Dental Implants - Lubbock, TX

Dental Implants Lubbock, TXYellow House Dental & Implant Denter is proud to offer Lubbock dental implants as a safe and effective treatment option to replace missing teeth. Dental implants also serve as the best option for patients who want to restore natural, healthy teeth. Whether you are missing one tooth, have several teeth missing, or are looking for more extensive implant treatment, we are here to offer implant dentistry in Lubbock, Texas. 

Dental implants can be one of the most predictable and long-term tooth replacement options available. Implants are so well designed that they mimic the look and feel of natural teeth. Dental implants can even be used to help secure dentures or partials. Not everyone is a candidate for dental implants, however. We’ve put together some of the questions we are frequently asked to help you understand dental implants and how they may be able to benefit your health.

Dental Implant FAQ's

What is a dental implant? An implant is a small titanium screw that is placed into the bone to replace the root structure of an individual tooth. A crown is secured to the top of this implant, and all you see is a beautiful, natural-looking tooth.

What are the alternatives to a dental implant? In our doctors' opinions, there are no comparable alternatives to dental implants. A traditional crown and bridge or removable prosthetic (such as a partial or full denture) can be used instead of an implant, but they do not have the same function, natural look, and durability as an implant.

What are the potential complications with dental implants? Are implants fool proof? Potential complications are possible with dental implants, just like any surgical procedure. These may include bleeding, discomfort, implant failure, failure of the implant site, infection, and potential nerve damage. Implants can also develop a condition called peri-implantitis. These complications are rare and our office has a very high rate of successful implant integration. We have a 3D x-ray in our office to help us more accurately view the bone and tissue and help minimize the risk of these issues occurring. Your doctor will be able to discuss this in greater detail with you at your visit. Implants are not considered to be fool-proof, but we take great care to ensure we do everything in our power to give each implant it’s best chance for success.

Is there anything that can be done to minimize the risk of complications? Proper planning, placement, post-operative care, and maintenance care are important to help minimize any risks of complications. Peri-implantitis is a condition that can occur when dental implants are not properly maintained. Our doctors will go over proper maintenance and care of your dental implants throughout the treatment process to ensure that you are prepared to take excellent care of your new smile.

Dental Implant Treatment In Lubbock

For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves often, but not always, two surgical procedures. First, dental implants are placed within your jawbone. Healing time following surgery varies from person to person and is based on a variety of factors, such as hardness of bone. In some cases, dental implants may be restored immediately after they are placed.

For the first three-to-four months following the surgery, dental implants are beneath the surface of the gums gradually bonding with the jawbone. You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet at this time.

After the dental implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. Our dental team will uncover the dental implant(s) and attach a small healing collar. After four weeks our restorative dentist will be able to start making your new teeth. An impression must be taken. Then posts or attachments can be connected to the dental implants. The teeth replacements are then made over the posts or attachments. The entire procedure usually takes six-to-eight months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.

Contact Our Lubbock Implant Dentist 

To learn more about our Lubbock dental implant treatment options, contact our office. Dr. Dallen Ricks and Dr. Mary Glasheen will help you determine whether you are a good candidate for dental implants or help you explore your other restoration options. We provide a calm and welcoming environment in our office, along with personalized care to ensure that your visit to us is as comfortable as possible.


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