Dental Implants Mobile, AL

Giving You a Reason to Smile Again

For many years, dentures and bridges were the only solution for missing teeth, and due to disease and infection requiring extraction, many people were stuck with inconvenient and often uncomfortable dentures. Thankfully, dental implants are now available to replace missing or broken teeth.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are like manmade tooth roots, anchored into the jawbone. In some cases, implants can be used as a simple way to keep dentures in place. In other cases of a single missing tooth, they can help avoid the pitfalls of a dental bridge, in that they spare the other two teeth from having crowns. They have given many patients new hope in dentistry after other failed attempts.

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dental-implants

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are like manmade tooth roots, anchored into the jawbone. In some cases, implants can be used as a simple way to keep dentures in place. In other cases of a single missing tooth, they can help avoid the pitfalls of a dental bridge, in that they spare the other two teeth from having crowns. They have given many patients new hope in dentistry after other failed attempts.

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What is Required for Dental Implants?

Patients are good candidates for dental implants if they have the proper bone density and a strong immune system. Unlike most other dental appliances, surgery is necessary to place implants, and a number of follow-up appointments may be required. And, more so than with many other dental appliances, strict oral hygiene is required to maintain dental implants.

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What is Required for Dental Implants?

Patients are good candidates for dental implants if they have the proper bone density and a strong immune system. Unlike most other dental appliances, surgery is necessary to place implants, and a number of follow-up appointments may be required. And, more so than with many other dental appliances, strict oral hygiene is required to maintain dental implants.

Dental Implant Benefits

Not only do dental implants fill unsightly gaps in a smile, they are also important to deter bone loss that will occur when a tooth is lost. The titanium post fuses with the bone, preventing it from dissolving. The bond between titanium and bone is unique and called osseointegration.

Fixed bridges and removable dentures often bring with them a number of other problems. Fixed bridges often require the preparation of adjacent healthy teeth. Decay, periodontal (gum) disease, and other factors often interfere with the success of fixed bridgework. For these reasons, fixed bridges and removable dentures need to be replaced more frequently.

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dental-implants-benefits

Dental Implant Benefits

Not only do dental implants fill unsightly gaps in a smile, they are also important to deter bone loss that will occur when a tooth is lost. The titanium post fuses with the bone, preventing it from dissolving. The bond between titanium and bone is unique and called osseointegration.

Fixed bridges and removable dentures often bring with them a number of other problems. Fixed bridges often require the preparation of adjacent healthy teeth. Decay, periodontal (gum) disease, and other factors often interfere with the success of fixed bridgework. For these reasons, fixed bridges and removable dentures need to be replaced more frequently.

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Are You a Candidate?

People who are currently wearing partial or full dentures can replace these with dental implants, or use implants to stabilize and secure the denture, making it much more comfortable. If you are missing a tooth, have a bridge, or wear a partial or full denture, a dental implant might be a good solution for you.

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Are You a Candidate?

People who are currently wearing partial or full dentures can replace these with dental implants, or use implants to stabilize and secure the denture, making it much more comfortable. If you are missing a tooth, have a bridge, or wear a partial or full denture, a dental implant might be a good solution for you.

Single-Tooth Implants

When a tooth is lost, initial consideration to implant therapy should be made. Implants are a great technological advancement. With proper planning, many times it is impossible to tell that an artificial tooth is in place. There are many factors that must be considered, so working with a clinician with proper education in this special arena is important.

A single-tooth implant can look lifelike and undetectable and can allow you to speak and chew effectively, with normal function. While this can be a lengthy process to complete, usually the results are worth it!

Single-tooth implants can be used in people who are missing one or more teeth. An implant is surgically placed. After it integrates with (attaches to) your bone, it acts as a new “root” for the crown that will be replacing your missing tooth. This crown (cap), which is made to look like a natural tooth, is attached to the implant and fills the space left in the mouth by the missing tooth. For this procedure to work, there must be enough bone in the jaw, and the bone has to be strong enough to hold and support the implant. If there is not enough bone, bone may need to be added with a procedure called bone augmentation. In addition, natural teeth and supporting tissues near where the implant will be placed must be in good health.

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single-tooth-implants

Single-Tooth Implants

When a tooth is lost, initial consideration to implant therapy should be made. Implants are a great technological advancement. With proper planning, many times it is impossible to tell that an artificial tooth is in place. There are many factors that must be considered, so working with a clinician with proper education in this special arena is important.

A single-tooth implant can look lifelike and undetectable and can allow you to speak and chew effectively, with normal function. While this can be a lengthy process to complete, usually the results are worth it!

Single-tooth implants can be used in people who are missing one or more teeth. An implant is surgically placed. After it integrates with (attaches to) your bone, it acts as a new “root” for the crown that will be replacing your missing tooth. This crown (cap), which is made to look like a natural tooth, is attached to the implant and fills the space left in the mouth by the missing tooth. For this procedure to work, there must be enough bone in the jaw, and the bone has to be strong enough to hold and support the implant. If there is not enough bone, bone may need to be added with a procedure called bone augmentation. In addition, natural teeth and supporting tissues near where the implant will be placed must be in good health.

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Implant-Supported Full-Arch Bridge

Years of poor oral hygiene and even normal wear and tear can cause teeth to fall out or become damaged or unusable. Rather than the unnecessary stress of worrying about eating, communicating, and what others think, why not replace the bad teeth? A dental implant-supported, full-arch porcelain bridge is a dental bridge held in place by implants. The stability and vitality of your smile can be restored again.

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Implant-Supported Full-Arch Bridge

Years of poor oral hygiene and even normal wear and tear can cause teeth to fall out or become damaged or unusable. Rather than the unnecessary stress of worrying about eating, communicating, and what others think, why not replace the bad teeth? A dental implant-supported, full-arch porcelain bridge is a dental bridge held in place by implants. The stability and vitality of your smile can be restored again.

How Implant-Supported Bridges Work

An implant-supported, full-arch porcelain bridge is typically used by patients who are missing all, part, or a majority of their teeth. A select number of dental implants are placed, then the porcelain bridge is attached to the implants. This method bridges gaps where individual dental implants cannot be safely placed due to significant bone loss, proximity to pre-existing implants, and other reasons. Your doctor will help you determine whether or not dental implants or an implant-supported, full-arch porcelain bridge is right for you when you come in.

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implant-supported-bridges

How Implant-Supported Bridges Work

An implant-supported, full-arch porcelain bridge is typically used by patients who are missing all, part, or a majority of their teeth. A select number of dental implants are placed, then the porcelain bridge is attached to the implants. This method bridges gaps where individual dental implants cannot be safely placed due to significant bone loss, proximity to pre-existing implants, and other reasons. Your doctor will help you determine whether or not dental implants or an implant-supported, full-arch porcelain bridge is right for you when you come in.

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Dental Implant Hybrids

A hybrid dental implant restoration replaces missing teeth, gum, and bone in your mouth. Hybrids are a combination of fixed dental implants with a removable denture or fixed tooth replacement attached. If you have worn full dentures for so long that you can barely function, you have problems eating, or your face has a sunken-in look, a hybrid dental implant restoration could be the solution to your problems.

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Dental Implant Hybrids

A hybrid dental implant restoration replaces missing teeth, gum, and bone in your mouth. Hybrids are a combination of fixed dental implants with a removable denture or fixed tooth replacement attached. If you have worn full dentures for so long that you can barely function, you have problems eating, or your face has a sunken-in look, a hybrid dental implant restoration could be the solution to your problems.

Overdentures

Traditionally, dentures have been used as a solution when most or all of a patient’s teeth are missing. Dental implants, however, may be placed to aid in retaining the denture and provide a more stable base. This allows the patient to eat, speak, and socialize as if they had all of their own teeth. Additionally, patients who have remaining natural teeth whose placement or shape would cause retention issues for a partial denture can benefit from implant-retained overdentures.

“Locator overdentures” refer to an overdenture that is retained by individual implants. These implants are not connected together (splinted) and act by preventing the denture from lifting off the gum tissue. The gum tissue and ridge support the denture. On each implant, an attachment is placed that engages the other half of the attachment, which is embedded into the denture. When the two halves of the attachment are snapped together, the denture is held securely in place.

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overdentures

Overdentures

Traditionally, dentures have been used as a solution when most or all of a patient’s teeth are missing. Dental implants, however, may be placed to aid in retaining the denture and provide a more stable base. This allows the patient to eat, speak, and socialize as if they had all of their own teeth. Additionally, patients who have remaining natural teeth whose placement or shape would cause retention issues for a partial denture can benefit from implant-retained overdentures.

“Locator overdentures” refer to an overdenture that is retained by individual implants. These implants are not connected together (splinted) and act by preventing the denture from lifting off the gum tissue. The gum tissue and ridge support the denture. On each implant, an attachment is placed that engages the other half of the attachment, which is embedded into the denture. When the two halves of the attachment are snapped together, the denture is held securely in place.

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Three-Dimensional Dentistry!

We are proud to use 3-D cone beam CT digital imaging technology. Think of this as a three-dimensional X-ray that is FAR more accurate than traditional X-rays, takes much less time and does all this with much less radiation exposure. Ultra cone beam images allow the dentist to clearly see the patient’s anatomy in 3-D, instead of flat, two-dimensional images. This leads to much greater accuracy for all dental treatment, especially implant placement and any oral surgeries.

three-dimensional-dentistry

Three-Dimensional Dentistry!

We are proud to use 3-D cone beam CT digital imaging technology. Think of this as a three-dimensional X-ray that is FAR more accurate than traditional X-rays, takes much less time and does all this with much less radiation exposure. Ultra cone beam images allow the dentist to clearly see the patient’s anatomy in 3-D, instead of flat, two-dimensional images. This leads to much greater accuracy for all dental treatment, especially implant placement and any oral surgeries.