For a Natural-looking Smile That Works Like New
Living with missing teeth can negatively affect your appearance and weigh on your self-esteem. It can also impact your ability to eat and speak clearly, lead to jaw bone loss, and even impair your overall health. If you’re embarrassed about your smile or having difficulty with your oral health, a dental implant could be the solution for you.
Dental implants are a natural-looking, permanent solution for patients with missing, damaged, or decayed teeth. With our tooth replacement options, Dr. Hobbs can restore your smile’s health, function, and appearance.
Discover how our Longview team can use dental implants to restore the health and beauty of your smile.
If you’re missing a tooth, you’re not alone. According to the American College of Prosthodontists, more than 120 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. Dr. Hobbs provides singular implant restorations to restore the appearance and function of your natural teeth.
Your implant is designed to blend in with your smile seamlessly. It’s made of three parts, the fixture, the abutment, and the crown. The implant fixture is the part of the implant designed to act as your tooth’s natural root. It’s made of durable biocompatible titanium.
Through a process called osseointegration, the bones in your jaw will develop a strong bond with the fixture to hold your implant firmly in place. This provides a foundation for your new crown. It also stimulates healthy jawbone growth, preventing and potentially reversing the effects of jawbone loss (resorption).
It will take three to six months for your body to become acclimated to the implant fixture. Then Dr. Hobbs will complete the process by attaching the abutment and securing the attractive porcelain crown to the abutment piece.
According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, by the age of 64, adults have lost an average of seven teeth. If you’re missing multiple teeth, Dr. Hobbs can replace them using dental implants. However, he can also offer an implant-supported bridge to replace two or more adjacent missing teeth.
This comfortable implant-supported restoration is often the best solution for patients seeking to regain the complete function of their teeth after they’ve lost multiple teeth. An implant-supported bridge is more secure and better for your oral health than the old-fashioned type of dental bridge that’s anchored to the patient’s teeth.
Your implant-supported bridge is custom-crafted to match your natural teeth for a smile you’ll feel good about. Best of all, opting for fewer implants allows patients to save time and money.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does a single tooth dental implant last?
By maintaining a proper oral hygiene routine, your single dental implant can last you twenty years to a lifetime. You also need to keep up with regular dental appointments by visiting our Longview office once every six months. This will help the longevity of your restoration.
However, your restoration’s crown portion usually lasts only about 10 to 15 years. You’ll usually need to replace your crown restoration due to normal wear and tear.
How much does one single dental implant cost?
The cost of your single-tooth implant will vary depending on multiple factors. Factors include the type of restoration you choose as well as any supplemental procedures you may need to undergo before beginning the dental implant process.
For a more accurate estimate, call our Longview office at (903) 371-0295 and schedule your consultation with Dr. Hobbs. If dental implants are the best course of treatment, he’ll give you a detailed breakdown of how much your treatment will cost.
How long does it take to get dental implants?
The exact timeline for receiving dental implants depends on several factors including:
- How many implants you’ll need
- If you require a supplemental procedure
- How well do your implants heal
- Your insurance coverage
On average, it can take about three to six months or longer depending on your case. During your initial consultation with Dr. Hobbs, he’ll break down the estimated timeline and cost.
What’s the difference between a bridge and an implant-supported bridge?
An implant-supported bridge is very similar to a traditional bridge. However, a bridge is supported by a dental crown placed over adjacent teeth, while an implant-supported bridge is attached to titanium posts placed in the jawbone. Implant-supported bridges can last for a lifetime due to the implants fusing with your jawbone and your bridge restoration will only need replacement every 15 to 20 years. Traditional bridges need to be replaced every seven to 10 years to due normal wear and tear as well as a lack of implant support.
If you have any questions about implant-supported bridges or want to learn if you qualify for this restoration, call our Longview office at (903) 371-0295 to schedule your free consultation with Dr. Hobbs.
Get a Beautiful New Smile From Dr. Hobbs
Whether you’re missing one or more teeth, Dr. Hobbs will help you find the solution that’s right for you. Schedule a free consultation by dialing (903) 371-0295. Or just fill out the easy-to-use contact form at the bottom of the page, and we’ll get right back to you.
You deserve a healthy, beautiful smile and we’re happy to sit down with you to answer any questions you may have about our dental implant solutions. We proudly serve patients in the Longview area and surrounding areas such as Gladewater, Marshall, and Lakeport, TX.