Dental implants offer patients a long lasting and durable solution for tooth loss. For patients missing one or several teeth, implants can restore function and balance to your smile.
Fayetteville dentist Dr. Richard Keech offers a full range of dental implant services. Our office utilizes advanced dental technology in the planning and restoration phase of the dental implant process. This allows us to create a more comprehensive and personalized treatment plan to address tooth loss. To determine if you are an ideal candidate for the implant procedure, visit our office for a consultation.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a solution for patients who are missing one or more teeth. An implant is designed to replace the tooth root as well as the visible part of the tooth, making it the complete solution for missing teeth.
Implants are typically made of three parts:
- The Post: This is a small titanium or zirconia post that is implanted surgically into the jaw bone. The post is designed to mimic the natural tooth root.
- The Abutment: This connects the post to the restoration.
- The Dental Crown: This is the final piece of the implant. The restoration is visible above the gum line and is custom designed to resemble your natural tooth/ teeth.
Am I A Candidate For Dental Implants?
To determine if you are a candidate for dental implants, you will need to visit our Fayetteville dentist office for a consultation. During your consultation, Dr. Keech will examine your teeth, gums, and bone structure to determine if dental implants are right for you. Although candidacy implants are determined on a case by case basis, typically patients will need to possess these key qualities:
- Must be in excellent oral health
- Must be free of periodontal disease
- Have an adequate amount of healthy bone in the jaw
While patients should possess the qualities above to increase their chances of a successful implant procedure, there are cases where dentists can achieve successful results in patients without these qualities. Bone grafting, implant site development, ridge expansion, and sinus lift augmentation are just a few of the ways a dentist can improve a patient’s chance of a successful implant procedure.
Why Choose Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a long lasting, natural looking solution for patients with missing teeth. Implants help restore function, health, and beauty to your smile. Patients choose dental implants because they offer superior benefits over other forms of tooth replacement.
Benefits of Dental Implants:
- A permanent solution for tooth loss
- Allows patients to chew comfortably
- Resembles the natural teeth
- Promotes bone regeneration in the jaw
- Improves appearance and speech
- Easy to maintain
How is the Dental Implant Procedure Performed?
The implant process is a multi-step process that requires multiple visits to our Fayetteville dentist office. The first step begins with a consultation. During the consultation, we will assess the condition of your smile and determine the best course of treatment for you.
Dr. Keech works with a local oral surgeon for the surgical phase of the implant process. The oral surgeon will place the necessary amount of implants into the jaw bone. Implants typically require several months to heal and properly fuse with the jaw bone.
Once the healing phase is complete, a dental impression is taken to create your new dental crown, dental bridge, or denture. In the process of creating your final restoration, a tempory may be placed for comfort and function. During your final appointment, the temporary restoration will be removed and your final restoration is placed.
Dr. Keech will discuss any aftercare instructions and answer any questions you may have about your implant care.