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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 to day to learn if dental implants in Hoover are right for you!

Why Choose Moulton Dentistry for Dental Implants?

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

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.

Indications for Dental Implants

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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 Single Tooth

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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.

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Missing Multiple Teeth

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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

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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.

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How Dental Implants Work

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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.)

Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

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When we talk about cost, it’s important to keep in mind that your needs will likely vary from other patients. For example, if you need to replace a single tooth, it’s going to be much cheaper than someone who needs to replace multiple teeth at a time. Additionally, preparatory treatments like bone grafts, sinus lifts, and periodontal therapy may be needed before you can receive dental implants. No matter what your costs may be, dental implants are largely considered to be cost-effective because of their longevity, esthetics, and restorative benefits. Think of them as an investment that is designed to last for decades.

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Dental Implant FAQs

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 to schedule a visit with Dr. Marc W. 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 does it take to heal after the initial surgery?

Following the placement of a dental implant, you’ll need time for your jaw and gums to heal. This period is also necessary for a process called osseointegration to occur, which is the fusing of the implant to the existing bone structure.

On average, the time for all of this to transpire can range from six to nine months. Dr. Moulton will also provide you with special instructions for how to foster the best and swiftest recovery.

Will my dental insurance cover dental implant insertion?

For most dental insurance holders, the actual insertion of the dental implant is not covered. However, in some cases, benefits can be applied to the fabrication and placement of the final restoration (implant-retained crown, bridge or dentures).

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, avoiding eating hard foods like carrots and nuts, 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.

Am I a good candidate for dental implant insertion?

The best way to determine your eligibility for a dental implant is to pay your dentist in Hoover a visit. He’ll perform a tedious examination to make sure you have sufficient oral health, to determine how many teeth need to be replaced and to ensure you have an adequate amount of viable jawbone remaining.

Once you’ve been cleared to proceed, Dr. Moulton will then work with you to develop a plan that meets your specific needs.

Life can be tough when you’re without any number of teeth. Thankfully, there is a solution available to help you get back to normal. To get the process started, contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Moulton.