Your No Obligation Consultation
Dr. Hobbs is an experienced implant dentist who will find the right treatment for you. During your consultation, he’ll ask about your medical history and treatment goals as well as check your oral health. Using our advanced diagnostic equipment including CT scans and digital x-rays, Dr. Hobbs will generate a detailed 3D image of your teeth, gums, and jawbone that’s viewable on a computer screen for easy treatment planning.
At this time, we can provide an estimate for your cost of care based on several factors such as the number of teeth that need to be replaced and the state of your oral health. If you decide that dental implants are the way to go, we’ll begin planning your treatment process.
Placing Your Implants
Before starting the placement procedure, many of our patients choose dental sedation for a more comfortable implant experience. Ask us about our sedation options if you’re feeling anxious or apprehensive about your implant surgery. Once the sedatives settle into your body, your treatment will begin.
Using our state-of-the-art imaging technology, Dr. Hobbs places each implant with ultimate precision, avoiding hard and soft tissue such as bones or nerves that could complicate the process.
Following implant surgery, you will go through the osseointegration process. This process allows your body to adjust while the bones in your jaw integrate with the titanium implant fixture in order to form a stable bond. This typically takes around three to six months.
Dental implants are unlike other types of restorations because they’re surgically attached to your smile. That’s how dental implants provide comfort and stability you won’t get with any other restoration.
Your Beautiful New Smile
Once you’re completely healed, you’ll come back to our office and Dr. Hobbs will complete the implant process by attaching your attractive porcelain crown. It’s custom-made to match the rest of your smile and it’s also the only part of the implant that the people around you can see.
Now you’ll be ready to face the world with confidence again, eating all your favorite foods and laughing and smiling without hesitation. Just imagine how eager you’ll be to showcase your stunning new smile. With this long-lasting tooth replacement solution, you won’t have to worry about your dentures falling out and you can also avoid the complications associated with having a lost tooth.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is osseointegration?
Osseointegration is the process of your titanium implant fixture fusing with your jawbone to replace the missing tooth root. This is key to the success of the implant, as it stimulates healthy bone growth in your jaw and allows your implant to function like a normal tooth.
How long does the implant process take?
The time it takes to receive dental implants varies from patient to patient and depends on their individual needs. Factors such as how many implants are being placed and the need for preliminary procedures will affect the length of the implant process.
During your consultation, we’ll determine your needs and establish a timeline based on the state of your oral health.
How do I take care of my implants after the procedure?
The first two weeks after your dental implant procedure is crucial to the success of your treatment. Make sure to follow any post-op instructions given by Dr. Hobbs, such as:
- Avoiding crunchy or hard foods
- Rinsing your mouth with warm salt water after eating
- Avoid drinking alcohol or smoking
Once your surgical area is healed, aftercare for your dental implant becomes much easier. All you need to do is brush your teeth twice a day, floss once a day, and visit our practice in Longview, Texas for your regular dental checkups.
What do I do if there are complications with my dental implants?
Dental implants have a success rate of 90-95%, and complications are rare. If something goes wrong with your dental implants or you’re experiencing severe discomfort, call our office right away. Don’t try to fix the problem yourself, as this can result in permanent damage and set your treatment back. Dr. Hobbs will get the care you need as soon as possible.
Get Your New Smile With Dr. Hobbs
Dental implants have many benefits as they help enhance your appearance, improve eating and speaking, and restore your oral health. If you believe dental implants may be the treatment solution for your missing teeth, call our Longview office at (903) 371-0295 to schedule your free consultation with Dr. Hobbs. You can also fill out our online contact form below and one of our staff members will be happy to assist you.