Dental Implants Overview
To replace a missing tooth or teeth with a long-lasting restoration, Dr. Brett Cotham is proud to perform implant dentistry for patients in Rogers, AR. Implant dentistry uses surgically placed metal posts in your jawbone to act as the root of the tooth. The post(s) may be connected to a bridge, denture, or crown for a beautiful restoration that can be cleaned, like natural teeth. To fix a gap in your smile, make an appointment to get more information on implant dentistry. Dental implants or hybrid implants may help if you don't want to deal with loose crowns or the hassle of removable dentures. Talk to our team about what you would like and figure out if implant dentistry is a good option for you.
Best Candidates for Dental Implants
Implants can restore one or several lost teeth by connecting the implant to a crown, denture, or bridge. You may prefer implant dentistry if you have a removable or cemented dental restoration, but you don't like the appearance, fit, or if there's special cleaning needed. Dental implants can be treated just like your normal teeth with daily flossing and brushing. At your consultation, Dr. Cotham will evaluate the health of your jawbone and gums to determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants or hybrid implants. In some cases, a bone or gum graft surgery may be needed prior to implant surgery to strengthen your mouth. Dental implants may not be appropriate if you use tobacco products, are pregnant, or are being treated for another issue, such as periodontal disease.
What To Expect from Dental Implants
To prepare for your dental implants, you may have teeth extracted, as well as gum and bone grafts. When you are ready for dental implant surgery, you will be given local anesthesia to numb your mouth. Other anesthesia or sedation may be used to relax you throughout the treatment. Dr. Cotham uses both advanced cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) and guided surgery techniques to ensure implant placement is accurate and effective. When combined, the two methods provide outstanding results. Dr. Cotham will start by making a surgical incision in your gums so the post can be placed in your jawbone. The incision in the gums will be stitched closed, leaving some of the dental implant above the gums. This will be repeated if several implants are required. While the dental implant integrates into the gums and jawbone over the following months, a temporary cover will be placed over the implants. If you receive hybrid implants, these will have natural-looking teeth already installed on the implants. As soon as we decide your implant is healed into your jaw and gums, your permanent restoration (bridge, denture, or crown) can be connected to your implant and adjusted for a comfortable fit.
Dental Implants Recovery
There may be some short-term inflammation in your mouth and lower face, plus discomfort, bruising, and minor bleeding after your implant procedure. Dr. Cotham will talk to you about what is to be expected and what should be reported to our office. We may also give you a prescription for pain relievers and antibiotics. After your dental implants are integrated and your restoration is connected, you should develop a good oral care routine at home that includes daily brushing and flossing. You should schedule annual exams and bi-annual professional cleanings at All About Smiles so we can evaluate the health of your mouth and implants. We will talk to you if your restorations or implants should be adjusted, repaired, or replaced.
Insurance Coverage for Dental Implants
Based on your dental insurance company and personal coverage, part of the expenses of your implants and custom restoration might be paid for. We will talk to your dental insurance company to understand your coverage and determine your personal cost. At your initial consultation, a member of our team may estimate your expenses and discuss payment methods we accept along with information on low-interest medical financing.
Plan Your Procedure
Implants with custom restorations may be a good option if you are looking for a replacement for missing teeth that is simple to care for and can last for many years. Our caring team will explain the steps needed, starting with surgery for implant placement and your restoration options. To get more information on implants, schedule a consultation at All About Smiles.
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