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How Dental Implants Work – Park Cities | Dallas, TX

No More Gaps in Your Smile

A fully functional set of teeth can sometimes be taken for granted, but when there is any tooth loss, it suddenly becomes evident how important each of your ivories is for carrying out simple tasks like chewing food and speaking. Thankfully, if you’ve been living with any number of missing teeth, you can benefit from the most reliable replacement method available: dental implant insertion. The road to recovery starts with contacting our Park Cities – Dallas office to schedule a visit with Dr. Kenneth Hamlett. With his help, you can finally regain the life you once had!

Initial Dental Implant Consultation

woman smiling with missing teeth

The first step in having your smile restored is to visit our office to meet with Dr. Hamlett. While you’re here, he’ll take the time to carefully assess your oral health. Therefore, if you need to receive any restorative care before having dental implants placed, it can be taken care of to ensure you have a successful procedure.

Additionally, Dr. Hamlett will take into account the number of teeth you have missing, as well as the condition and the amount of jawbone you have remaining. He’ll factor all of these components into determining your eligibility for dental implant placement and to arrive at a final cost. Thus, you’ll be armed with all the pertinent information you need to make an educated decision.

Dental Implant Surgery

dental implant and crown fitting into gums

The dental implant procedure is unlike any other form of tooth replacement. That’s because it provides a way to replace the entire tooth structure, from the root to the crown. Since the structure is completely self-sufficient, there is no need to damage or alter the surrounding teeth, and it ensures you a lasting and secure replacement.

The process starts with Dr. Hamlett numbing the treatment site so you can have a painless experience. He’ll then make an incision into the gums to gain access to the jawbone. After drilling a small hole, he’ll attach the cylinder-shaped titanium dental implant.

Dental Implant Osseointegration & Abutment

set of implant retained dentures

After the initial placement of the dental implant, you’ll need time to heal, which can vary with each patient. The average period can be from six to nine months. During this phase, another important process will occur: the fusing of the implant with your jawbone. Referred to as osseointegration, it is one of the key features of the dental implant process that contributes to an overall success rate of 95%.

Through the natural marrying of the implant and your existing bone, you’ll be left with a degree of sturdiness and security that is only rivalled by the original tooth root. Later, a titanium abutment will be added, which will act as an anchor for the final restoration to be securely attached to.

Placement of Dental Restorations

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The type of dental restoration you receive is mainly dependent upon the number of teeth that are being replaced. No matter what your situation is, Dr. Hamlett has a solution to meet your needs.

If only one tooth is being replaced, you’ll need an implant-retained crown, which is custom-crafted from high-grade porcelain. For multiple missing teeth, an implant-retained bridge works perfect. Unlike a traditional fixed bridge, it doesn’t require any alterations to the surrounding teeth.

To replace a full set of teeth, your implant dentist can strategically place a series of implants that a set of dentures can be permanently fastened to. Thus, you won’t have to worry about any slipping or shifting.

To get more information about how the dental implant procedure works, don’t hesitate to contact our Park Cities – Dallas office today to request a visit.

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