Dental Implants – Park Cities | Dallas, TX
Beautiful & Long-lasting Tooth Replacement
A dental implant is a special, surgical grade titanium post, manufactured to highly precise specifications, that is surgically inserted into the jawbone below the gum surface. As the bone bonds to the implant, it forms a secure foundation onto which your new teeth are then attached and shaped to match your mouth. With proper use of the newest anesthetics and medications, you need not be concerned about pain. The entire procedure can be completed at Dr. Hamlett's dental office.
Why Choose Kenneth Hamlett, DDS for Dental Implants
- All-inclusive care: implant placement & restoration completed in-house
- Voted D Magazine’s “Best Dentist in Dallas” every year
- Las Vegas Institute, Dawson Academy, & Pankey Institute educated
Benefits of Dental Implants
Unlike other tooth replacement options such as dentures or a bridge, dental implants replace both the roots and crowns of missing teeth. The others only replace the crown or visible portion of teeth.
By replacing the root as well, a dental implant provides a number of benefits. First, you’ll never have to worry about a prosthesis that shifts or clicks when you eat or speak. A dental implant is firmly set in your jawbone, so there is no chance of movement. The titanium post & surrounding bone tissue fuse together to form a firmly set anchor.
Secondly, the post stimulates the bone just as your tooth root once did. This stimulation is important to maintaining the shape and strength of your jawbone. Other tooth replacements that rest on top of your gums may fill out your cheeks, but they do not encourage healthy bone tissue regeneration the way dental implants do.
Indications for Dental Implants
Dental implants are very versatile and can be used with a number of different restorations in order to bring back any number of missing teeth. At a consultation with Dr. Hamlett, he can help you figure out which of the following options best suits your needs:
Missing One Tooth
If you are missing one tooth, then Dr. Hamlett will place a single dental implant at that site. After several months of healing and when the implant and surrounding bone have integrated, an abutment and porcelain crown will be attached to the implant.
Missing Multiple Teeth
Instead of replacing consecutive missing teeth with individual implants, one or two implants can be used to support multiple prosthetic teeth that successfully fill in the gap, forming a dental bridge. Compared to regular bridges, implant-retained ones are more secure, look more natural, and last longer as well.
Missing All of Your Teeth
For patients that are missing all of their teeth along one arch or even both, there are implant-supported dentures. Several implants are positioned along the jaw to anchor the dentures. On the underside of your dentures is a metal fitting that secures to your dental implants. Your dentures are firmly held in place, so you have a smile that looks natural and remains secure when you eat, talk, laugh or smile.
What to Expect?
To begin the procedure, Dr. Hamlett ensures your comfort and safety. A local anesthetic is administered to numb the site and the surrounding tissue. We also offer sedation dentistry if you need a little bit of extra help relaxing during the procedure.
Then, a small incision is made in your gum tissue to expose the bone underneath. The implants are surgically positioned in your jaw to offer the greatest security for your eventual tooth restoration.
After the procedure, minor bleeding and swelling are to be expected. If you are experiencing discomfort, then an over-the-counter pain reliever should suffice. For the first few days after your oral surgery, you may want to stick to a diet of softer foods. Within the week, however, your gums should be healed so that you can eat whatever you like.
Start to Finish Convenience
The dental implant procedure consists of two main phases: placement and restoration. For the surgical placement, most offices typically have to refer a patient out to a specialist. However, to give our implant patients the smoothest and most comfortable journey to their new smile, Dr. Hamlett is able to provide both portions of the procedure in-house. This approach not only helps a patient save time and money, but it also means they’re able to work with the same dentist and team that they trust from beginning to end, which is great for peace of mind.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
While dental implant restorations do tend to cost more upfront than traditional bridges and dentures, they are often able to last a lifetime. This makes them extremely cost-effective in the long-run because they save patients from having to get treatments redone and repaired over the years. It is important to note, however, that because implants are able to help patients with a wide variety of tooth loss, the final price of the procedure can vary quite a bit from person to person depending on their needs. At your implant consultation, Dr. Hamlett can go over the particulars of your implant process so you’ll know exactly what to expect before treatment begins.
Dental Implant FAQs
If you have any number of missing teeth, then you may be an excellent candidate for dental implants. While dental implant insertion is considered to be the gold standard for tooth replacement, if you’re like most people, then you likely have some questions about how the procedure works. To provide greater understanding, Dr. Kenneth Hamlett answers four commonly asked questions about the dental implant process.
Will dental implant surgery be painful?
The last thing you want is to endure a torturous procedure. When it comes to dental implant placement, you don’t have to worry about any excruciating pain. In fact, you won’t feel any discomfort at all. That’s because Dr. Hamlett will make sure that the treatment site is completely numb before any work commences.
However, once the initial placement is done and the numbing medication wears off, you can expect some discomfort. You have nothing to worry about, though. Typically, an over-the-counter pain reliever is a sufficient solution. If that doesn’t work, then Dr. Hamlett can prescribe a stronger medication.
What should I do to encourage healing?
One of the more attractive features of dental implant placement is that the procedure has a 95% success rate. While maintaining this standard partly depends on the skills of your implant dentist, you also play a significant role in the process. Your post-surgery activities will factor greatly into the healing process.
During the first 10 days after surgery, it’s a good idea to maintain a soft-food diet, which should include such items as smoothies, mashed potatoes, apple sauce and other foods that don’t require chewing. You should also avoid using straws, as it can cause the blood clot to dislodge and contribute to a dental emergency.
How long can I expect my dental implant to last?
Since dental implant insertion is an involved process, you want to know that it will stand the test of time. The good news is that with proper care, which should include brushing and flossing at least two times a day, and visiting our office for cleanings and examinations on a regular basis, it’s quite possible for your dental implant to last for 30 years to a lifetime.
Thus, once you choose the dental implant route, you’re making a long-term commitment to your oral health. This degree of permanence further solidifies the dental implant process as a one-of-a-kind method of tooth replacement.
Will my new smile look natural?
The insertion of a dental implant into the jawbone provides more than just functional benefits. By mimicking the original tooth root in function and proximity, it yields a natural-looking smile. This is one of the ways that the dental implant process differs from other forms of tooth replacement, that only replace the part of a missing tooth above the gum line.
Whereas a fixed bridge or a set of dentures can be prone to shifting, slipping or completely dislodging as the structure of your jaw changes, once a dental implant is placed, it’s locked into position just like your original teeth. Thus, you’ll be able to smile with the confidence of knowing that no one will be able to differentiate your new implants from your original teeth.