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Dr. Gilliam
Periodontist

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Dr. Gilliam

Dr. Mattlage
Periodontist

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Dr. Mattlage

Dr. Maupin
Implant Dentistry

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Dr. Maupin

Dr. Brown
Implant Dentistry

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State-of-the-art technology, working for you.

Dental implants are an effective long term tooth loss solution. When compared to dentures, bridges, and partials, dental implants are a revolutionary way to replace missing teeth, loose or failing teeth, or chronic dental problems. Dental implants are the new standard for tooth replacement since they look, feel, and perform similar to natural teeth.
So how does a dental implant work & how is it secured? The implant looks similar to a small, thick screw and is made of medical-grade titanium. A short time after the implant is inserted into the bone, the bone actually fuses to the implant through a process called osseointegration. This means the implant is no longer a single screw, but is now bonded securely to the jaw bone. This union forms a solid and durable anchor for your new teeth eliminating slippage and constant movement commonly seen with dentures, bridges, and partials. Implants make everyday things such as eating and smiling simple again, taking you back to the life you previously enjoyed before missing teeth.
Dental implants have three main parts:
1. The Implant: A titanium screw that serves as an anchor for your new teeth. It permanently attaches to your bone.
2. The Abutment: A connector that supports and attaches a tooth or set of teeth.
3. The Implant Crown: This is the finished tooth portion you can see. It fits over the abutment and is made of porcelain or zirconium for its durability and has a fine finish to match your existing teeth.

Live Healthy and Beautiful: When teeth are missing, the surrounding bone begins to shrink. Dental implants can help prevent this deterioration of the jawbone caused by loss of teeth, so your face and jawline retain its natural shape. Dental implants can also help improve your overall health by allowing you to eat healthy foods again such as nuts and fruit.

Live Comfortably: Dental implants are securely anchored which eliminates slipping and movement as there is with dentures or partials. This eliminates some of the key worries of dentures, including a poor fit, gum irritation, constant maintenance, adhesives, and pain from exposed nerves.
As an alternative to a dental bridge, dental implants eliminate the need to grind down healthy teeth when replacing one or more adjacent teeth. They also don’t require adjacent teeth to completely support them, which can often cause those supporting teeth to fail or become loose. At approximately the same cost as a bridge, our office can place a dental implant and keep the surrounding teeth unharmed for a healthier smile. Studies have reported that long-term success rates of dental implants is over 95%, making implants the best long-term investment for tooth replacement.

Live with Confidence: Once you have your dental implants, you will never need to cover your mouth when laughing, smiling, or speaking. You will be able to once again eat your favorite foods without pain or fear of embarrassment - and taste every bite. You will look better, feel better, and live more confidently.

To get a better understanding of what makes dental implants the best solution for missing teeth, please call our office for a free consultation. You’ll be amazed at what our state-of-the-art technology and one-on-one care can do for you.


Meet the Doctor

You will meet with our implant team and they will be able to assist you through the entire process should you decide implants are right for you. Our staff will be there from start to finish and will make your journey as smooth as possible. Our doctors and staff will sit down with you and discuss the implant procedure in depth and answer any questions you may have.

Receive Your Treatment Plan

As part of the free consultation, we will take a 3D CT scan that enables our doctors to create a customized treatment plan specifically for you. We will review the treatment plan with you and go over each step that will be done so you have a complete understanding of the treatment proposed.

Get Your Treatment Price

Once the doctor works up your treatment plan, you will know exactly how much dental implants will cost you. You may be surprised by how affordable dental implants are at our office. We will also discuss payment options and the next step if you decide dental implants are right for you.

Comparing Dental Implants to Dentures & Conventional Bridges

Implants, conventional bridges and dentures have one key thing in common, they are all used to fill the void of a missing tooth or teeth. Aside from this main similarity, all three options are extremely different. The main disadvantage of dentures and conventional bridges is that they are not fixed to the bone which can cause them to be unstable. This can make it difficult to smile and eat with confidence.

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Disadvantages of Conventional BridgesDisadvantages of Dentures
Compromise health of the supporting healthy teeth.Slippage and constant movement
Hard to floss and keep cleanRequire adhesive, cleaning and maintenance daily
Bone resorption and deteriorationBone resorption and deterioration
Food getting stuck under bridgeLess bite force
Not a long term solutionUnable to eat certain foods
Will likely need adjustments or replacement over time

Dental implants not only look more natural, but they feel and act more like normal teeth. They do not pose the disadvantages that conventional bridges and dentures do as seen above. They allow for stronger biting force to eat the foods you like without compromising the health of your natural teeth. Implants are to be cared for the same way you would your natural teeth. They require the same daily brushing and flossing as natural teeth. Similar to natural teeth, implants can typically last a lifetime if cared for properly.

Treatment Options

Dental Implant Options

We can use dental implants to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth or a full upper or lower set of teeth. If you need to restore a full upper or lower set of teeth, you may be a perfect candidate for either implant retained dentures (Implant Overdenture) or a permanent fixed implant bridge.

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Implant Overdenture

Implant Overdenture

This is a cost-effective way of replacing multiple missing teeth. The dentures are held securely in place with dental implants, which is an exciting upgrade from traditional dentures. This will eliminate the slipping and movement seen with standard dentures as well as messy adhesives and powders. Implant retained dentures are securely held in place by special implant o-rings. The implant retained denture will lock securely into place over the implants, but can be easily removed for cleaning and maintenance. This life-changing transformation will allow you to chew the foods you love and smile with confidence.

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Implant Supported Bridge

Implant Supported Bridge

When all teeth are missing or need to be replaced, a fixed implant bridge is the best permanent solution. Our team analyzes the 3D scan we take of your mouth to determine the exact location the implants will be placed for ideal support. The number of implants placed varies for each patient, but once the implants are placed, we then attach a full arch of fixed teeth. Since the implant bridge is fixed, it is not constantly removed like dentures or partials. They are fixed to the implants and can only be removed by the dentist. The bridge is made of high quality porcelain or zirconia fused over a metal frame for ultimate strength and aesthetics. Our patients love this alternative which eliminates the hassle of cleaning, applying adhesive, etc. Simply brush and maintain your teeth just like you would natural teeth.

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Other Implant Services

Other Common Implant Services

• Sinus Lift/ Bump/Augmentation: Oftentimes following the loss of an upper back tooth, the sinus will enlarge and fill in the area where the tooth was located. This can create a problem since the sinus is an air-filled space and dental implants need solid bone in order to fully integrate. A sinus lift is a surgical procedure to move the sinus cavity out of that space in order to replace it with bone that was lost when the sinus expanded. Many times, a bone graft is done at the same time in order to help regenerate bone to fill the voided area.

• Bone Graft: Sometimes the ideal areas for the implant to be placed do not have sufficient bone to support the implant. In these cases, it’s often necessary to use bone grafting material to build the bone in the deficient area. In certain cases, a bone graft will be done at the same time as the extraction if an infection is present. Many times, an infection will erode bone which then requires a bone graft to start creating additional solid bone. This step is done in order to facilitate the dental implant at a later date.

• Computer Enhanced Treatment Planning with 3D Imaging: Our state-of-the-art technology allows us to evaluate your CT scan in three dimensions for bone quality, bone quantity, and bone location. We are able to determine the size and exact location the implant needs to be placed before even looking in the mouth. This technology gives our doctors the ability to treatment plan each patient specific to their situation, allowing for optimum success.

• Implant Maintenance: At the completion of your dental implants, it is vital to keep the area clean and infection-free. Dental implants can accumulate plaque and tartar just like natural teeth. A regular dental cleaning schedule will be necessary to keep your implants healthy.

Periodontal Disease

Periodontal Disease

If you have been told you have gum disease, you are not alone. Three out of four adults in the United States have it! 100 million Americans are infected with periodontal disease. The disease may range from simple gum inflammation or redness to serious disease that results in major damage to the soft tissue and bone that support the teeth. When your gums and jawbone are damaged by this infection, there is less support for your teeth. 75% of all tooth loss is caused by this gum infection. People think of this disease in terms of their teeth, but they don’t think about the fact that gum disease is a serious infection that can release bacteria into the bloodstream. Current medical research shows a correlation between gum disease and serious medical problems. If you have untreated gum disease you are at a higher risk of heart disease and heart attack, stroke, pregnancy complications, premature child birth, respiratory diseases (such as pneumonia) and diabetes. Research using DNA testing has also found that bacteria associated with gum disease can be transmitted from parent to child and spouse to spouse.

How do I know if I have gum disease?

  • Signs and Symptoms:
  • Bad breath that won’t go away
  • Red or swollen gums
  • Tender and bleeding gums
  • Painful chewing
  • Bad taste
  • New spaces that develop between your teeth
  • Sensitive or loose teeth
  • A change in the way your teeth fit together
  • Receding gums or longer appearing teeth

Any of these symptoms may be a sign of a serious problem which should be checked by a general dentist or dental hygienist or a specialist (called a periodontist). The dentist or dental hygienist can test you for gum disease and may also take x-rays to determine whether there is any bone loss. They may also refer you to a periodontist who are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of gum disease and may provide you with treatment options that are not offered by your dentist.

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Healthy Gum Tissue

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Gingivitis

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Periodontitis

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Advanced Periodontitis

Stages of Gum Disease
Gum disease is a chronic inflammatory disease that destroys the tissue and bone around the teeth. If left untreated, the disease can lead to receding gums, loss of bone, and tooth loss.

These are the three main stages of gum disease:

Stage 1: Gingivitis
Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease. It is caused when a film called plaque accumulates on teeth and calcium from saliva then hardens the plaque. The plaque buildup around the gum line which causes inflammation of the gums. Neglecting to brush or floss your teeth daily causes this plaque buildup to trap bacteria that cause gum disease. Gingivitis causes inflammation of the gums and causes the gums that should otherwise be pink to appear red and swollen. Many patients will then experience bleeding when brushing or flossing. The good news is at this point, gingivitis can still be reversed. The gums, ligament and bone that hold the teeth in place have not yet been damaged.

Stage 2: Periodontitis
If gingivitis is left untreated, the condition will become periodontitis. At this stage, the supporting gums, ligaments and bone that hold the teeth in place are destroyed. Oftentimes, this can occur with no symptoms. The gums will then begin to form “pockets,” referring to deep hollow areas around the teeth that trap food, plaque, and bacteria. The gums may then begin to recede, forming gaps between your teeth. Immediate treatment is necessary to prevent further damage and tooth loss.

Stage 3: Advanced Periodontitis
In the final stage of gum disease, periodontitis that has been left untreated becomes advanced periodontitis. The bacteria has continued to grow, spread and cause destruction. It has destroyed the connective tissues and bone that support the teeth. The pockets that formed in the previous stage have become much deeper. This can cause the teeth to shift or loosen. At this stage, aggressive treatment is needed immediately to save the teeth.

How is gum disease treated?

Dr. Gilliam and Dr. Mattlage and their staff are dedicated to provide the finest periodontal therapy to their patients. We offer a full range of gum related therapies (both surgical and non-surgical). Both doctors are trained in the patented and only FDA- approved laser technique that offers an alternative to the conventional scalpel and stitches gum surgery. The Millennium Dental Technologies state-of-the-art laser offers the newest technology to treat common gum problems. Dr. Gilliam and Dr. Mattlage are two of only a few hundred dentists in the country licensed to use this laser technology. Laser treatment offers much less discomfort, little bleeding, faster healing, preservation of tooth structure and reduced risk of post- operative infection. When your gum disease is stopped, slowed down, or gets worse depends a great deal on your taking the first step. Ask your dentist or dental hygienist if you have gum disease or contact our office at the Lubbock Dental Implant Center.

This laser technology can also be used to save failing implants. Both doctors encourage any patient to seek a second opinion regarding the treatment of their periodontal disease. In most cases, patients can save hundreds of dollars in our office with laser periodontal therapy.

Treatment Options

  • Oral cancer screening
  • Exams/X-Rays/Cleanings/Home care instructions
  • Scaling and root planing (deep cleaning)
  • Crown lengthening
  • Cosmetic gum reshaping
  • Cosmetic gum grafting
  • Bone regeneration
  • Root amputation
  • Laser gum surgery
  • Night guard appliances
  • Treatment of failing implants
  • Intravenous (IV) sedation

Laser Periodontal Therapy

Laser Periodontal Therapy

Dr. Gilliam, Dr. Mattlage and their staff are dedicated to provide the finest periodontal therapy to their patients. We offer a full range of gum related therapies (both surgical and non-surgical). Both doctors are trained in the patented and only FDA-approved laser technique that offers an alternative to the conventional scalpel and stitches gum surgery. The Millennium Dental Technologies state-of-the-art laser offers the newest technology to treat common gum problems. Laser treatment offers much less discomfort, little bleeding, faster healing, preservation of tooth structure and reduced risk of post-operative infection.

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This laser technology can also be used to save failing implants. Both doctors encourage any patient to seek a second opinion regarding the treatment of their periodontal disease. In most cases, patients can save hundreds of dollars in our office with laser periodontal therapy.

Technology

Lubbock Dental Implant Center uses highly sophisticated cone-beam computed tomography to ensure accuracy and predictable outcomes.

We use the CS8100 3D by CareStream.

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4415 66th St. #112
Lubbock, TX 79414

4415 66th St. #112 Lubbock, TX 79414

Lubbock Dental Implant Center
4415 66th St. #112
Lubbock, TX 79414
contact@lubbockimplants.com