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Harlingen Dental Implant Supported Tooth Replacement

Dental implants are fast becoming the standard in tooth replacement. Because they replace both the roots and crowns of missing teeth, they offer patients a more durable, natural solution. This versatile tooth replacement solution can be used to restore any number of lost teeth from a single tooth to a full arch. If you’re interested in finding out more about dental implants, call the Harlingen dental practice of Larry R. Franks, DDS to schedule your consultation today. We welcome patients from nearby San Benito and Mercedes.

Implant-Retained Crowns & Bridges

The first phase of dental implant tooth replacement is the surgical placement of dental implant posts into the jawbone. For this phase of treatment, we partner with local specialists to perform the surgical procedure. The process is relatively simple. The surgeon will place an incision in the gum tissue. Then, a high quality titanium implant post is positioned into the gums. Over the course of three to six months, this implant post forms a natural fusion with the jawbone and gum tissue mimicking the lost tooth roots. Once this fusion process is complete, patients return to our office where we’ll attach their tooth replacement prosthetic to one or more implant posts.

For those patients missing a single tooth or just a few consecutive teeth, dental implant supported crowns and bridges may be the ideal solution. We’ll support a single replacement tooth with one dental implant post. In many cases, we’re also able to support two consecutive replacement teeth on a single implant post. For three or four consecutive missing teeth, two implants will be necessary, one at either end of the fixed bridge prosthetic.

Implant-Retained Dental Prosthetics

If you’re missing a number of nonconsecutive teeth or a full row of teeth, we may recommend dental implant supported partial or full dentures. Dentures are created by using a gum-colored base to support any number of replacement teeth. Partials fill any number of gaps in the smile, and a full denture restores an entire row of teeth. In most cases, we’re able to support a partial or full denture with four to six strategically placed dental implant posts. The number and location of dental implant posts depends largely on the extent of your tooth loss and the size of your jawline.


All-on-4 uses four dental implant posts to support a full arch denture. Unlike traditional implant supported dentures that are connected to implant posts strategically placed along the jaw line, the unique All-on-4 tooth replacement methods makes use of the denser portion bone at the front of the jaw. The back of the denture is supported by two implants that are angled diagonally from the back of the mouth into the front portion of the jawbone.