Dental Implants

What Are Dental Implants? Mansfield TX

A natural tooth consists of a root and a crown. If you compare natural teeth to implant-supported replacement teeth, you’ll see they have the same basic parts. Both have a crown (the visible part used to chew food). Both have a root that holds the tooth securely under the gum and is anchored into the jaw. The difference is that the implant is made of titanium – the same time-tested material used by surgeons for artificial joints. When you lose a tooth, you lose both the root and the crown. To replace the tooth, the surgeon first replaces the root with a small dental implant.

Time is allowed for bone to heal and grow around the dental implant. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth.  A support post (abutment) is then placed on the implant and a new replacement tooth (crown) is placed on top of the abutment. In many cases a temporary replacement tooth can be attached to the implant immediately after it is placed. If all of your teeth are missing, a variety of treatment options are available to support the replacement teeth.

 

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“Don’t be afraid to Smile.”

For years I’d felt like a part of my body was missing — because my teeth were. My dentist told me that dental implants would make me feel and look a lot better. OK, I said. Now, I’m thrilled. I can smile, eat anything, and enjoy a good laugh with my friends.

Surgical Advances

Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, Dr. Sheppard is able to place single stage implants. These implants do not require a second procedure to uncover them, but do require a minimum of six weeks of healing time before artificial teeth are placed. There are even situations where the implant can be placed at the same time as the tooth extraction – further minimizing your number of surgical procedures.

Dental implant placement is a team effort between an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and a restorative dentist. Dr. Sheppard performs the actual implant surgery, initial tooth extractions, and bone grafting if necessary.  The restorative dentist (your dentist) fits and makes the permanent prosthesis. Your dentist will also make any temporary prosthesis needed during the implant process.

Patient Reviews: Dental Implants

This portion is in progress. Please visit the Patient Review Form page to leave a review about your dental implant experience with this practice. Call our office if you would like more information: Mansfield Office Phone Number 817-477-0922.

Center for Oral & Dental Implant Surgery

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They take great care of their patients.

- Virginia S

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Had an implant 8 years ago and remembered the excellent doctor, staff and service. Seems they haven't lost a beat. Looking forward to this experience.

- William T

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Great experience, made me feel at ease being in the Dentist chair.

- Aalim B

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As a healthcare professional I generally hold other practitioners to a high standard of care. The care I am receiving from Dr. Sheppard is top notch. He is knowledgeable in his field and provides compassionate care.

- Tenisha W

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I have been to Dr. Sheppard multiple times for several Dental Implants and my Wisdom Teeth. Not only is he a phenomenal surgeon. He cares for his patients. He is intentional and personal. He even sent flowers to my home after my surgery. I would recommend him to anyone. He is a high quality surgeon and a high quality guy.

- Christina J

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Dr. Sheppard and his team make going to an oral surgeon a fun experience! Everyone is incredibly friendly. The professionalism Dr. Sheppard exhibits is stellar, but he also has a fun side. I trust him completely. If you are looking for a dedicated, concerned team, the Center for Oral Surgery is for you.

- Melissa B

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