What Are Dental Implants?
Tooth loss is a major health issue in America that continues to grow as our population ages. In fact, nearly 120 million adults in this country have already lost at least one tooth due to poor oral health or physical trauma.
Living with one or more missing teeth will damage your self-esteem and threaten your oral health. In fact, leaving your missing teeth untreated can even result in the loss of additional teeth.
At DentaCare Dental Group, Dr. Hobbs restores smiles using natural-looking dental implants. With this attractive restoration, you won’t ever feel hesitant to laugh or smile in public again. And with the restored chewing power you get from dental implants, you can go back to eating all your favorite foods.
Single and Multi-Tooth Replacement
Dental implants are permanent prosthetic replacements for missing teeth. They’re surgically attached to the bones in your jaw, creating a secure hold, so they won’t come out or shift around.
If you’re looking to restore one or more teeth, Dr. Hobbs has an implant solution for you. First, he’ll surgically place the implant fixture — that’s the bottom section of the implant that works just like a natural tooth root to hold your dental implant in place.
As soon as your body has adjusted to the fixture, we’ll complete the restoration by adding the attractive porcelain crown. It’s custom-made to match the shape, size, and color of your natural teeth, so your dental implant will blend right in with your smile.
If you’re missing one or both arches, Dr. Hobbs can restore your smile with an attractive, implant-supported restoration. In addition to giving you a stunning new smile, this treatment also enhances your oral health by stimulating essential jawbone growth.
Typically, a full-arch implant-supported bridge is secured using four or more implants that integrate with your jawbone to provide a level of stability that’s unmatched by other types of restorations. Your natural-looking new smile will stay firmly in place during social gatherings and while you’re eating.
You get two additional advantages when you choose a full-arch restoration with Dr. Hobbs. First, there’s never any need for bone grafting thanks to our strategic implant placement. Second, we perform all your surgical procedures in one day, so you’ll leave our office with an attractive, fully functional temporary prosthetic after just one visit.
Implant-Supported Dentures & Partials
Are you tired of the way your dentures feel? Do they move around or cause pain when you’re eating? There’s an easy way to eliminate the loose fit and instability that make your dentures so difficult to wear — implant-supported dentures.
Also referred to as overdentures, this implant-secured solution will transform your existing denture into a comfortable, secure-fitting, and effective set of teeth. With implant-supported dentures, you’ll be able to eat without restrictions and you’ll never have to worry about your smile.
We also feature implant-retained partial dentures for a much stronger fit than regular clip-on partials. It’s time to say goodbye to those annoying visible clasps forever.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does the dental implant procedure work?
Dental implants are placed directly into the jawbone, replacing the roots of the teeth that are missing. The implant is made out of titanium, allowing it to fuse naturally with your jawbone in a process called osseointegration.
The artificial root then allows Dr. Hobbs to secure your choice of restoration so they feel comfortable and blend in with your surrounding teeth. Since there are several types of dental implants available to you, each surgery will be performed differently in accordance with the specific treatment plan that you chose.
How long does the dental implant procedure take?
The dental implant surgery itself takes about one to two hours. However, the healing process will take several months to complete. To help the healing process, Dr. Hobbs will provide you with aftercare instructions. Following these instructions will allow for a smoother recovery process as well as prevent any complications.
How soon after a tooth extraction can I get a dental implant?
If enough jawbone is present, you can potentially get the dental implant the same day. However, we may want you to wait for 3 to 6 months after an extraction for a dental implant to be placed. This allows enough time for the area to fully heal.
You’ll want to get your dental implant within the recommended time frame. This will ensure you don’t experience any bone loss following the healing process. This may require an additional procedure prior to getting your dental implant.