NORTHEAST TEXAS PERIODONTAL SPECIALISTS
Nathan E. Hodges, DDS, MS
Kimberly D. Sheppard, DDS, MS

Dental Implants Ideal for Missing Teeth

Award Winning, state-of-the-art periodontics & dental implants in safe, friendly practices

Northeast Texas Periodontal Specialists - Dental Implants Rockwall Paris Texas

Dental Implants Ideal for Missing Teeth

Award Winning, state-of-the-art periodontics & dental implants in safe, friendly practices

Dental Implants
Rockwall & Paris, Texas

A dental implant is comprised of an artificial root made of titanium that is placed below the gumline into the jawbone and acts as the root of your tooth to support a crown, denture, or bridge. Dental implants provide a stable and predictable form of tooth replacement following the loss or extraction of a tooth and are designed to look, feel and function just like your natural teeth.

Our periodontal practice specializes in offering several different types of dental implants to meet your unique needs, including:

  • Individual implant to replace missing teeth
  • Implant retained dentures
  • Implant supported bridge
  • Implant supported dentures
  • All-on-4 Dental Implants
  • Full Mouth Dental Implants

At Northeast Texas Periodontal Specialists, we offer a range of implant-based solutions for missing teeth and are committed to providing you with a safe, quick, accurate, and minimally invasive procedure with amazing results. If you are missing teeth and would like to learn more about what implant-based solution may be right for you, please refer to the following. To schedule an appointment for a consultation to see if dental implants are right for you, contact our Rockwall office today at (972) 771-8640 or our Paris office at (903) 785-4832.

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Dental Implants
Treatment Plan & Procedure

The first step is developing a treatment plan and determining whether you are a viable candidate for dental implants, and if so, what type of implant is best suited to your needs, is a thorough examination, which will include a review of your dental and medical history. We will also use state of the art diagnostic tools such as a CBCT scan, which produces high-quality 3-D images that will show us the bone density and volume at the point of interest in your jaw. This allows us to determine the optimal positioning for placement of your implant. We will also use these images in conjunction with a special software to create a surgical guide to ensure the implant is precisely inserted into the pre-planned position.

Because we are committed to providing our patients with the highest level of care, we use the latest in dental technology to ensure your safety and guarantee you have improved outcomes.  This is why we use Piezosurgery as an integral part of our dental implant procedure which is a surgical instrument to prepare the bone where your implant will be placed. Unlike conventional instruments, Piezosurgery uses ultrasonic vibrations to precisely cut bone without affecting the nerves, blood vessels, skin, or the gum tissue.

Some patients may need to have a tooth extracted prior to placement of your dental implant. We will use special instruments to detach the tooth from the socket and remove it vertically in order to preserve the shape of the socket and preserve as much bone as possible.  If possible, we will place your implant immediately following this extraction in order to significantly reduce healing time.

Bone grafting may also be necessary for patients who do not have enough bone volume or density to support an implant. This procedure is most often needed for patients who have had a missing tooth or teeth for over one year, resulting in the supporting bone dissolving and becoming reabsorbed by the body. To correct this issue, we will place graft material into the implant site, which will lead to regeneration of new bone and this graft material will act as a platform or scaffold for the bone to form around. Over time this graft material will dissolve, and healthy bone will remain in its place.

Patients who are missing back teeth may require a sinus lift. Because of the bone loss and changes in the floor of the sinus cavity caused by the loss of these teeth, the floor of your sinus cavity can drop, which makes the depth of the bone shallow. To make the bone deep enough to support an implant, we will lift the bottom portion of the sinus membrane and place a bone graft underneath it to increase the bone depth. With the bone graft material, we often add growth proteins to the bone to facilitate the healing process and over time, new bone will regenerate, and an implant can be securely placed.

Once your implant has been placed, we will evaluate the gum health around your new implant and confirm it looks and feels comfortable and aligns with the adjacent teeth. Following this, your dental implant procedure will be complete!

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Competent, state-of-the-art periodontics in our safe, friendly Rockwall and Paris practices

Dental Implants
Costs Associated

To ensure that your dental implant procedure is successful and provide you with any ongoing personal care instructions, we will schedule post-operative checks throughout the first year of your implants being placed at no additional charge. We also recommend post-operative checks on your dental implants annually following the first year to be performed along with your dental cleanings.

The cost of getting a dental implant will largely depend on whether any additional procedures are being performed, how many implants you are having placed, what type of dental sedation is used, and your dental insurance plan. It is also important to factor in the cost of the initial visit and any follow up appointments that may be necessary.

For patients who are covered under a dental insurance plan, although we are not in-network, we will gladly help prepare and file your claim to ensure you receive your maximum reimbursement. Payment is due in full on the day of treatment. We accept cash, check, Visa, Discover, Mastercard, and American Express. If you are concerned about the cost of receiving treatment, please know that we offer our patients Compassionate Finance, which offers a variety of payment solutions with fixed interest rates and manageable monthly payments and CareCredit®, which offers 24-monty payment plans with zero interest, as well as low-interest financing for 24-60 months.

Dr. Hodges has been practicing periodontics since 2003. His patient treatment philosophy is to provide the most optimal care possible, utilizing the most advanced techniques in a personal and caring environment.

Dr. Sheppard has been practicing periodontics since 2003. Dr. Sheppard takes pride in providing her patients with the highest quality care with a patient-centered philosophy. Dr. Sheppard offers her patients a special type of non-narcotic virtual sedation to ease dental pain and anxiety.

Contact Northeast Texas Perio

At Northeast Texas Periodontal Specialists, we are committed to providing you with the periodontal care you need to enjoy good oral health and maintain a smile that you can be confident in. We are also committed to making your experience as comfortable and relaxing as possible. Blankets and pillows are provided in the treatment room, oral and IV sedation options are available for patients who are anxious or who are scheduled for longer procedures. If you have any additional questions or concerns regarding the dental implant procedure or whether dental implants are right for you, please contact our office today. We look forward to hearing from you and providing you with the care you need!

Minimally invasive treatments using advanced technology

We use advanced technology to ensure your treatments get optimal results and are minimally invasive. Our technology and procedures also make your treatment far more comfortable and with faster healing time than with less advanced techniques.
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Advanced 3D imaging makes treatment faster and less invasive

We use high-tech digital X-rays and a 3D cone beam CT scanner to get detailed images of your teeth, gums, and jaw structure. With these images, we precisely plan your implant placement ahead of the appointment for surgery. We can then place your implants quickly and with no or minimal incisions.
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Revolutionary
Non-surgical gum treatment using the Perioscope

We treat most cases of moderate to severe gum disease completely non-surgically by using the Perioscope. The Perioscope is a revolutionary, tiny camera that enables us to see deeply buried plaque and calculus deposits, that before the Perioscope would have required exploratory surgery to see. Using the Perioscope, we thoroughly remove these deposits with our scaling instruments.
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SPECIALISTS IN
Dental Implants

Dental implant placement is a delicate, precise procedure that requires thorough diagnostics and planning. We use the latest advances in technology to make your implant treatment accurate, efficient, minimally invasive and comfortable.

TRAINING IN
PERIODONTICS

There’s been discussion about the connection between heart disease and periodontitis. While research to clarify these connections are still on-going, the potential link between the two makes for a reason why maintaining good oral hygiene is important.

ADVANCED
TECHNOLOGIES

We use advanced technology to ensure your treatments get optimal results and are minimally invasive. Our technology and procedures also make your treatment far more comfortable and with faster healing time than with less advanced techniques.

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