Dental Implants

Oral & Facial Surgery of Northeast Texas – Texarkana TX

What Are Dental Implants?

A natural tooth consists of a root and a crown. If you compare natural teeth to implant-supported replacement teeth, 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 a dental 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.

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“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. Bunel, Dr. James, Dr. Duke or Dr. Legan is 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.  Dr. Bunel, Dr. James, Dr. Duke or Dr. Legan performs 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.

Call Oral & Facial Surgery of Northeast Texas Phone Number 903-794-3331 with questions or to make an appointment.

 

Oral & Facial Surgery of Northeast Texas

5 out of 5 stars based on 97 Dental Implant reviews.

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Highly recommend if you are needing implants.

- Robert T

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My experience here has been very pleasant. If you have to have these things done, this is the place to go!

- Charlotte L

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Friendly staff, very professional, and thorough. Dr. Bunel is the best around and makes you feel very comfortable and taken care of. Highly recommend!

- Jessica R

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My experience (spanning at least 10 years) with Dr. Kirby Bunel and the staff of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons of NE Texas is without exception, a VERY POSITIVE and supportive dental and personal experience! I wouldn't go anywhere else!!!

- Karen E

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I've had awesome care by Dr. Bunel and all of the staff! Awesome group! 🙂

- Kacie M

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Staff and Dr. Bunel are very friendly and courteous. Lots of checkups to ensure bone was ready for implant and after surgeries Dr. Bunel called my home to check on me.

- Laurea M

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Very satisfied with my care. Very professional staff and Dr. Bunel was great!

- Tommy S

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I have been very happy with the service of Dr. Duke and the staff. The wait in the exam room is too long, but overall it is ok. Thanks

- Luther R

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Dr. was very encouraging. Usually I'm nervous with any dental procedure and Dr. Duke put me at ease and no problems with the surgeries or afterwards. All went well.

- Dolores A

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Excellent overall, extensive wait last visit for basic follow-up, but great office overall.

- Jennifer R

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A++

- Eugenia B

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Overall good experience with this office and the staff.

- Hayden H

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Well pleased with overall experience. Little wait time when arriving to appointments. Right in, procedures started quickly and out in less time than most medical facilities. Time will tell but so far I am confident in the long term success of the implant.

- Ralph M

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Dr. Legan was great and the staff was very nice.

- Angie S

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A very satisfying experience.

- Cindy F

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Very nice, polite, and understanding whenever I called. Very easy to schedule appointments. They always asked me if that was a good time for me.

- Phyllis T

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I have always enjoyed coming here and that says a lot! I would and have recommend Dr. Duke to friends and family.

- Patty B

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No complaints.

- Donny B

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I would recommend this office to everyone.

- Dena H

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Everyone here is extremely nice! Their compentence and love of their work shines through. Each visit is an enjoyable respite from the every day world.

- Mike P

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