Answers to Questions About Dental Implants

Losing one or more teeth can be a devastating experience for your confidence as well as your mouth’s proper function. When replacing lost teeth, however, there’s more to consider than just how your smile looks. Your Southlake dentists, Dr. Wright and Dr. Heron, have extensive experience restoring patients’ smiles, and know the importance of reestablishing your mouth’s full function as well as your smile’s beautiful, complete appearance. Today, they answer some of the most frequently asked questions about dental implants, and why they’re typically the most effective, and longest-lasting, solution to replacing lost adult teeth.

All About Dental Implants

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a prosthetic tooth root made out of biocompatible titanium. The implant is surgically inserted into your jawbone, which fuses to its titanium surface, and once healed, the implant(s) can be used to anchor your prosthetic replacement teeth. Dental implants offer your replacement teeth the secure foundation that your natural teeth enjoy upon their healthy roots.

How many teeth can dental implants replace?

Whether you’ve lost one, several, or all of your teeth, dental implants can help effectively restore your smile and its ability to function. After a thorough examination, Dr. Wright and Dr. Heron can determine how many dental implants will be necessary, according to your specific situation.

Is everyone a candidate for dental implants?

Most adults who’ve lost teeth are eligible for dental implants, though a few requirements must be met before they can be surgically placed into your jawbone. For instance, your teeth and gums must be free of disease, and your jawbone must be sufficiently strong to support the implant(s). If you have insufficient jawbone structure, then a jawbone graft may be necessary to fortify it before you’re eligible for dental implant placement.


As a native Texan, Gregory Wright, DDS, opened his private practice in Southlake, TX in 1992. He and Dr. Victoria Heron are happily accepting new patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and all surrounding communities. To learn more, call our office today at (817) 481-7999.