Over the last year, your Mesquite dentist, Dr. RJ Loera, completed a comprehensive dental implant course with Implant Pathway, a highly prestigious dental implant continuing education course with a particular focus on the surgical placement of single, multiple, and full-arch dental implants.
Dr. Loera's Year-Long Implant Course
Implant Pathway required Dr. Loera to travel to Austin, TX to perform dental implant surgeries in their clinical setting under the direction of esteemed implantologists. The final surgical procedure was in Tempe, AZ at New Horizon Dental Center.
By committing to this training, Dr. Loera is excited that he and our periodontist, Dr. Carlos Parra Carrasquer, will be able to perform nearly any type of dental implant procedure for our patients from start to finish right here at Town East Dental Group.
Implant Pathway participants perform live surgeries with training dentists, including:
- Single dental implants
- Dental implant bridges
- Teeth in a day, All-on-4 full arch implants
- Dental implant-retained dentures
"I chose this program because it offered hands-on training with actual patients rather than on a plastic model or animal jaw. In addition, it was important to me to gain expert training to enable me to provide comprehensive dental implants from treatment planning to restoration for the benefit of my patients."
In addition to comprehensive training, Implant Pathway is a non-profit organization that donates services to patients in need at a free or reduced cost. To date, they have placed nearly 4,000 dental implants and donated more than seven million dollars in services.
Why Choose Dental Implants
Dental implants are a long-term solution to missing teeth. Unlike other tooth replacement options, dental implants replace the entire tooth, including the root. By replacing the missing tooth's root with a titanium dental implant post, future bone loss can be slowed or prevented.
Dental implants boast a high success rate of up to 95 percent over ten years when cared for correctly both at home and professionally by your dentist.
Single-tooth implants – Patients with a single missing tooth can opt for a dental implant rather than a dental bridge. Dental implants do not require alteration of adjacent healthy teeth, as with a dental bridge.
Dental implant bridges – When a patient is missing multiple sequential teeth, a dental implant bridge can fill the gap in their smile by anchoring an artificial tooth between two dental implants. This allows for the replacement of more missing teeth than a traditional bridge while maintaining stability.
Dental implant-retained dentures – Dental implant dentures, such as the All-on-4 system, provide an opportunity to replace an entire arch of teeth with a slender profile denture anchored to four or more dental implants on each arch. Because the denture does not require suction or ridge security, its smaller profile does not need to cover the palate. As a result, it's both secure and allows you to taste your food better.
"My biggest takeaway from the program was knowing step one and taking the procedure through to the final step. So much goes into dental implant planning and preparation that placing the dental implant is the easiest part of the entire process."
The Dental Implant Process
Like Dr. Loera pointed out, dental implants require precise planning for the best results. For dental implant success, you must have enough healthy bone to support the dental implant and chewing force. Using 3-D imaging, Dr. Loera will evaluate if enough bone exists or if additional procedures like bone grafting will be necessary.
At Town East Dental Group, we use the Nobel Biocare dental implant system, one of the most reliable and popular systems available. In addition, they are well-known for their All-on-4 dental implant systems.
Dr. Loera uses digital planning before surgery to identify the ideal location for dental implants. The procedure for surgical placement of a dental implant only takes about one hour to 90 minutes, and patients recover with minimal discomfort and swelling.
Once the dental implant is placed, the biocompatible titanium post will fuse with your natural bone over time in a process called osseointegration. Essentially, the dental implant post becomes part of your jawbone over 3-6 months.
Whether you are missing a single tooth or multiple teeth, Dr. Loera will place your dental implant crown, bridge, or overdenture after adequate healing has occurred. Dr. Loera precisely matches your tooth restoration or prosthetic to your smile for a natural look that you can feel confident about.
What Causes Dental Implants to Fail?
As with natural teeth, the dental implant's biggest enemy is gum disease. Advanced gum disease can move into the underlying bone, causing both tooth loss and dental implant loss. The best insurance for your smile and dentistry is exceptional home care, which includes brushing and flossing daily, and your routine visits to Town East Dental Group for dental exams and professional dental cleanings. At each exam, Dr. Loera will evaluate the health of your teeth and dental implants to address any minor issues before they put your smile at risk.
Dental Implants in Mesquite, TX
If you want to learn more about dental implants to replace your missing teeth, contact our friendly team to arrange a dental implant consultation with Dr. RJ Loera. We look forward to helping you smile confidently!