For long-lasting restorations for a missing tooth or teeth, our experienced team of dentists are pleased to offer dental implants for patients in Wichita Falls, TX. Dental implants are metal posts surgically placed in your gums and jawbone to simulate the natural tooth root. One or more posts can be attached to a crown, denture, or bridge for a restoration that looks beautiful and can be treated just like your natural teeth. If you have a missing tooth or teeth, schedule a consultation to learn more about dental implants, including Bicon® dental implants, at Stone Lake Dental. You may be interested in dental implants if you are tired of loose restorations or removable dentures. Talk to our dental team about your concerns and decide if dental implants are a good choice for you.
Dental implants can replace a missing tooth or teeth with an implant-supported crown, bridge, or denture. You may want to consider a dental implant if you currently have a regular dental restoration but are unhappy with the look, feel, or if there is extra care needed. Implants can be cleaned like your natural teeth with regular brushing and flossing. During your dental implant consultation, your Stone Lake Dental dentist will assess the health of your gums and jawbone in order to determine if a dental implant is a right option. If needed, a gum or bone graft may be completed before the implant is placed to ensure you have a strong enough foundation to support the post. You may not be a candidate for dental implants if you are pregnant, use tobacco products, or are currently being treated for an oral condition, like gum disease.
What To Expect
Before the dental implant is placed, you may need to have damaged teeth extracted, gum grafts, or bone grafts. Once your mouth is ready for the dental implant, the treatment area will be numbed with a local anesthesia. Sedation can be added to help you feel more comfortable during the procedure. An incision will be made in your gum and the titanium post will be placed in the jawbone. The incision will be closed with part of the post visible above the gumline. This process will continue if multiple posts are needed. As the implant integrates with the bone and gum over the next few months, a temporary crown or cover will be used to protect the post. Once it is decided that the dental implant is stable, the restoration (crown, denture, or bridge) will be attached to the post and adjusted for a good fit.
You may have some temporary swelling in your gums and face, as well as bruising, discomfort, and some minor bleeding following your dental implant surgery. Our dental team will let you know what's to be expected and when to contact our office. We may also prescribe pain medication and antibiotics. Once your implants have healed and your custom restoration has been attached, you should follow a good home oral care routine, like brushing, flossing, and mouthwash. You should continue to schedule an annual exam and bi-annual cleanings at Stone Lake Dental so that your oral health can be assessed. We will let you know if your implants or restorations need to be adjusted or replaced.
Depending on your dental insurance and specific coverage, some of the cost of your dental implant and restoration may be covered. Our office will contact your insurance to determine your benefits and calculate your costs. During your consultation at our facility, we can help estimate your costs and tell you about payment methods accepted by our office, including medical financing.
Dental implants can be a great choice if you want a natural-looking replacement for a missing tooth that is easy to maintain and lasts for a long time. We can walk you through the process, including surgery to place the implants and your options on the final restorations. If you would like to learn more about dental implants, make an appointment for a consultation at Stone Lake Dental.