Dental Implants Improving Richardson Smiles

Missing Teeth?  Dental Implants may be the answer

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root made from noble grade titanium that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge.  Dental implants may be an option for people who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury or some other reason.

Dental implants allow for the replacement of missing teeth without preparing good adjacent teeth to make bridges.  The dental profession has historically advocated the preservation of natural teeth and natural tooth structure.  This concept is certainly upheld when using dental implants for tooth replacement.  The need for removal of healthy tooth structure (enamel) has been eliminated by dental implant treatment.

The ideal candidate for a dental implant is in good general and oral health.  Adequate bone in your jaw is needed to support the implant, and the best candidates have healthy gun tissues that are free of periodontal disease.  Dental implants are intimately connected with the gum tissues and underlying bone in the mouth.

This procedure is a team effort between you and your dentist.  Dr. Richards will consult with you to determine where and how your implant should be placed.  Depending on your specific condition and the type of implant chosen, he will create a treatment plan tailored to meet your needs.

  • Replacing a Single Tooth:  If you are missing a single tooth, one implant and a crown can replace it.
  • Replacing Several Teeth: If you are missing several teeth, implant-supported bridges can replace them.
  • Replacing All of Your Teeth:  IF you are missing all of your teeth, an implant-supported full bridge or full denture can replace them.  You may even be a candidate for our All-on-4 Dental Implants.
  • Sinus Augmentation: A key to implant success is the quantity and quality of the bone where the implant is to be placed.  The upper back jaw has traditionally been one of the most difficult areas to successfully place dental implants due to insufficient bone quantity and quality, and the close proximity to the sinus.  Sinus augmentation can help correct this problem by raising the sinus floor and developing bone for the placement of dental implants.
  • Ridge Modification:  Deformities in the upper or lower jaw can leave you with inadequate bone in which to place dental implants.  To correct the problem, the gum is lifted away from the ridge to expose the bony defect.  The deficit is then filled with bone or bone substitute to build up the ridge.  Ridge modification has been shown to greatly improve appearance and increase your chances for successful implant that can last for years to come.


As you know, your own teeth require conscientious at home oral care and regular dental visits.  Dental implants are like your own teeth and will require the same care.  In order to keep your implant clean and plaque-free, brushing and flossing still apply!  After treatment, your dental team will work closely with you to develop the best care plan for you.  Periodic follow-up visits will be scheduled to monitor your implant, teeth and gums to make sure they are healthy.