Dental Implant Services
The minimally invasive, durable solution for missing teeth
A dental implant is a titanium artificial tooth root that supports a single crown, dental bridge or denture. Implants are the most predictable and stable form of tooth replacement for missing teeth or teeth that need to be extracted. Implants are also the closest thing to natural teeth in function, feel and appearance.
With modern advancements in technology, our doctors can help most of our patients receive implants and enjoy their many benefits.
Knowledge and experience you can trust
Periodontists are specialists in treating the bone and gum structure surrounding your teeth. A key part of his three-year intensive specialist training (post-dental school) is in the placement and care of dental implants. Dr. Hodges and Dr. Sheppard have extensive knowledge and experience in all aspects of implant treatment. He also keeps up with the latest developments in implantology through continuous advanced education.
Dr. Hodges is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. He is a member of the International Team for Implantology (ITI) also a Fellow of the ITI, an honor earned by less than 100 people in the U.S.
Our Dental Implant options
- Individual implants to replace missing teeth
- Multiple implants for an implant-supported bridge
- Implants to strengthen support for your current dentures
- Implant-supported new removable dentures
- Implant-supported new fixed (non-removable) dentures
- TeethXpress® New Teeth in One Day
Our Dental Implant procedure
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.
Your first step is a consultation. Here you will find out your treatment options and get any of your questions answered.
State-of-the-art diagnostics and planning with 3D technology
Dr. Hodges will do a full diagnosis so treatment can be precisely planned.
Our cone beam 3D CT scanner takes 360-degree, three-dimensional images of your teeth, jaw and adjacent structures. These images can be viewed from any angle, and magnified as desired for a closer inspection.
The images show the precise placement and condition of your teeth and the amount of bone surrounding the teeth. They also show the position and size of your nerves, blood vessels, and sinuses in and around your jaw. From these images, the doctors plan the best position to place your implant.
We can also see the bone volume and density at the proposed implant site. From this, he will determine how much bone augmentation, if any, is needed to provide adequate bone structure for the implant to be placed successfully.
We will review your medical and dental history and take any other X-rays or digital pictures needed for full treatment planning.
Surgical guides for precise implant placement
Using special software and the 3D scanned images, the doctors create a surgical guide to ensure precise implant insertion in the pre-planned position. This makes the procedure accurate, quick, minimally invasive and safe.
Ultrasonic surgery device for minimally invasive preparation
We use a Piezosurgery unit to cut bone without affecting any other tissues. The Piezosurgery device uses ultrasonic waves that are only able to cut bone and can’t affect the gum, skin, nerves or blood vessels. It also cauterizes while it cuts, so there’s no bleeding. The use of this technology greatly assists in making the surgery minimally invasive.
The Piezosurgery unit has various applications during dental implant surgery. We will use it to create a hole of the right size for the implant, making the implant insertion more efficient. We also use it for advanced bone grafting and sinus lifts.
When extractions are needed before implant placement, the doctor uses special instruments to detach the tooth from the socket. He then removes the tooth gently and vertically. This maintains the shape of the tooth socket and causes little to no damage to the surrounding gums and bone.
In many cases, they can place the implant immediately after extraction, which reduces healing time.
Bone grafting and sinus lift to restore needed bone
When you have a tooth missing for a long time, you will have bone loss. Within the first year after you lose a tooth, up to 25% of the supporting bone dissolves and is reabsorbed into the body. The bone loss continues after that and can become quite severe.
Where there is too little bone available to support an implant, the doctor will do a bone graft at the implant site to regenerate the needed bone. The bone graft material does not become the new bone. It stimulates the regeneration of new bone by the body. The graft material also acts as a platform around which the new bone forms. The graft material dissolves into the body and leaves new, healthy bone in its place.
Sometimes we place the implant at the same time as the graft. Where a higher volume of bone is needed, the doctor will place the implant after the needed bone has regenerated.
When back teeth are missing, the sinus cavity pressure and the bone loss from the missing teeth can cause the sinus cavity floor to drop and make the bone depth too shallow to support an implant.
Where this has happened, the doctor will place bone graft material at the bottom of the sinus floor and make the bone deep enough for the implant. The procedure is known as a sinus lift.
Growth proteins to speed healing
Our doctors use growth proteins taken from human blood fluids and add them to the bone graft. These proteins reduce inflammation, prevent infection, and accelerate healing time.
Your comfort is ensured
Our minimally invasive procedures make your treatment as efficient and comfortable as possible. We also make sure you are at ease by explaining your treatment ahead of time and answering any questions. You can call the doctor any time after treatment if you have a question or concern.
We provide you with pillows and blankets in the treatment room to ensure your comfort. We also have oral and IV sedation options for patients who are very anxious, especially for longer procedures.
Your beautiful new teeth
Our doctors will place your implant so your bite is comfortable so that the implant aligns with the adjacent teeth, and so it can be easily cleaned. This will help your new tooth or teeth be comfortable and look totally natural.
We will ensure your new teeth are both functional and beautiful.
No-charge follow-up appointments to ensure long-term success
Over the first year after your implants are placed, we will schedule you for post-operative checks to ensure all is well and to give you any needed personal care instructions. These appointments are all at no charge. You can return annually for no-charge post-operative checks thereafter as long as you wish.
“Dr. Hodges was very friendly. He answered all my questions and explained everything to me.”
“I had loose teeth and several of my bridges and crowns were failing. My teeth were in bad shape and I had serious perio problems.
“Dr. Hodges was very friendly. He answered all my questions and explained everything to me. He was very thorough. The staff were also really nice and very professional.
“I received implants, and there were no problems. The implants are better than my regular teeth. I never used to take care of my teeth, but now I brush and floss. I have no more loose teeth, and I have a beautiful smile.
“Dr. Hodges is the best dentist I have ever been to. His work is the best.”
– Charles, Implant Patient
“The implant he put in has been great.”
“Dr. Hodges was very kind and personable. He was very easy to work with.
“The implant he put in has been great and there have been no problems. The implant is just like my real teeth.”
– Jane, Implant Patient
Before & Afters
[sequence slideset=dental-implants swipeEvents=normal autoPlay=true nextButton=true prevButton=true pagination=true]
To make an appointment, call our Rockwall 972-771-8640 or Paris 903-785-4832 office, or click here to request an appointment online.