Dental Implants

Missing teeth can cause discomfort, difficulties chewing and speaking, and embarrassment.

Dr. Clark Damon is a renowned dental implant specialist who uses the most advanced techniques and materials to restore your smile.

Why are dental implants highly recommended?

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The Gold Standard for Tooth Replacement

Long-Lasting 

With proper maintenance, dental implants can last a lifetime. However, it is essential that you maintain your oral health with proper hygiene and dental care.

Protect Your Oral Health 

Since dental implants are placed directly into the jaw, they stimulate the jawbone when chewing. This prevents jawbone atrophy and protects the overall health of your smile.

Restore Function

Restorations secured with dental implants are substantially more stable and allow you to eat, speak, and smile with confidence.

How does a dental implant replace a missing tooth? 

Is tooth loss a common dental issue? 

Many Patients Need  to Replace Missing Teeth 

Do you qualify for dental implant treatment?

Factors That Affect Your Candidacy for Dental Implants:

Insufficient Jawbone Density 

Substantial jawbone tissue is necessary to properly support dental implants. If you do not have sufficient jawbone tissue you may require bone grafting.

Smoking 

Smoking can increase your risk of complications because it impairs healing. You must quit smoking before dental implant treatment.

Periodontal Disease 

Healthy gums are essential to your overall oral health and long-term success of dental implants. You should receive treatment for periodontal disease prior to receiving implants.

Uncontrolled Health Conditions 

You should seek treatment to manage conditions such as diabetes and other autoimmune disorders because they may increase your risk of complications. 

Are dental implants safe?

For All-on-4® dental implants, Dr. Damon has a 99.5 percent success rate among patients. As a dental implant specialist, he has undergone extensive training allowing him to provide the most precise placement. He will thoroughly evaluate your candidacy during your consultation to identify risk factors and determine whether dental implants are the best solution for you.
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An implant-supported restoration requires three parts...

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Does Dr. Damon use any special tools or techniques?

Using the Latest Advancements to Create the Best Results

Dr. Damon is also dedicated to using the latest technology and highest quality materials, including Nobel Biocare dental implants. Our office is equipped with an on-site lab, six dental operatories, two surgical suites, and a full spectrum of advanced tools including 3-D CT imaging. We also offer zirconia prosthetics that are hand-crafted by our skilled team. We highly recommend zirconia for your All-on-4 denture. 

What happens during dental implant treatment?

The Stages of Traditional Dental Implant Treatment 

Dental implants can last a lifetime.

What to Expect

Dental implants can last a lifetime.

Consultation

The doctor will evaluate your oral health and candidacy for dental implants.

Implant Placement

The dental implant will be placed into the jawbone through an incision in the gums.

Healing Period

It will take about four to six months for the dental implants to fully fuse with the jawbone. 
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Abutment Placement

An abutment piece is attached to the implant, which allows it to connect to the restoration.

Secondary Healing

The gums will need to heal around the abutment before your restoration is finalized.
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Final Restoration

Your finalized crown, bridge, or denture will be placed. 

The Recovery Process

Typically, patients can return to work within the two or three days of the procedure. You can expect to experience some bleeding, swelling, and discomfort during the initial healing phase. However, there are several ways you can manage your side effects

  • Use ice packs to reduce swelling
  • Take over-the-counter pain medication or prescriptions as directed 
  • Apply gauze to stop bleeding 
  • Sleep with your head elevated 
  • Use antiseptic mouthwash and antibiotics to prevent infection

Our team can also answer any questions may have throughout the process to help you achieve a successful recovery. 

Dental implants    are   a  proven restorative treatment option with multiple benefits that include a comfortable bite, improved speech, and greater longevity than traditional restorations. Dr. Damon can help you understand the many benefits of dental implants during your personal consultation at our Dallas, Amarillo, or Fort Worth, TX, location. 

Why Replace Missing Teeth?

The loss of even just one tooth can be detrimental to your oral health. Not only does it leave a gap in your smile, but it can affect your appearance in other ways. In just one year after losing a tooth, nearly 25 percent of the bone that supported that tooth is lost. This bone loss can cause the face, especially the cheeks and lips, to sag and collapse.

Dr. Damon can replace a single missing tooth with a dental implant and custom crown to restore aesthetics, health, and functionality to your smile.

A missing tooth can also affect your ability to chew and speak properly. You may over-compensate when eating, which can lead to a misaligned bite over time. The jawbone and gum tissues both shrink considerably after tooth loss. This can eventually lead to the loss of surrounding teeth.

What Are Dental Implants?

Fortunately, there is a solution. Dr. Damon can replace missing teeth with dental implants to restore aesthetics, health, and functionality to your smile. Dental implants are titanium screw-like posts that replace the entire root structure of your tooth.

Single-Tooth Replacement

dental crown is attached to the end of the implant, creating a beautiful and functional smile that can last for years with proper care. 

Traditional dental bridges are held in place by drilling and making crowns on adjacent (most of the time healthy) teeth. This is not only damaging to the teeth that must support the crowns, but also does not stop bone loss. I tell my patients, why make a one tooth problem a three tooth problem? Also did you know 50% of all crown and bridges done in America last 10 years or longer????  Dental implants are the more conservative route to go and often times the same cost.

Additional Benefits of Dental ImplantsIllustration of dental implant in the jaw

Additional benefits of dental implants include:

Preservation of Remaining Teeth 

For patients who still have some remaining teeth, the structures of those teeth are left intact. Traditional bridges are attached to dental crowns, which requires the reshaping of the supporting teeth. In contrast, dental implants do not affect the health or structure of the surrounding teeth.

Dental implants are a proven restorative treatment option with multiple benefits that include a comfortable bite, improved speech, and greater longevity than traditional restorations.

Enhanced Quality of Life

Dental implants can improve your quality of life in numerous ways:

  • Restorations are securely attached to the implants, so you never have to worry about them slipping out of place.
  • You can enjoy your favorite foods that you might not otherwise with traditional dentures or other types of restorations.
  • Because they are generally not removable, you can more easily brush and floss your teeth, just as you would natural teeth.

Additionally, dental implants and implant-supported restorations can significantly boost your confidence. Customized, precisely crafted bridges and dentures can support your facial tissue to give you a more youthful appearance. When you feel confident about your smile and your appearance, it shows.

Advanced Full Arch Replacement

Many patients today DO NOT want a denture as their only full mouth tooth replacement option. Many view dentures as what their parents or grandparents had. We provide permanent same day full arch tooth replacement solutions with the proven All on Four protocol, in our office, under IV Sedation. 

This is one of the most common response we received on a daily basis, when offering patients Permanent Teeth with only one procedure within one day. We have successfully treated hundreds of patients with proven, All-On-4® Protocol. Several steps are done ahead of time to prepare your teeth for the procedure; such as wearing a  temporary, fixed prosthesis for 6-months and the final prosthesis will be created after your gums have time to heal.

What is All-on-4? all on four upper

  • Four or more implants placed in the jaws at the time of tooth extractions
  • Surgery is done under IV Sedation
  • Placement of a Permanent Fixed Prosthesis (temporary) This is your “Teeth in a Day”. 97% of the time we are able to do this at the time of extractions and implant placement – provided correct torque on each implant is achieved
  • Non-Removable, No rocking, no force on the gums.
  • Palate-less
  • Screw Retained
  • Made out of Acrylic/Titanium or Zirconia
  • Same Day Graft-less Procedure – Teeth in a Day Concept.
  • 98% Proven success rate. (In Dr. Damons’ hands 99.5%)

Why Choose Dr. Damon for All-on-4?

We provide Permanent Dental Implants, All on Four, or Permanent Dentures (all are synonymous with each other) EVERY DAY. Dr. Damon has performed well over 500 arches of All on Four since we added the concept to our practice in 2013. Let alone, thousands of dental implant placements, and other dental surgeries.

Every thing happens here: Consultation, Work up, Surgery, and Finalization.

Our staff is competent, knowledgeable, and we have the resources in house. Since we have performed so many, we are also aware of the nuances and problems (although few and far between).

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zirconia final prosthesis

Snap on dental implants are possible with the Texas Dental Center. Here you can receive benefits in increasing bite forces, stability, and security. Also, snap on dental implants are typically a bit lower in cost then All on Four dental implants. 

Trefoil Concept - Fixed Lower Prosthesis on 3 Implants

With the Trefoil Concept- 3 dental implants are utilized to secure a permanent denture to the jaws in just a few days. This concept is a faster restorative time and is more affordable then the All on Four Treatment Protocol. Click here to learn more about the Trefoil Dental Implant Concept! 

Bone Grafting

More often then not, some type of bone graft is necessary during a dental implant procedure. Often we are able to remove teeth, place the implants, and graft the same day. Dr. Damon and Dr. Blankenship use several different types of bone grafting. 

The Implant Procedure

Prior to the procedure, Drs. Damon and Blankenship will use our digital 3-D cone beam scanner to plan your surgery. After surgery, you will be a temporary. You will return at 4-6 months depending for your final all porcelain crown on your brand new implant.

Why wait 4-6 months? This allows enough time for bone and the gums to heal as well as have the implant fuse to the bone in a process called osseointegration.

Learn More About Dental Implants

If you are ready to learn more about dental implants and how they can benefit you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Damon today. Contact our practice online or call Fort Worth at (817) 336-2121 and Dallas at (972) 808-6008. Dr. Damon focuses on patient safety and comfort. For added convenience, he can perform every phase of dental implant surgery at our office. Patients can feel confident knowing an expert implantologist is planning and performing their procedures, all under one roof.

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