Facing the day without a complete and confident smile can often be a struggle; thankfully, this situation doesn’t have to be permanent with Lakewood Dental Group’s experienced support. We offer several reconstructive services for regaining what’s been lost, and dental implants are right at the top of the list because of their outstanding health and aesthetic benefits.
You may not know this, but your natural tooth is composed of two distinct parts: the white, visible crown and the root beneath the gums. Without a tooth root in place, patients are likely to experience jawbone deterioration and damaged oral health as a result. Dental implants are the only treatment option that starts with this essential support system, creating a finished “tooth” that is complete, strong, and long-lasting.
Dental implants have truly changed the way we approach dentistry. Whether our team is working on replacing a single tooth, stabilizing a denture, or recreating an entire arch of teeth, they’ve given us the ability to solve the serious problems caused by tooth loss with long-term success and predictability. To get started here in Dallas, TX, please don’t hesitate to contact our office! Dr. Mihir Patel, Dr. Shaun Sigurdson, and the rest of our team look forward to meeting you.
Have you decided that dental implants sound right for you? This transformative process consists of several important steps, and we will be happy to guide you through all of them.
First, patients will need to attend a consultation, during which we’ll want to hear from you. Why are you interested in dental implants? What are you hoping that implants will do for your smile? How can our team help you achieve your goals? We will review all of these questions in detail so that we can ensure that this procedure is truly the best option for your personal situation.
After this conversation, our doctors will need to carefully inspect your overall oral health so that we can determine whether implants are a good fit for your mouth’s long-term blueprint as well. Which teeth are missing? Is there enough healthy bone in these areas? We strive to be as comprehensive as possible in our approach so we can limit unexpected surprises as we move forward.
Every implant we place is thoroughly planned beforehand with the help of a CBCT scan. This detailed radiograph is captured in minutes at our practice, and it will help us understand the quality and quantity of your bone structure in every dimension. This will give us all the information we need to create a highly accurate surgical guide that minimizes the chances of complications and even decreases the overall length of the procedure.
After the implant has been surgically placed, it will need time to integrate with your jawbone before it can be successfully restored through a process known as osseointegration. The length of this process differs from patient to patient, but it can be expected to last anywhere from one to three months. Once the area is healed and ready, we will start working on a new, custom restoration for it.
After the implants have been able to form a strong bond with the oral tissue and bone, it will be time for our doctors to start designing the ideal restoration for the implant(s). There are several options available for this, depending on the number of teeth that need to be restored. For instance, dental crowns are the right choice for rebuilding individual teeth/implants without harming surrounding natural teeth. Alternatively, implant-retained bridges can be used to replace consecutive missing teeth by anchoring in place over two implants on either side of the gap.
Dental implants can also be used to replace several teeth or even an entire arch effectively! Instead of using one implant per tooth, this technique can save our patients cost while still providing them with revitalizing, long-term improvements. Implant-retained dentures come in two major forms – the hybrid model is designed to be permanently fixed in place within the mouth, while overdentures remain removable in nature for patients who are already used to this convenience.
Once tooth loss occurs, and the jawbone no longer has any stimulation in the form of a root in place, a gradual process of bone deterioration occurs. If a patient has been missing teeth for many years and is now interested in dental implants, we may find that their remaining bone structure in the necessary areas cannot successfully support the placement. However, this doesn’t have to be a problem! Our dentists can perform a site-specific bone grafting procedure as a solution to recreate an adequate foundation for implant placement.