Dental ImplantsFairhope, AL
Common dental implant procedures:
Single Tooth Implants
For single tooth replacement. The insertion of a single titanium dental implant is followed by the attachment of a single crown.
Fixed-Bridge on Implants
For two or more teeth missing. Involves the insertion of two dental implants spread across two, three, or four teeth. This is followed by the attachment of a fixed bridge spanning two, three, or four teeth. Contact us today to learn more about Dental Bridge Implants.
Almost like the All-on-Four™ implant option but uses two implants instead of four and can still be removed with the assistance of a dental professional. For people who have lost all or the majority of their teeth. Sweet Water is your trusted Daphne Dentist for Dentures.
All-on-Four™ Dental Implant Procedure
This is the most drastic dental implant procedure. Involves the placement of four titanium dental implants either on the top or bottom of the jaw bone and is followed by the construction and attachment of a fixed denture that essentially acts like a new set of natural teeth. Ask us about All-on-Four™ Implants.
The Specifics of Dental Implants:
The first phase of any dental implant treatment is the implantation of a titanium dental prosthesis into the jawbone. This can take as many as four titanium implants (screw-like titanium rods implanted into the jaw bone). It’s now time for the next stage following enough time for the jaw to accept and integrate with the biocompatible titanium implants (which generally takes 1-2 months).
From that point on, an appointment is scheduled for the attachment of the tooth crowns or the prosthetic tooth/teeth. This actually only takes a couple of hours or less. The newly fabricated denture or crown/bridge is then attached either by another titanium screw or by screwing the crown into the dental implant. Overall, you’re easily in and out of the dental office within 2-3 hours. After that, you can start eating with your new implants right away.
Are you a Candidate for Dental Implants?
If you want dental implants, we will first need to thoroughly examine your mouth and review your medical and dental history. If it is not ideal for implants, regenerative surgery such as bone grafting may be the best option.
We also need to make sure that you are in good oral health and have healthy gums.
In order to be a candidate for dental implants, you should:
- Be at least 18 years of age (21 for smokers)
- Have lost teeth due to decay, gum disease, an injury, or another reason
- Have enough bone in your jaw to support the implant
- Be committed to maintaining good oral hygiene
- Be in generally good health
- Not smoke tobacco
- Be willing to undergo a minor surgical procedure
What is the Cost of Dental Implants?
The cost of dental implants depends on many factors, such as how many teeth you are missing and whether or not you need any preparatory work, such as bone grafting. However, implants are generally more expensive than other tooth replacement options, such as dentures or bridges.
While the initial investment may be higher, dental implants can last a lifetime with proper care, while dentures and bridges typically need to be replaced every 5 to 7 years. In addition, implants help to preserve the jawbone, which can begin to deteriorate after tooth loss.
Schedule an Appointment
If you are interested in learning more about dental implants or any of our other services, we invite you to schedule an appointment at our Fairhope, AL dental office. We look forward to meeting you and helping you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile!