Dental Implants in Denton, TX

Complete Your Smile With Dental Implants

One of the luxuries of a complete smile is being able to eat and speak with ease. While tooth decay and loss are common, they shouldn’t be the reason that you’re missing out on life’s special moments. At Garden Oaks Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Ruehle and our expert team can restore the look and feel of your smile with natural-looking, custom-made dental implants.

Keep reading to learn how Dr. Ruehle can restore the beauty and function of your smile with our dental implant restorations. Our practice proudly serves patients in the Robinson Oaks, Southridge, and Corinth areas.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are custom-made fixtures that permanently replace any number of missing teeth. Unlike other restorative treatments, dental implants are attached directly to the jawbone to ensure that they’re durable and long-lasting. Each fixture is composed of three parts: a titanium post that integrates itself into the jaw and an abutment that connects the implant with the crown that’s placed above the gum line. The result is a truly life-changing procedure that’ll be customized by our team to suit you.

At Garden Oaks Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we can replace a single missing tooth, several teeth, and even an entire arch using dental implants. Your treatment plan will be personalized to fit your specific needs and help achieve your smile goals.

The Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants are the gold standard for permanently replacing missing teeth. Along with never needing to be removed or adjusted, dental implants offer a variety of benefits including:

  • Easy Maintenance: Dental implants can be maintained like the rest of your natural teeth since they’re specifically designed to look, act, and feel like part of your smile.
  • Stability, Strength, & Durability: The titanium implant fuses with your jawbone through a process known as osseointegration, which promotes greater bone density, offers stability, and resists decay.
  • Restore Functionality: With dental implants, you can talk freely, eat your favorite foods, and play instruments without pain or worry.

The Dental Implant Process

Since dental implants require multiple appointments for your dentist to place them over the course of several months, the process is typically broken down into three main steps.

Your Initial Consultation

During your initial consultation with Dr. Ruehle, he’ll examine your oral health to determine whether dental implants are right for you. Missing teeth often cause your gums to deteriorate and the jawbone to lose density over time. If your deterioration has become severe, don’t worry — Dr. Ruehle may recommend a supplemental procedure to restore the strength of your oral health before placing the implants.

Placing Your Dental Implant

Once our dentist determines you’re ready for implants, we can begin the process right away. First, Dr. Ruehle will apply a local anesthetic to numb the area so that he can place the implant directly into your jaw. Through a normal process known as osseointegration, your titanium fixture will gradually fuse with your jawbone to create a stable foundation.

The Healing Period

It will take some time for your implants to fuse with your jawbone. This timeline also varies depending on the patient’s oral health. Generally, it can take three to six months to complete, with your progress being monitored by your dentist at our Denton office. Since your health and safety are our primary concern at Garden Oaks Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we’ll provide instructions on how to care for your implants after they've been placed.

Receiving Your Custom Restoration

Once the healing process is over and your implants have successfully fused with your jaw, you’ll return to our Denton office so that Dr. Ruehle can place your custom restoration. Most patients receive a porcelain crown, but we can also place a denture or dental bridge if it’s better for your situation. Your restoration will be designed to match the color and shape of your natural teeth, creating an almost undetectable replacement to complete your smile.

Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?

Dental implants are usually the best solution for patients who suffer from missing, decayed, or damaged teeth. While the procedure doesn’t require you to be in perfect oral health, not everyone will immediately be a candidate. For the best results, Dr. Ruehle recommends having healthy gums and a strong jawbone. If you want a permanent solution to fixing your smile, dental implants may be the right procedure for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are dental implants painful?

Receiving dental implants is a virtually painless process because your dentist will apply a local anesthetic before your procedure. That way, you won’t feel any pain while Dr. Ruehle is working on your implants. While it’s normal to experience some slight discomfort afterwards, this can be easily managed with a cold compress and over-the-counter medication. Our Denton office will give your personalized aftercare instructions prior to your procedure. 

Are dental implants safe?

Dental implants are safe and can benefit your overall oral health. The procedure boasts a 98 percent success rate, making it the gold standard in restorative dentistry. Not only will your smile’s appearance benefit, dental implants can also improve your gums and jawbone. As long as an experienced professional such as Dr. Ruehle oversees the operation, you should have nothing to worry about. 

How long do dental implants last?

Dental implants can last 25 years or more with proper oral care and attending regularly scheduled checkups at our Denton office. Proper oral care means brushing your teeth twice a day, rinsing between meals, and flossing daily to maintain the health of your smile. While your restorations may need to be replaced after 10 to 15 years due to normal wear and tear, your dentist will be sure to let you know if your fixtures need to be replaced. 

Does my insurance cover dental implants?

Most insurance companies provide some level of coverage for dental implants. Our office recommends that you contact your provider beforehand to get an accurate understanding of your policy. If you’d like assistance in figuring out your coverage, you can also contact us at (940) 566-4888 so that a staff member can assist you. 

Achieve a Beautiful Smile With Dental Implants

Missing or damaged teeth can hurt your smile and self-confidence. That’s why, at Garden Oaks Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, our team of dentists are dedicated to helping you achieve your smile goals with dental implants. Unlike other treatments, dental implants offer a permanent and beautiful solution for completing your smile.

You deserve to have a beautiful set of teeth ready for daily life and any social situation. To learn more about the benefits of dental implants, contact our Denton office and schedule a consultation by calling us at (940) 566-4888 or by filling out a convenient online contact form. We also proudly serve patients in the Robinson Oaks, Southridge, and Corinth areas.