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How Dental Implants Work – Allen, TX

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Dental implants in Allen are the best tooth replacement option for many patients, whether they are missing one tooth, a few teeth, or an entire arch of teeth. One of the keys to implants’ long-term viability is the process we use to place and restore them. It begins with a personalized consultation with Dr. Kar and ends when your restored smile is in place and functioning at its full potential.

Consultation and Planning

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During your complimentary dental implant consultation, our team will take some detailed images of your mouth and learn more about your oral and overall health. Using that information, your dentist in Allen will recommend a restorative treatment that is the best fit for your circumstances. Depending on the state of your jaw and the number of missing teeth you have, he may suggest that you receive one of the following:

Once he determines the type of implant that best treats your needs, Dr. Kar will begin planning your surgery. Many practices in our area do not have anyone on-staff who is qualified to place dental implants; they must refer patients to other doctors for this portion of their restorative procedure. However, since Dr. Kar is a licensed prosthodontist who has intimate knowledge of the orofacial structures and how implants work, he is able to perform the surgery himself.

Surgery and Restoration

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During your placement surgery, Dr. Kar will create small incisions in your gums and drill holes in order to insert the implants. You should be comfortable during this stage of your treatment because Dr. Kar is qualified to administer several types of sedation, including powerful lV sedation.

Exactly when you receive your restorations will depend on the nature of your implant procedure. With All-on-4 implants, it is often possible for patients to receive a temporary set of teeth on the same day as their placement surgery. With traditional implants, however, you may have to wait several months before you’re ready to receive your restoration. That is because it takes some time for osseointegration (the process of the implants fusing with the jawbone) to take place.

With some types of implants, you’ll need to have abutments placed before Dr. Kar can finish restoring your smile. Abutments are small pieces that serve to connect the implants to prosthetic teeth.

When you receive your permanent restoration, you can be confident that it will look amazing and offer remarkable function. As a prosthodontist, Dr. Kar specializes in creating crowns, bridges, and dentures that are the next best thing to natural teeth. 

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