Dental Implants

Medico M.D. Offers Affordable Dental Implant Smile Restoration For Dallas, Fort Worth, Waco and San Antonio.

Tooth loss can be painful and stressful for patients but replacing missing teeth shouldn’t be. At Medico M.D., our team of dental and medical professionals offer a wide range of tooth replacement solutions to recreate lost tooth structure and quickly, comfortably replace missing teeth to natural form and function. For many years, patients have dealt with tooth replacement options that only restored the parts of teeth above the gum line. The Medico M.D. team recommends patients consider dental implant supported tooth replacement instead. These restoration options replace both the roots and crowns of missing teeth, recreating a flawless, healthy smile you’ll be proud to share. If you want to learn more, call to schedule a tooth replacement consultation with the dentistry team at Medico M.D. in one of our 18 DFW Metroplex, Waco, or San Antonio clinic locations. We look forward to helping you restore your beautiful, healthy smile.

The Dental Implant Difference

Dental implants are posts that recreate the lost root structures of missing teeth. Before they’re put into place, dental implants look like small screws. Once in position, the implant posts fuse seamlessly with the supportive gum and bone tissue, mimicking healthy root function. This provides the ideal stability for your replacement tooth or teeth, and the implant posts offer the stimulation necessary to maintain bone density and gum tissue volume. In most cases, we recommend titanium implant posts, but there are a number of materials available, including zirconia.

Benefits for Oral & Overall Health

Dentists are recommending dental implant supported tooth replacement more and more often because of the many oral and overall health benefits. The most important reason these dental restorations are preferred is that they truly are more like your natural tooth. By replacing the root system, dental implants closely mimic natural smiles, ensuring patients maintain the ideal level of jawbone density and gum tissue volume. They also improve stability of restorations, allowing patients to speak, chew, and smile with complete confidence in any situation. Finally, these implant-retained prosthetics can last the rest of a patient’s lifetime with proper care.

The Implant Placement Process

Dental implant tooth replacement is completed in two phases. During the initial phase of treatment, we will surgically place the dental implant post. Many patients are worried about undergoing a surgical treatment, but this procedure is actually relatively straightforward and minimally invasive. We’ll start by numbing the treatment area, and we also offer sedation options to maintain optimal comfort. Then, a small incision is made in the soft tissue, and your implant post is positioned into the jaw. A protective cap allows the implant to fuse with the jaw and gums and holds the soft tissue open, so the replacement teeth can be attached. When necessary, we will provide a temporary, removable replacement tooth. For three to six months following your procedure, you’ll need to allow the dental implant to fuse with the supportive structures. Once this process is complete, you’ll return to our office, so we can attach your final, permanent replacement teeth.

Dental Implant Supported Tooth Replacements

Once you’re ready to receive your final restoration, you’ll return to our office for the second phase of implant supported tooth replacement. During this phase of treatment, we attach your permanent replacement tooth or teeth. Every case is unique, but you can usually expect the following:

  • Single implant post – to replace a single lost tooth, one dental crown will be attached to an individual dental implant post. In some cases, we can also attach two fused together crowns to one implant to replace two consecutive teeth.
  • Two implant posts – two to five consecutive missing teeth can usually be replaced with a fixed bridge restoration supported by implants on both ends. Very small partials may also be anchored with just two implants.
  • Three or more implants – partial and full dentures are usually anchored to between three and six dental implant posts to replace numerous consecutive and non consecutive teeth or a full row of missing teeth.

Are You One Of Them?

Treatment Timeline

The timeline for getting dental implants varies from patient to patient. It depends on the extent of the work that needs to be done and the condition of bone into which the implant will be placed. Implant treatment can take from as few as two appointments up to 12-18 months for extensive treatment.

How Do You Know If You Need An Extraction?

A dental implants can come in several forms, but the most common form is a titanium tooth root surgically inserted into the jawbone. Dental implants are much stronger and can last a very long time. They are commonly used as one of the best options for tooth replacement.

Prevent Premature Aging With Dental Implants

It is not uncommon for people to lose a tooth, or even multiple teeth, for different reasons. Dental disease or accidental injury are common causes of tooth loss.

While a bridge or dentures are longstanding solutions for replacing teeth, and may even be the best options for some patients, Medico M.D. considers dental implants to be the ideal replacement procedure, in large part for reason relating to bone loss and early aging.

Bones need stimulation to stay strong. Your teeth stimulate your jawbone during chewing. When a tooth is lost, the stimulation in that area of the jaw stops. As a result, the body reabsorbs the bone that held the tooth in place. This reduces the jawbone and significantly ages your facial features.

Preventing jawbone resorption after tooth loss requires stimulation of the bone tissue. Dental implants provide that stimulation by becoming a part of your jawbone and transmitting the forces of chewing to your jaw. So dental implants do more than just simply replace a tooth – they also preserve your smile and prevent the onset of early aging.

Understanding Implants

Are you considering a dental implant? Review the infographic below to understand what’s involved in the process. Whether you’re missing a tooth, require a complete set of teeth, or have loose dentures, dental implants can restore the enjoyment and confidence you once had when eating and smiling.

Treatment Timeline

The timeline for getting dental implants varies from patient to patient. It depends on the extent of the work that needs to be done and the condition of bone into which the implant will be placed. Implant treatment can take from as few as two appointments up to 12-18 months for extensive treatment.

Initial consultation

During this stage, the patient meets with the dentist to create a personalized treatment plan.

Pre-surgery phase

At this time, the dentist will check the patient’s medical history and complete pre diagnostic measures to prepare for surgery.

Surgery/Implant placement

The dentist will place the implants into the jaw. Temporary crowns are placed at this time and must be worn until the implants heal.

Post operative visits

After surgery, your dentist will follow up to remove sutures.

Restorative phase

Once the implants have healed, they are uncovered to take impressions for the final crowns or denture. The final teeth are delivered and cemented 4-8 weeks after implants have healed.

What Are The Advantages Of Dental Implants?

  • Improved appearance
  • Improved speech
  • Improved comfort
  • Easier eating
  • Improved self-esteem
  • Improved oral health
  • Durability
  • Convenience

All Medico M.D.’s clinics have staff members who are bi-lingual in Spanish and English. By understanding your needs, we provide great medical and dental services.

Call 1-844-9MEDICO today for a medical or dental appointment.

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