Missing Tooth Replacement


Patients with missing teeth no longer need to rely on bridges and dentures to replace their teeth. At the practice of our dentist, Michael Fulbright, D.D.S., missing teeth can now be replaced seamlessly thanks to new advances in implant dentistry. The dentists at our office have helped many patients achieve a successful outcome with the use of dental implants.

WHAT IS A DENTAL IMPLANT?

A dental implant is a titanium post that is surgically implanted into the jawbone where it works like an artificial tooth root. A natural-looking replacement tooth, typically made from porcelain, is then attached to the dental implant post. The result is an extremely natural-looking tooth replacement that functions much like natural teeth.

BENEFITS OF IMPLANT DENTISTRY

One of the main benefits of implant dentistry over other tooth replacement options is that they prevent the sunken look that is associated with missing teeth. Because the implants are placed in the jawbone, they help retain the fullness and contours of the face by retaining the supporting bone, much like a natural tooth root. In addition, dental implants look and function much more like natural teeth than do other types of replacement options. Unlike dental bridges which depend on surrounding teeth for support, dental implants stand alone without affecting other teeth.

Dental implants can also be cared for just like natural teeth. We can place one implant to replace a single missing tooth, or several dental implants to replace multiple teeth. In addition, we can use dental implants to stabilize a dental bridge or partial denture, as well as full sets of dentures, with our implant supported dentures procedure.

CANDIDATES FOR DENTAL IMPLANTS

We will begin the tooth replacement process with an implant dentistry consultation. Dr. Fulbright will examine your jaw and gums to determine if dental implants could be beneficial for you. If your jaw bone has an adequate foundation for the titanium posts that will be anchored to the jawbone, you might be a good candidate for this procedure. Age is not a barrier to implant dentistry; in fact, people of all ages are choosing dental implants for tooth replacement.

To learn more about candidacy requirements for dental implants, please view our dental implant candidates page.

PLACING A DENTAL IMPLANT

If you are a good candidate for dental implants, we will schedule you for the surgical procedure to have the titanium implant placed in the jawbone. Once the posts have been placed, the success of implant dentistry depends on the body’s ability to heal.

During a three to six month healing period following the implantation procedure, the jawbone will fuse to the titanium implant, called osseointegration, forming a strong foundation for the replacement tooth. At this point, you will visit Dr. Michael Fulbright’s office so that the natural-looking artificial tooth can be attached to the implant post. Although the implant posts typically last a lifetime, the replacement teeth can become worn or damaged over time. Our dentists can remove old replacement teeth and replace them with new, natural-looking restorations.

Dental implants offer our patients with missing teeth a natural-looking and functional replacement option which has no effect on surrounding teeth. If you are interested in dental implants for tooth replacement, schedule an implant dentistry consultation with one of our dentists. Our practice provides exceptional care to help give patients the next best thing to natural teeth.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQS) ON MISSING TOOTH REPLACEMENT

Dental implants are one of the most common restoration options that Dr. Fulbright offers to his patients missing one tooth or multiple teeth. The results can serve as a viable and permanent solution that fit and feel like real teeth. To help understand a bit more about dental implants, Dr. Fulbright answers some commonly asked questions below.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are a tooth replacement option that will take the place of your original tooth and its root. The implant is a titanium post that serves as the substitute to the tooth root. An abutment piece is attached to the top of the implant and then a porcelain dental crown is connected to the abutment. Dental implants can ultimately mimic a natural, healthy tooth with beautiful results.

How much does it cost for dental implants?

The cost of a dental implant procedure will vary based on your individual needs. It is estimated that the average procedure can generally range from $3,000 to $4,500, but your procedure may fall above, below, or in-between that range. Some factors that help determine the overall cost will likely include the education and experience of the dentist, the number of implants you will need, and the materials the dentist uses to complete the procedure. In some cases, insurance may offer coverage for dental implants. We offer unique dental financing options at our office and accept all major credit cards as payment.

Are dental implants safe?

Dental implants have been used for more than 30 years and have been proven as an effective and safe procedure for many patients when performed by an experienced implant dentist, particularly an American Academy of Implant Dentistry credentialed dentist such as Dr. Fulbright. The titanium posts are made of a biocompatible material and the bone should fuse around the implant, providing stability and strength.

Is the dental implant procedure painful?

The advanced technology and use of local anesthesia can help to make the dental implant procedure as comfortable as possible for patients. If you would like additional assurance that you will experience a relaxed and comfortable procedure, we offer a range of advanced sedation dentistry options.

How many years do dental implants last?

The dental implants that we place are designed to offer long-lasting benefits. If good overall dental health is maintained and you regularly receive quality dental care, your dental implants should last for decades.

If you would like more information about dental implants, please contact us today.