Dental Implants
in Allen

What are my options after losing teeth?

Tooth loss can make you feel self-conscious about your smile. Dental implants can restore that confidence by enhancing your functionality and overall oral health. Choose the longest-lasting, most secure tooth replacement option and start smiling again. Schedule an appointment today at West Allen Dental.

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Did you know…

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Dental implants are very common with over 3 million Americans having at least one implant. 

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How it works: The dental implant placement and restoration process

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Consultation

At your consultation, your dentist will determine if dental implants are right for you. Your dentist will examine your mouth, take x-rays and determine if your jaw is strong and healthy enough to support one or more dental implants. You and your dentist can also explore other restorative dentistry options at this time.

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Oral Surgery

After you’ve been approved for treatment, your dentist will create a surgical plan for your dental implant and schedule your oral surgery appointment. At this appointment, your dentist will create a small opening in your gum tissue, place a dental implant securely in the jaw then clean the area and suture it shut to encourage proper healing.

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Healing & Osseointegration

Once your implant has been placed, healing will begin. It takes 1-2 weeks to heal completely from surgery, but it will take between 3-6 months for your dental implant to bond permanently with your jaw bone in a process called “osseointegration”.

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Creating the Prosthetic

You’ll come back to our office for a few follow-up appointments as your mouth heals from surgery. During those appointments, your dentist will ensure you’re healing properly and take impressions of your implant and teeth. These impressions are sent to a lab, where your prosthesis will be fabricated.

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Placing the Restoration

Once you have healed completely, you’ll come back for a final appointment at our office. At this appointment, your dentist will permanently bond your restoration to your dental implant, completing the procedure.

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Maintenance & Aftercare

Dental implants do not require a lot of special care. To keep your mouth healthy, simply make sure you brush and floss regularly and see your dentist every six months for a teeth cleaning and oral exam. 

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Single Tooth Implants

Single-tooth implants are the most frequently-used type of dental implant, and they have two main parts. The dental implant, or post, is a screw-shaped rod of titanium. The restoration for a single implant is usually a dental crown.

For the placement of a single dental implant, the post is permanently placed into your gum and jaw and allowed to heal. During healing, a dental crown is manufactured and will eventually be attached to the post with an “abutment.” This dental crown restores the shape, appearance and function of your natural tooth. Single-tooth implants are extremely durable and long lasting, and they never move or shift, unlike a partial denture.

Did you know…

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About 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth and nearly 40 million Americans have lost all their teeth.

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Have questions about implant dentistry? Find answers here. 

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How are dental implants made?

A dental implant is made of two parts: a small, screw-shaped piece of titanium called the post and the restoration, which is usually a dental crown and abutment. Posts are manufactured in a variety of pre-selected sizes to ensure each patient gets the right implant for their needs. In contrast, the restoration is completely custom-made. After your dentist places your dental implant, they will take impressions of your teeth and send them to a dental lab. 

There, a technician will create a long-lasting, durable dental implant restoration out of porcelain or another high-quality material. This restoration will be sent back to our office, and it will be attached to your dental implant, completing your implant procedure.

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How long do dental implants last?

Dental implants typically last for several years with proper placement and care. In fact, it’s very common for patients to keep their implants for the rest of their lives.

However, the dental implant restoration, such as a dental crown or set of overdentures, usually will not last this long. Your restoration is exposed to regular wear and tear from chewing, biting and more, and may need to be replaced a few times over the years.

Can dental implants get infected?

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Dental implants can become infected, but it is a very rare complication. Known as “peri-implantitis,” a dental implant infection usually only occurs if the implant is not kept clean or cared for after surgery.

To avoid peri-implantitis and maintain a healthy implant, follow your dentist’s instructions while recovering and be sure to brush and floss regularly after your implant has healed.

Will dental implants stop bone loss?

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Yes. Bone loss occurs when your jaw bone is no longer stimulated by the natural pressure of chewing and biting. Your tooth transmits this force through the root and into your jaw bone, which keeps your jaw bone healthy. 

When you lose a tooth, this process stops and the jaw bone tends to weaken. Since the post of the dental implant is placed directly into the jaw bone and acts as a tooth root, it restimulates your jaw bone by transmitting the force of chewing and biting once again.

Can dental implants be done in one day?

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Some types of dental implant systems can be done in one day. The restoration is usually temporary until you have fully healed from your dental implant placement surgery. This solution allows you to speak and eat normally, however, the restoration is temporary. 


As your mouth heals, you’ll attend appointments at your doctor’s office where impressions will be taken. These impressions will be used by the lab to manufacture your restoration. This permanent restoration will be a more durable, long-lasting and natural-looking prosthetic than your temporaries.

Did you know…

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Dental implants are the only restorative option that preserves and stimulates your natural bone structure.

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