Dental Implants in Spicewood, TX

What Are Single-Tooth Dental Implants?

Single-tooth dental implants consist of a single metal implant or “post,” and a dental crown. The metal implant is shaped like a screw and is made of titanium. It’s designed to be surgically placed into the jaw bone, where it heals and bonds with your jaw bone and gum tissue. 

Once it heals, this implant functions like an artificial tooth root. Then, Dr. Richard Donkersgoed can build a dental crown that looks and feels just like a real tooth and attach it to the implant. This restores the natural shape, function, and appearance of your tooth. Single-tooth dental implants last 30+ years with proper care, making them the best way to replace missing teeth permanently.

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Did you know…

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Titanium dental implants were first patented in 1978. In the following decades, they have become the most popular way to restore missing teeth permanently.

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How Does The Implant Process Work?

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First, you'll need to come into Bee Creek Dental for a consultation with Dr. Donkersgoed. He’ll perform a comprehensive oral exam and determine if you’re a good candidate for treatment with dental implants.

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Implant placement surgery

At your surgical appointment, Dr. Donkersgoed will clean and numb your mouth. Then, he will create a small opening in your gums and jaw bone, and place a metal implant into the area. Next, he will clean the area, suture it shut, and send you home to heal.

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Healing & recovery

It takes about 1-2 weeks to heal from initial implant placement, but it will take up to 3-6 months for your mouth to heal completely.

Building the restoration

As you heal, you’ll come back to our office for follow-ups. Dr. Donkersgoed will check your implant to make sure it’s healing properly, and take impressions and measurements, which he’ll use to build a dental crown. This crown will fit over your implant and restore your missing tooth.

Final restoration placement

When your implant has healed completely, you’ll come back for one last appointment. Dr. Donkersgoed will check your dental restoration one last time, then bond it in place permanently to restore your smile. You’ll go home with a brand new grin.

Did you know…

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Around 40% of Americans suffer from dental anxiety.

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Have questions about sedation options? Find answers here.

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What is sedation used for in dentistry?

Sedation is used to soothe dental anxiety and alleviate pain during procedures. Many patients suffer from dental anxiety, which can prevent them from getting the dental care they need. If coming to the dentist makes you feel anxious or nervous, sedation can help you feel safe, comfortable, and relaxed during your treatment.

Sedation also helps mitigate pain and discomfort during more invasive procedures, such as oral surgeries, tooth extractions, and dental implant placement. If you require multiple dental procedures and need to sit still for several hours during treatment, sedation can help you feel comfortable and calm.

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Am I a good candidate for sedation dentistry?

Most patients are good candidates for sedation dentistry, but it is important to share your current health and past health history with your dentist to make sure sedation is appropriate for you. If you have a history of drug abuse, or are taking medications that may interfere with the sedation process, sedation dentistry may not be a suitable option. Reach out to our team to learn more about sedation, and to get the conversation started.

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What does sedation dentistry feel like?

Each method of sedation feels different, so it depends on which option you choose. Laughing gas keeps you fully conscious and aware of your surroundings. You will feel light-headed, giggly, and relaxed while feeling less discomfort during treatment.

Oral conscious sedation and IV sedation will most likely cause you to fall asleep and forget most of your procedure. However, you will not be unconscious, and you can still be woken and respond to commands. Feeling groggy and “out of it” are common side effects.

The deepest method of sedation is general anesthesia. You will be completely unconscious and will not feel or remember anything from your procedure.

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Is sedation dentistry safe?

Yes. Sedation dentistry is provided by qualified professionals at our office who are specially trained to administer all available options. While oral conscious sedation and IV sedation have more prolonged side effects compared to laughing gas, they are still very safe. As long as you are a good candidate, sedation will have no serious risks to your health or well-being.

Did you know…

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Since the late 19th century, laughing gas has been used as a safe, effective treatment in dentistry.

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