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Dental Implants in Plano Provide High-Quality Tooth Replacement

Woman with whole healthy smile If tooth loss has robbed you of your oral health and self-confidence, Dr. McConnell would be happy to help you explore your options for reconstruction here at Legacy Family Dental. Our top recommendation in most cases is dental implants, a state-of-the-art solution that actually rebuilds every part of your natural tooth instead of just the white crown on top. Implants offer countless benefits, including seamless aesthetics, outstanding function, and enough durability that they can last for the rest of the patient’s life.

Keep reading below to learn more about our dental implant options in Plano, TX, and don’t hesitate to contact us if you’re ready to schedule a consultation. When visiting our practice, patients can always expect high standards and a true commitment to quality care that puts your best interests first.

Who is a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

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There are a few characteristics that make patients an excellent fit for dental implants:

  • Good gum health : The dental implant will be surgically inserted into the gum tissue, which means that they need to have a healthy relationship that’s free of periodontal/gum disease.
  • Good bone density : A sufficient amount of healthy bone must be available to support the placed implant.
  • Non-smoker : Smoking may impact the implant’s placement. If you do smoke, quitting for the treatment period may be sufficient.
  • Patience : Patients should expect their entire dental implant process, from beginning to end, to last several months.

If you don’t fit into all of these categories, our team would still like to discuss dental implants with you as a possible reconstructive solution. Additional treatments may be necessary to improve oral health and create a more optimal foundation for implants.

Single-Tooth Dental Implants

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Have you lost one tooth? Dr. McConnell can design a custom-made dental crown to fit over the replacement implant. This high-quality restoration will be crafted from metal-free, aesthetically pleasing materials that are a complementary match for natural enamel. Better yet, the crown’s conservative presence won’t threaten the health of nearby teeth. The final result is virtually seamless – most people won’t be able to distinguish a difference between the new “tooth” and your overall smile.

Dental Implant Bridges

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If you’re missing multiple teeth that used to appear in a row, an implant-retained bridge could be the ideal way to bring them back. Instead of traditional bridges, which require healthy teeth to be filed down to accommodate the restoration’s presence, implant-retained bridges actually attach to placed implants on either side of the gap. The final result is very sturdy and functional, not to mention better for your continuing oral health.

Dental Implant-Retained Dentures

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Many patients believe that the loss of several teeth prevents them from being a viable candidate for dental implants, but this isn’t true in many cases! Implant-retained dentures can be anchored to multiple implants at once, filling in gaps in an affordable and durable manner. These prosthetics can be anchored in place for a permanent fit that feels just like natural teeth. Alternatively, patients may prefer to wear a removable version that combines the health benefits of implants with the convenience of a traditional denture.

Teeth Express

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With this procedure, we can replace an entire row of missing teeth with an implant-retained denture in just one well-planned appointment. Only four implants are placed into the mouth, and these are all that is needed to support a denture that is attached to them that same day. With it, patients can finally look forward to having a set of teeth they can trust. This treatment is even a viable option for those who have experienced bone loss due to tooth loss, allowing even more patients to finally benefit from dental implants.