Dallas, TX area periodontist Dr. D. Bradley Dean offers many types of dental implants for patients that are missing a single tooth or an entire set of teeth. Dental Implants have many benefits but most importantly, they can improve your quality of life and self-esteem.
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a small titanium post that an oral surgeon implants into the jaw bone. The titanium post acts as a prosthetic tooth root which stimulates natural bone growth reducing the risk of jaw recession- a common side effect of missing teeth.
Titanium is a strong metal that the human body does not reject, and easily fuses with bone. Your dentist can place anywhere from one to eight implants to secure a new, custom-made dental restoration.
Dental implants have a very high success rate of over 95%. Unlike other tooth replacement options, they help avoid bone loss and gum recession. When directly compared to traditional dentures, they will not cause slurred speech, slip around in your mouth, or fall out.
Implants are more comfortable and come with little to no food restrictions. When compared to dental bridges, teeth implants do not require the
Implant Dentistry in Dallas from D. Bradley Dean, DDS, MS
Dr. Dean offers many different types of dental implants in his Dallas, TX area periodontist office. These options include cosmetic dental implants, removable and non-removable implant dentures, all-on-four dental implants, and implant supported bridges.
The procedure for dental implants requires multiple visits over several months. After the comprehensive evaluation to see if you qualify for dental implants, Dr. Dean will schedule your surgery as soon as possible. Dr. Dean is licensed and trained to provide sedation dentistry as well.
After the dental implant placement procedure, he will work very closely with your general dentist to assure you receive top quality care. If you have any questions about the dental implant process or would like more information on the cost of dental implants, please contact our office.
Dental Implant Process
The first step to filling the gaps in your smile with dental implants is an examination and consultation with Dr. Dean at his Dallas, TX area periodontal office. At your appointment he will be able to determine what your options are and if you are a good candidate for dental implants.
If you do not qualify, he will help you get the treatment you need. This may involve alternative tooth replacement options, gum disease treatment or bone grafting.
Next, we will schedule you for oral surgery. On the day of surgery, Dr. Dean will surgically place the dental implant posts into the jaw bone. The posts will secure the dental restoration and replace the missing tooth roots. Your mouth will need time to fuse with the implant posts. Typically, this can take anywhere from three to six months.
The last part of the process involves attaching a small connector piece, or abutment, to each post. Dr. Dean will need to uncover the posts to place the abutments. After another brief healing period, he will finally attach your permanent dental restoration. The new restoration can be a dental crown, dental bridge, partial denture or a full implant denture. Finally, you will be able to eat and chew normally without restrictions.
Answers to Your Questions About Dental Implants
How much do dental implants cost?
The cost of dental implants varies since each patient is different. We encourage you to schedule a consultation and we will be able to give you a better idea of the costs involved. Dr. Dean works with both Care Credit and Lending Club.
How long will a dental implant last?
If cared for properly, dental implants can last forty years to a lifetime. It’s important to consistently brush, floss, and follow treatment recommendation given to you by your dentist. Your genetic history, oral hygiene habits, and your diet also play a role in how long dental implants will last.
Will insurance cover my dental implants?
Most dental insurance companies do not cover the surgical placement of the implant. You will need to contact your dental insurance provider to see how much of the dental implant procedure they may cover.