Dental implants are titanium devices that act as sturdy roots for tooth replacements like crowns and bridges. At Tucker Family Dentistry, Dr. Perron Tucker can evaluate you and perform dental implant surgery if needed. To determine if you’re a good candidate for dental implants, call the office in Vestavia Hills, Alabama, or book an appointment online today.
Dental implants provide a sturdy foundation for custom dental crowns to restore and replace missing teeth. The implants themselves look like small titanium screws or posts. Dr. Tucker surgically positions one or more of them in your jawbone and allows them time to heal.
Depending on your personal needs, a dental implant can support a dental crown, a bridge, or a full denture. To support a dental crown, you need just one dental implant, while multiple implants are necessary to support a denture.
The titanium used for the implant is unlikely to cause a reaction within the bone. In fact, during the healing period, the bone in your jaw bonds with the dental implant. Because of this, dental implants are very sturdy and allow for restorations that feel remarkably similar to your natural teeth.
Before you get dental implants, you must come in for an implant evaluation at Tucker Family Dentistry.
Dr. Tucker makes a note of your personal medical history and examines your jawbone using X-ray imaging. During your visit, additional records may be taken that are associated with your implant procedure. The team at Tucker Family Dentistry strives to ensure that we consider every aspect of your implant treatment.
During your dental implant evaluation, Dr. Tucker makes sure that dental implants are a safe option for you. If Dr. Tucker identifies areas of bone loss due to gum disease or tooth loss, he might suggest a bone graft before dental implants to provide additional support.
Feel free to ask questions during the evaluation to make sure you feel comfortable with the procedure.
The dental implant procedure takes more than one visit to Tucker Family Dentistry and may last six months or longer. The process includes two surgeries:
During this phase, Dr. Tucker makes an incision in your gum above the implant location. He then places the titanium post before closing the incision. For three to six months, your bone bonds with the implant as you wear a temporary denture and heal.
The abutment surgery happens once your bone has healed around the implant. An abutment is an attachment piece that sits between the implant and the prosthetic. Once Dr. Tucker reopens the incision and attaches the abutment, he can take impressions to use while making your custom crown, bridge, or denture.
To find out if you’re a candidate to restore or replace your missing teeth with dental implants, call Tucker Family Dentistry or book an appointment online today.