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Dental Implants

If your smile is incomplete or you’re looking for tooth replacement options, dental implants can replace one or more missing teeth with long-lasting, natural-looking artificial teeth.

Dental Implants

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are uniquely designed in 3 parts to emulate the structure of a natural tooth and provide the support needed to chew, speak, and smile with complete confidence. Dental implants look, feel, and function just like natural teeth!

The 3 parts of an implant include

  • The implant post (also called the screw). This piece is typically made of medical-grade titanium and is the first piece placed in the mouth. Once implanted into the jaw, it integrates with the bone during the healing period in the same manner as a natural tooth root.
  • The abutment. The abutment is the connecting piece that holds the custom-made crown to the implant post.
  • The crown. Once the dental implant post has sufficiently healed in the jaw, the crown is connected to the top of the implant post with the abutment. The crown is custom-made to blend seamlessly with the surrounding teeth for a natural-looking result.

All of our board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeons are trained to provide the full scope of oral surgery options, including dental implant placement, using the most advanced tools and surgical techniques available. We encourage you to contact us to schedule a consultation appointment, where you will receive a thorough examination and a personalized treatment plan.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants are the preferred tooth replacement option because they fully restore both aesthetics and oral function. Other dental prostheses can replace missing teeth to give the patient a complete smile, but they cannot provide the benefits of dental implants. The most common advantages that dental implants have over other tooth restorations include

  • Dental implants preserve the health of your jaw bone. The roots of your natural teeth continuously stimulate the bone in your jaw when you chew to keep the jaw bones healthy. When teeth are missing and are replaced with bridges and dentures, the jaw bone does not receive this stimulation because these appliances only rest on the gums. The result is jaw bone atrophy, which can cause a host of oral health problems as well as a sunken look to the face. Dental implants are true tooth replacements, root and all, and they stimulate the jaw just like real teeth. They are the only replacement option that prevents jaw bone loss.
  • Dental implants require no special care. Dental implants are designed to function just like natural teeth. Regular brushing and flossing is all you need!
  • Dental implants can last a lifetime. Most traditional tooth restorations must be replaced after several years of use. Dental implants fuse with the jaw bone, making them stable and permanent. With proper oral care and regular dental exams, they can last a lifetime.
  • Dental implants are versatile. Dental implants can be used to restore a single tooth, several teeth, or as part of full-arch restoration to replace an entire arch of teeth. If you are healthy enough to undergo a minor dental procedure, you are most likely a candidate for dental implants.

Dental Implant Procedure

Because each patient is different, your treatment plan will be customized by your oral surgeon to meet your specific needs. When you visit us for your consultation appointment, we will take 3D scans of your mouth, discuss anesthesia options, and design your personalized treatment plan.

On the day of your procedure, our welcoming staff members will guide you through every step of the process. First, you will be made comfortable with your choice of anesthesia. Once the anesthetic has taken effect, your doctor will carefully place the implant post into the empty tooth socket and stitch the surgical site closed. When the anesthesia has worn off, you can return home.

The dental implant will need to heal and fuse with the jaw bone over the next few months. During that time, your restorative dentist will create your custom-designed crown. When you are ready, your restorative dentist will attach the custom-made crown to your abutment. You’re ready to enjoy your fully functioning, natural-looking dental implant!

Dental implant placement at our offices

DENTAL IMPLANTS IN ASHLAND, KENTUCKY

If you are interested in receiving dental implants to restore a tooth or multiple teeth, we encourage you to contact our Ashland, KY, office. Our friendly and helpful staff looks forward to answering any questions that you may have regarding treatment and help guide you through your oral surgery journey.

DENTAL IMPLANTS IN BECKLEY, WV

If you suffer from missing or severely damaged teeth, dental implants are likely the best option for tooth replacement. We encourage you to contact our office in Beckley, WV, to learn more. Our staff can answer any questions you have and schedule you a consultation appointment with one of our oral surgeons.

DENTAL IMPLANTS IN CHARLESTON, WV

Dental implants are the best option for replacing missing or severely damaged teeth. If you’re interested in receiving implants, please contact our office in Charleston, WV. A member of our staff will be happy to answer your questions, provide you with more information, and schedule you a consultation appointment with one of our oral surgeons.

DENTAL IMPLANTS IN HUNTINGTON, WV

If you’re interested in receiving dental implants in Huntington, WV, we encourage you to contact our office. Our friendly staff can give you more information and answer any questions you may have. We would be happy to schedule you a consultation appointment so you can find out if dental implants are right for you.

DENTAL IMPLANTS IN HURRICANE (TEAYS VALLEY), WV

Dental implants are the most beneficial option for replacing missing and damaged teeth in Hurricane, WV. If you think implant placement may be the solution you need, please contact our office. Our staff can answer any of your questions and give you more information about the treatments available at our practice.

DENTAL IMPLANTS IN KANAWHA CITY

Our team looks forward to meeting you so that we can develop a personalized treatment plan in Kanawha City that suits your specific needs. To schedule an appointment or to learn more about how dental implants can help your smile, contact our Kanawha City office today.

DENTAL IMPLANTS IN PARKERSBURG, WV

If you suffer from tooth loss, we encourage you to contact our office in Parkersburg, WV. Our friendly staff can answer your questions, provide you with additional information, and schedule you a consultation appointment with one of our skilled oral surgeons. We look forward to speaking with you.