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.
“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.
Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, Dr. Bunel, Dr. Duke, Dr. Legan or Dr. Hastings 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. Duke, Dr. Legan or Dr. Hastings 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.
Oral & Facial Surgery of Northeast Texas
Patient Review By Ronda A
Dr. Bunel and staff were all very porfessional but warm and friendly.
- Ronda A
Patient Review By Saundra K
I was especially appreciative of the follow-up by Dr. Bunel after surgery.
- Saundra K
Patient Review By Brianna D
The staff was very considerate of my schedule and of my concerns of the surgery overall.
- Brianna D
Patient Review By Barry T
For a dental visit, it was non-threating.
- Barry T
Patient Review By Judy M
Doctors and staff made implant experience as painless and comfortable as possible. Would choose the same staff and doctor for another implant if needed.
- Judy M
Patient Review By John B
Friendly, professional, and painless.
- John B
Patient Review By Virgil H
Good care on every visit.
- Virgil H
Patient Review By Jack M
Simply superb overall experience. I highly recommend this first class group.
- Jack M
Patient Review By Chad S
Great experience considering the circumstances.
- Chad S
Patient Review By Elizabeth F
Fifth dental implant performed by Dr. Jacob Duke. I have always received excellent care.
- Elizabeth F
Patient Review By Mary P
I'm so thankful Dr. Bunel is in Texarkana. Dr. Bunel has performed extractions, bone grafts, sinus lifts, and seven dental implants. The care and follow up has always been great. I hope I don't have to return, but thankful to have Dr. Bunel to treat my issues.
- Mary P
Patient Review By Bethany <
Everyone in the office has been great. Very courteous and when procedure was done, they were all very helpful in calming nerves and being concerned with how I was doing after the surgery. Thanks for a good experience!
- Bethany <
Patient Review By Angie P
After several trips to different dental practices, I FINALLY found my dental "home." This location is friendly, helpful, and ALL of the staff are great at calming my nerves. Keep up the great work!
- Angie P
Patient Review By Brenda S
Everyone has been wonderful and professional. Very friendly staff. Dr. Bunel was great. Highly recommend!
- Brenda S
Patient Review By Brittany L
I can always count on wonderful service every time I come here!
- Brittany L
Patient Review By Eunice M
Well pleased. Dr. and staff very professional and caring. Thanks for a job well done.
- Eunice M
Patient Review By Emily B
Love, love Dr. Bunel and his crew!
- Emily B
Patient Review By Peggy D
Excellent rating on everything.
- Peggy D
Patient Review By Harold P
Very satisfied with everything.
- Harold P
Patient Review By Michael C
Made me feel comfortable, lessened my anxieties. My whole family comes here.
- Michael C