Dr. D. Bradley Dean is a periodontist in Plano, TX that places many types of quality dental implants. Dr. Dean accepts referrals from general dentists from the surrounding areas and works closely with them throughout the entire process. The entire dental implant process is a team effort with a patient’s dentist, oral surgeon, and/or periodontist. The dental implant process, from evaluation to securing the dental restoration, usually takes five to eight months, and most patients don’t experience a disruption to their daily lives.
The Dental Implants Process
The first step in the dental implant process is a comprehensive evaluation and examination of your oral health as well as your overall health with your dentist, oral surgeon, and/or periodontist. Dr. Dean will want to do a thorough evaluation of your dental health and discuss your cosmetic goals. He will inspect your teeth, gums, and mouth to determine if dental implants are right for you. Then a personalized treatment plan is created that is customized to your needs and goals. Since no two patients have the same mouth or dental concerns; a very detailed treatment plan must be laid out in advance.
The next step is the surgical implantation of the dental implant by Dr. Dean at his Plano, TX periodontist office. The dental implant is made up of a bio-compatible titanium material and will serve as the tooth root substitute. Dr. Dean will surgically place the dental implants to provide a sturdy, stable, and reliable tooth replacement that will last. It is important to be in the best health so that the implant can heal properly. If a tooth extraction is needed, he will perform that first. The healing process can take anywhere from 3 to 6 months.
While the dental implant is healing, your dental crown, denture, or dental bridge will be fabricated at a dental laboratory according to Dr. Dean’s and your dentist’s specifications. The last step in the dental implant process is the attachment of the abutment to the implant post once the dental implant has fully fused with your jaw bone. The final restoration is then secured to the dental implant abutment for a permanent restoration by your general dentist.
Emergency Dental Implants
Dr. Dean offers emergency dental implants for patients that have to have a tooth extracted from what we call your “cosmetic zone” (the teeth that everyone can see up front). Accidents happen at any time and Dr. Dean offers emergency dental implants so patients don’t have to walk around for months with a big gap in your smile. We extract the tooth that has been damaged then surgically place the dental implant during the same appointment. We’ll place a temporary restoration that has been color-matched to your natural smile. You wear the temporary during the healing phase so that your smile looks and functions great while the implant is healing.