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North Dallas Dental Implants

Dental Implants Dallas

North Dallas Dental Implants  are used to support crowns and bridges.  A dental implant can be used with a single crown or a bridge to replace a missing tooth or multiple teeth.

“Numbing” may not be necessary when the prosthetics or “crown” work is completed.  Many times most of the procedure can be done indirectly…that is outside of the oral cavity.  That means no drilling inside your mouth!  Typically, an impression is made with no anesthetic and a few weeks later your new teeth are in place.

Many times a provisional or a “prototype” North Dallas dental implant crown will be constructed.  This is used as a method to create or simulate the permanent restoration.  One must remember that a ‘tooth’ must be created from nothing when making an implant restoration.  The provisional will create the correct contours for the proper emergence for function and hygiene.  This is usually made from a tooth colored composite material.  After placement within the mouth, patient will wear this for a minimum of two weeks.  If any adjustments are necessary, then they can be made and the provisional worn for additional few weeks.  After the provisional is worn, the North Dallas dental implant permanent crown and abutment can be constructed using the information gained from wearing the provisional.

Typically the provisional is made within two weeks.  The permanent restoration and abutment may take six weeks to construct.  The patient may continue wearing the provisional while the permanent restoration is being made.

There are also two types of ways an implant restoration may be secured within the mouth.  The first is a cemented crown over a screwed in abutment.  The other is whereby the crown and abutment are both screwed in together.  This is the preferred method.  Although the crown may be cemented to the abutment, the entire prosthesis is screwed in at one time.  A small filling material is placed over the access hole on top of the crown.

If there were ever a problem with the implant or the abutment, the entire prosthesis could be easily removed by the access screw holding it all together.

Materials involved for the North Dallas dental implants in Dallas with crowns and bridges are similar to that of crowns and bridges for natural teeth.  Implant crowns and bridges can restore and give you the best feel and look of natural teeth.  Implant teeth can’t get cavities!  Yea! North Dallas Dental implants can give you the look you want.

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Dr. Miller has been working with North Dallas dental implants for many years.  He has the education, experience and the credentials to provide his patients with his very best in Dallas dental implants.  As a Master in the Academy of General Dentistry and a Fellow in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, he is one of just a small percentage of dentists with those credentials.  Dr. Miller can discuss and plan what would be the best implant treatment option for you.  He can discuss and answer any questions related to the planning, placement and steps involved with an implant treatment plan.  As a reminder, Dr. Miller provides personalized dental care so that he may spend time with each of his patients.

His focus is with helping patients decide what type and which materials fit their mouth and beautify their smile the best.  He can help you in planning and creating the best smile possible using dental implants.

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What is a Dental Implant?

Many times people will say that they would like an “Implant”.   After a further discussion patients will assume that by saying “implant” that will allow them to start chewing on that “implant” when the procedure is complete.  That’s not the case.

Several steps are necessary to take place to achieve acceptable results with the placement of a North Dallas dental implant.  When we speak of an North Dallas dental implant procedure there are three basic items to consider.  I like to compare these basic items to the following;  root, tooth and crown.

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The first comparison or analogy to make is that of the “implant” and the root of a natural tooth.  Many times I will state that we are going to “build” a new tooth where we are missing a tooth.

First we need to have a foundation or “root” to start with, similar to the base or root of a natural tooth.  I compare the implant to the root of a tooth.  So when an implant is placed in the bone one has the “root” similar to that of a natural tooth root.  One can’t see the root of their natural tooth and therefore a patient can’t visualize the implant either when in place within the socket of bone.    So if we now have a root we need a “tooth” to go above the gumline on the implant (root).

The “tooth” would be called an abutment.  An abutment is a prosthetic attachment that is placed immediately on the top of the implant and will be seen within the mouth much like a natural tooth.  That will be the second of the three parts needed to complete the “implant” procedure.

The third and final part is that of the crown that goes on the abutment or “tooth”.  The crown or cap on an implant is very similar to a crown that is attached to a natural tooth.   The crown can be secured with a screw into the abutment or cemented.

So, in summary, we have three items to consider when discussing an “implant” procedure within the mouth.  First is the “root/implant”, second is the “tooth/abutment” and the third is the crown or cap.

Usually, a surgeon will place the implant and a general dentist will place the abutment and crown.  Although, a single dentist may complete the entire procedure as a general dentistry service.  So remember when we speak of an implant that one consider all three portions and not just the “root” or implant that is placed into the bone of the patient. 

If you would like more information about North Dallas dental implants, visit the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (I.C.O.I.) website.

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