precise and personalized treatment plans for every implant patient. With it, he can find the perfect locations within the jawbone to place each root and ensure it has maximum hold. This high-tech approach also enables him to be more efficient and less invasive when performing the placement procedure, so a patient will feel more comfortable both in the chair and while they recover.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
Every dental implant treatment we provide is completely customized based on the unique needs of a patient. As a result, the cost of the treatment can vary quite a bit from person to person. The number of implants, the type of restoration used, and many other factors can influence the final price. Before we begin treatment, our team will go over all pricing information with you so you’ll know exactly what you’ll be expected to pay.
Dental implants can certainly be a large investment in your oral health, but we believe they are a smart one. In addition to offering superior aesthetics and function compared to all other treatments, they also last much, much longer as well. While most traditional dentures and bridges tend to break down after less than a decade, implants can often last for 30+ years, meaning a patient will save thousands in retreatments in the process.
Dental Implant FAQs
Are you searching for a restorative dental treatment that fits with your lifestyle? If you’re unhappy with the design of traditional dentures, bridges, and crowns, dental implants in Horseshoe Bay could be exactly what you’re looking for. Because they rebuild your missing teeth from the roots up, you’ll enjoy added strength and stability, allowing you to speak and chew all your favorite foods with ease. Dr. Sopel is dedicated to making the process smooth and worry-free so you can enjoy your restored mouth without added hassle. For your convenience, we’ve compiled some common questions we receive from patients below.
Is it necessary to schedule a consultation?
Some patients wonder why an initial consultation is such a vital part of the implant procedure. It’s what allows Dr. Sopel to assess risks and ensure that you’re a good candidate for dental implants. During this visit, he’ll examine your oral health and take digital images of your facial structure to find out whether you need any preparatory procedures. Sometimes, patients may need a bone graft, periodontal therapy, sinus lift, or a tooth extraction before their surgery can be scheduled. That way, their implants are able to successfully incorporate with their jawbone and provide a strong and stable foundation for their new teeth.
It’s also a great opportunity to ask any questions you may have. Dr. Sopel will lay out a customized treatment timeline for you, so you know exactly what to expect from the process. This includes everything from cost breakdowns, to how long it will take before you can enjoy your new teeth.
Does it hurt to get dental implants?
Most patients who get dental implants say that the surgery and procedure doesn’t hurt. At Horseshoe Bay Dental, we use the latest technology to minimize your discomfort and ensure accurate and precise results that last for decades. For patients who are especially anxious about visiting the dentist, we even offer nitrous oxide sedation, so they can relax and feel comfortable during each of their visits.
During the implant placement, patients are typically administered a local anesthetic, allowing them to remain awake without feeling a hint of pain. After the surgery, you may experience some soreness and discomfort while your gums and mouth adjust to the addition of the titanium posts, but it’s nothing that isn’t manageable.
Can I replace a missing front tooth with implants?
If you’re missing a single front tooth and don’t want to jeopardize the health of your other teeth, dental implants are a great solution. It is important to note that the procedure to replace teeth that are located towards the front of your mouth have added challenges and complications. However, when you choose an experienced and knowledgeable implant dentist like Dr. Sopel, you can rest assured that your smile will look as good as new by the time the procedure is complete.
How long will it take to get implants?
The implant process typically takes place over several months due to necessary healing times. It can be broken down into three main parts:
- The Initial Consultation
- Preparatory Procedures (if needed)
- Implant Placement
- Abutment Placement
- Restoration Placement
The best way to find out how long your unique procedure will take is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sopel. He’ll let you know whether you need additional surgeries or procedures that could make your timeline a bit longer.