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Dr. William H. Miller, D.M.D. has been practicing dentistry in Texas since 1985. For over 35 years, he has had a passion for personalized, quality care dentistry. He has been in the DFW area his entire career and is conveniently located on Walnut Hill Lane across from Presbyterian Hospital in North Dallas.

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Teeth in a Day in Dallas, Texas

» 31 January 2013 » In Dallas Texas Dentist, Dental Implants, Dental News, Dentist in Dallas TX, Dentistry and Health » Comments Off on Teeth in a Day in Dallas, Texas

“Teeth in a day”…. Fact or Fiction?Whiten Teeth Arlington TX | Mouth Makeover | Teeth in a Day

As a Dallas, Texas dentist, Dr. William Miller is often asked about the concept and possibility of  “teeth in a day”. Typically, this question will come from patients that are missing teeth or patients that feel their current teeth are esthetically unattractive.

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Dental Implants, Bridges and Dentures Are The Best Tooth Replacements (for now)

» 18 September 2012 » In Dallas Texas Dentist, Dental Implants, Dental News, Dentist in Dallas TX, Dentures » Comments Off on Dental Implants, Bridges and Dentures Are The Best Tooth Replacements (for now)

Dental Implants Arlington Texas Dentist Tooth Replacement Teeth Implant ProcedureDental implants, bridges and dentures might become obsolete in time. Recent research has gotten us closer to discovering how to grow our own teeth!

While teeth implants, bridges and dentures are useful, they might not be the only options available for tooth replacement in the future. Researchers in Finland have found a way to pinpoint stem cells that are essential to growing teeth. Don’t get too excited yet – the stem cells they are working with belong to the incisors, or front teeth, of mice and therefore still far removed from actually growing a human tooth. However, this is still an exciting and useful discovery since mice incisors grow continuously throughout their life, and studying this process is likely to lead to information that can be used to grow human teeth. Another important application for this study is growing new dental enamel, especially since enamel wears down over time and is irreplaceable. All speculation aside, here are the options for teeth replacement:

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Dental Implants as an Option for Tooth Replacement

» 11 April 2012 » In Dental Implants, Dentistry and Health » Comments Off on Dental Implants as an Option for Tooth Replacement

“Dental Implant” and “Implant” are terms in dentistry but what do they mean?  Dentists use these words daily in their offices, but what do these terms mean?  Cosmetic Dentist Arlington Tx

Basically, in layman’s terms, the typical dental implant is a  piece of titanium that is placed in the jawbone to serve as a “root” or foundation for a tooth or multiple teeth.  Therefore, when we hear the word implant, one can think of that of a “root” for a tooth replacement.  Implants may be placed in the upper or lower jawbone.  Implants may be used to replace a single tooth or several implants may be used to replace multiple missing teeth.

The process of placing an implant is precise.  Measurements are made and instruments / tools are used to prepare the socket for the implant placement.   Implants can be placed by general dentists but most often are placed by specialists.  The specialists may include oral surgeons and periodontists.  Local anesthetic may be used or patients can be sedated for implant placement.  Typically, there is little pain or discomfort following the surgery.  An implant must stay immobile within the bone for a period of time.  Usually, three months is an acceptable time although some implants may need to stay a few weeks longer to integrate or “fuse” with the boneShown above is the implant, abutment and crown.

After the implant has integrated with the bone, it is now ready for placement of the abutment and crown.  The abutment is also an attachment made of titanium that is attached to the implant and serves as the “tooth”.  After the abutment is placed, a crown can be fabricated to be placed on top of the abutment.  Therefore, an “implant tooth” is actually three parts:  implant (root), abutment (tooth) and crown.

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Dallas Dental Office News Update, By Dallas Texas Dentist, William H. Miller
Woodhill Medical Park, 8305 Walnut Hill Lane, Suite 235, Dallas, Texas, 75231
Phone: (214) 692-1050

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Implant or a Bridge for Single Tooth Replacement?

» 06 April 2012 » In Dental Implants, Dental News, Teeth Health » Comments Off on Implant or a Bridge for Single Tooth Replacement?

When missing a tooth, which would you choose….a dental implant or a dental bridge?  For many years fixed or permanent bridges were used to replace missing anterior or posterior teeth.  Today, dental implants are the first choice when discussing tooth replacement.  By using implants the adjacent teeth on either side of the space are not affected.  “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it” applies very well in this situation.  When using a bridge, typically the adjacent teeth must be “cut” or prepared so that they may be used as abutments or “anchor” teeth for the missing tooth.  Many times the adjacent teeth may be totally healthy and therefore no dental reason why they would be included in the facilitation of making the bridge.

Implant procedures for single teeth would not include the adjacent teeth at all.  Basically, the area of the missing tooth is the only consideration.  An implant is placed in the area where the tooth is needed without touching the adjacent teeth.  An abutment and crown is then placed on the implant and the procedure is complete.

Implants work very well within the mouth and serve as excellent solutions to replacing missing teeth.  Implants have a longevity when planned and completed by competent dental professionals.  Bridges may have worked well in the past  but today dental implants are one’s first choice when discussing choices for tooth replacement.

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Dallas Dental Office News Update, By Dallas Texas Dentist, William H. Miller
Woodhill Medical Park, 8305 Walnut Hill Lane, Suite 235, Dallas, Texas, 75231
Phone: (214) 692-1050

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Dental Implants, Abutments and Crowns

» 04 April 2012 » In Dental Implants » Comments Off on Dental Implants, Abutments and Crowns

Many times people will say that they would like an “Implant”.   After a further discussion patients will assume that bydental implant procedure saying that will allow them to start chewing on that “implant” when the procedure is complete. That’s not the case.

There are several steps that must take place to achieve acceptable results with the placement of a dental implant.  When we speak of an implant procedure there are three basic items to consider.  I like to compare these basic items to the following;  root, tooth and crown.

The first comparison or analogy to make is that of a natural tooth.  Many times I will state that we are going to “build” a new tooth where we are missing a tooth.

First we need to have a foundation or “root” to start with, similar to the base or root of a natural tooth.  I compare the implant to the root of a tooth. So when it is placed in the bone one has the “root” similar to that of a natural tooth root.  One can’t see the root of their natural tooth and therefore a patient can’t visualize the implant either when in place within the socket of bone.  So if we now have a root we need a “tooth” to go above the gumline on the implant (root).

The “tooth” would be called an abutment.  An abutment is a prosthetic attachment that is placed immediately on the top of the implant and will be seen within the mouth much like a natural tooth.  That will be the second of the three parts needed to complete the entire procedure.

The third and final part is that of the crown that goes on the abutment or “tooth”.  The crown or cap on an implant is very similar to a crown that is attached to a natural tooth.   The crown on an implant can be secured with a screw into the abutment or cemented.

So, in summary, we have three items to consider when discussing an “implant” procedure within the mouth.  First is the “root”, second is the “tooth/abutment” and the third is the crown or cap.

Usually, a surgeon will place the implant and a general dentist will place the abutment and crown.  Although, a single dentist may complete the entire procedure.  So remember when we speak of an implant that one consider all three portions and not just the “root” or implant that is placed into the bone of the patient.

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Dallas Dental Office News Update, By Dallas Texas Dentist, William H. Miller
Woodhill Medical Park, 8305 Walnut Hill Lane, Suite 235, Dallas, Texas, 75231
Phone: (214) 692-1050

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