Dental Implants Provide the Ultimate Solution for Missing Teeth

Replacing Teeth with Dental Implant Placement Explained - Video Transcript

Hello, I’m Dr. Fred Loe of North Tarrant Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. I am a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon and have obtained a dental degree.

If you are missing a tooth, several teeth, or all of your teeth, dental implants may be a great choice for you. A dental implant is a small titanium post that is placed within the jaw and acts as a replacement for your missing tooth root. These replacement roots can serve to support crowns, bridges, removable dentures, or an entire fixed prosthesis.

Dental implants are a conservative treatment option and offer many benefits over traditional dental restoration. Implants help preserve your remaining teeth and decrease the bone loss that commonly occurs after dental extractions. They also provide support for your replacement tooth or teeth without relying on your natural teeth. When you elect to undergo dental implant placement, there is no need to grind down or damage adjacent teeth to cement a bridge or to rely on the strength of the adjacent teeth to carry the burden of a bridge. The dental implant fully supports a new crown where your tooth is missing.

If you’re healthy enough to have a tooth removed, you’re likely healthy enough to undergo dental implant placement. To determine if you are a candidate for a dental implant, we will review your medical history and evaluate the health of your teeth and gums. At times we complement the X-rays provided by your dentist with additional X-rays or 3D scanning. The thought of someone placing an implant into your jaw may sound concerning, however, dental implant surgery is usually much easier for patients than having a tooth extracted. The vast majority of patients undergoing a single dental implant placement can return to work the day following surgery.

For all of your oral surgery needs, please visit us at North Tarrant Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. We perform general tooth extractions, wisdom teeth removal, dental implant placement, and bone grafting procedures, as well as facial trauma surgery and many other facial reconstructive procedures. We service all of Tarrant, Wise, and Parker Counties and look forward to caring for you at our state-of-the-art oral surgery facility. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to call our office. Thank you.

 

Important of Dental Implant Quality Explained - Video Transcript

Hello, I’m Dr. Fred Loe of North Tarrant Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. I am a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon and have obtained a dental degree.

At North Tarrant Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we believe that every patient deserves the highest-quality dental implants to replace missing teeth. Unfortunately, many patients are not aware that there is a difference in the quality of dental implants on the market and will choose the practitioner offering the lowest fee available for their treatment.

Many dentists use inferior implants and components to bring their costs down and pass the savings on to their patients. But all too often, patients who receive low-cost, generic dental implants and components need to have the treatment redone at a significant financial, emotional, and physical cost. We believe that quality is of the utmost importance and refuse to compromise the quality of care we provide by utilizing cheap, knock-off implants. As part of our commitment to providing patients with the highest standard of implant quality, North Tarrant Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery offers Straumann dental implants.

Straumann is the largest global implant company, with more than 11 million Straumann implants used to restore missing teeth around the world. Straumann implants and components were developed with precise design and engineering specifications to ensure excellent quality and flexibility. Unlike other generic brands, Straumann implants and components are made by the same manufacturer to ensure the strongest possible implant-component connection. The components connect deep inside the implant screw to provide the highest level of stability for your crown and are engineered to maintain a tight, sealed connection to avoid loosening.

When you choose North Tarrant Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, you can feel assured knowing that your implants show a 98.8% survival rate in long-term clinical studies and are widely considered the “gold standard” in implant dentistry. And to prove Straumann’s confidence in the precision and quality of their product, every implant has a lifetime guarantee.

We understand that cost is always important and we work with our patients to provide flexible payment options.I have been in practice as an oral surgeon for over 38 years, and my highly skilled, professional staff has over 42 years of combined dental experience and extensive training in implant dentistry. At North Tarrant Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery all dental implant procedures are performed in our state-of-the-art surgical facility. We offer multiple options for anesthesia to ensure a comfortable, anxiety-free surgical experience and we work with dentists to ensure optimum results for your treatment.If you are in need of a tooth replacement, or are looking to upgrade your current dentures or partial denture, I encourage you to call our office and schedule an initial consultation.We are happy to answer any questions you may have to ensure that you receive the reliable, high-quality implants that your mouth deserves.

For all of your oral surgery needs, please visit us at North Tarrant Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. We perform general tooth extractions, wisdom teeth removal, dental implant placement, and bone grafting procedures, as well as facial trauma surgery and many other facial reconstructive procedures. We service all of Tarrant, Wise, and Parker Counties and look forward to caring for you at our state-of-the-art oral surgery facility. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to call our office. Thank you.

What are dental implants?

If you have a tooth or multiple teeth that are missing, dental implants, offered at our Fort Worth, TX, practice may be the right replacement choice for you. A dental implant is a small titanium post that is surgically inserted into the jawbone where the teeth are missing. It is placed directly into the jawbone, and replaces your missing root. Another small post is attached to the top implant, which protrudes through the gums and provides a stable anchor for your customized replacement crown.

Dental implants are a modern and conservative solution for tooth replacement and a common choice for most patients. Some advantages to dental implants include:

  • Easier eating
  • Better oral health
  • Decreased bone loss in the jaw and tooth shifting
  • Increased comfort
  • Improved appearance and self-esteem
  • Stronger and more durable than other replacement options

If you are healthy enough to have a tooth removed, you are likely healthy enough to undergo dental implant placement. You may need to take extra precaution when receiving dental implant surgery if:

  • You are under the age of 18: Children and some teens may not be able to undergo dental implant placement because their jawbone has not yet fully matured. However early diagnosis of a dental implant need will help to ensure that young patients receive a dental implant as soon as their oral fixtures are fully developed
  • You have existing medical conditions: Certain medications and conditions may require special attention from your doctor throughout the surgical process. Our surgeon is very attentive to the implications of these situations on dental implant use. A thorough discussion of your specific concerns/conditions will occur during your initial consultation.
  • You smoke regularly: Although smoking slightly lowers the success rates of implants, it does not eliminate your possibility of getting them. Our physicians will review these lifestyle concerns with you to make sure that you have the greatest chance at successful dental implant use.
  • You suffer from gum disease, bone loss, or problem teeth: Bone loss and periodontal disease are very common among implant patients. With proper oral care, almost all implants placed in patients who have gum disease have been successful. Inadequate bone is a common occurrence in patients who have had long-term missing teeth. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons utilize specialized treatments such as bone grafting to safely and securely place the implant in the bone.

During your initial consultation, we will review all of your restoration options and develop a personalized plan for your procedure. This process may include basic X-rays, 3D scanning, CT scans and the creation of models for your custom crown.

For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. During the first procedure, the titanium post that replaces your missing root is placed within your jawbone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums gradually bonding with the jawbone while your doctor is creating your custom-made crown. During the second procedure, the implant is uncovered and a small support post is attached which will act as anchors for the artificial crown. These posts protrude through the gums. The artificial crown is then placed and the posts will not be seen. The entire procedure usually takes about six months. Most patients experience minimal disruption in their daily life and are able to return to their daily routine the day after surgery.

Where can I get dental implants near Fort Worth?

At North Tarrant Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, our surgical staff maintains a state-of-the-art oral surgical facility where patients can have dental implants placed in a safe and comfortable environment. Dr. Fred Loe proudly serves all of Wise, Parker, and Tarrant counties including Watauga, Grapevine, Saginaw, Boyd, Keller, Fort Worth, Decatur, North Richland Hills, Trophy Club, Lake Worth, and more.

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