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We’re proud to offer comprehensive implant solutions at our San Antonio, TX and Wichita Falls, TX offices and have helped thousands of patients just like you achieve and maintain great oral health with dental implants. We understand you have many questions, however, regarding the implant process, how much dental implants cost, and who is most qualified to perform your surgery. That’s why we’ve provided this dental implant FAQ. We’re transparent about what you can expect so you can make the most informed decision and feel confident about your choice to replace your teeth with the gold standard in replacement options.

Dental Implant FAQs

Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that mimic the look, feel, and function of your natural teeth. Implants can restore 99 percent of function, allowing you to eat anything you want while looking completely natural and beautiful.
Dental implants placed by our expert oral surgeons have a 99 percent success rate, with our comprehensive surgical, restorative, and follow-up care. With proper upkeep they can successfully last your lifetime.

The cost of dental implants varies from patient to patient. During your consultation we’ll take into consideration the number of teeth that you need replaced, how much bone is available or if we will need to perform a bone graft or sinus lift prior to surgery, any tooth extractions, and if any infection is present.

Whether you have one missing tooth or an entire arch, we have dental implant solutions to accommodate you. For full-arch tooth loss we can place as few as two implants that support an entire denture or bridge, giving you a secure fit.

Our oral surgeons have placed thousands of dental implants and complete 100 full arch cases each year, all while retaining a 99 percent implant success rate.

While some general dentists are trained in placing dental implants, oral surgeons are experts in the complexities of the bone, tissues, and nerves involved. Our oral surgeons are most qualified to perform such an important procedure. Our team has dedicated their professional careers to providing patients with experienced, meticulous care in all aspects of oral and maxillofacial care. Dr. Andrew Mueller has received additional full arch implant training from national leaders in dental implant care, and is pleased to provide this high level of expertise to his Wichita Falls, TX patients.

If you have one, many or a full arch of missing teeth you are likely a candidate for dental implants. You should be in good overall health and be free of any gum disease or infection. Our oral surgeons have the knowledge and experience to treat those who do have any underlying conditions.

Even if you have been told you don’t have enough bone to support dental implants, you may still be a candidate. Through bone grafting or sinus lift procedures we can rebuild bone in your jaw so you can get any number of implants placed.

This is a concern we often hear. Having dental implants placed is generally not painful and actually feels similar to having a tooth pulled. In fact, many of our patients say they hardly felt anything at all! All of our oral surgeons are certified to administer IV sedation if it’s needed.

Using 3D technology, we first take detailed images of your mouth which tell us exactly where the nerves are located and where the best possible location to place your implant(s) is. With this information we then precisely place your implant(s) in the jaw bone for the best results. Our oral surgeons can administer sedation medication if needed. Our team treats each implant case uniquely, guaranteeing your experience is customized and that you feel comfortable throughout.

Our Wichita Falls, TX office is designed to accommodate patients receiving dental implants, and those who are undergoing other oral and maxillofacial surgeries. We’re equipped to administer IV sedation in our office as well.

Our oral surgeons are particular when it comes to placing dental implants under the right conditions and in the precise location. We see very few complications after implants are placed by us, but do treat those whose implants weren’t placed correctly or that have failed. If you experience any complications such as pain, bleeding or you can see any part of the implant below the gumline, you may require simple treatment for infection or may need to have the implant replaced.

Yes! In most cases we can remove a tooth, or multiple teeth, and place an implant the same day.

We partner with a highly experienced prosthodontist who’s skilled in fabricating complex dental prosthetics.

When placed by our experienced oral surgeons and properly cared for, dental implants can last your lifetime. The crown or restoration piece may need to be replaced due to normal wear and tear, but the titanium screw underneath should last many years.

Your dental implants can be cleaned like your normal teeth. We recommend brushing twice a day and flossing daily, and maintaining regular cleanings with your general dentist.

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