Dental Implants – Sherman, TX

Reliable Prosthetics Designed to Restore Smiles

Woman sharing smile after tooth replacement with dental implants

Tooth loss can have devastating effects on a person’s ability to speak, eat, and smile. It can also lead to jawbone deterioration that can eventually cause more tooth loss, gum disease, and other serious oral and overall health problems. Dr. Mark, Dr. Grant, and Dr. Sharlenne want to help individuals avoid these issues by using dental implants in our Sherman, TX dental office. Considered the most superior form of tooth replacement available, these prosthetics do what no one other restorative solution can, which is restoring the complete root-to-crown tooth structure. Call us today to schedule a consultation and find out if dental implants are right for you.

Why Choose Grant E. & Mark A. Smith DDS for Dental Implants?

  • Partner with Local Specialists
  • Personalized Plans Based on Patients’ Needs
  • Flexible Financing Available

What are Dental Implants?

Model smile with dental implant supported fixed bridge

Dental implants are small, titanium, screw-like posts that fit into vacated sockets and fuse with the jawbone over time. Mimicking the roots of teeth, they work to stimulate the bone, preventing it from deteriorating and causing further tooth loss. On top of these implant posts are customized restorations, which can be dental crowns, bridges, or dentures depending on the number of teeth that are missing.

They are capable of remaining firmly in place for 30 years or even a lifetime depending on how well they are maintained, and patients can expect optimal functionality once they are put into place.

The 4-Step Dental Implant Process

Dentist using smile model to explain the four step dental implant process

Undergoing dental implant tooth placement requires patience, as it requires months of recovery before final restorations can be put into place. Although each person receives a different treatment plan, the same four steps must be followed:

  • Initial Dental Implant Consultation – Patients meet with a member of our team to discuss candidacy as well as if any preliminary treatments are necessary (i.e., bone grafting, periodontal therapy, etc.).
  • Dental Implant Surgery – Our team will refer patients to a local specialist who will perform the actual dental implant surgery, placing each post into the corresponding location.
  • Dental Implant Osseointegration/Abutment – After surgery, patients are expected to enter the recovery phase, which can last anywhere from 3-6 months. This allows osseointegration to occur, which is the fusing of the bone and implant post.
  • Delivery of Dental Implant Restoration(s) – The final step is to receive the finished restoration, which will be secured to the top of the dental implants.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Smiling man enjoying the benefits of dental implants

Millions of people in the U.S. have turned to dental implants to change the way they eat, speak, and smile. As it is quickly becoming one of the most popular tooth replacement solutions, dentists are encouraging patients to look at its many benefits, some of which include:

  • Improved jawbone stability and stimulation
  • Reduced risk for systemic issues caused by tooth loss, such as osteoporosis, heart disease, and diabetes
  • The ability to eat all types of foods and worry less about slippage or prosthetics falling out
  • Increased longevity that allows dental implants to last 30 years or more
  • Greater confidence when speaking in front of others

Who Dental Implants Can Help

Nearly any adult who is experiencing tooth loss can enjoy the benefits of dental implants. However, it is necessary to undergo a complete consultation to ensure there are no oral health issues that might cause a risk for implant failure (i.e., tooth decay, gum disease). While meeting with a member of our team, patients can expect us to formulate a treatment plan that not only incorporates additional services, if needed but also discusses which types of dental implants and restorations are needed based on the number of teeth that are missing:

Missing One Tooth

Animated smile during dental implant supported dental crown placement

More than 120 million Americans are living with one missing tooth. To ensure our patients do not become a statistic, we can replace a single tooth with one dental implant. Using a titanium post, metal abutment, and customized dental crown, we can fill in the gap and restore optimal functionality.

Missing Multiple Teeth

Animated smile during dental implant supported bridge placement

When two or more teeth are missing, we don’t need to resort to a traditional fixed bridge. Instead, we can avoid altering healthy tooth structures by using two implant posts to support a customized dental bridge. Placing the two posts into the exterior sockets will provide the necessary foundation for a bridge that can fill in the space and allow for greater bite force and chewing power.

Missing All of Your Teeth

Animated smile during dental implant supported denture placement

Instead of relying on a traditional denture to replace an entire arch of missing teeth, our team can use between four and six dental implants to set the foundation for a newly created implant denture. Secured with the help of these titanium posts, they require no denture adhesive or a person’s natural suction to remain in place.

Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

Dental team member and dentistry patient reviewing the costs of dental implants

The cost of dental implants cannot be determined until a person decides to come in for a scheduled consultation. It is during this visit that we will go over the various factors that can increase or decrease the amount spent on dental implants (i.e., the number of posts needed, the type of restoration, the need for preliminary treatments, etc.). Once we have an idea as to how much treatment will cost, we will formulate a cost estimate and go over available ways to pay.

Dental Implant FAQs

Someone pointing at a dental implant

Can I Take Dental Implants Out?

Dental implants surgically fuse with the bone, and most of restorations you get will be surgically attached to them. As a consequence, dental implants cannot be removed except by a dental professional.

The only exception is so-called “snap on” implant dentures. They are designed to be removed from their dental implants for the purposes of cleaning.

Are Dental Implants Safe?

Dental implant surgery is remarkably low-risk for patients who are in otherwise good oral health. So long as you have them placed by trained professionals (like us), you can expect your treatment to be free from complications.

In order to make sure that your dental implant procedure is as safe as possible, we’ll perform a thorough examination of your smile to check for and treat any oral health problems that could cause issues. We’ll also review your medical history to make sure that you don’t have any conditions, like cancer or diabetes, that could make surgery a problem generally.

How Successful Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants have an incredibly high success rate. Around 95% of them not only succeed but are still successful at 20 years.

The overall rate of success of dental implants has a little bit to do with where they’re located in the mouth—dental implants replacing the molars are under greater pressure, and may therefore fail faster. However, the biggest threat to a dental implant is infection, which means that the best thing you can to do keep your implant in good condition would be to keep up with rigorous dental hygiene.

How Long Does It Take to Recover from Dental Implant Surgery?

Dental implant surgery is relatively low-impact, which means that most people can resume normal activities as soon as the day afterward. Bleeding should stop within the first couple of days, and you should be able to get through any discomfort with either prescribed or over-the-counter pain relievers.

You should, however, make it a point to avoid strenuous exercise for a week or so after the surgery. Increased blood flow can encourage bleeding, delaying the healing process.