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Dental Implants — Hoover, AL

Restore The Root, Not Only the Crown

While dentures and dental bridges help prevent shifting teeth by filling the space left behind after tooth loss, they won’t necessarily address the underlying restorative problems that can still develop. For example, only dental implants can stimulate bone tissue, which keeps your biting force strong. When you visit Dr. Moulton for care, he’ll make sure that your implant’s restoration is crafted to your exact specifications. Whether you need to replace one tooth or all the teeth in your smile, his dental office is prepared to answer your call. Contact us today to learn if dental implants in Hoover are right for you!

Why Choose Moulton Dentistry of Hoover for Dental Implants?

  • Natural-Looking Dental Implant Restorations Available
  • Personalized Dental Treatments to Your Exact Needs
  • Efficient Care in a Relaxing and Modern Dental Office Environment

What Are Dental Implants?

A diagram of an integrated dental implant

Dental implants are created from durable, biocompatible materials designed to integrate with your body, ensuring longevity and functionality for decades. Once placed, you can expect your tooth replacement to simulate the same functions of your natural tooth, giving you the confidence to smile, eat food, and speak with clarity. While other options are available for replacing teeth, dentists often recommend dental implants first if patients are eligible to receive them. This is because they have quickly become the gold standard for replacing teeth and give patients more confidence to smile.

The Dental Implant Process

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Dental implants include two major steps; the surgery and the restoration. Dr. Moulton works with top specialists in Hoover to perform the placement portion of your dental implant treatment, ensuring that we are maximizing the bone tissue that’s present in your jaw. Once the implant has healed, we can place an abutment, which stabilizes the restoration. After capturing an impression of your implant with the abutment attached, we’ll design a restoration that fits on top. The amount of time needed to complete treatment varies depending on how many teeth you intend to replace (i.e. a single tooth implant vs. a 3-unit bridge.)

Benefits of Dental Implants

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Once a dental implant is placed, it begins a process known as osseointegration. This is the process of which dental materials, in this case, titanium, fuse together with existing bone tissue in order to create a long-lasting bond. It is this exact process that gives dental implants the longevity they are known for, which is why having sufficient bone volume matters. The result is not just a replacement tooth, but restorative benefits you won’t find anywhere else.

Jawbone stimulation keeps your biting force strong and prevents tissue from resorbing back into the body. It also allows blood flow to continue, which helps keep your face looking youthful and prevents hollowing out of the cheeks. Since dental implants are capable of holding restorations on their own, you don’t have to remove existing tooth enamel just to replace teeth, which is always the case for dental bridges.

Overall, you’re getting a tooth replacement that carries a very high success rate, averaging about 98 percent when placed by a professional, and a tooth that’s designed to last decades. In many cases, they last for a lifetime.

Who Dental Implants Can Help

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Much like dental crowns, dental implants are very versatile. You can replace individual teeth as well as all the teeth in a given arch with ease. To learn how you can replace single, multiple, or all teeth via dental implants, keep reading!

Missing One Tooth

A single titanium post is placed inside of your jaw, then an abutment (connector) is attached after the implant has fully healed. Once gum tissue has healed around the tooth, a porcelain crown is placed on top.

Missing Multiple Teeth

Implants can be paired with dental bridges to replace multiple consecutive teeth. If you’d prefer to retain as much of your existing tooth structure as possible, using a pair of dental implants to hold a three- or four-crown bridge is likely the most ideal option.

Missing All Teeth

Dentures, whether they be full or partial, can be designed to attach to dental implants. This addition makes your denture more stable overall, preventing it from sliding and shifting out of place as you eat or smile.

Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

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If you’re considering dental implants in Hoover, you’re probably wondering about the cost. This amazing dental treatment is life changing, which is why it should be treated as an investment. That’s why Dr. Moulton wants all his patients to have the information they need to make a confident choice in implant treatment. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about the cost of dental implants!

Preliminary Treatments & Dental Implant Surgery

Diagram highlighting the parts of dental implants in Hoover.

The entire process has multiple stages that may vary from patient to patient, so it’s a good idea to keep this information in mind when considering the final price of your treatment plan. Each stage of dental implant treatment incurs a unique cost. For example, you’ll first need to come into our office for a consultation. Any preexisting dental issues will also need to be treated before getting your dental implants, such as gum disease and/or tooth decay. We may also need to perform extractions of teeth, which maintains its own cost.

The Parts & Type of Your Dental Implant

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One of the many factors that can influence the cost of your treatment is the types of dental implants that you’ll need. We offer implant crowns to replace a single missing tooth, and we can restore multiple consecutive lost teeth with an implant bridge. If you’re missing all or most of your smile, we may recommend an implant denture. This is a denture held in place with anywhere between 4 and 6 dental implants.

Are Dental Implants Worth the Investment?

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While dental implants do come with a higher cost compared to standalone bridges and dentures, they are well worth the investment. Dental implants provide you with a variety of unique benefits, and they’re made to last for a lifetime. This could actually save you money down the road from fewer replacements and the dental visits that go with them. Additionally, they prevent issues like jawbone deterioration, saving you from problems like additional tooth loss and aged facial appearance. Plus, you simply can’t put a price on the way that implants can mimic the look, feel, and function of your natural smile.

Does My Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?

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Typically, dental insurance does not see dental implants as a necessary treatment, which is why they’re usually not covered. However, some plans will cover certain aspects of your treatment, including the consultation or periodontal therapy. This will all depend on your plan. Our front desk staff is ready to help you maximize your benefits while minimizing out of pocket costs. We are happy to answer any questions you may have, and we also have financing options available to make our quality care affordable for any budget.

Dental Implant FAQs

Diagram highlighting the components of a dental implant

While dental implants in Hoover are considered the gold standard when it comes to tooth replacement, you probably have some curiosities about how the procedure works and what you should expect. Thus, we’ve highlighted some of the more frequently asked questions, so you can have a better understanding of what the dental implant process entails. To get even more information and to undergo an initial evaluation, don’t hesitate to contact us at Moulton Dentistry of Hoover to schedule a visit with Dr. Moulton.

Is dental implant insertion painful?

When you undergo dental implant insertion, you won’t have to endure a painful experience. That’s because before any work starts, Dr. Moulton will completely numb the treatment site.

However, after the initial procedure is done, you may experience some slight discomfort, but it’s typically easily managed with an over-the-counter pain reliever.

How long can a dental implant last?

One of the major perks of receiving a dental implant is the longevity that it offers. With proper care, which should include brushing and flossing twice daily and visiting Dr. Moulton semi-annually for cleanings and examinations, your implant can last 30 years or more.

Will I be able to chew normally?

Dental implants are like no other form of tooth replacement, especially when it comes to its ability to restore your natural chewing capacity. For example, a set of dentures will usually allow patients to regain around 25% of their original capabilities, while dental implants can restore up to 95%. That translates into a fully-functional set of teeth.

Will I have an attractive smile?

The benefits of dental implants aren’t just functional. Because the titanium fixture is surgically attached to the underlying jawbone, it literally replicates the missing tooth root. Thus, you’ll be left with a natural-looking smile.