Restore Lost Teeth and Jaw Strength with Dental Implants
Dr. Chirag Patel places and restores dental implants as a long-term replacement for missing or severely damaged teeth. Anchored directly into the jaw with one or more small titanium posts, implant-supported restorations are the best restorative option that is currently available. Our team can perform all stages of treatment, including implant placement, tooth extraction, and bone grafts, from start to finish at our Frisco, TX, office.
What Are Dental Implants?
Implant-supported restorations are the only type of restorative dentistry procedure that replaces both the visible portion of a tooth and its root. These small titanium posts are surgically placed directly into the jawbone, which allows them to act as artificial tooth roots. After implants have healed and stabilized in the bone, Dr. Patel can attach a restoration such as a single crown, bridge, or denture to fully rejuvenate your smile.
Benefits of Implants
Implants offer a number of notable advantages over other restorative options, including:
- Greater Durability: Because implant-supported restorations are anchored in the jaw itself, rather than supported by adjacent teeth, they are much more stable than traditional bridges.
- Improved Jawbone Strength: When we lose teeth, the surrounding bone deteriorates. Because titanium implants stimulate the jaw in the same way that our natural dental roots do, they can not only halt jawbone degeneration but also catalyze new growth.
- Enhanced Stability: While traditional dentures can sometimes slip and slide, dental implants allow denture patients to eat, speak, and smile with confidence.
- Gum Health: Because they are prone to slipping, dentures can often chafe and wear away the gums over time. By keeping your restorations stable, implants help prevent this problem altogether.
- More Comfortable: The combined durability and stability of implant-supported restorations creates a much more comfortable experience for patients. In many cases, these types of restorations are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth.
Despite these benefits, implants are not ideal for every patient. If you have lost too much bone tissue, your jaw may not be able to support an implant. However, Dr. Patel can often improve patients' candidacy by first placing a bone graft in the treatment area.
What to Expect
While the exact timeline for treatment depends largely on the specifics of a patient’s case, Dr. Patel can often place and restore dental implants within two to three months.
The treatment process begins with an initial consultation. During this visit, Dr. Patel will ask about your goals for treatment, evaluate your medical and dental history, and conduct a thorough examination of your smile. He can then walk you through the pros and cons of each restorative option available to you.
Dental implants are recognized as a long-term, reliable solution for replacing missing or severely damaged teeth.
In many cases, he can take a cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) scan on the same day. This advanced system will create a 360-degree composite image of a patient’s oral cavity. With the resulting measurements, Dr. Patel can precisely plan your dental implant placement well ahead of the procedure. Using this information, he can also discuss the possibility of bone grafts and sinus lifts to improve your candidacy, if necessary.
Placement and Restoration
Dental implant treatment is typically broken up into two major stages: placement and restoration. If patients require a tooth extraction or bone or membrane graft, Dr. Patel can often perform the surgery at the same time as placement in order to minimize the total duration of treatment.
Once the implant is placed in the jaw, the incision site will be closed. The doctor usually waits two to three months so that the bone can heal and the post can fuse with the surrounding bone. After this recovery period, abutment pieces will be attached and patients can receive their permanent crown, bridge, or denture. In many cases, Dr. Patel can take digital impressions for a crown or bridge, then create and secure the restoration the same day with his on-site CEREC machine.
Strengthen Your Smile
For the right patients, dental implants can be a long-term, reliable solution for replacing missing or severely damaged teeth. Contact us online or call us at (214) 705-6600 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Patel and discuss your treatment option.