Prioritizing Our Patients' Health & Safety 

Dear patients,

We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.
 
Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.
 
Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.
 
You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:
 
• If you are sick or concerned you might be sick, please cancel your appointment. You will not be penalized in any way for the cancellation, even at the last minute.
 
• Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. When you get to the office, you are asked to remain in your car and call our office number 972-412-5064. A staff member will come out to you and you will be asked those same screening questions again and have your temperature taken before entering the office.
 
• If you are a new patient, we would really appreciate you using the online patient portal to fill out paperwork prior to your appointment.
 
• We will ask you to immediately wash your hands with soap and water when you enter the office.
 
• You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children’s toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect. There will also be very few chairs present to avoid crowds in the waiting room. Computers will have disposable covers and counter tops, door handles, waiting room chairs and surfaces will be disinfected with increased frequency.
 
• Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you’re offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment. We will also ask that only the patient, and in necessary cases a legal guardian, enter the office. Older children and adults are requested to experience their appointments alone while family members remain in the car and/or waiting room.
 
• We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.
 
We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office at 972-412-5064 or visit our website at www.mymouthdental.com.  
 
Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.
 
Sincerely,
Dr. Ramsey, Dr. Montoya and Team

dental implants

Dental Implants

Missing teeth can be embarrassing and painful. An incomplete smile can also lead to serious oral health issues.

A dental implant is a titanium post that replaces lost tooth roots to provide exceptional stability for crowns, bridges, and dentures.

So why are dental implants such a great option?

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Longevity, Stability, and Improved Oral Health

Dental Implants Are Built to Last a Lifetime

With proper care, dental implants can last 40 years or longer. While restorations will eventually need to be replaced, your implants can provide lifelong benefits.

Jawbone Retention

Following tooth loss, the jaw will begin to atrophy (shrink). This causes oral health problems in addition to giving your face a sunken, aged look. Implants are the one and only treatment that can stop bone atrophy after tooth loss.

Restored Function and Confidence

Unlike traditional dentures, dental implant-supported dentures will not slip. There’s no repositioning, smacking, or clicking. You can chew rare steak and speak with complete clarity while your dentures stay firmly in place.

If You Are Missing a Tooth, You Are Not Alone

Certain Lifestyle Factors and Health Conditions Can Affect Candidacy

Your doctor will evaluate your candidacy by discussing your medical history, concerns, and goals. You should disclose your complete medical history, including the medications you take, during your initial consultation. For example, having undergone radiation therapy for head or neck cancer in the past can slightly increase the risk of implant failure. Other factors that must be considered include:

Low Bone Density in the Jaw

If you have suffered with missing teeth for a long time, your jaw may be too compromised to support implants. A bone grafting procedure can replace lost tissue and restore your candidacy.

Smoking

Smoking inhibits your body's ability to heal properly. It can also increase your risk of experiencing implant failure. Smokers who want dental implants should quit several months in advance of surgery and plan to stop the habit for good.

Periodontal Disease

Healthy gums play an essential role in the health and strength of the foundation of your smile. If you have gum disease, you will need periodontal treatment before you can receive implants.

Poorly Controlled Diabetes

Diabetes and other autoimmune disorders can increase the risks of surgery and inhibit healing. Be sure to discuss your health history with your dentist. Patients with controlled diabetes can experience success rates equal to those who do not have diabetes.

A Larger Upfront Investment Can Provide a Wealth of Benefits

Traditional bridges and dentures are the most common means of replacing lost teeth. Their prices also make them an enticing choice, especially when you consider that each dental implant can add more than $2,000 to the cost of treatment.

However, traditional bridges and dentures cannot stop jawbone atrophy. This is why traditional dentures require frequent relining and adjustments. The cost of these adjustments adds up over time. Implant dentures, on the other hand, help your jaw keep its shape and size, and may require significantly fewer adjustments. Meanwhile, most practices offer low-interest and interest-free financing to make implants affordable on most budgets.

Illustration of jaw and dental implant

Total Treatment Time Spans Several Months

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What to Expect during Recovery

In the days following your surgery, minor bleeding, swelling, and discomfort are normal. Your dentist will provide personalized instructions on how to handle these side effects: 

  • Swelling: Applying ice packs against your cheeks during the first 48 hours can help reduce swelling, discomfort, and bruising. Sleeping with your head elevated can also ease swelling. 
  • Pain: Your doctor will probably prescribe pain medication. In some cases, your doctor may recommend taking over-the-counter pain relievers in combination with prescription meds.
  • Bleeding: Your dentist will provide gauze to stop bleeding in your gums. If you notice excessive bleeding, contact your dentist immediately. 

To help fight infection, your doctor may also prescribe antibiotics and antiseptic mouthwash. Although you should be able to return to work two to three days after surgery, you should avoid strenuous physical activity until you are cleared by your doctor. 

Studies have shown that with proper care and regular visits to your dentist, dental implants can last a lifetime.

Proper oral hygiene is also important, but you should carefully and slowly brush the area around the placement sites to avoid irritating your incisions. This is best done with a soft-bristled toothbrush. During this time, it is important to keep your mouth clean and free from food particles that could become trapped in your gums. To get rid of food particles, rinse your mouth out thoroughly after each meal, taking care to let the water fall out of your mouth rather than forcefully spitting.

Your dentist will prescribe a soft food diet for the first few days. Once you are healed, you will be able to enjoy your favorite foods and a varied diet once again. 

Your stitches will be removed one to two weeks after surgery. 

After dental implant placement, your doctor will schedule follow-up visits to monitor your progress.

Long-Term Care

Once you receive your crown, bridge, or dentures, you should continue to brush twice and floss once per day. You should also make biannual visits to the dentist a priority. Studies have shown that with proper care and regular checkups, dental implants can last a lifetime.

Risks of Dental Implant Treatment

Dental implants have a consistently high long-term success rate. However, all surgeries involve some degree of risk. Some risks associated with dental implants include: 

  • Implant failure, in which the implant does not properly fuse to the bone tissue or eventually becomes loose
  • Infection
  • Improper or poorly planned placement resulting in implants disturbing nerves or the sinus membranes

The single most effective way a patient can reduce the risk of dental implant complications is choosing a dentist with the right training, experience, and reputation

dental consultation
You should expect your surgeon to fully explain all risks and benefits of dental implants during the initial consultation.

Choosing the Right Doctor

By spending just a few minutes online, it's easy to learn how long a dentist has been in practice, how they learned to perform implant procedures, and how other patients feel about the quality of their work. 

Meanwhile, a dentist should be willing to spend plenty of time patiently answering your questions and explaining the procedure. Your dentist should also use only high-quality implants and abutments. While more affordable components may save money initially, they may not be as likely to provide long-lasting benefits.

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During your consultation, be sure to ask your dentist which brands of implants they offer. Don't hesitate to conduct your own research into the quality and success rates of those brands.

Something to Smile About

Dental implants are a landmark in restorative dentistry that has allowed millions to stop struggling with unstable dentures and other issues. By choosing to replace your lost teeth with implant-supported restorations, you can expect to be able to speak clearly, eat all the foods you love, and smile with pride.

If you have been suffering with an incomplete smile or dentures that you cannot rely on, it's time to learn how dental implants can make your life better. Book a consultation with a dentist today to find out if dental implants are right for you.

My Mouth Dental and My Kidz Mouth Dental

At My Mouth Dental and My Kidz Mouth Dental, we are committed to providing the very highest standard of care for patients of all ages. Drs. José Montoya, Ashley Ramsey, and Neha Khanolkar provide a range of services and are affiliated with:

  • The American Dental Association
  • The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • The College of Diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry

Are you ready to achieve excellent oral health? Reach out to our practice by requesting a consultation online or calling us at (972) 412-5064.

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