Dental Implants

Dental Implants in Dallas, TX

Over the years, we’ve had many advances in dental care. Unfortunately, millions of Americans are missing one or more teeth. Tooth loss is primarily due to tooth decay, gum disease, or trauma- but can also be a natural part of aging. In the past, the only options for people who were missing teeth were to either live with tooth loss or get dental bridges or dentures. However, advances in dentistry have led to the development of dental implants.

At Luminescence Dentistry in Dallas, TX, we are proud to offer dental implants as one of our tooth replacement options. We invite you to visit our clinic to learn more about dental implants and how we can use them to restore your smile. Dr. Gaurav Tyagi is an expert in implant dentistry. He completed a 3-year residency in prosthodontics at Rutgers in New Jersey.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a tooth replacement solution designed to look, feel, and function like natural teeth. There are two types of dental implants: endosteal and sub periosteal.
An endosteal dental implant consists of 3 parts:
●     Implant: a titanium screw inserted into the jawbone that acts as an artificial tooth root
●     Abutment: a connector that attaches the crown to the implant
●     Crown: a prosthetic tooth that is visible above the gum line

On the other hand, a sub periosteal dental implant is placed under the gum but above or on top of the jawbone. This option is ideal for patients who do not have adequate bone density and are not healthy enough to undergo a bone graft or do not want to undergo a bone graft. These implants consist of 2 parts:
●     Implant/abutment: the implant is placed under the gum so that the abutment sticks out over the top
●     Crown: a prosthetic tooth that is visible above the gum line
Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth or as a support for other tooth replacement options, such as dental bridges or dentures. If you only need a single tooth implant, the crown can be matched to your remaining natural teeth so that it will blend in and no one will know. While other tooth replacement solutions wear out over time or are susceptible to breakage, dental implants are designed to last a lifetime with proper care. There are no extra considerations involved in caring for a dental implant, simply continue practicing proper oral hygiene habits.

Are You a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

When determining if a patient is a good candidate for dental implants, Dr. Tyagi considers several things:

Bone Density and Quality

Since the implant is inserted into the bone, and the jawbone will fuse to the implant, you need an adequate amount of bone density. This is the primary reason pediatric patients typically do not qualify for dental implants because their jawbone is still growing.

Gum Health

Your gum health is also critical for supporting the implant. If you have gum disease, your risk of implant failure increases. In some cases, if we treat gum disease early enough and prevent it from getting worse, we can reverse it and improve gum health.

Dental Hygiene Habits

Dental hygiene is always important for your oral and overall health. However, it becomes even more important after getting a dental implant. If you are brushing and flossing as instructed, and having your teeth cleaned and examined every 6 months, you will not have to be concerned about failure.

Overall Health

Since dental implants require surgery, it is important that you are in good overall health as well. Health conditions such as uncontrolled diabetes and lifestyle habits such as smoking and excessive alcohol consumption lead to poor health. Additionally, if you have a condition that impacts your body’s ability to heal or you are taking medications for oral cancer, you are not an ideal candidate for dental implants.

Dental Implants Procedure

The process of getting dental implants requires a significant time commitment because there are several steps involved. For many patients, it can take a minimum of several months. For some patients, the process takes a year or more.


The first step is your initial consultation. At this time, Dr. Tyagi will perform a comprehensive exam to determine if you qualify for dental implants. He will take x-rays to check the condition of your jawbone.
He will also discuss your treatment goals and oral and overall health, including any medications you are taking. You will also decide at this time how many teeth you plan to replace with dental implants. If you are replacing multiple teeth, you may want to consider an implant-supported bridge or implant dentures, as those are more budget-friendly than replacing each tooth with a single implant.
If you have questions or concerns about the procedure or if you have dental anxiety and need sedation services, make sure that you let us know at this time so that we can include it in your treatment plan.
This information will help create a personalized treatment plan to give you back your smile. At this time, impressions of the jaw will be taken, and the color of the crown will be matched to your natural teeth to ensure the implant looks natural.

Preparation Procedures

If you require additional procedures to prepare your jaw for dental implants, those will be done first. If you do not have adequate bone density, a bone graft or sinus lift may be done. This will improve the quality of the available jawbone. If you do require these procedures, you’ll need to wait until you have healed before having the implant placed.
If the dental implant is replacing a tooth that is damaged or decayed, you will need to first have the tooth extracted. Implant placement can be done at the same time as the extraction.

Implant Placement

After you have healed from any preparation procedures, the implant can be placed. In the case of an endosteal implant, this involves cutting into the gum and drilling a small hole in the jaw. If you are getting a sub periosteal implant, all that is needed is to cut an incision in the gum.
Once the implant has been placed, you will need to allow time for osseointegration to occur, which is the process of the bone healing around and fusing with the implant. This makes it a permanent part of your jaw. The timeline varies from one patient to another but takes an average of 3 to 9 months.

Abutment Placement

After osseointegration has occurred, we will cut into the gum and add the abutment. In some cases, this can be done at the same time the implant is placed. Since it sits on top of the gum line, it will be visible. Dr. Tyagi will place a healing cap on it to keep the tissue and bone from growing over it. You will need a couple of weeks to heal from this step.

Permanent Crown Placement

Finally, your permanent crown will be fabricated and placed. You may choose a fixed or removable implant. For single implants, most people choose the fixed option so they don’t have to worry about it. If you are having multiple teeth replaced and have chosen a dental bridge or dentures, you may be interested in removable prosthetics so that you can easily replace them if needed.


After each step in the process, Dr. Tyagi will give you specific aftercare instructions. You must follow these to increase your chances of implant success. These instructions include:
●     Get plenty of rest while you are healing. Don’t try to push yourself too hard or to do too much, as it will hinder the process.
●     Expect bleeding after the surgery. This can be controlled by biting down on gauze.
●     You will likely be prescribed antibiotics and pain medications. Take these as instructed. The antibiotics will prevent infection, while the pain medications will keep you comfortable. After a few days, the pain should subside, so you should be able to switch to OTC pain medications.

Financing Options and Insurance Plans for Dental Implants

Dental implants address the appearance and functionality of teeth. Therefore, some dental insurance plans will cover a portion of this procedure. Others will not cover it at all due to the cosmetic aspect. This isn’t something that you have to worry about-our office staff will work with your provider to determine coverage. You will be given a quote prior to leaving the office after your consultation.
We believe that your finances should not prevent you from getting the treatment you need, so we will work with you to find the most affordable option. We do offer financing options for patients who qualify.

Full and Partial Missing Teeth Options

You have several options based on how many teeth you are missing:
●  Single dental implants: A single dental implant is designed to replace a single missing tooth.
●  All-on-4 dental implants: For patients who are missing all of their teeth on one or both arches, All-on-4 may be the most appropriate option. This uses 4dental implants to anchor a denture plate in place. The denture is much lighter and thinner than standard dentures and looks, feels, and functions more like natural teeth.
●  All-on-6 dental implants: Patients who have poor bone density or a larger than typical jaw may require All-on-6. This is the same thing as All-on-4, only it uses 6 implants instead of 4.

Implant Dentist at Luminescence Dentistry in Dallas, TX

Dr. Tyagi received his degree in dentistry from the University of California San Francisco in 2012.After that, he practiced general dentistry in Dallas before moving to New Jersey to complete a 3-year residency in prosthodontics. This makes him an expert in dental implants, as well as smile makeovers and full mouth rehabilitation.

Why Choose Luminescence Dentistry for Dental Implants?

First of all, we believe that you should choose us because of Dr. Tyagi’s experience and expertise. Also, our staff is friendly and will make you feel welcome from the time you enter the clinic. We believe that our friendliness is the key to putting you at ease. The more relaxed you are, the less likely you are to have anxiety.

Dental Implant FAQs

Most patients have questions when it comes to dental treatment. Some of the most common questionswe hear about dental implants are:

Do dental implants hurt?

You will be given local anesthesia during the process to numb the area. If you have dental anxiety, we will also provide you with a sedative to help you relax. You should not feel any pain during the surgery. You may have some minor discomfort while healing, but that can be controlled with rest, ice, and pain medication.

How long does the process take?

The process of getting dental implants requires a major time commitment. You will need to be willing to invest at least a few months in the process. For some patients, it may take a year or more. No matter how long it takes, the time is well worth it because you’ll have a smile you can be proud of.

How much do dental implants cost?

On average, dental implants cost $1,000 to $4,500 per tooth. This depends on the type of implant you are getting, as well as any additional procedures required to prepare your jaw for implant placement.

Does dental insurance cover dental implants?

This depends on your insurance provider. Some plans will cover a portion of treatment while others will not. Our office staff will contact your provider to determine coverage.

Schedule Your Dental Implant Consultation Today

If you are among the millions of American adults who are missing one or more teeth, you should consider your options for replacement. Dental implants are one of the most common replacement options because they look, feel, and function the most like natural teeth. Schedule your consultation with the team at Luminescence Dentistry today to find out if dental implants are right for you.