Whether you are suffering from tooth loss due to tooth decay, gum disease, or a traumatic injury, dental implants are a comfortable and permanent way to regain your smile. Dental implants are placed surgically by a surgeon, such as Dr. Stewart or Dr. Michael, and will be restored by your dentist to match your natural teeth, making them virtually impossible to tell apart. There are many brands or types of dental implants on the market today. At our practice, we only use the highest quality implants in order to achieve the best outcomes! We always advise against “bargain shopping” when considering dental implants as it can result in a poor outcome and end up costing you more!
A common reason for many people avoiding dental implants is that they believe that they are too expensive. This is usually not the case! In fact, if you compare the cost of replacing a missing tooth with a bridge (where the adjacent 2 teeth have crowns placed with a third crown attached between those 2 crowns to replace your missing tooth), you’ll see that the cost difference between the 2 options is not as significant as you might think!
If you are unsure, we are always happy to see you for a consultation to discuss your specific options. We are proud to provide a no-pressure environment to help educate you on your options. We care much more about helping you to reach the best decision than the bottom line. We want you to be able to make an informed decision that is best for you from both a health and financial standpoint.
For over two decades, Texas Oral Surgery Group has provided high-quality dental implants in Plano, Denton, Decatur, Gainesville, and the surrounding communities, making us your premier option for the procedure.
Dental implants are the closest thing in dentistry to your natural teeth. A natural tooth consists of a root and a crown. If you compare natural teeth to a dental implant, you’ll see that they have the same basic parts.
Both have a “crown” (the part of the tooth above the gum line, used to chew food), and both have a “root” that holds the tooth securely under the gum by being attached to bone. The implanted root is made from titanium – the same time-tested material used by surgeons for many other procedures. The titanium is inert – meaning that immune reactions are virtually non-existent, will not set off metal detectors, and is not magnetic (thus safe for MRI’s).
Once your tooth is removed, the dental implant can sometimes be placed immediately, or is sometimes delayed to allow for proper bone healing. The existing architecture of the bone is the determining factor in most cases. Simply stated, there has to be enough bone height and width in which to place the implant, and the implant has to achieve some initial stability (torque) when it is placed to achieve success. In either case, the implant is allowed to heal for 3-4 months while bone grows to the titanium, creating a strong foundation for your new crown.
Dental implant placement is a team effort between an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon and a restorative dentist. Dr. Stewart and Dr. Michael perform the actual implant surgery, initial tooth extractions, and bone grafting if necessary. The restorative dentist (your dentist) fits and makes the permanent prosthesis.
If the implant is not able to be placed at the time of tooth extraction, a bone graft is usually placed into the socket and allowed to heal for 3 - 4 months before initiating implant placement.
The actual surgical placement of a dental implant is a fairly quick procedure. A straightforward implant can usually be placed in less than 15 minutes with simple local anesthesia (numbing medicine). The procedure is minimally invasive, painless, and the recovery is extremely easy! In almost all cases, you can return to work the same day as a dental implant placement!
Once the implant is placed, there is a 3 - 4 month healing period followed by a 2 - 3 week restorative phase.
So, depending on the bone quantity and quality at the time of extraction, the overall timeframe from removal of the tooth to finalization of the crown on the implant is usually anywhere from 4 - 8 months.
Texas Oral Surgery Group offers advanced care informed by decades of experience and powered by the latest dental technology. If you think that you might need a dental implant, or you are tired of your dentures that don’t fit well or don’t allow you to eat, you can’t go wrong with our team. Call us today to learn more!Contact Us Today!