The Complete Dental Implant Guide

If you suffer from missing teeth, you likely feel self-conscious and uncomfortable, especially when eating, talking or smiling. Beyond those issues, having missing teeth can also lead to oral health problems, such as speech problems, facial structure changes, and difficulty eating. Rest assured that dental implants can help. An implant procedure can provide you with a tooth replacement that looks, feels and functions just like your natural tooth, and gives you lasting confidence in your smile.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are permanent tooth replacements that can be used to replace one missing tooth, several missing teeth or all teeth. They are essentially metal posts or frames that are surgically positioned into the jawbone beneath your gums. Once in place, the dentist can mount replacement teeth onto them.

What is the process like?

The process for implants is unique to each patient, as different requirements may be needed. The process typically begins with a complete dental exam, which may include X-rays and molds of your mouth. Dr. Barnett will work closely with you to create a customized treatment plan, taking into consideration the number of teeth needing to be replaced and the condition of your jawbone.

The first step in treatment is to drill a hole in the bone and place the implant in that space. Pell City Dental Center offers IV sedation and is one of the only dental practices to offer this. After the implant is placed, there is a recovery period that takes place, which allows for the natural bone to bond with the implant.

The second procedure consists of opening your gum to expose the implant. Dr. Barnett will then remove a protective screw from the implant and replace it with a metal healing cap. The healing cap looks like a metal rod, sitting above the gums where your tooth once was. This allows for the gum to heal properly around the implant.

The last procedure is restoration and is typically scheduled 2-3 weeks after the second procedure. This is where you will begin the process of having your crown, bridge or denture made. Each dental restoration is custom made to fit your smile comfortably and aesthetically.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

  • They are natural looking
  • They are long-lasting and durable
  • They offer a permanent solution to missing teeth
  • You are able to eat all your favorite foods with confidence
  • They improve your oral health
  • You will feel proud to show off your smile again

How much do dentures cost?

Implant dentistry fees can be confusing because there are so many options depending on specific needs/wants. Pell City Dental Center is currently offering a single implant special for $999!
Don’t let another year go by without restoring your smile. Today is the day, and Pell City Dental Center can help. For more information about the benefits of implant dentistry, and to schedule your implant consultation, please call or visit us soon.

Have more questions about dentures and if they are right for you? Call Pell City Dental Center today at 205-473-0044!

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