The introduction of the current designs of implants in the 1980’s brought a revolution to dentistry. These devices, which replace the roots of natural teeth, can be used as platforms for reconstructing everything from a single missing tooth to a complete arch.
Our team of periodontists has received extensive training in dental implantology. Drs. Wilson, Pope, and Valderrama continue to study, write and lecture about the latest advances in dental implant surgery. Additionally, all of our periodontists teach continuing education courses to general dentists and post-doctoral residents in the areas of implant placement, socket enhancement, and bone grafting.
Contact us at Dallas Office Phone Number 214-691-2404 for more information.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The implants themselves are titanium or titanium/zirconia posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. These metal anchors act as tooth root substitutes.
The bone bonds with the implant, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. At an appropriate time a small post (abutment) is placed that protrudes through the gum which enables crowns, bridges or dentures to be attached to the implants. Dental implants can also help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.
If you feel implant dentistry might be the choice for you, we ask that you undergo a dental/radiographic examination and health history. During this consultation, our team of periodontists will address your specific needs and considerations. Your questions and concerns are important to us and our team will work with you very closely to help make your procedure a success. These procedures often are accomplished using advanced digital approaches to planning and implant placement.
For some patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, the tooth or teeth in question is extracted and a bone graft is performed (socket enhancement). In the case of a previously missing tooth, a bone graft may need to be performed if the bone and soft tissue dimensions are inadequate (ridge augmentation). After the bone and gums heal, a process that can take up to six months, the implant(s) are placed within your jawbone. In certain situations, the implant may be able to be placed at the same time the tooth is extracted. This is determined on a case-by-case basis. Healing time following implant placement varies from person to person and is based on a variety of factors, such as hardness of bone. In some cases, implants may be restored immediately after they are placed. Our office has been using this approach for more than 20 years.
In many cases for the first few weeks following the surgery, dental implants are gradually bonding with the jawbone. You should be able to have a temporary tooth replacement and should eat a soft diet. After the implant(s) has bonded to the jawbone your restorative dentist will be able to start making your new teeth. An impression must be taken. Then attachments can be connected to the implants. The teeth replacements are then made over the posts or attachments. The entire procedure can usually take three to nine months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.
What Types of Prosthesis are Available?
A single prosthesis (crown) is used to replace one missing tooth – each prosthetic tooth attaches to its own implant. A partial prosthesis (fixed bridge) can replace two or more teeth and may require only two or three implants. A complete dental prosthesis (fixed bridge) replaces all the teeth in your upper or lower jaw. The number of implants varies depending upon which type of complete prosthesis (removable or fixed) is recommended. A removable prosthesis (overdenture) attaches to a bar or ball-in-socket attachments, whereas a fixed prosthesis is permanent and removable only by a professional.
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