Dental Implant Information Overview

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are small titanium inserts that are designed to completely replace the missing root of a lost tooth.  These implants are then capped or crowned with incredibly lifelike replacement teeth that closely match the size, shape, and color of existing dentition.  Dental implants are currently the most enduring and sophisticated teeth replacement solution available today!

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Why Dental Implants?

Dental implants are the best treatment option for missing or failing teeth because they provide a new foundation to support replacement teeth.  This foundation serves to prevent many of the additional oral health challenges that often accompany tooth loss.  Dental implants offer a number of compelling advantages and benefits especially when compared to conventional types of teeth replacement such as dentures or bridgework.  Dental implants never need to be removed for cleaning, maintenance, or while you are sleeping and can be cared for with normal brushing, flossing, and regular dental checkups.  With proper care and attention, dental implants can last for a lifetime!

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Dental Implant Process

The dental implant treatment process typically involves at least four distinct phases: the initial consultation, oral surgery for implantation, healing and osseointegration, and then the placement of permanent restorations. Patients will need to undergo a routine physical examination of their oral anatomy during their initial consultation with Dr. Shoemaker.  If deficiencies are found in the amount of healthy gum tissue or jawbone structure available to support implants, then Dr. Shoemaker may recommend a supplemental procedure such as a dental bone graft before scheduling the oral surgery for placement of dental implants.

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Dental Implant Benefits

Dental implants represent the culmination of several decades of trial, research, and unrivaled success by dental professionals who understand that the future of teeth replacement is firmly rooted in dental implants.  Implant supported dental prostheses are more comfortable, convenient, and effective than other types of removable dental appliances such as dentures or bridgework.  In addition to providing an aesthetically pleasing and fully functional replacement for missing or failing teeth, dental implants can help to prevent additional oral health problems such as receding gums, jawbone loss, and even additional tooth loss.

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Dental Implants vs. Dentures

Removable dental prostheses such as dentures and bridges have historically been the standard of care for treating tooth loss.  Today, dental implants are quickly surpassing these traditional teeth replacement options because of the number of remarkable advantages that they offer patients.  Dentures and bridges can lose their fit and efficacy over time which can leave them ill-fitting or causing discomfort and embarrassment.  Dental implants do not ever need to be removed, they can be used just like your natural teeth, and they can last a lifetime with only a healthy oral hygiene routine.  Replacement teeth supported by dental implants are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth!

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Are You a Candidate?

Tooth loss can severely affect the lifestyle and self-confidence of those that are missing one or more teeth.  If you are missing one or more teeth or if you are currently wearing a removable dental prosthesis, then you may be a good candidate for treatment with dental implants.  There are additional considerations such as the condition of the patient’s jawbone and levels of healthy gum tissue.  If deficiencies are found in these areas, then they will need to be addressed prior to the placement of dental implants.

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Bone Grafting

Certain patients may not be immediately able to receive dental implants because there are additional issues that need to be addressed such as jawbone loss or receding gums.  Bone grafting is available to treat areas of the jawbone that have diminished and lost mass due to atrophy.  A bone graft utilizes a small sample of bone from the patient’s own body, or from another source, to strengthen and build up the area so that it can effectively support a dental implant.  Bone grafting can be accomplished during a routine outpatient procedure in the months prior to the placement of dental implants.

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Contact Dr. Shoemaker for Dental Implants

If you have recently lost one or more teeth or if you have been living with untreated tooth loss for longer than you’d like to admit, then perhaps it’s time to consider your teeth replacement options.  Dr. John Shoemaker has been providing exquisite dental implant supported teeth replacement options for patients in McKinney, TX and neighboring communities for over 27 years!  Dr. Shoemaker takes great pride in his ability to restore the teeth, smiles, and normal lifestyles of his incredibly grateful patients.  Be sure to check out our patient testimonials page to see what actual patients of Dr. Shoemaker have to say about their experience with our team!  Simply contact our office to schedule your personal dental implant consultation with Dr. Shoemaker today!