Do you have a single lost tooth or multiple missing teeth? Try dental implants in Owens Cross Roads, AL. Dr. Elizabeth Duling provides dental crowns as a final restoration for dental implants. She works with a local dental surgeon to surgically place the implants. Dental implants can be used on their own to replace single missing teeth. They can also secure dental bridges or dentures for a more permanent dental restoration.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants offer a multitude of benefits to patients. Dental implants:
- Last for many years
- Restore function to the teeth and gums
- Do not require regular replacement or maintenance
- Look and feel like natural teeth
- Prevent facial sagging and speech issues
Dental Implants in Owens Cross Roads, AL
Before your treatment, Dr. Duling will examine your teeth and gums to see if you require bone grafting, a sinus lift, tooth extraction, or gum disease treatment. She will take your budget, dental history, and personal goals into account before recommending an implant restoration.
For implantation, Dr. Duling will refer you to an oral surgeon. During dental implant surgery, the titanium implant screw is placed in the jaw bone. It requires 3 to 6 months to fully heal and integrate with the bone. Once healed, the implants are capped off with an abutment and dental crown. If they are securing a bridge or denture, the metal hardware or prosthetics are then secured. We provide same-day dental crowns to our patients using CEREC.
Dental Implants FAQs
There are several questions that we are frequently asked by our patients about dental implants:
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
The best dental implant candidates have healthy teeth and gums with enough bone tissue to support one or more dental implants. However, we can treat patients for problems like tooth decay and gum disease prior to implant treatment. In addition, bone grafting or a sinus lift can help patients rebuild their bone structure if they have suffered significant bone loss.
Do dental implants need special care?
No, however, patients who receive dental implants must brush and floss regularly as well as visit the dentist at least twice a year. Like natural teeth, dental implants require a good oral hygiene routine to stay healthy for years to come.
What is the success rate for dental implants?
Dental implants have a success rate of over 95%. However, factors like smoking and tobacco use can increase the rate of implant failure. Patients who choose dental implants must refrain from smoking or using tobacco during their implant treatment. Smoking can cause gum disease and inhibit the healing process, which can cause the implants to fail.
Receive Dental Implants Today
Are you looking for a long-lasting, durable replacement option for lost or missing teeth? Try dental implants today. Call Dr. Duling for a consultation at 256.202.4186. You may also request an appointment with Dr. Duling online. If you have any remaining questions for Dr. Duling about your implant options, please let her know. She will be happy to help.