Dental Implants – Flower Mound, TX

The Modern Solution for Tooth Loss

Replacements for missing teeth have big shoes to fill, because there’s nothing that can quite compare to home-grown pearly whites. Our team at Lauri Barge, DDS offers the closest alternative to natural teeth, called dental implants. This treatment allows us to restore the entire structure of missing teeth from the ground, upward—allowing patients to enjoy both aesthetic and functional benefits that distinguish this procedure from all of the rest.

Why Choose Lauri Barge, DDS for Dental Implants?

  • We Accommodate Anxious Patients
  • Experienced & Friendly Dental Team
  • In-House Dental Plan Available

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants themselves are small, titanium posts that are surgically placed below the gumline to replace the root structure of one or more missing teeth. Due to the fact that they’re made from a biocompatible metal, they’re able to undergo a process called osseointegration, where they fuse with the jawbone. This allows them to function exactly as your natural roots did. After you’ve healed, our team will restore the visible portion of your smile by attaching a dental crown, bridge, or denture to the implants to secure them in place.

The 4 Step Dental Implant Process

Every dental implant treatment varies from patient-to-patient because it’s customized to fit each unique person’s needs. However, there are four steps that every patient can expect to experience throughout the process, including:

  1. The Initial Consultation. During this initial visit, our team will help determine whether dental implants are right for you. We’ll take X-rays and outline a treatment timeline so you know exactly what to expect throughout the process.
  2. Dental Implant Surgery. Barge partners with expert oral surgeons in the area to provide the best possible results.
  3. Osseointegration Period & Abutment Placement. Once your implants have been placed, you’ll heal and undergo a process called osseointegration, where they’ll fuse with your jawbone. Then, we’ll attach small, metal connector pieces called abutments to them.
  4. Securing the Permanent Restoration. When we receive your final restoration, we’ll call you back in to attach it to your implants and complete your smile.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants offer a wide array of benefits that make them a popular tooth replacement option among patients. Some of the advantages that you can enjoy when you restore your smile with this treatment include:

  • Lifespan of 35+ years
  • Easy to maintain
  • Prevention of jawbone erosion
  • Preservation of the facial structure
  • Enhanced chewing and speaking abilities
  • No alteration of healthy teeth required
  • Replace one, several, or all teeth at once

Who Can Dental Implants Help?

Not every patient is a good candidate for dental implants; however, that doesn’t mean that they can’t get there! Some patients require preparatory procedures to ensure the success of the osseointegration process, like a bone graft, sinus lift, or periodontal therapy. Once your gums are healthy and you can successfully undergo the placement process, our team will outline the rest of your treatment for you, including how we’re going to restore your smile.

Missing One Tooth

For a single missing tooth, we’ll place one dental implant below the gumline. Once it has fused with the jawbone and the gums have healed, we’ll place an abutment that will secure a customized dental crown that will fill the gap in your arch.

Missing Multiple Teeth

If you’re missing several consecutive teeth, we will secure a customized dental bridge to two dental implants instead of existing teeth, like what would be required if you received a traditional bridge. This extends the life of your restoration and health of your natural smile.

Missing All of Your Teeth

Instead of investing in a traditional denture that can shift and slip in your mouth and won’t keep your jaw from eroding, we offer implant dentures. These are dentures that are secured to anywhere from four to eight dental implants that are strategically located along the arch of teeth.

Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

The dental implant procedure is customized from start-to-finish to help individual patients meet their unique needs. That’s why there’s no singular price tag attached to the procedure. How much you pay to receive dental implants will depend on a variety of factors, including whether you require preparatory procedures, how many dental implants you need to have placed, and what type of restoration you require to restore your smile. We’ll outline these details, along with the overall cost of the procedure, at your initial consultation so you know exactly what to expect.