Dental Implants – Richardson, TX
Start Smiling, Speaking, and Chewing with Absolute Confidence!
Dental implants are prosthetic tooth roots that provide the ultimate support for replacement teeth while preventing the jaw atrophy that occurs following tooth loss. Dr. Wilner Loiseau in Richardson, TX, can place dental implants. We can also provide your custom restoration. Under our care, every step of your smile rehabilitation is planned and overseen by one practice, with no need for outside referrals.
Why Choose Dental Implants?
Unlike traditional options for tooth replacement, dental implants allow you to chew any foods you wish, and to speak with complete clarity. While regular dentures remain prone to slip, implant dentures can restore virtually the same level of function that natural teeth provide. Meanwhile, implants provide other extraordinary benefits.
When you lose teeth, your jawbone will begin to shrink and change shape. Dental implants are the one and only restorative treatment that can halt and prevent these changes. Implants become permanently fused to the jaw in a process called osseointegration. While your restorations will eventually need replacement due to normal wear and tear, your dental implants can last a lifetime with proper care and good hygiene.
Dental implants can help you escape the discomfort and frustration of traditional restorations and start smiling, speaking, and chewing with absolute confidence.
Are Dental Implants Right for Me?
Before recommending dental implants, we will review your medical history and oral health. We will also assess the health of your jaw using digital x-rays. Based on this information, we can determine whether you are healthy enough to undergo surgery.
In general, the best dental implant candidates are those who are missing teeth, yet have enough bone tissue in the jaw to support the implants. If you have worn a traditional denture or bridge for a long period, or if you have delayed addressing missing teeth altogether, you have likely experienced some degree of atrophy. In some cases, patients require a bone grafting procedure to restore implant candidacy. Dr. Loiseau can provide this treatment as necessary.
Smoking and uncontrolled diabetes can also compromise candidacy for dental implants. However, by quitting smoking or working with your general practitioner to control diabetes, you can become a candidate for dental implants.
Placing Dental Implants
To plan your treatment and place the implants, we will assess your jaw using digital X-rays.
On the day of your surgery, we will administer sedation and local anesthesia for your comfort. Dr. Loiseau will insert the implants into the jaw through incisions in your gums. Your implants will fuse with your jawbone over the next four to six months.
During a second procedure, the gums will be incised once more. Special devices called abutments will be attached to the implants to serve as connections to your dentures, bridge, or crown. Next, the gums will be sutured closed, leaving the abutments accessible above the gumline.
Once the gums have healed (typically after about two weeks), we can begin crafting your permanent dentures, bridges, or crowns.
Why Our Office Excels at Dental Implant Treatment
While some offices refer dental implant patients to an oral surgeon, we provide convenient and comprehensive care in one location. Dr. Wilner Loiseau is a member of several periodontal societies, including the American Academy of Periodontology. He has spent most of his time in practice placing implants and treating gum tissue conditions.
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We are cosmetic dentistry specialists. We can help you escape the discomfort and frustration of traditional restorations and start smiling, speaking, and chewing with absolute confidence. Call our office or contact us online to find out if dental implants are right for you.
Dental Implant FAQs
Why are dental implants a great option for replacing missing teeth?
Dental implants provide a strong foundation for replacing lost or missing teeth. An implant acts as a tooth root, meaning it can be placed in your jawbone and provides a place for a replacement tooth to attach to. There is also no need to use a removable denture since an implant can be used as an anchor for a permanent bridge or denture.
How long does it take to receive dental implants?
Depending on the number of implants you need, it can take anywhere from a few months to a year or slightly longer. The healing process takes anywhere from three to six months depending on the location of the implants in your mouth and the health of your jawbone.
What happens during the dental implant treatment process?
Your dentist will first remove any remaining tissue and gum tissue in preparation for placing the implant. Next, the implants are inserted and the bone is allowed to heal around them. For a few days, you may feel temporary discomfort. As your bone grows over the implants over the next several months, the implants will become stronger, stronger, and stronger. After the healing period is complete, your permanent bridge or denture will be attached to the implants. You may need additional treatments after the initial procedure.
Do dental implants last forever?
With the right maintenance, your implants can remain in your jaw indefinitely.