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No matter what time of year it occurs, a dental implants procedure will change your life for the better. But this is especially true in the summer, a season that’s full of occasions when your smile’s function and appearance can make a huge difference. If you’re considering implants, we’ve presented some compelling reasons you may want to get them before your summer really gets under way.

You may be concerned about the cost of a dental implants procedure. If you are, ask about our price matching policy. If you’ve already spoken to another dentist about implants, you can also get a free second opinion from Dr. Rick Barfield. In addition, we offer several payment options you may want to use to finance your treatment.

For example, you can use our in-office financing plan. It allows you to pay half the cost of your procedure up front, then spread out your remaining cost over three months. We’re also registered as a provider with CareCredit, a company that offers 12-month, no-interest financing and other long-term, low-interest financing plans to help you pay for your dental care.

For more information on payment or any other aspect of a dental implants procedure, call 1st in Smiles at 972-380-8105.

In the meantime, here are some reasons you may want to get dental implants this summer.

You Can Eat Ribs and Corn-On-The-Cob With Implants

If you’ve got missing or damaged teeth, you may be passing up some of your favorite foods at summer cookouts. Many people who wear dentures avoid popular cookout foods like ribs, steaks, and corn-on-the-cob because they worry about their dentures slipping out of place or even coming out during their meal.

But with dental implants, you won’t have to worry about this embarrassing situation. After Dr. Barfield places dental implants in your jaw, your bone grows around them in a special process called osseointegration. With osseointegration, your dentures won’t just rest on your gums and rely on suction to stay in place. Your implants function a lot like your natural tooth roots, keeping your teeth securely in place.

Smile More, Following a Dental Implants Procedure

More than any other time of the year, summer is filled with lots of special occasions like graduations, reunions, weddings, and vacation. Because so many memories are made at these events, photos are usually taken. If you’re missing teeth, you may not want to reveal your smile. You may even hide it behind your hand when you’re making new friends or greeting old ones.

A dental implants procedure will give you a full and confident smile! It’ll look great at your special events and later in photos too.

Improve Your Oral Health With a Dental Implants Procedure

As great as these benefits are, we think the biggest advantage of getting dental implants is improved oral health. Since implants give you the ability to eat many more kinds of foods, you’ll be able to make nutritious choices like fresh fruits and vegetables. And since you can chew them thoroughly, you’ll also enjoy better digestion too.

It’s also easier to clean your teeth with implants. Instead of a special oral hygiene routine, you’ll likely just brush and floss your teeth the way you did before. This means you’ll be less susceptible to problems like cavities and gum disease.

Perhaps most important, biocompatible dental implants fuse with your jaw and function like natural tooth roots, stimulating your jawbone when you chew. (Remember that special process called osseointegration?) With this stimulation, you won’t suffer the bone and tissue loss that happens after losing teeth. Implants keep your jaw strong and healthy, so your face won’t get the sunken look seen in many dentures wearers.

Replace Any Number of Teeth With Dental Implants

While implants are great for full-mouth teeth replacements, they also work well for replacing a single tooth or just a few missing teeth. To replace one tooth, Dr. Barfield will restore a single implant with a dental crown. If you’ve got several missing teeth, he can attach a dental bridge to implants on either side of the gap in your smile. Unlike dentures, you won’t have to remove your bridge for cleaning.

Mini Dental Implants May Be Right for Your Smile

If you’ve been told your jaw doesn’t have enough bone to support implants and you’d prefer not to get a bone graft, you may be able to get mini dental implants. These kinds of implants, which are about half the size of full-size implants, are especially useful for securing lower dentures. Dr. Barfield will be able to accurately assess the condition of your jaw using tools like our digital X-rays. Since mini implants are less invasive, you’ll heal more quickly following your dental implants procedure.

Keep Costs & Complexity Down With an All-On-4 Procedure

One way of lowering the cost and complexity of a full-mouth restoration is by using an All-on-4 procedure. It involves attaching a complete arch of replacement teeth to just four implants. Two of the implants are placed at an angle, which maximizes their strength. Since careful placement of your implants is key to the success of the this dental implants procedure, you’ll want to get it from an experienced dentist like Dr. Barfield.

To talk to us about implants before summer really gets under way, call 1st in Smiles today at 972-380-8105.