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Dental Implants Presentation

To provide you with a better understanding of dental implants, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to dental implants are discussed.

Dental Implants Presentation

What Are Dental Implants?

A natural tooth consists of a root and a crown. If you compare natural teeth to implant-supported replacement teeth provided by Dr. Barrett and Dr. Higley, 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.

Are You Ready to Reclaim Confidence in Your Smile?

Dental implants can help you reclaim confidence in your smile

“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. Barrett and Dr. Higley are 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. Drs. Barrett and Higley perform 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.

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5 out of 5 stars based on 6 Dental Implants reviews.

Patient Review by Ashley C

Man! There are not enough words to describe how awesome the staff, nurses and Dr. Barrett were today! I had a very painful tooth that needed to be extracted and they took excellent care of me! Everyone was so helpful and kind. From appointments to follow-up, they know how to take care of their patients. They won’t disappoint. Thank you West Texas Oral and Facial Surgery Care for taking sure good care of me.

- Ashley C

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Patient Review by Randy Culver

Good morning , Ryan I just wanted let you know that your nurses and you did a great job yesterday I can hardly tell you did anything yesterday. You have a excellent staff all the way up to the front counter Thanks Randy

- Randy Culver

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Patient Review by Denise H

I could not ask for a more friendly atmosphere from all the employees. Dr. Higley is hands down the most gentle and kindest Oral Surgeon I have seen. Thank you everyone! See you at my Follow-Up!

- Denise H

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Patient Review by Esther S

Best office atmosphere... best service... best surgeons... best of the best!

- Esther S

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Patient Review by michael mccoy

dr snuggs and dr barrett cooridnated my wifes

- michael mccoy

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Patient Review by Kelly O

Great practice!

- Kelly O

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