Dental Implants

Are you frustrated by missing teeth that ruin your smile and make it difficult to chew and speak confidently?

Replacing a missing tooth as soon after it’s lost is essential for good oral health, and dental implants at our Mesquite, TX dental office are a state-of-the-art tooth replacement solution. Instead of a bridge or denture that only solves the esthetic problem, a dental implant is a full tooth replacement with an artificial root and crown that mimics the form and function of natural teeth.

Compassionate, Understanding Treatment

Here at Town East Dental Group, we have worked with numerous patients who deal with tooth loss, and we know it can take a toll on your confidence and well-being. Please rest assured that we’re not here to judge or lecture you about past habits. Our primary goal is to help restore your smile and confidence so you can get back to enjoying a better quality of life.

There’s a lot to consider when thinking about getting a dental implant, and your Mesquite, TX dentist would be happy to provide all the information you need to make a decision you’re comfortable with. Please call us at (972) 270-2911 to schedule an appointment so we can get started!

Why It's a Good Idea to Replace Missing Teeth

Obviously, you want to get rid of that big gap between your teeth because you would love to smile and interact confidently with friends and co-workers.

But even more importantly, the loss of a tooth and its root often leads to a succession of other conditions that compromise your oral health. One problem related to tooth loss is misalignment that can occur as adjacent teeth gradually move and tilt toward the open space.

Also, when a healthy tooth is present in the jaw, its root acts to promote the healthy regeneration of bone and tissue in your jaw. If a tooth is lost, however, the process comes to a halt. With no root for stimulation, the bone in your jaw slowly begins to break down.

As the bone deteriorates, support for facial features like your cheeks and lips collapses, creating a drawn or hollow appearance that makes you look years older than you are. Even worse is the potential for further tooth loss. The continued breakdown of the jaw bone that supports other teeth will eventually cause them to loosen, and we may have to remove them.

The Benefits of Dental Implants

Dr. Loera recommends dental implants for his Mesquite, TX patients because they are the tooth replacement that is the closest in feel, form, and function to a healthy natural tooth.

A dental implant is a replacement tooth root that’s made of titanium and placed in your jaw during a brief procedure at our office. Titanium is a biocompatible material, which means that your body readily accepts it. As the implant site heals, the bone and tissue in your jaw grows around the post and eventually becomes a permanent part of your dental anatomy.

Since the implant takes the place of the natural root, the process of bone regeneration will continue and eliminate the possibility of further deterioration. The replacement root also acts as a placeholder that prevents adjacent teeth from moving and shifting.

Laugh and Smile Confidently with Dental Implant Dentures

One of the benefits of dental implants is that your Mesquite, TX dentist can use them to support full or partial dentures and hold them securely in place. If you wear dentures now, you already know the challenges they come with. Even though we customize removable dentures to fit the unique contours of your jawline, they may still slip, shift, and even fall out.

At Town East Dental Group, we can eliminate the embarrassment of dentures that don’t stay in place by securing them to dental implants in your jaw. First, Dr. Loera places the implant posts in your jaw bone. After they heal, we customize your natural-looking dentures with attachments that snap onto the implants in your jaw.

Since dental implants offer all the stability of a natural tooth root, they hold your full or partial denture firmly in place. By placing two or more dental implants in your jaw and customizing dentures to attach to them, we create a secure dental prosthetic that stays securely in place.

Eat All Your Favorite Foods with Implant Dentures

An important consideration for many of our patients is the ability to chew comfortably and eat healthy foods. Removable dentures restore only 10 percent of chewing function, but implant dentures restore about 90 percent. Imagine dentures that let you confidently take a bite out of an apple!

If you would like to learn more about implant dentures at our Mesquite, TX dental office, call us to schedule an appointment with Dr. Loera. If you have older dentures, we may be able to retrofit them to work with dentures.

The Process for Getting a Dental Implant

Once you and Dr. Loera decide to proceed with the dental implants process, the first step is to place the implant post in your jaw. Dr. Loera performs dental implant placement during an in-office procedure that takes about an hour to complete.

The next step is to for you to wait patiently while your tooth implants heal in your jaw. This process can take several months, but it’s during this time that the implant fuses with the bone and tissue around it.

This secure bond is what sets dental implants apart from every other tooth replacement. When the implant heals in place, it and provides the strength and stability to support the dental restoration—dental crown, bridge, or denture—that we eventually attach to it.

How to Care for Your Dental Implant

Your new dental implant will look, function, and feel just like a natural tooth. The implant tooth won’t decay, so you don’t have to worry about cavities. But you do have to commit to keeping your gums in excellent health.

It’s essential to have healthy gums in any case, but it’s especially critical when you have dental implants. Healthy gums help maintain strong, healthy bone in your jaw. If you develop gum disease, the infection could advance to the point where it starts to break down the bone that supports your dental implant. If this occurs, your tooth implant will fail, and we will need to remove it.

Protect your gums and your dental implant by brushing twice at least twice a day and flossing once. You do need to keep the area around the implant clean, and your dental hygienist will be happy to show you how to do it correctly.

Seeing your Mesquite, TX dentist for dental exams and teeth cleanings at least twice a year is essential. Gum disease often develops without any symptoms and can cause significant damage before you even know it exists. You may not realize you have gum disease, but your dental team will find it during your routine checkups. Maintaining your dental implants requires a team effort, but the reward is a beautiful, comfortable smile that functions well and restores your confidence.

Are You a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

If you want to get one or more dental implants, the first step is to arrange an appointment at Town East Dental Group to meet with Dr. Loera. He will take dental x-rays and check to make sure there’s enough dense bone available in the area we want to place the dental implant. If there isn't, you may still be able to get a dental implant with a procedure called bone grafting to build up the bone in your jaw.

Call our Mesquite, TX dental office to book an appointment so we can get started!