Dr. W. Davey Crockett places and restores dental implants at his Richmond, VA, practice. He plans and performs every step of this life-changing treatment under one roof, with no need for referrals. Implants integrate with your jawbone to become permanent replacements for lost tooth roots. After you have healed, the posts can support several types of restorations – even full dentures. Thanks to advances in dental technology, implants are more affordable and practical than ever before. In fact, the cost of implant-supported hybrid restorations has reduced by nearly half in recent years. Contact Davey Crocket Dentistry to find out if you are an implants candidate. Our staff is glad to explain financing options that can place the cost of this procedure comfortably within your budget.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are biocompatible titanium posts. After Dr. Crockett surgically places the implants, they will fuse with your bone tissue. Because the implants will take the place of your dental roots, they will form a permanent base for your new teeth. Thus, your crown, bridge, or denture will stay firmly anchored in your smile and you can continue to eat all of your favorite foods. In addition, implants prevent jawbone recession, a changed appearance, and further tooth loss. With proper care, your implants can last the rest of your life.
With proper care, your implants can last the rest of your life.
What Happens When You Receive Dental Implants?
Before you can receive implants, Dr. Crockett will carry out a complete evaluation to determine your candidacy. You must have enough jawbone tissue to qualify. Even if you have lost bone density, a bone graft can restore your jaw health. Dr. Crockett will use digital x-rays to examine your jawbone. These images will be very accurate and the process will involve negligible radiation exposure. If the x-rays reveal that the sinuses lay too close to the best implant site in the upper jaw, he can perform a sinus lift. This procedure involves grafting bone tissue to gently lift the sinuses, creating room for the implant.
Traditional implants require two surgeries. During the first, Dr. Crockett will numb your gums and jawbone. He will often provide additional sedation. When you are comfortable, he will place one or more implants, and close the incisions with small, dissolvable sutures. It will usually take between four and six months for your bone to fuse to the implants. You will have to wait until you have healed to begin wearing your permanent implant-supported restoration. However, Dr. Crockett can provide teeth-in-a-day and same-day dentures. They are not permanent, but they are more stable than traditional temporaries. When you have healed, Dr. Crockett will attach abutment pieces to your implants during a second surgery. Once the gums have healed, he can begin crafting your permanent restoration.
The All-on-4® method is similar, but requires only one surgery, and the implants can be restored immediately. This procedure involves positioning four posts in your jaw. By placing the two back posts at a slight angle, he can maximize contact with the jawbone. If you have experienced some degree of jaw atrophy, All-on-4® makes it possible for you to receive implants without undergoing a bone graft procedure. During a consultation, Dr. Crockett can help determine whether traditional or All-on-4® implants are right for you.
Types of Implant-supported Restorations
Implants can support several types of restorations. If you are only missing one tooth, you can receive a single implant-supported crown. If you are missing two or more teeth, you may qualify for an implant-supported bridge, typically supported by two posts. Dr. Crockett also offers fixed hybrid restorations. These permanent implant-supported dentures provide superior stability than traditional dentures and are available at a lower cost. Often, he will use the All-on-4® method to provide these restorations.
Contact Us Today
If you are suffering with a compromised smile, implants can restore your ability to chew and speak with complete confidence. To schedule your implants consultation, contact Davey Crockett Dentistry today.