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Dental implants have been used as an effective means for restoring a single missing tooth. As dental technology has continued to advance, dental implants can now be used to install a bridge or secure dentures.

At your initial consultation, your Dean Doles Family Dentistry dentist, Dr. Dean Doles, will examine your mouth and take a few X-rays. This establishes a clear understanding of the overall health of your mouth and the bone structure available in the area.

If you’ve had past issues with chronic gum disease, tooth decay or tooth extraction, you might lack the sufficient bone structure needed to mount a dental implant. If this is the case, we might recommend that you receive a bone graft in that part of the jaw to restore sufficient structure to mount an implant.

Once any bone issues have been addressed, the dental implant can be installed in a single outpatient appointment. You will need to be deeply sedated for your own comfort. So, you will need to arrange to have someone drive you to and from your appointment.

To install the dental implant in Allen, Texas, an oral surgeon will make a small incision in your gums to gain direct access to your jawbone. A narrow channel will be made in the bone and a titanium abutment will be screwed into place. Titanium is known to be biologically safe and it will eventually fuse with your existing bone in a process known as osseointegration.

Once the implant has been fully integrated with the surrounding jaw bone, our Dean Doles Family Dentistry team can install a crown, bridge or custom-locking dentures.

If you are missing one or more teeth and you are interested in exploring your restoration options, you should call Dean Doles Family Dentistry at 972-727-7269 to see if you’re a good candidate for dental implants.