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Using the newest advances in dental implant technology, Dr. Doctor is able to place single-stage dental implants. These implants do not require a second procedure to uncover them, but do require a minimum of three to six months of healing time before the artificial teeth are place. There are even situations where the implants can be placed at the same time as a tooth extraction - immediate placement – further minimizing the number of surgical procedures. Advances in dental implant technology make it possible, in select cases, to extract teeth and place implants with crowns in one visit. This procedure, called, “immediate loading,” greatly simplifies the clinical process.
Delayed placement of implants occurs when there is poor quality and quantity of bone or missing bone after an extraction. The lack of adequate bone structure is unsuitable for the placement of dental implants and thus delays implant placement. In the past these patients would not have been considered candidates for placement of dental implants.
Today we have the ability to grow bone where needed. This not only gives us the opportunity to place implants of proper length and width, it also gives us a chance to restore functionality and aesthetic appearance.
In Two-stage surgeries the implants are first placed within your jawbone. Generally, additional surgical procedures are performed to assure proper placement and adequate bone support. The implants are allowed to heal for up to three to six months beneath the surface of the gums. During this time the bone grows to the implant and integrates with the implant. While the healing stage is continuing, you will wear a temporary prosthesis, be able to eat a soft diet, and have a normal appearance.
After the jawbone has bonded to the implant, the second phase begins. Dr. Doctor will uncover the implants and join small abutment attachments to them. These attachments protrude through the gums. When the artificial teeth are placed, these attachments will not be seen. The entire procedure usually takes four to six months. Most patients experience minimal disruption in their daily life.
These are the implant services that we offer in our new Southlake and renovated Arlington offices.