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State-of-the-Art McKinney Dental Implants

Are you ready to rebuild missing teeth and start showing your smile off with pride again? Here at OakBrook Dental & Orthodontics, our doctors would love to help you. There are several reconstructive options available to patients today, but none that are as long-lasting, as functional, or as seamlessly natural-looking as dental implants. In fact, Dr. Nguyen is an implant specialist who can oversee your entire procedure from beginning to end right here in our McKinney location, with no extra traveling required!

We look forward to meeting your smile’s needs and even exceeding your expectations. Please contact us today if you have any further questions about dental implants, or if you’re ready to schedule the first consultation.

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Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants offer more benefits than any other tooth replacement option. If you use them to rebuild your smile, here are just a few of the advantages you can expect:

  • Longevity. Dental implants have the potential to last for 30 years or longer — perhaps even a lifetime. Other treatment options may last for just 10 – 15 years.
  • A strong bite. Dental implants replace the entire structure of missing teeth, which gives them the security and stability they need to stand up to almost any food.
  • A successful outcome. Over 95 percent of dental implant cases are successful!
  • Protection for your remaining natural teeth. A fixed bridge requires that we modify the structure of your remaining natural teeth, but that step isn’t necessary with dental implants. They allow us to preserve healthy dentition.
  • Bone preservation. Because implants bond with the bone around them, they prevent the jawbone from losing mass and density.

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Indications for Dental Implants

Whether you are missing one tooth, several teeth, or an entire arch of teeth, dental implants may be an appropriate treatment solution for you.

Missing a Single Tooth

For patients who are missing a single tooth, we place just one implant below the gum line. Then, we attach a single, custom-made crown to the implant to replace the visible portion of the missing tooth.

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Missing Multiple Teeth

If you are missing multiple teeth in a row, we may recommend an implant-supported bridge. This type of prosthesis is supported by two dental implants and consists of two crowns and one or more artificial teeth between the crowns.

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Missing All Teeth

Patients who are missing all of their teeth are often candidates for an implant-supported denture. In most cases, we can use just four to six implants to provide the needed support for the prosthesis. An implant-supported denture may be removable or permanently fixed in the mouth.

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What Happens During Dental Implant Placement?

Getting new dental implants is a multi-step process that will spread over several appointments. First, the patient will need to undergo an initial visit with our team so that we can determine that this is the best path of treatment for your unique circumstances. We’ll review your overall oral health, your jawbone density, and other factors that can make a big difference in the success of the procedure.

Once you and your dentists feel confident that this service is the right match, it will be time for the surgical insertion of the implants into the patient’s jawbone. While many general dentists have to refer to an outside surgeon for this phase, we’re proud to have bought the specialist to you instead here in McKinney for maximum convenience. Dr. Nguyen will be sure to carefully oversee every moment of treatment in order to ensure successful and precise results.

Following this procedure, your body’s natural inclinations will take over in a months-long process known as osseointegration. Your natural tissue will slowly form around the biocompatible implant, creating a solid and long-lasting foundation that can support a dental restoration. Once this is complete, it’s time to get your new teeth!

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The 4 Step Dental Implant Process

Getting new dental implants is a multi-step process that will spread over several appointments. The entire start-to-finish procedure can take months or even a year to complete. While much of this depends on the complexity of your case, the team at OakBrook Dental & Orthodontics wants you to understand that it is a process that cannot be rushed. While each patient is different in their own individual needs, the same steps must be completed to ensure a safe, successful, and long-lasting prosthetic. As you continue to learn more about these permanent tooth replacement solutions, our team believes it is important that you understand how dental implants work in McKinney.

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Initial Dental Implant Consultation

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The first step is to schedule an initial consultation with a member of our team. During this visit, we will go over your eligibility by examining your teeth, gum health, and jawbone density. Using state-of-the-art technology and equipment, we will closely look at these areas to determine if there are problems that need to be addressed. Should we find signs of tooth decay, gum disease, or jawbone deterioration, we will recommend bone grafting, periodontal therapy, or tooth extraction. Although necessary to ensure a healthier environment for your dental implants in McKinney, these procedures will add to your overall timeline.

Dental Implant Surgery

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Instead of being referred to an outside specialist for your implant surgery, our team at OakBrook Dental & Orthodontics is pleased to bring in Dr. Nguyen, who is an implant dentist in McKinney. His expertise and knowledge will ensure your procedure is a success. After administering local anesthesia to numb your mouth, he will make one or more small incisions in the gums before making a small hole in your jawbone. After carefully placing and angling the implant to ensure maximum support, he will close the gum tissue and send you home to begin the recovery process.

Dental Implant Osseointegration/Abutment

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Over the course of several months (typically between 3-6), osseointegration will occur that involves the bone, implants, and tissues fusing. This will create a stable foundation for your customized restoration. Once you are fully healed, you will return to our office to receive your metal abutment(s), which are tiny connector appliances that attach the implants to the customized dental crown, implant bridge, or implant denture when placed.

Delivery of Dental Implant Restorations

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The last step of the dental implant process is receiving your new restoration. Because dental implants are one of the most versatile tooth replacement solutions available, it is possible to replace one single tooth or even an entire row of missing teeth. Created by lab technicians based on the specifications provided by our team, your crown, bridge, or denture will blend in beautifully with the rest of your smile. Matching in color, size, and shape, it will be virtually impossible for anyone to tell the difference between your real and artificial teeth. Once it is secured in place, we will give your teeth a final look before giving you the green light to start enjoying your new smile.

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Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

There are several factors that contribute to the total cost of dental implants, including:

  • How much preliminary dental work is required. Many patients require extractions or bone grafts prior to receiving implants.
  • The surgical placement of the implants. The cost of this procedure depends heavily on the number of implants needed.
  • Placement of the abutments. Abutments are the small pieces that attach the implants to the restorations. In most cases, placing the abutments requires a separate, minimally invasive surgery.
  • The type and nature of the restoration. The size of the restoration and the material used to create it will affect your treatment’s total cost.

When you visit us for your consultation, we’ll help you crunch some numbers and explore avenues for fitting your treatment into your budget. Although implants may seem expensive, you can rest assured that your new smile is a worthwhile investment. Your treatment can protect your oral health and provide you with decades of strong, confident smiles!

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