Dental Implants, North Dallas TX
If you lose one or more teeth due to periodontal disease, or another cause, dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved.
Our team of periodontists has received extensive training in dental implantology. Drs. Wilson, Pope, and Valderrama continue to study 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 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 titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. A small post that protrudes through the gum (abutment) enables the crown to be attached to the implant. Dental implants also help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.
If you feel implant dentistry is 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.
The Surgical Procedure
For most 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.
For the first three to six months following the surgery, dental implants are gradually bonding with the jawbone. You should be able to wear a temporary denture or fake tooth and eat a soft diet at this time. After the implant(s) has bonded to the jawbone your general dentist will be able to start making your new teeth. An impression must be taken. Then posts or attachments can be connected to the implants. The teeth replacements are then made over the posts or attachments. The entire procedure usually takes 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.
Call Dallas Office Phone Number 214-691-2404 to schedule a consultation.