Dental Implants – Dallas, TX

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Dental Implants are the premier treatment option for one or more missing teeth. Dental Implants have evolved over the past fifty years into a mainstream restorative option for patients who wish to have a permanent and natural-looking replacement for missing teeth. It doesn’t matter if you need to replace one tooth or your entire arch, Dr. Wendling and his team can make your dream smile a reality! Don’t wait to learn more about the process, keep reading or give our oral surgery office a call to get started replacing missing teeth with dental implants in Dallas,TX!

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Why Choose Texas Wisdom Teeth for Dental Implants?

  • State-of-the-Art Dental Technology
  • In-House Placement and Restoration
  • Oral Surgeon with Personalized Touch

What is a Dental Implant?

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A dental implant is a highly engineered titanium post that is placed into the jawbone in much the same position as a natural tooth root. The implant has an acid etched and sandblasted surface, which helps the bone adhere to the implant during the healing process. Approximately two to four months after initial placement, the implant is well healed and is as stable and sturdy as a natural tooth root. At this point, the implant is ready for a restoration. Dr. Wendling will place a crown permanently into the implant "root," creating a natural-looking and fully functional tooth, which appears to be grown naturally from beneath the gum tissue.

A dental implant is extremely natural-looking, durable and has a very good success rate (approximately 90% over 40 years). These attributes have made dental implants one of the most sought-after treatments for missing teeth.

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Benefits of Dental Implants

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Dental implants offer many benefits that you won’t expect from more traditional forms of tooth replacement. This is mainly because the implant is designed to replace the tooth root, which disappears after a tooth is extracted. Once a permanent restoration is placed on top, you’ll be able to eat the foods you want without worry of your replacement tooth slipping or shifting out of place. That means no messy denture adhesive and very little reason to worry about future replacements (which is common for both bridges and dentures.)

Furthermore, dental implants have an average success rate of 95 to 98 percent when placed by an expert. They don’t require any special maintenance compared to natural teeth (since they are designed to mimic them as closely as possible) and you can prevent your jawbone from deteriorating as a result of the missing teeth. Not only does this help you maintain your strongest biting force possible, but it prevents your facial shape from changing and your cheeks from hollowing out!

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Indications for Dental Implants

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Dental implants are one of the most versatile tooth replacement options in dentistry to date. Replacing one tooth or an entire row of teeth has never been easier thanks to this technology. Consider the differences below!

Missing Single Tooth

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To replace one tooth, a single titanium post and one implant-retained crown is utilized. Your crown will be made from porcelain as it best resembles natural tooth enamel and is incredibly durable, making it ideal as a replacement implant crown.

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Missing Multiple Teeth

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To replace two or more teeth, a dental bridge is held by two implants, one on either side of the restoration. Instead of removing existing tooth enamel to anchor the bridge, the implants do all the work, making it ideal for those trying to protect their existing tooth enamel.

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Missing All Teeth

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Full and partial dentures retained with implants are perfect for those who currently wear dentures or do not want to deal with the setbacks that come with them. By strategically placing four to six implants throughout your jaw, we can create a more stable foundation for your restoration. You can also make use of All-on-4 implant-retained dentures, which let you walk out of our oral surgery office with a new smile the same day as your surgery.

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Understanding the Cost
of Dental Implants

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Depending on the number of implants you need placed, and the restoration you choose, your dental implant treatment is likely to vary in cost. Additionally, those who require preparatory treatments to have their implants placed, including bone grafts, sinus lifts, or tooth extractions, will notice additional costs.

With that said, it cannot be stressed enough how good of a long-term investment dental implants can be. Other options will eventually require replacement, such as bridges and dentures, because they aren’t capable of lasting as long. Plus, these solutions don’t even offer the same types of benefits as dental implants. Dental implants last between 25 years and a lifetime on average, which means even though you’re paying more now upfront, you’re saving money in the future.

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Advanced Dental
Implant Procedures

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In order for dental implants to last for decades, there must be a proper foundation for them to rely on ahead of surgery. Just like how a house needs foundation to remain stable and resilient to the elements, dental implants need strong and healthy bone tissue to keep their root in place. Not only does this ensure proper osseointegration (or fusing) of the titanium post to the jawbone, but it also ensures the restorations remain secure.

Dr. Cam is no stranger when it comes to advanced dental implant procedures that make your future tooth replacement possible. If you need a little help becoming a good candidate for treatment, he’s happy to offer bone grafts, sinus lifts, and PRP/PRF treatment to get it done. If you’d like to learn more, feel free to give his office a call today!

Bone Grafting

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Once the implants have been placed into the jaw, you should expect them to take anywhere between 3 and 6 months to fully integrate. This process, known as osseointegration, is both essential and necessary to keep the dental implant healthy. Without it, dental implants cannot even be considered.

At your initial consultation, Dr. Cam captures X-rays and CT scans to confirm if enough bone tissue is present in the jaw for an implant to integrate. If this is not the case, he’ll likely recommend a bone graft first. Bone grafts work by taking bone minerals from other areas of the body (or a donor if needed), then placing them into the deteriorated portions of the jaw. These minerals will take several months to integrate. By the end of this process, your jawbone should be thick enough to receive a dental implant with confidence.

Sinus Lifts

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It’s no secret that placing dental implants in the upper back jaw is a more complicated process. This is mainly due to the fact that bone density is lower in this area due to its proximity to the sinuses. In cases like these, Dr. Cam may recommend a sinus lift. During this procedure, we lift the sinus membrane slightly in order to pack additional bone grafting material into the newly created space. This makes the jawbone much thicker and gives dental implants a proper foundation to fuse in. Once it has fully healed, your upper jaw should be ready to receive a dental implant. Just keep in mind that they can take anywhere between 4 and 12 months to complete.

PRP/PRF Treatment

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The better your body heals after you’ve received a dental implant, the better off you’ll be. In fact, this is the best way to determine just how successful your dental implant surgery was. To ensure the best recovery process possible, our office performs a procedure known as PRP treatment, which stands for platelet-rich plasma. During this procedure, we inject platelets into the tooth socket to dramatically accelerate the healing process. By doing so, we can speed up the recovery time and get you a dedicated restoration sooner. It also means we can lower the risk of infections or other complications. We also offer PRF treatment, which stands for platelet-rich fibrin, a second-generation PRP treatment.

Texas Wisdom Teeth
vs. ClearChoice*

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When choosing an oral surgery office for your dental implant surgery, it’s important to understand what the differences are. If you choose Texas Wisdom Teeth instead of ClearChoice for dental implant placement, you will enjoy a number of benefits. For one thing, you won’t have to worry about surprise fees, and you can choose from a number of financing and payment plans. You can also be sure that you’ll see the same team every time you visit our oral surgery office, making it easier to develop a trusting relationship. 

Texas Wisdom Teeth ClearChoice
One Price* $20,000 $28,000
No Unexpected Fees
Financing Options Available
Professional Training & Expertise
In-House Sedation Available
Personalized Approach
Our Work is Guaranteed
Everything Done in One Location
The Same Dedicated Team at Every Visit

*Pricing is approximate. Texas Wisdom Teeth is not affiliated in any way with ClearChoice Dental Implant Centers, a registered limited liability company under ClearChoice Management Services, LLC.

Denture Stabilization

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Dentures are not without their downsides. Many people find that they’re no longer able to fully enjoy all of their favorite foods, and they are often annoyed with how their new teeth continually slip and move around in their mouths. The denture stabilization process helps eliminate these disadvantages. We simply place a strategic number of dental implants in your mouth to anchor your dentures in place, thus improving chewing capabilities and lowering the risk of future slipping.

Maintaining & Caring for Your Dental Implants

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Dental implants in Dallas have the potential to last a lifetime! In fact, most patients’ implants are still thriving after 10 years — and that’s really just the beginning of what they can accomplish. They can help you enjoy a healthy smile and a wide variety of foods as you go through all of life’s big and little moments. Of course, their longevity is not guaranteed. Just like natural teeth, they require some maintenance if they are going to stand the test of time.

Make Oral Hygiene a Priority

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Dental implants cannot get cavities, but that doesn’t mean you should not pay attention to oral hygiene. Maintaining a clean mouth is of vital importance because the most common cause of dental implant failure is an infection called peri-implantitis. It occurs when harmful bacteria invade the tissue around an implant. You can greatly reduce your risk of peri-implantitis by:

  • Brushing your teeth at least twice a day. Use a soft-bristled brush, and be sure to pay extra attention to the area along your gumline.
  • Flossing once a day. If you have an implant bridge or denture, you cannot floss between the teeth that are attached to one another. However, you can still floss between your natural teeth. You might also be able to floss beneath your implant restorations.
  • Rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash. Your dentist or hygienist might have recommendations on which product you should use.

Eat a Healthy Diet

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Both natural teeth and dental implants can stand up to most foods — but there is no denying that some food choices are wiser than others. It’s best to limit your consumption of anything that is extremely hard, sticky, sugary, or acidic. Overindulgence in such foods can foster bacteria growth and damage your implants. Instead, try to center your diet on tooth-friendly foods, such as those that are rich in calcium and antioxidants like vitamin C.

Break Bad Habits

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There are a number of bad habits that can be detrimental to dental implants:

  • Tobacco use is associated with a greatly increased risk of dental implant failure.
  • Using teeth as tools. Your restorations may suffer damage if you use them to open packages or trim your fingernails.
  • Chewing on hard objects. Munching on ice or chewing on pen caps can cause premature wear and tear to your restorations.

Protect Your Dental Implants

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Do you like to play sports? If so, be sure you invest in a high-quality mouthguard to protect both your oral tissues and your dental implants. A custom guard from a dentist provides better protection and comfort than any that you can purchase over the counter.

If you often wake up with a sore jaw, you might be grinding and clenching your teeth at night. That can damage your implants. Tell your implant dentist in Dallas about your problem. They may provide a nightguard to protect your smile while you sleep.

Schedule Regular Dental Checkups

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At your regular dental checkups, your dentist will examine both your natural teeth and your dental implants. If they spot any cause for concern, they may be able to address it before it becomes serious. Your implant restorations may also be removed so the area around the abutments can be thoroughly cleaned. If you ever notice a problem with your dental implants, such as signs of an infection, you should call us or your general dentist immediately.

Dental Implant Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Getting dental implants is a long-term investment, and the process itself will require multiple appointments. Before moving forward, we want to completely clear up any doubts or concerns you may have. If you have a question about dental implants or the overall process, we want to know! Below, you’ll find a number of questions that we’ve often heard from our patients; if you have any concerns that aren’t listed there, we invite you to call us and let us know.

Are Dental Implants Painful?

The procedure itself shouldn’t cause pain since your mouth will be thoroughly numbed. You can also be sedated for the surgery in order to stay relaxed. Afterwards, it’s normal to experience some soreness and discomfort, but over-the-counter painkillers and the occasional application of an ice pack can help make the recovery process much more comfortable.

What is the Healing Process for Dental Implants?

You’ll notice some swelling and soreness for the first few days, but this should fade quickly. During this initial recovery period, you should stick to soft foods and avoid hot liquids or drinking from a straw. You can return to normal activities after just a few days, but it will typically take months for your jawbone to fully integrate with the implants.

Can I Have All of My Teeth Replaced with Dental Implants?

Indeed, you can! Dental implants are highly versatile and can be used to replace any number of teeth. We can even replace an entire arch with an implant-retained denture! You won’t necessarily need an implant to replace every individual tooth; full dentures can typically be supported by 4 to 8 implants.

How Do I Take Care of Dental Implants?

You typically don’t have to do anything special to take care of dental implants; you can continue brushing and flossing as if they were your natural teeth. We do recommend using low-abrasive toothpaste that won’t scratch the restoration. You should also look into getting dental floss that’s designed to be used for implants.

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

Like most forms of tooth replacement, the lifespan of dental implants depends on your ability to care for them properly and maintain good oral health. The average expected lifespan for dental implants is around 30 years, but there are many examples of patients who have kept their implants for the rest of their lives.

What are the Benefits of Getting Implants from Oral Surgeon vs. a Regular Dentist?

Oral surgeons have undergone additional training in implant placement and other procedures, giving them a level of expertise that regular dentists are often unable to match. Also, oral surgeons are typically exposed to a wider variety of complications during surgeries, meaning they’re more likely to be able to deal with these problems effectively as they occur.