Missing teeth can cause a variety of oral health problems in addition to making everyday functions like chewing and smiling more difficult. Dental implants are one of the best long-term, permanent options to restore one or more missing teeth and avoid these impending problems. Dental implants look and function just like natural teeth, allowing you to eat and smile with confidence. Oral surgeon Dr. Mitchell Collins is an expert in the placement of dental implants and can perform your treatment at our state-of-the-art oral surgery center located in Conway, Arkansas.
A dental implant consists of three main parts: the medical-grade titanium implant post, the custom-made crown, and the connecting abutment. Dr. Collins places the dental implant post within the jaw, and the implant naturally integrates with the jaw bone, providing a secure base for a custom-made porcelain crown made by your restorative dentist. This crown is fabricated to look just like your missing natural tooth or teeth, and the connecting abutment will firmly secure the crown to the implant post. This solid foundation allows you to experience a lifetime of benefits if your dental implants are cared for properly.
Dental Implant Placement Procedure
To begin the placement of your dental implants, you will first receive a consultation with our highly qualified oral surgeon. Dr. Mitchell Collins will perform a thorough oral examination and form a specialized treatment plan just for you. Additional imaging may be taken to map out the best possible placement of the implant.
If you need to have a tooth removed, an immediate implant can often be placed during the same procedure. To restore the empty tooth site, Dr. Collins will place the implant post into its proper position in the jaw bone. You may choose to undergo anesthesia to maximize comfort during the surgery. During your initial consultation, we will determine which sedation option is right for you. As a medical doctor, licensed dentist, and trained oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Collins is highly trained in the administration of anesthesia, and dental implant placement is an outpatient procedure that should not take more than an hour or two. We also have Clay Rougeu, a highly skilled and experienced certified nurse anesthetist, on staff to focus only on your anesthesia throughout your visit. The connective piece, the abutment, will eventually be attached to the dental implant post to anchor your new crown to the implant. Once your jaw has healed, your restorative dentist will attach the new tooth or bridge to the implant(s), and you can begin enjoying the benefits of your new smile.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Many patients choose to undergo the placement of dental implants because they offer a wide variety of benefits over other tooth restoration options, such as bridges and removable dentures. The numerous benefits of dental implants make them an excellent option for patients who are missing one or more teeth and searching for a permanent restorative solution.
Dental implants are secure and stand the test of time. When you choose to restore your teeth with dental implants, there is no risk of your flipper or denture falling out or becoming dislodged. Dental implants function just like a natural tooth because the implant post integrates directly with your jaw bone. This integration allows you to eat almost anything you like! In fact, most patients report that dental implants feel like natural teeth once they have healed.
Dental implants contribute to maintaining healthy jaws, gums, and surrounding teeth. When you lose a tooth, the jaw bone slowly begins to deteriorate in the area surrounding the missing tooth site. A missing tooth also puts more pressure on surrounding teeth, which can cause tooth shifting and even jaw joint dysfunction. Dental implants can help preserve the shape of your jaw while taking some of the burdens off your remaining healthy teeth. Other tooth replacement options, such as tooth-supported bridges, require support from surrounding teeth, which can damage the remaining healthy teeth. Dental implants are a complete restoration system, stimulating the jaw bone and working with the healthy teeth to accomplish tasks such as chewing. Hygiene with individual implants is easier than bridges because you can simply floss it like a natural tooth.
Many people are candidates for implant placement. If you are healthy enough to have a tooth extracted, you are likely healthy enough to have a dental implant placed. Many patients are told they don’t have enough bone for dental implants. We encourage you to have our team evaluate you for dental implants. Dr. Collins can usually afford many patients the long-term benefits of dental implants even if you have been told you are not a candidate for implants. Dental implants can be used to support a single tooth restoration, bridge, or a full denture. No matter what your restoration needs are, there is a dental implant solution to restore your oral function and smile.
Your smile will also look healthy and natural. The custom-made crown, which attaches to the dental implant via the abutment, is designed to look identical to a healthy, natural tooth and blend seamlessly with the other teeth in your mouth. You will be able to enjoy a beautiful, healthy looking smile once your implant has healed. Many patients express that they can’t tell the difference between their natural teeth and their dental implants.
Our entire team at Collins Oral & Facial Surgery loves to see the positive results our patients receive from the placement of dental implants. If you have one or more missing or failing teeth, contact our office in Conway, Arkansas, today to learn if you are a candidate for dental implant placement and find out more about treatment.