Dental Implant Services
If you have missing teeth but want to avoid partials and dentures, consider getting dental implants. Implants are the closest thing to a strong, natural tooth, boasting both a root and a crown. We offer dental implant services at our Bartlett and Memphis, TN; Paragould, Blytheville, and Jonesboro, AR offices.
What to Expect
The dental implant process involves placing a small titanium post in the socket left by a missing tooth during oral surgery. Titanium is biocompatible, so jawbone tissue grows into the post, creating a strong anchor for a dental crown. Once the area has healed properly, a dental crown or plate will be placed on top of the titanium post. Implants can replace one or more missing teeth.
There are three parts to an implant:
Implant Post: This is also known as the body or the foundation. The purpose of the post is to act as an anchor.
Abutment: This piece serves as the base for the crown. It connects the implant post and the crown.
Crown: This is the final component of a dental implant. It is the artificial tooth that replaces the original tooth.
Benefits of Dental Implants
They are a permanent solution: Unlike other solutions for missing teeth, dental implants are permanent. With the proper care, they are designed to last a lifetime.
Dental implants will improve your speech: Missing teeth can alter your speech, and since implants function like natural teeth, they will enable you to speak more clearly.
They function like natural teeth: Dental Implants are anchored into your jaw with a titanium post that replaces the tooth root, which allows you to bite with the same force as your natural teeth.
Prevent bone loss: When you lose teeth, you also lose bone mass. Dental Implants provide your jawbone the stimulation it needs to maintain itself.
Improves self-confidence: Dental Implants help bring you back your smile and confidence – No more hiding your smile!
Implant dentures operate as replacement teeth and feel just as natural. The implant denture screws directly into your jawbone, functioning as real teeth. These replacements are not removable, and they allow an open palate in the denture without the use of adhesives.
The process of an implant denture is similar to the process of a single implant. Multiple posts are placed in the jawbone – depending on the wanted result – that creates a strong anchor for the denture. This allows the implant denture to feel as natural as possible.
Are You a Candidate?
In order to know if you are a good candidate for dental implants, It’s best to consult with your dentist at your next appointment. During your consult appointment, your dentist will discuss with you all your options for missing teeth. To be a candidate for dental implants, you will need healthy gum tissue and good overall oral health. You will also need sufficient bone density in your jawbone in order to support the implant. However, if you do suffer from bone loss, you still may be a candidate. Your lifestyle or health conditions also play a role in the success of dental implants. Patients who do not smoke or use tobacco products or are committed to quitting will ensure the success of dental implants. The right candidate also does not have any health conditions that affect the body’s ability to heal.
What is the Cost?
The cost of a dental implant can vary, but once we have an exam and x-ray of your mouth, our team can give you a true estimate. We offer payment plan options to make dental implants more affordable. We also accept Care Credit if you prefer third-party financing.
Dental implants can restore not only your physical appearance, but also your quality of life! To learn more about dental implants, book online to schedule a free implant consultation today!