Dental Implants
Natural teeth are the best, but when fixing a tooth is no longer an option, dental implants are the next best thing.

Dental Implants

A dental implant is one option available to replace a missing tooth. With this procedure, a small titanium shaft is surgically implanted into the bone and allowed to heal. The bone grows around it forming a tight connection, which additionally slows or stops the bone loss that occurs when the root of a natural tooth is missing.

Once the implant is integrated with the surrounding bone, Dr. Foutz then works to attach the replacement tooth onto the top of the shaft. This permanent solution has advantages over bridge work, because a dental implant does not stress the surrounding teeth for support, and it is brushed and flossed just like a natural tooth. Should the tooth ever have any trouble, a crown can be usually be attached to the same implant.

 

We work with a very skilled network of oral surgeons to help with optimal placement and management of dental implants. These surgeons have undergone extensive training and have years of experience. While there are several general dentists who have success placing dental implants, we feel that oral surgeons bring a level of expertise and security that no general dentist can provide. Our office provides top-notch dentistry, and we only work with surgical specialists who provide top-notch dental implants to the patients we refer.

These surgeons will evaluate the quality and quantity of bone to ensure there is an adequate foundation to safely place an implant in the desired location. Whether the tooth is already missing, or still needs to be extracted, the surgeon can usually prepare the site with any needed bone grafts, then place the implant during the same appointment—all while you are comfortably sleeping.

After the procedure, the implant is left to heal for about three months. It is then evaluated to ensure the bone has successfully grown and healed around the implant, and a crown can be made to fill the empty space.

Implants can also be used to support an implant bridge. This is an alternative to partial dentures, and has several advantages:

  • There’s no adjustment period
  • Implants slow the bone loss caused by missing teeth
  • Patients experience no discomfort or difficulty in eating
  • Best of all, they don’t have to be taken out all the time

We also offer mini dental implants. These implants are about half the diameter of traditional implants and, in our office, are used exclusively to stabilize dentures. Mini dental implants can often be placed in one appointment and be used immediately. The cost is 50-70% of standard dental implants. Give us a call to see if this is an option that will work for you!
We service dental implants and mini dental implants at Foutz Family Dental. There are several benefits of using dental implants in place of partial dentures, including comfort and convenience. Caring for a dental implant is not vastly different than caring for a natural tooth. But, just because it is made out of titanium, doesn’t mean it can’t have problems. Even implants need to be monitored and cleaned at regular intervals, just like natural teeth.
If you have any questions or concerns about dental implants, please give us a call to schedule a consultation. We’ll discuss your options with you to determine the best course of action for your individual comfort level and needs.