Dental implants have proven to be one of the most revolutionary advances in modern dentistry. With dental implants, you can replace missing teeth with results that look, act, and feel like natural teeth. Unlike traditional dentures, dental implants are designed to become a permanent part of your mouth – there is no possibility of slippage or movement along the gums. Each implant is custom-designed to improve both the form and function of your teeth with natural-looking results. Our implant dentist, Dr. Michael Fulbright, offers full dental implant procedures to help you successfully replace missing teeth and feel great about the appearance of your smile.
For more information on dental implants, please contact our office.
Candidates for Dental Implants
We will begin the tooth replacement process with an implant dentistry consultation. The dentists at our practice will examine your jaw and gums to determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants. Age is often not a barrier to implant dentistry; in fact, people of all ages are choosing dental implants for tooth replacement.
Missing Tooth Replacement – The Dental Implant Procedure
Unlike traditional dentures, dental implants are designed to become a permanent part of your mouth, just like a natural tooth. They are custom-made for the best possible fit and appearance, and the results are typically permanent. Dental implants require no extra maintenance beyond regular brushing and flossing. These innovative restorative dentistry treatments look and feel so natural, you may have a hard time distinguishing the implant from your original teeth.
Implant Supported Dentures
Dental implants offer more stabilization and strength to dental bridges and dentures. Implant supported dentures eliminate the need for messy adhesives and work to prevent dentures from moving or slipping out of place. This can ultimately make the dentures feel and act more like natural teeth.
Guided Implant Surgery
To achieve the best possible results from dental implants, the planning for the procedure must be extraordinarily precise. Guided implant surgery is a way to achieve this. Dr. Fulbright utilizes state-of-the-art computer technology to take a 3-D image of your mouth. This image shows him intricate details of your teeth, gums, and bone structure. With such a detailed image, Dr. Fulbright can plan the placement of your implants with incredible accuracy, less risks, and more predictable results. The guided implant surgery technology ultimately works to ensure the most comfortable and natural fit and appearance for your dental implants.
In some cases, patients may need what’s called a sinus lift (or sinus augmentation) in addition to a dental implant procedure to attain the best results. Sinus lift has made it possible for patients who have inadequate bone density in the upper back jaw – a condition that may have disqualified them as candidates for dental implants – to now be eligible for the procedure. The treatment basically takes a small piece of existing bone in the sinus cavity and elevates it to provide better bone density to accommodate an implant. A bone graft will then be placed underneath it to fill the space. Ultimately, sinus lift procedures give the implant a more solid support structure and a better chance of successful fusion to the bone, thereby increasing the probability that the implant will become a strong and permanent part of the mouth, similar to a natural tooth.
Bone grafts are often very helpful to enhance the strength of the existing jawbone in the area of missing teeth for greater density. Once the grafts have fused to the bone, it can better accommodate a dental implant and increase the chances that dental implant results are successful and permanent.
Ridge Maintenance Grafts
Ridge maintenance grafts, also known as ridge augmentation, can be beneficial for patients who suffer from jawbone recession after tooth loss. In some cases, people who have had dental implants experience indentations along the gums and jawbone where the implants have been placed. This sometimes happens in patients who have had severe gum disease. These indentations can be very difficult to clean with regular brushing and flossing, and can give off an unnatural appearance. Ridge augmentation can fill in these areas using a bone graft or other techniques, ultimately providing a more symmetrical and balanced appearance between the gums and the implants.
Schedule a Dental Implant Consultation
If you would like more information on dental implants, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced dentists, please contact the office of Dr. Michael Fulbright today.