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Dental Implants 101

If you have missing teeth, you are likely in the market for a replacement option soon. After all, teeth are essential to the function and appearance of a healthy smile. So what exactly are your options? Teeth replacement procedures come in the form of bridges, dentures and dental implants. While some people may close the door on dental implants when they discover the cost, it is worth understanding the worthwhile advantages you get when you choose implants dentistry to replace missing teeth. Here are the basics of what you may want to know before you approach your dentist:

Am I a candidate for dental implants? If you have teeth that have fallen out due to cavities, disease or injury, dental implants can help. It is important that dental implant patients also have no major health issues and have good bone structure as well as a disciplined oral hygiene routine. Heavy smokers and those with heart disease or diabetes should to be evaluated first.

What is the main structural difference between dental implants and dentures? Dental implants are a tooth replacement option that actually affix to your teeth roots. This makes your smile much more natural and durable than dentures, which are removable.

What can I expect while getting dental implants? Patients will have a preparatory appointment to get detailed assessments and measurements of your jaw and teeth structure, which can include specialized x-rays, a study of your mouth model and CT scans. The dental implants procedure itself is usually divided into a three-step process which involves implanting metal rods and waiting for them to attach to your bone. Protective screws are replaced with metallic healing caps before your final dental implants are put into place. The entire dental implant process may take up to 6 months or more, but most patients wear temporary bridges or dentures while the implants are attaching to the bone underneath the gum line and healing.

What are the major advantages of choosing dental implants? Though the process and cost seem intimidating, dental implants will last you a lifetime. They give patients a natural, restored smile with the most improved appearance and function. Dental implants are highly durable and do not require restrictions or limitations like those that you may experience with dentures.

Gilreath Family Dentistry specializes in helping patients choose a tooth replacement option that suits you best. They educate patients in detail about dental implants and ensure patients are satisfied with their new, confident smile!


Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Based on 307 reviews


Dr. Gilreath is incredible with my kids. They love going to the dentist now! And this busy mom loves the warm neck wraps, the soft music and enjoying a latte while I relax!

Kenneth H.

Was lucky enough to find these guys when I got insurance that my old dentist did not take. Very professional and friendly staff! Office has the latest greatest technology as well. If you're looking for a new dentist, search no further!

Susie L.

Very personable and friendly, they took the time to go over my complex dental history and did not pressure me into anything. They gave their recommendations and priced out any options I had. Great group!

Camille Y.

Dr. Gilreath and his staff are top notch. I received the best cleaning I've ever had while watching my favorite show. The Doctor and his staff were all very polite, friendly, and courteous. They explained everything to me clearly and presented me with options in a gentle way that didn't make me feel pressured at all. It's obvious they really care about the wellbeing of their patients. The facility and equipment is really nice as well. I will definitely be back!

Juan R.

Always willing to work around my kids and my schedules. Today I had a long appointment. They started on time and always made sure I was comfortable and that the pain was managed so the procedure could’ve been completed without issues. Very courteous and professional staff.

Lucia B.

Awesome dental practice! The staff is friendly and efficient. Dr. Gilreath is thorough and versed in the latest technology and procedures. I love that he can make crowns in the office while you wait (so no walking around with a temporary crown for days or weeks). I would strongly recommend this dental practice!

Matthew W.

I've been going here for about a little over a year now. I've had a few cleanings, a filling, and started Invisiline so far. Hands down, the best run dental office I've ever been to. In the past at other dental offices I often had to wait 30 or more minutes beyond my appointment time before being seen. At Dr. Gilreath's office I've been seen on time every time. They seem to have systems in place to make every part of your visit run smoothly. From how they took x-rays, to billing and appointments, to the work done by the hygienist/dentist, everything seems to run like a well oiled machine. On top of that all the staff are all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The office space itself is also quite nice. Very clean, well maintained, and seems very "up to date" with their equipment. If you're looking for a dentist and are anywhere in the northwest metro area I would highly recommend Dr. Gilreath.

Jhion R.

The staff is always so courteous and personable. They make us feel like family every time we have an appointment. Service is excellent, too. My wife recently went for a cleaning and Dr. Gilreath noticed a chip in one of her fillings. He knew we recently had another baby and that her time was very limited so he went ahead and did the filling right then and there, an extra thirty minutes tops. Dr. Gilreath is always looking at the big picture and really knows his stuff. We will never go anywhere else

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