Oral & Facial Surgery of Northeast Texas – Texarkana & Paris 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.
Texarkana: Texarkana Office Phone Number 903-794-3331 Paris: Paris Office Phone Number 903-785-2541 Schedule An Appointment
Our office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:15 AM - 5:00 PM.
“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 Vivian R
Very happy overall
- Vivian R
Patient Review By Lando W
Very very pleased
- Lando W
Patient Review By Terri B
They don't try to rush you in and out They take time to explain things. The staff are all so sweet
- Terri B
Patient Review By Cynthia M
The staff and physician have always been courteous and accommodating. I will return in the future if I need more dental procedures.
- Cynthia M
Patient Review By Shirley F
When you have to have any work done on teeth that can be stressful. The entire staff puts you at ease and makes you feels like they really care about you. A really good experience.
- Shirley F
Patient Review By G H
The staff and Doctor where both friendly and informative of the procedure I highly recommend choosing them for your next detail visit
- G H
Patient Review By Dawna J
I am excited about my implants and am relieved with how well my procedure went and how quickly I healed. I thank Dr. Duke and his staff for their care and expertise.
- Dawna J
Patient Review By Jimme Y
Very satisfied with all services provided!!!
- Jimme Y
Patient Review By Melissa A
Definitely a positive experience!! Dr. Bunel has gone above and beyond in each and every way!! He is tops in my books!!!
- Melissa A
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Patient Review By Lisa V
I would recommend anyone to this office for their oral surgery needs... The Doctors here are top notch and the staff is professional and great at their jobs!
- Lisa V
Patient Review By Tara B
I have known Dr. Bunel for over twenty years. He has preformed extensive dental work on me and other family members. He is by far the best oral and maxillofacial surgeon in the tri-states area!
- Tara B
Patient Review By Doris K
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Patient Review By Leslie K
Staff so nice and helpful. Answers questions in a friendly manner
- Leslie K
Patient Review By S B
The procedure was much easier than I expected. Very good staff and Doctor. I would highly recommend this office to anyone. I will definitely use dr Brunel again if needed.
- S B
Patient Review By R K
I was very happy with the overall experience and procedure. He did an excellent job. I would definitely remained him to anyone and I will definitely use him again if needed.
- R K