Dental implants are an ideal way to restore one or more missing teeth. With a long lifespan, completely natural look and feel, and minimal requirements for care and upkeep, implants are convenient, cost-effective, and durable.
Dental implants are small, screw-shaped pieces of titanium that are used to replace the roots of your missing teeth. Titanium has the unique ability to bond permanently to bone and gum tissue, keeping your mouth strong after the loss of a tooth. Once you’ve had an implant placed and it heals, a dental crown is permanently attached to restore your missing tooth. If you’re missing more than one tooth, you may also be able to restore your smile with an implant-supported bridge or dentures.
If you’re approved for dental implants, Dr. Troy Babb will create a customized treatment plan just for you, using x-rays and advanced digital imaging tools. Then, you’ll come in for your first appointment.
At your first appointment, your mouth will be cleaned and numbed and an incision will be made into the gum to insert the dental implant. The area will be cleaned and disinfected, then sutured shut, completing the first phase of the procedure.
Your implant will then heal and bond with the surrounding tissue, which usually takes 3-6 months. During this time, Dr. Babb will work with an outside dental lab to create a customized porcelain dental crown that will replace your missing tooth. After the healing process, Dr. Babb will make sure your crown fits perfectly, then bond it to your implant using special dental cement. Your new tooth will be cleaned and polished, and you’ll leave our office with a restored, beautiful smile.
To be approved for implant surgery, a patient must be in good overall health and have a healthy mouth. This means that you must not have any decayed teeth or be suffering from periodontal disease. Your jaw must also be strong enough to support a dental implant. During your consultation, Dr. Babb will assess your health to determine whether you are a candidate for treatment.
In most cases, dental implants are not covered by insurance. However, some insurance companies will pay for part of the implant procedure. For more information, contact your dental insurance provider, or ask the team atWe’d be glad to help you understand your insurance coverage and maximize your benefits!