Rebuilding Your Smile and Jawbone with Dental Implants
If you are missing one or more of your teeth, dental implants provide an opportunity to restore your smile. Implants replace the entire tooth, from root to crown and restore lost jawbone strength. Drs. Eddy Sauer and Nathaniel Avirett are committed to providing the most cutting-edge dental treatments available. At our state-of-the-art facility in Amarillo, TX, our doctors place and restore dental implants on-site to rebuild and strengthen your smile.
Advantages of Dental Implants
Dental implants both restore and rejuvenate jawbone health, creating a long-lasting and healthy replacement for a missing tooth or teeth. With proper care, implants can last a lifetime and, with a 98 percent success rate, are an excellent choice for replacing your teeth.
Our doctors are dedicated to ensuring that your smile looks as natural as it feels.
Unlike other dental prosthetics, dental implants are self-sufficient. Since they are anchored into the jaw, they don’t require adhesives or structural support from nearby, healthy teeth. With traditional replacements for missing teeth, the surrounding teeth must be altered to support the prosthetic. Dental implants stay in place on their own, eliminating the risk of slippage during meals or conversation. Aesthetically, implants closely mimic your natural teeth so that they are virtually indistinguishable from the rest of your smile.
Are Implants Right for Me?
Dental implants are available for anyone with a healthy jawbone and gums. When we lose teeth, our jawbones often begin to lose tissue, as well. Consequently, there may not be enough bone to support implants, which can undermine your results. However, if you have lost bone tissue in your jaw, you can boost your candidacy with a bone grafting procedure and potentially improve your chances for a successful implant.
What to Expect during Your Visits
Every dental implant procedure is tailored to the individual. Our doctors can discuss your options with you and design a treatment plan best suited to your needs. We use CEREC technology to plan surgery and create the final restorations, expediting treatment and ensuring predictable, beneficial results.A typical dental implant timeline is broken down into the following steps:
- A small titanium post is secured into the bone in place of the tooth root.
- As the jawbone heals, the titanium and jawbone grow together to create a long-lasting and natural connection in a process called ossseointegration.
- The healing process typically takes 8 to 12 weeks.
- Once healed, a small metal abutment is placed on top of the implant to act as a bridge between the titanium post and the restoration.
- Our doctors will make an impression of your teeth.
- From this impression, we can create a custom crown at our office on the same day of your visit.
- Your dentist will match the color and translucency of your new crown to your existing smile.
Many of our patients report little to no discomfort when receiving a new implant. Local anesthesia is often all that is needed to keep you comfortable.
Maintaining Your Dental Implants
Your new dental implants will require the same amount of care as your natural teeth. We recommend twice-daily brushing, regular flossing, rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash, and regular dental check-ups. Patients should be committed to keeping up with a regular dental hygiene regimen in order to ensure long-lasting results.
Restore Your Smile
At Shemen Dental Group, our doctors are dedicated to ensuring that your smile looks as natural as it feels. If you are interested in learning more about dental implants, contact us online or call (806) 358-2472 to schedule a consultation and discuss your options with a professional.
"The staff at Shemen Dental Group treat you like part of the family. Every visit has been positive, and everyone goes out of their way to make you feel valued and comfortable."Randy D.