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Dental ImplantsLubbock, TX

When it comes to replacing teeth, people need to find a durable and long-lasting solution. One such solution is dental implants. Dental implants remain attached to the jawbone and do not fall out of the mouth. They are also natural-appearing and can blend in with the other teeth. With our dental implant treatment, you will be able to enjoy the functionality and appearance of a natural tooth.

At High Plains Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, our team takes the time to walk our patients through each step of this process. The most important aspect of dental implants is that we take the time for attention to detail. We can ensure your dental implant is a perfect fit.

If you need to replace a tooth, choose a dental implant that repairs the functionality of the tooth and completes the appearance of a smile.

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What You Need to Know about Dental Implants

When deciding if dental implants are the right choice for a patient’s teeth it is important to look into all the factors of the process. One such factor is that it can take longer than some people realize since there is such an attention to detail. Benefits of dental implants include:

  • A uniform smile and natural appearance
  • Artificial teeth that do not fall out when speaking or laughing
  • A permanent implant that stimulates the jawbone
  • A tooth that only needs the same care as other teeth
  • You do not need to remove it each night like dentures
  • The implant will be a perfect fit
  • You will be able to continue eating favorite foods

Dental implants are an incredible option to replace missing or damaged teeth that are worth the wait. While other options will take less time, they will not be as effective or beneficial as dental implants. In some cases, patients may not qualify for a dental implant for several possible reasons. When that happens, we may be able to strengthen that area of the jaw with other procedures.

Some patients may need more steps than others. Here are the steps in the dental implant process that can help you get the dental implants you need.


During the consultation, we will examine the patient’s teeth and determine if he or she is a candidate for dental implants. We will need to review the patient’s medical history, current condition and the state of the bone density in their jaw bone. If their jaw does not have enough bone density to support the implant, then we can consider other procedures.

This is also an excellent opportunity for the patient to ask any questions and address any concerns. We will outline the dental implant process and timeline for the patient. We also need to know if the patient has any medical conditions or taking a medication that we need to know about.

Pre-Surgical Appointment

During this appointment, we will take measurements of the patient’s teeth and jaw to prepare the dental implant. By doing this, we can ensure the dental implant is a perfect fit. Along with that, we will also answer any other questions the patient has and go over the dental implant timeline.

Potential Extractions and Grafting

If the patient does not have enough bone density or needs to extract a tooth before getting a dental implant, then we can help. If an extraction is necessary, we will need to remove the tooth before replacing it. The patient will be numb during the extraction and will not feel too much pain. While there might be some soreness after, it will fade fairly quickly. In some cases, the patient will be able to receive the dental implant the same day as the extraction.

If the patient’s jaw bone is not strong enough, then the patient may need a bone graft. A bone graft involves using a synthetic bone material or bone from another area of the body and applying it to the jawbone. This procedure will strengthen the jawbone so we can place a dental implant.

The Procedure

The patient will not feel any pain during the dental implant procedure and will be under sedation. This is due to the fact that we will drill into the jawbone and place the implant in the hole. This will help to verify the implant has a strong base. While the dental implant will help to plug up the hole in the jawbone, we will still need to verify the implant is successful by taking photos of the mouth after.

Follow-Up Care

After the procedure, we will go over any necessary follow-up care the patient may need. This can vary from simply taking some pain medication, such as ibuprofen, that numbs the pain to scheduling a follow-up visit, if necessary. While some patients may be able to receive an artificial tooth over the implant right away, other people will need to wait several months for the implant to merge with the bone.

Once the bone and implant merge, we will place a crown over the implant to complete the process. Since each patient is unique, the amount of time for healing will vary per patient.

Single Tooth Dental Implant

Tooth loss is a big deal. The loss of even just one tooth, even if it is out of sight when you smile, can pose several significant complications. This is because the teeth do more than just provide you with a beautiful smile. At High Plains Periodontics And Implant Dentistry , we can replace single teeth with dental implants.

Effects of Tooth Loss

Losing a tooth can have several significant effects on not only your mouth but your quality of life as well. Effects of tooth loss include:

  • Difficulty biting and chewing food, which can lead to trouble with proper digestion and overall nutrition.
  • Speech complications, such as a lisp.
  • An increased risk for tooth decay, gum disease, and tooth damage.
  • Even if a missing tooth is not visible when you smile, your smile can be affected over time. Tooth loss leads to bone loss in the jaw. The bone grows weaker and changes shape. This causes your healthy teeth to begin to shift out of alignment, which can not only affect your smile but can lead to issues such as bruxism and TMJ as well.
  • What is a Dental Implant?

    A dental implant is a modern-day option for replacing missing teeth. It is a treatment that uses a titanium post to provide support for a replacement crown. The post is surgically implanted into your jaw. During the recovery process, your bone fuses to the post in a natural process called osseointegration. This process stabilizes the post in your jaw, turning it into a strong, secure replacement root.

    Replacing Your Missing Tooth

    Placing a dental implant requires a surgical procedure. Before undergoing surgery, we first take a CBCT scan, which will help us to take an in-depth look at your jawbone to determine optimal implant placement. The scan will also show us the need for a bone graft.

    The implant procedure is typically done under a local anesthetic. Sedation can also be provided for patients who are anxious, fearful or have trouble relaxing or sitting still. We begin with an incision in your gums to provide us with access to your jawbone. A hole is drilled into the bone, and the implant post is placed directly inside. Your gums are sutured closed around the post. A temporary, or provisional, tooth is placed and remains in place until you have healed.

    Once you have fully healed from implant surgery, a process that can take several months, the process for placing your final restoration begins. First, the temporary tooth is taken off and an abutment, or connector, is placed on the implant post. We then take an impression of your mouth. The impression is sent to our dental lab, where it is used to bring your permanent dental restoration to life. Once it is complete, we check it for fit and bite. If no adjustments are necessary, the tooth is screwed into place.

    The Benefits of Single Tooth Implants

    Single tooth implants provide several significant benefits.

  • The crown is made from ceramic. The material can be stained to match the exact color of your real teeth. It also reflects light just like natural tooth enamel. This helps to perfectly restore the quality of your smile and your confidence.
  • The implant feels and functions just like the rest of your teeth. Your biting, chewing, and speaking abilities are perfectly restored.
  • The implant is incredibly comfortable. The crown is supported by the post rather than your adjacent teeth.
  • The implant post stimulates your jawbone just like the roots of your real teeth. This stops and prevents bone loss in your jaw.
  • We do not need to alter your adjacent teeth in any way.
  • Losing a tooth out of sight when you smile might not seem like a big deal at the time, but it can have several significant effects. If you are interested in learning more about single tooth implants to replace your missing teeth and are ready to schedule your consultation, call High Plains Periodontics And Implant Dentistry at 806-686-1262 today.

    Bone Grafting

    Dental implants are an incredible treatment used to replace missing teeth. While this unique treatment has a 98% success rate, they depend significantly upon the strength and volume of your jawbone. There are many factors that can contribute to bone loss, all of which affect your candidacy for dental implants. At High Plains Periodontics And Implant Dentistry , we can help to make dental implants a reality in the event of bone loss with bone grafting.

    What Causes Bone Loss?

    There are several issues that can lead to bone loss in the jaw.

  • Gum disease.
  • Tooth loss.
  • Bridges and dentures.
  • Facial or dental trauma.
  • Poor tooth alignment.
  • Jaw tumors.
  • Osteomyelitis.
  • What is a Bone Graft?

    When too much bone mass is lost, the jaw may be unable to support dental implants. Your jawbone may not be able to fuse properly to the posts, or even fuse at all. Poor fusion results in loose posts and unstable restorations, which can then result in implant failure. A bone graft is a surgical procedure that takes bone mass from one area of the body, or from a donor and transplanting it to the weak areas of your jaw. Bone grafting is also performed for ridge augmentations and sinus lift procedures.

    Types of Bone Grafts

    There are a few different types of bone grafts that may be used for your procedure.

  • Autograft. An autograft is a bone graft that involves the use of bone mass taken from another area of your bodies, such as your hip or tibia. The benefit of this type of graft is that, because it uses your bone mass, there is no risk of rejection or disease transmission. However, an additional surgical site is needed.
  • Allograft. An allograft uses bone mass from another human. The bone mass is taken from a tissue bank. Before use, the tissue is screened to ensure its safety and reduce the risk for complications. The major advantage to this graft is that there is no need for an additional surgical site.
  • Xenograft. A xenograft uses bone material harvested from a non-animal source, typically a cow. The bone is processed at high temperatures to ensure safety. This type of graft is often used when larger amounts of bone tissue are needed. Again, there is no need for an additional surgical site.
  • Bone Grafting with Guided Bone Regeneration

    Bone grafting is done under a local anesthetic and sedation. We begin with small incisions in your gums to expose the weak areas of bone underneath. The donor bone, whether it is from your own body or a donor, is placed into the jaw. Before the gums are sutured closed, a specialized membrane is placed over the graft. The membrane separates the bone from the soft tissues and allows for undisturbed regrowth of your jawbone. It also serves to prevent soft tissue, which regenerates faster, from filling in the gaps where bone should be growing. Once you have fully healed from your bone graft, we can begin the process of placing dental implants.

    If you are interested in dental implants for replacing your missing teeth, but you currently lack the necessary bone density to support dental implants, bone grafting can help. Call High Plains Periodontics And Implant Dentistry today at 806-686-1262 for more information and to schedule your appointment.

    Contact Us

    High Plains Periodontics And Implant Dentistry is located at
    6123 79th Street Suite 100
    Lubbock, TX

    (806) 686-1262