Dental Implants in Lake Highlands, Texas
Dr. Hume believes strongly in continuous evolution and constantly working to keep up with the innovations that are making dentistry better every day. Dental implants are one of the most revolutionary dental treatments to come along in decades. Dr. Hume studied under Dr. Ken Hebel and with Nobel Biocare, completing extensive hours of hands on training. Nobel Biocare is the world wide leader in dental implants and other dental restorations.
Dental Implant Placement
Dental implants consist of titanium screws that are surgically implanted into the bone. Structurally, they act as tooth roots in place of the missing tooth. The first phase of the dental implant process is assessing oral health to make sure that the patient’s mouth can support dental implants in its current state. If oral health is not ideal, we will recommend various procedures, including bone grafting and sinus lifting, to make the mouth more able to support dental implants properly. Dental implants have a very high success rate, but strong jaw bone and healthy soft tissues are essential for improving the likelihood of success.
Once we have addressed any health issues that might restrict access to dental implants, surgical implant placement is scheduled. The dental implants are placed into the bone, and are allowed to heal for three to six months until they have integrated with the bone. The bonding of the implant with the bone helps prevent bone deterioration.
When healing is complete, creation and placement of the crown, bridge, or denture atop the dental implant or implants completes the treatment.
Dental Implant Restorations
Dental implants are extremely versatile. They can support a single replacement tooth, a bridge to fill in a large gap and replace multiple teeth, or support a denture that is removable, but snaps into place on strategically designed posts to provide greater stability. Once the dental implants have healed, Dr. Hume will provide the patient with completely customized dental implant restorations that fit the specific tooth loss pattern. These dental implant restorations will be designed to give not only functional satisfaction, but aesthetic satisfaction as well.
Dr. Hume will help explore all of the tooth replacement options prior to making a decision. Contact our Dallas, Texas dental office to make an appointment with Dr. Hume to discuss various choices, including dental implants.