Dental implants

Dental Implants

Losing a tooth can be a traumatic experience. Left untreated, tooth loss can lead to misalignment, bone loss, and low self-esteem.

At Pendergrass & Wilkie Dentistry, we offer dental implants—threaded, titanium posts that function just like natural tooth roots.

Why should you schedule a dental implant consultation at our Amarillo, TX, office?

Implants Offer Several Benefits over Traditional Tooth Replacement

Achieve Long-Lasting Support

Dental implants are made with medical-grade titanium so they are sturdy and built to last. While the crown, bridge, or denture that tops your implants and abutments will need to be replaced every decade or so, the posts can last a lifetime.

Prevent Bone Recession

One of the natural consequences of losing natural teeth is bone recession. Along with weakening your jaw, this process can give you a sunken or aged appearance. Drs. Tyler L. Pendergrass and Eric S. Wilkie recommend dental implants because they prevent bone atrophy and maintain a healthy, full facial structure.

Restore Function 

A missing tooth or teeth can make you feel self-conscious when you smile. And if you choose to replace missing teeth with traditional dentures, you may still feel worried when they slip, smack, or click. Dental implants stabilize your restoration so you can eat your favorite foods, speak clearly, and smile with confidence.

Looks & Feels Natural

Designed to seamlessly blend in with the rest of your smile, implant-supported restorations such as a crown or denture look and feel just like natural teeth. Patients can confidently restore their missing tooth knowing that they've chosen the most natural and durable option available.
During implant placement, the titanium implant is surgically placed directly into the jawbone. Once the implant has integrated with the jaw, an abutment is added before the dental crown is attached. An implant-supported crown can replace a single missing tooth to help restore your oral function and appearance. 

Why Choose Our Dentists  Over Other Providers?

Are you looking for high-quality dentistry you can count on? Dr. Pendergrass and Dr. Wilkie have received advanced training in the placement and restoration of dental implants.

Our office is fully equipped to perform virtually every step of dental implant treatment on-site, eliminating the need for referrals and unnecessary office visits.

To request a consultation or learn more about implants, call our dental office serving Amarillo, TX, at:

(806) 358-8801

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Paula Sarrett

2021

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I love this office, from the receptionist, Sandra, to my Dental hygienist, Stacy, to my wonderful dentist, Dr. Wilkie. I wouldnt go anywhere else and always tell people about him! Caring, knowledgeable, trusting! Can't say enough, but thank you for being there for me!. I don't know what I would do without yall!

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Reva Tilley

2021

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Best experience I have had with a dental office! I put off going to the dentist for years due to bad experiences in the past. I enjoy Pendergrass & Willkie Dentistry so much that I look forward to my cleanings. The moment you walk into their office you are greeted by a friendly face. The staff are gentle and attentive to your needs. If you are new to town or you are looking to make a change, this is the place to be!!!

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An In-Depth Look at Dental Implants

Dental implants are small, threaded posts that look much like screws. They are made of high-quality titanium, which is biocompatible and gradually fuses with the surrounding tissue when placed in the jawbone. This fusion of jawbone and implant material is known as osseointegration, and it is a unique benefit of dental implants

When dental implants successfully fuse with the surrounding bone tissue, they act just like tooth roots, sending regenerative signals to your bone tissue and keeping your jaw healthy and strong. 

For this reason, dental implants are widely considered the preferred method for replacing teeth

Dental Implant-Supported Restorations

The type of dental restoration you need will depend on whether you are missing one tooth, multiple teeth, or all of your natural teeth. Restorations that can be paired with dental implants include:

Dental Crown

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A dental crown can be attached to a dental implant to replace the entire structure of a single missing tooth.

Dental Bridge

implant-supported bridge

An implant-supported bridge can replace two or more missing teeth. Traditional bridges require crowning healthy teeth; this solution requires no tooth alteration.

Dentures

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If you are missing most or all of your natural teeth, dentures supported by dental implants can provide virtually the level of stability and function as natural teeth.

Your dentist will examine your mouth during your initial consultation at our Amarillo office to determine which restoration will meet your needs.

Your Comfort Is Our Top Priority 

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We know the idea of dental implant surgery can be scary for some. But we want you to receive the high level of quality dental care you deserve without feeling anxious. During your dental procedure at our Amarillo, TX, office, our dentists can provide sedation dentistry to help you feel calm and relaxed. Our methods of sedation are safe, gentle, and effective, helping you feel completely at ease before and during the procedure. Our dentists will work closely with you to decide what type of sedation best suits your needs.

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Our dentists are both Baylor graduates who continually study advancements in their field to provide the high-quality, personalized dental care you need. They can use dental implants and custom restorations to replace a single missing tooth, multiple missing teeth, or an entire dental arch.

Whatever your needs are, our Amarillo dental practice can help you rebuild a healthy and beautiful smile. Don't suffer with tooth loss. Contact us online or call us to start your journey to a restored smile.

(806) 358-8801

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Bill Jacobs

2020

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The staff - hygienists, appointment scheduler, insurance clerk , and dentists - is always courteous and devote full attention to the patient. I live in Mesa, AZ but try to come all the way to Amarillo twice a year to get my teeth cleaned. I have had some other procedures done and Dr. Pendergrass constantly asking if I am having any pain, and more than willing to make sure I am totally comfortable throughout whatever procedure he is doing. I highly recommend this practice to anyone!

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McKay Moran

2018

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I've been seeing Dr. Pendergrass since I was five years old! He and his staff do an amazing job every time. They are always so helpful, knowledgeable, and quick. I've started taking my five year old daughter there for her teeth cleanings and she loves it! Would recommend!

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Concerned about Cost? Financing Options Are Available

Our dental office understands how life-changing implants can be and strives to make them more affordable for everyone. After all, implants are an investment in your oral health that lasts a lifetime in many cases.

We offer financing through CareCredit®, a third-party lending company that splits the cost of treatment into monthly payments. We also accept a wide range of insurance plans and are happy to help you get the most out of your benefits, if applicable. While insurance seldom covers the entire implant process, it may cover preparatory procedures or restorations such as dentures, crowns, or bridges.

How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?

The cost of dental implants depends on several factors such as the number of implants, type of restoration (dentures, bridge, or crown), any preparatory dental procedures such as a bone graft, and any sedation options in addition to anesthesia. Generally, replacing an entire arch of teeth will cost more than a patient replacing one missing tooth.

Our Amarillo practice is transparent about all costs and can provide you with an accurate estimate at your initial consultation. We typically charge $3,800 to $4,000 for the implant, abutment, and crown. For patients who are interested in dentures or a dental bridge, we can provide an estimate after examining your teeth and learning about your dental needs.

Facing Bone Atrophy? We Can Restore Your Candidacy With a Bone Graft 

Tooth roots provide crucial stimulation to the jawbone that keeps it strong; after tooth loss, your jawbone may weaken to the point where it is no longer strong enough to support an implant. Gum disease, facial trauma, and other conditions can also cause jawbone atrophy. However, lacking sufficient bone tissue to support implants doesn't mean you're stuck with a traditional denture or bridge.

A bone grafting procedure performed by our dentists can build up areas where bone tissue has receded or weakened. After the graft integrates with your jaw, it can support dental implants. 

If you have lost bone tissue in your upper jaw between the molars and premolars, a sinus lift can restore your candidacy for dental implants. If you require a sinus lift, our Amarillo dental office can refer you to a specialist who performs the procedure. 

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A Long-Term Solution You Can Count On Request Your Consultation Today

Dealing with missing teeth is stressful and frustrating. If you're ready to stop worrying about the gaps in your smile and achieve a long-term solution for your oral health, dental implants may be the right choice for you. Once the dental implant process is complete, you'll experience unbeatable stability that mimics natural teeth. To learn more about this life-changing procedure, fill out our online form or call our Amarillo office at:

(806) 358-8801

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2020

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I had a very good experience from the time I walked in the door until I left. The staff is very friendly and very professional.

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Rayneen Ramirez

2019

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Always friendly and take great care of me. Love Dr Pendagrass and his staff I had to switch for a short period of time because of insurance. But didn’t take long for Dr Pendagrass to get us back :)))) thank you for that

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Understanding the Dental Implant Process

Our methods of sedation are safe, gentle, and effective, helping you feel completely at ease before and during the procedure.
Our methods of sedation are safe, gentle, and effective, helping you feel completely at ease before and during the procedure.

Consultation

Our dentists will conduct a thorough evaluation at our Amarillo office to determine if implants are right for you. We will discuss your medical history, evaluate your teeth and jaw, and use state-of-the-art technology to aid in planning your customized treatment plan. We use surgical guides to find the best location for implant placement.

Implant Placement

Anesthesia and sedation are administered to ensure your comfort at all times. A small incision is made in the gums, acting as an access point to the jaw bone. The implant is then carefully placed into the bone and the area is stitched closed. In some cases, a temporary crown, bridge, or denture is placed.

First Recovery

The implant site will heal over the next four to six months. During the osseointegration process, the titanium posts fuse with the jawbone to create a secure and stable foundation for the next stage of the implant process.

Attaching Abutments

Once the implant site has healed, you will return to our Amarillo dental office so we can attach the abutment. The abutment sits on top of the dental implant and will be used to attach your restoration to the jaw.

Second Recovery

After attaching the abutment, the gum tissue will heal in around two weeks. We will provide directions for this time, such as eating a soft foods diet and how to clean the area.

Restoration Placement

You've reached the final stage of your dental implant treatment. Patients can choose from a crown, bridge, or denture to attach to their implant for results that look and feel completely natural.

How Implant-Supported Dentures Work

If you are missing most or all of your natural teeth, implant-supported dentures may be a great option for you. Traditional dentures rely on messy adhesives, and can easily slip out of place. But implant-supported dentures are secured directly to your jaw for maximum stability and other amazing dental health benefits.

Tired of Traditional Prosthetics? Call Our Dental Center

Tired of your dentures slipping out of place when you talk or eat? Need to replace a loose bridge?

Say goodbye to the days of slippage, clicking, and smacking by requesting an appointment at our Amarillo dental office. Our doctors can review your candidacy for dental implants and, if necessary, a bone graft. While the whole process may take months to completely heal from, the advantages of implants outweigh your wait time. Implants are the next best option to having your natural teeth. 

Send us an email to learn more about implants or contact us by phone. We can't wait to upgrade your smile with implants.

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2021

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I love the staff from the time you walk in, Sandra is very sweet and welcoming. And I love my Dentist, Dr. Pendergrass and hygienist, Susan. Top notch dentistry! Highly Recommend.

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Jordan Weilbrenner

2022

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Such an amazing staff! They were so patient and calm with my kids and also did a fantastic job for our cleanings! Tyler Pentagrass is bubbly, calm and makes you feel like family! Highly recommend this dental practice!!

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Recovery After Dental Implant Placement

It is normal to experience some discomfort as you heal. However, there are a few things you can do to help ease your recovery:

Eat Soft Foods

Eat a soft food diet for a few days to reduce irritation to your implant site.

Take Medications as Directed

Taking over-the-counter or prescription medications as directed can help ease the pain while your mouth heals.

Maintain Oral Hygiene

Keep your mouth clean by brushing your teeth or using mouthwash as directed by your dentist. Be careful and especially gentle near the treatment sites until the gums have healed.

If you experience significant pain that cannot be managed with medications, prolonged swelling, or other symptoms, please call our Amarillo practice so your dentist can address these issues as soon as possible. 

Getting the Most From Your Implants

With the proper care, your titanium implants will last you a lifetime and your prosthetics can last for a decade or more. In order to get the most from your implant-supported prosthetics, our dentists recommend these tips:

Beyond Brushing 

In addition to brushing daily, you should floss every day too. Plaque can build up around your prosthetics in areas where your toothbrush cannot reach. Left unaddressed, you can develop gingivitis and gum disease. When it comes to keeping your mouth clean, caring for your prosthetics as if they were natural teeth is the best approach to take. 

Be Careful With Your Prosthetics

One of the advantages of implants is there is no restriction on your diet. Your prosthetics can be damaged by hard or sticky foods. They can also be damaged by using them to rip open packaging or chewing on ice. To get the most out of your prosthetics, be mindful of what you eat. 

Attend Six Month Checkups

Your natural teeth are still susceptible to cavities and disease without the proper care. Having your teeth professionally cleaned every six months will extend your health and prevent future tooth loss. Our dentist can also examine your implants and prosthetics to make sure everything is working smoothly. 

Utilizing the Latest Tools in Dentistry  3-D Cone Beam Scanner

Our dental office is equipped with some of the most advanced technology in Amarillo, TX. We use a GALILEOS® Comfort Plus cone beam computed tomography scanner to collect high-resolution, 3-D images of your teeth, jaw, and surrounding biostructures in less time and with less radiation exposure compared to traditional x-rays. 

During dental implant treatment, Dr. Pendergrass and Dr. Wilkie use the cone beam scanner to assess the condition of your smile, determine whether you need a bone graft, and plan the exact location of your dental implants. Using this technology, we can ensure the most precise results and successful outcomes.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are dental implants painful?

Since dental implants are performed with anesthesia and sedation if needed, the procedure itself is not painful. Patients may feel some pressure, which is completely normal. Our dentists use advanced technology such as surgical guides to ensure a seamless and comfortable treatment at all times.

How long do implants last?

With proper care and maintenance, dental implants can last a lifetime. However, the restoration such as the crown, bridge, or denture may need to be replaced after a decade or longer. By staying on top of routine dental visits and practicing good oral hygiene at home, patients can extend the lifespan of their restorations and ensure the integrity of their implants.

How long does the process take?

The dental implant timeline varies depending on whether there are any preparatory procedures and how quickly you heal. Patients can typically complete the implant process in four to eight months if no bone graft is needed. We can provide a more accurate timeline during your consultation at our Amarillo office.

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Dr. Pendergrass and his staff go way above and beyond!  I'm pretty sure Dr. Pendergrass is the most caring, best dentist in the US, maybe the world!  I would highly recommend his office.

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The Pendergrass & Wilkie Dentistry team is committed to helping you achieve excellent oral health through compassionate, professional, and personalized dental care. Drs. Tyler L. Pendergrass and Eric S. Wilkie are highly trained, trusted doctors who belong to leading organizations, including:

  • American Dental Association
  • Texas Dental Association

To experience our advanced level of technology and welcoming dental office, call us at (806) 358-8801 or request a consultation online.

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