Dental Implants Specialist

Garden Oaks Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

Dentists located in Denton, TX

About 3 million Americans have dental implants holding one or more of their artificial teeth in place, but you’d never know it by the way they use their teeth. At Garden Oaks Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, Patrick Ruehle, DDS, safely places discreet implants to support restorations that return your smile and normal function. If you’re in the area of Denton, Corinth, Argyle, Robson Ranch, Bartonville, Lantana, Lake Dallas, Shady Shores, Highland Village, Justin, Ponder, Sanger and Krum, Texas, schedule an appointment today to explore your options for implants. Call the Denton, Texas, office to schedule an exam or a second opinion consultation.

Dental Implants

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are titanium or ceramic posts that act as roots for your replacement teeth. The posts are embedded into your jawbone to hold your new teeth in place and keep them from moving around. 

In fact, you can use your implant-attached artificial teeth exactly like you’d use your natural teeth. You can talk all day, eat corn on the cob, bite an apple, and eat whatever you would like with dental implants without fear of them coming out or moving. That is the biggest advantage of implants over traditional partials or dentures. There is no need to take them out to clean or when you go to bed.  No one will know they are not your natural teeth.

Garden Oaks Family & Cosmetic Dentistry offers dental implants to hold in a single replacement tooth, several teeth, or even an arch. Because they don’t rely on the support of your healthy teeth, they stay healthy and intact.  

What are the advantages of dental implants?

Dental implants have many advantages over other teeth-replacement appliances like dentures and bridges. You’ll be happy with your new dental implants because:

  • They’re strong
  • They’re durable
  • They feel natural and comfortable in your mouth
  • It’s easy to clean them
  • You can eat properly
  • They don’t move when you eat or talk
  • They don’t affect your speech or your ability to play a musical instrument, such as a horn 

Because dental implants consist of three parts — the implant (rooted screw), the abutment (connecting post), and the crown (artificial tooth) — it’s easy for Dr. Ruehle to repair or replace the attachments and reconnect them to the implant if it were to break, which they rarely do.

What can I expect during the dental implant placement process?

The team at Garden Oaks Family & Cosmetic Dentistry makes sure your jawbone and surrounding tissues are healthy enough for an implant before they proceed. 

You need to be prepared to make time for several appointments over the course of a few months for healing between procedures.

Dr. Ruehle extracts any remaining pieces of your original tooth, and then makes a small hole in the bone to receive the implant. The implant is gently rotated into place, and the gum tissue is allowed to heal over it.  

After this, the implant integrates with your bone for 2-6 months. If necessary, a provisional or temporary can be provided to fill in space while healing occurs. This is greatly determined by where this implant is located. If it is a front tooth, a provisional will always be provided. You can determine if you want a provisional for the back areas. 

Once your bone is healed, Dr. Ruehle attaches the abutment to the implant and secures the crown on top. He makes some final adjustments to make sure the crown looks natural and fits comfortably. 

It might take a week to get used to the feeling of your new tooth, but soon, you can eat what you want, play instruments, and speak clearly. 

To find out if you’re a candidate for a sturdy and permanent dental implant, call Garden Oaks Family & Cosmetic Dentistry today.