Dental implants have completely revolutionized the field of restorative dentistry. These small titanium posts are surgically embedded in the jaw and serve the role of missing tooth roots, helping to provide unmatched stability and support for dental restorations. Dr. Clark Damon uses dental implants to restore the smiles of patients in Amarillo, TX. If you would like to learn more about dental implants, schedule an appointment at Texas Denture Clinic and Implant Center today.
Understanding Dental Implants
Patients who want to receive implant-supported restorations will typically undergo three procedures. First the implant itself — a small threaded post — is surgically placed in the jawbone. Dr. Damon proudly offers high-quality titanium implants created by Nobel Biocare™. As the surgical area heals over the course of four to six months, the posts will fuse with the natural bone and provide permanent support for restorations. Once the implant has fully integrated with the jawbone, Dr. Damon will then attach an abutment piece to the top of it. Finally, when the area has healed, we can attach a range of custom-made restorations securely to your abutment, ensuring your implant-supported denture or crown will remain firmly in place.
Evaluating Your Candidacy
When determining your candidacy for dental implants, Dr. Damon will consider several factors. First, he will review your overall physical health, which is especially important for treating geriatric patients. If you are healthy enough for oral surgery, he will next evaluate the structure of your jaw. Implant patients must have enough healthy bone in their jaw to support the embedded restorations. If you have a deteriorated or weakened jawbone, you are not necessarily excluded from receiving dental implants. Dr. Damon may recommend a bone grafting procedure to restore volume, or a non-traditional type of dental implant.
Types of Dental Implants
If you found that you did not qualify for traditional dental implants in the past, we may be able to provide an effective alternative. Dr. Damon will evaluate the number of missing teeth, the health of your jaw, and other personal factors to identify the best option. Patients at Texas Denture Clinic and Implant Center can choose from:
- Traditional dental implants - These are the gold standard of implant dentistry, in which a single titanium post is used to help replace a missing tooth.
- Mini dental implants - These implants are smaller in diameter than traditional types, and can be more appropriate for geriatric patients or those with diminished jawbone density.
- All-on-4® implants - Using this advanced technique, Dr. Damon can place only four implants to help support a full-arch restoration.
- Immediate-load implants - These specially designed implants can support a restoration after as little as 48 hours of healing.
Whether you need to replace a single tooth or an entire arch, we can design a dental implants treatment that best meets your needs.
Learn More about Implants at Texas Denture Clinic
Discover more about types of implants and the benefits of this treatment. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Damon and find out if implants are right for you.