Dental Implant Placement & Restoration
Do you avoid smiling because of missing teeth? At Flint River Dental, we offer state-of-the-art dental implants, the gold standard for tooth replacement. Dental implants are a permanent solution that will restore your oral health and your ability to smile with confidence.
Dental Implants – Healthy Tooth Replacement
A dental implant is an artificial tooth that resembles the structure of a natural tooth root and acts as an anchor for replacement teeth. Dr. Darby places the artificial root surgically right here at our Huntsville dental office. The implant is allowed to heal and then finished with a durable and natural-looking dental restoration that will allow you to enjoy full function of the tooth. Depending on your needs, the restoration we choose can include a bridge, crown, or denture.
Dental implants are considered the gold standard for tooth replacement because they actually improve your oral health. When a missing tooth isn’t replaced, adjacent teeth can start to drift out of alignment. Also, without the presence of your natural root to stimulate growth, your jawbone may begin to deteriorate. An implant takes the place of the missing tooth root to support surrounding natural teeth and prevent deterioration of the jawbone.
A dental implant is a standalone unit, so we don’t have to put extra stress on neighboring teeth by attaching crowns to adjacent teeth. Dental implants allow you to speak, eat, and drink with a complete, healthy smile. Our patients are always amazed at how natural their dental implants look and feel once they’re placed.
The Dental Implant Process
The first step in the dental implants process is a consultation. At that time, we’ll discuss all your tooth replacement options. Good candidates for dental implant placement must have sufficient bone present in the jaw to hold the implants securely in place.
If you’re a good candidate, Dr. Darby will implant the titanium roots into your jaw. After the implant has completely fused with your jawbone, you'll return to our office and we’ll custom-craft replacement teeth that attach to the implant.
If you need to have teeth extracted in preparation for dentures, we can sometimes place your dental implants immediately after surgery. Your dentures are fabricated beforehand, and we then place the implant in the perfect position to support the dentures. You don’t have to worry about walking around with no teeth – you can leave the same day with a set of fully functional teeth while you wait for your implants to heal.
Trust Skill and Experience
Dr. Darby has advanced training and experience in the surgical placement of dental implants. For your convenience, we can handle the entire implant process from start to finish, right here in our Huntsville dental office.
You can be confident that you’ll receive the highest standard of seamless care in a familiar, friendly environment. Our skilled team has assisted in many dental implant procedures and will be there to support and encourage you through all stages of your treatment. We are pleased to offer complimentary sedation for all our dental implant patients.
Making the decision to have dental implants placed is a big step. We will take all the time needed to make sure you understand what’s involved and answer all your questions. Please contact our office if you’d like more information about dental implants as well as our other tooth replacement options.