Dental ImplantsAn Overview
Dental implants are the most natural missing tooth replacement option. Dental implants provide structural support for both the jaw bone and alignment of the teeth and jaw. Patients also enjoy a natural looking and functioning smile.
As a local restorative dentist, Dr. Heather Adams strives to incorporate state of the art dental technology and the most progressive in both materials and technique to provide patients with quality dental implant restorations.
Dr. Adams offers coordinated care for dental implants, working with a local team of specialists to ensure that your needs are met and results are optimal. Our dental implant treatment plans provide patients with convenient and predictable results. For patients who may require bone grafting or gum contouring, Dr. Adams will coordinate treatment with local specialists on behalf of her patients.
Why choose dental implants?
Dental implants have dramatically improved restorative dentistry, providing patients with a more comfortable, natural and functional bite after tooth loss.
Tooth loss can often trigger a domino effect of complex dental concerns. Patients with missing teeth are more likely to experience additional tooth loss, bone deterioration, gum recession, and periodontal disease. Patients with missing teeth may also experience difficulty chewing or speaking normally.
Dental implants can restore confidence and help to build a healthy, comfortable and functional smile. With proper oral hygiene and regular visits to our Rogers, AR dentist office, a dental implant or implant secured denture can last a lifetime.
Dental Implants What to Expect
Dental implants are small medical grade titanium posts. The implants function as a prosthetic root structure designed to fuse with the jaw and stabilize both bone structure and overall oral health.
The dental implant(s) is surgically placed into healthy bone tissue. The placement of the dental implant is a simple surgical procedure performed using dental sedation or a local anesthetic, that Dr. Adams typically coordinates with a local specialist. Sedation options include oral conscious sedation and nitrous oxide and will be discussed prior to your procedure.
Once the implant is placed the jaw it is left to heal for about 3-6 months. The dental implant engages in a process known as osseointegration. During this time the implant fuses with the jaw bone creating a stable and comfortable oral foundation to support a new dental crown or secured denture.
Some patients may receive a temporary crown or bridge to be worn during the healing process. Once healed, the dental implant is capped with an abutment which is used to anchor the final restoration in place.
Dental implants can be used to secure a dental crown, dental bridge or denture. The number of implants you receive will vary and is based on the number of missing teeth you wish to replace and the health and stability of your jaw bone.
Dental Implant FAQs
Does insurance cover dental implants?
Typically insurance plans do not cover the whole cost of a dental implant. Our dental care team will work with you and your insurance company to maximize your benefits. We offer payment options to help make implants an affordable option for restoring your oral health.
Are dental implants right for me?
Dental implants require healthy bone and gum tissue for long term results. Patients who have some bone loss, or edentulous patients can still be candidates for dental implants but may require additional treatments. Patients of any age can benefit from implant supported dental restorations for the replacement of missing teeth.
Does getting a dental implant hurt?
Dr. Adams will help patients feel relaxed and comfortable during the surgical placement of their implant. Most patients receive their implants with the use of a local anesthetic. Other patients may benefit from using a method of sedation dentistry. Dr. Adams will discuss your options with you prior to treatment.