Are Dental Implants Right for Me?

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Dental implants are one of the most common teeth restoration procedures. They mimic the root and tooth, which makes it seem like an ideal choice for dental restoration.

However, there are many factors to consider when deciding whether dental implants are the right choice for you.

Factors That Influence the Success of Dental Implants

Dental implants require surgery to complete. The surgery puts a rod into your jaw before adding a dental crown on top. You need to qualify for surgery, so let’s talk about the factors that can influence if you can get dental implants.

Bone Health

You need healthy jaw bone to have dental implant surgery. If you have bone loss, you might need a dental bone graft before getting implants.

You will also need a fully-formed jaw, so people under the age of 18 might not qualify.

Bad Dental Habits

Getting dental implants doesn’t mean that you can stop having a good oral hygiene routine. You will need to clean and floss your dental implants to ensure that the gums stay healthy.

Smoking is also a red flag that dental implants might not be for you. If anything, you will need to give up smoking a few weeks before the surgery and during the recovery process.

Gum Health

You need healthy gums before getting dental implants. Fortunately, gum disease can be treatable, and our dental team can give you a plan to restore your gum health. Once you have healthy gums, you may qualify for receiving dental implants.

Are You a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

Some important qualities that a candidate needs to qualify for dental implants include healthy jaw bone and gums. You will also need to have healthy oral habits to ensure the success of your dental implants.

Our dental team will give you a full examination to determine if you can receive dental implants. Please schedule an appointment with us if you want to discuss your oral health.

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Do I Need a Full Mouth Reconstruction?

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Functional teeth are a part of a healthy life that many of us take for granted. Missing teeth due to damage or a genetic condition can mean difficulty performing daily tasks like chewing and eating. The good news is that modern dentistry allows for restoration, no matter how advanced the issue is. Even individuals with no teeth at all can find their smile again with full mouth reconstruction. Dr. Rigby is an experienced prosthodontist who is skilled at providing full mouth reconstruction to those who need it most. Check out our Smile Gallery to see before and after photos of Dr. Rigby’s actual patients!

What Is Full Mouth Reconstruction?

Full mouth reconstruction is the term given to replacement of all missing or damaged teeth. If you have suffered from injury, tooth decay, or other incidents that have led to multiple missing teeth, you are a good candidate for reconstruction. Those with genetic conditions that lead to missing teeth or bone loss are also good candidates. These include conditions like ectodermal dysplasia, cleidocranial dysplasia, ameliogenesis, or dentinogenisis imperfecta. After a full mouth reconstruction you’ll have a beautiful, natural-looking smile that restores function and appearance.

How Long Does It Take?

The answer to this question varies widely depending on your needs. There are many options for tooth replacements, including dentures, crowns and dental implants. At minimum, this process will take several appointments, including an initial consultation.

How Much Does It Cost?

Again, this depends on the materials used and your particular health needs. A consultation will help us assess the timeline and cost of your treatment. We offer several financing options for more costly procedures, including dental insurance and CareCredit.

Is It Right for Me?

Have you been embarrassed about missing teeth? Do you have pain because of cracked or broken teeth? Are you unable to eat your favorite foods? If you answered yes to any of these questions then come in for a consultation. If you’re not sure if full mouth reconstruction is right for you, we have answers to your questions. Don’t put off having a healthy and happy smile! Call us today.

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How Do You Fix a Cracked Tooth?

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Tooth enamel may be strong, but there are still plenty of ways you could crack your tooth, including chewing down on something hard like a pencil or suffering some sort of dental injury while playing sports. Cracking a tooth doesn’t mean you’ve ruined your smile forever. At Rigby Advanced Dental, we offer a few solutions to help make your smile good as new. Nobody will even notice that anything happened to your smile!

Fillings

Fillings are not just for cavities. If you have small chips in your teeth, a tooth-colored filling can do just the trick in making your teeth look like new. We only use tooth-colored fillings, so you don’t have to feel self-conscious about having them. On top of that, we use state-of-the-art, pain-free laser technology to ensure that you have effective and well-fitted fillings. No need for multiple visits to address the same problem!

Dental Crown

Dental crowns are a simple and easy way to restore your smile. A crown is essentially a false tooth that can be used by themselves, along with a dental implant, or in bridges. In the case of a cracked tooth, you will likely receive a crown by itself. Our porcelain and high-strength metal crowns are durable and natural-looking so you never have to afraid to smile.

Veneers

Veneers are like thin covers placed over teeth. We may be able to place a veneer over the crack to have your tooth looking good as new again.

Dental Implant

If your cracked tooth is unsalvageable, a dental implant is a great option. It’s a long-lasting, realistic solution that you can brush and floss just like a regular tooth.

You have your options at Rigby Advanced Dental when it comes to fixing cracked and broken teeth. To find out which solution is best for you, contact us today to schedule an appointment!

Dental Implant FAQs

Dr. Rigby at Rigby Advanced Dental is a Bee Cave dentist that specializes in dental implants and advanced dental restorations. As a specialist, he gets a lot of questions regarding dental implants and everything that process entails. In order to give his patients more information so that they can make educated decisions, he decided to provide answers to his most frequently asked questions about dental implants.
Dental implant FAQs

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Dental Implants or Dentures – Pros and Cons

Statistics from the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons show that nearly 70% of adults aged 35-44 years in the United States have lost at least one tooth. The reason for losing a tooth can be from accident, tooth decay, or gum disease, but all of those have the same result: the need for replacement!

Dental implants or Dentures?

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Another Dental Implant Placed in Bee Cave, TX

Another wonderful dental implant was placed at Rigby Advanced Dental this week in Bee Cave, TX.  With Dr. Rigby’s extensive training in dental implant surgery and prosthetics we enjoy being able to offer these services to our patients in and around Austin, TX.  Both the patient and Dr. Rigby were pleased with the outcome and look forward to completing the treatment soon.

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Rigby Advanced Dental Offers Custom Specialty Dentures!

Custom dentures is one thing Rigby Advanced Dental of Bee Cave and Lakeway, TX excels at.  We offer a variety of denture products, services and as always involve our patients in the treatment decisions. Dentures are designed to replace missing teeth, and are worn by millions of Americans. Technological advancements have resulted in dentures that are lightweight and mimic the look and feel of natural teeth. Most dentures are made from a combination of metals and synthetic material such as acrylic resin.

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Today’s Implant Restoration!

Check out the dental implant restoration Dr. Brent Rigby  just completed for one of our outstanding patients!  The implant was placed and restored by Dr. Rigby.  It was allowed to integrate with the surrounding bone for roughly six months before final restoration.  The patient had a very smooth and comfortable healing period and was surprised by how simple and straight forward dental implants can be.  Both Dr. Rigby and the patient were pleased with the outcome.

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Today’s Implant Placement!

Check out this dental implant placement Dr. Rigby just completed for one of our outstanding patients!  The procedure took approximately an hour and the results are “FANTASTIC”!  Both the patient and Dr. Rigby were pleased with the outcome and look forward to completing the treatment soon.

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