The team at Pell City Dental Center is known for keeping their patients’ best interests at heart so that strong relationships can form and even stronger results can take hold. This is even truer when it comes to dental implants. Making the choice to move forward with dental implants can involve several factors including time, investment, trust, and comfort level. Our goal is to make the process as easy and as enjoyable as possible, which is why our team takes a kind, caring and trustworthy approach to treatment.
Over the years, Pell City Dental Center has created amazing results for our patients, with one patient even stating how excited they were to finally have a smile again. The dynamic work that Dr. Barnett and our staff deliver allow for transformative dental care that changes lives.
Do you think dental implants are the right choice for you? If you are missing one or more teeth, Dr. Scott Barnett can provide you with permanent replacements to help return your smile to full beauty and function.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are permanent, stable tooth replacements that can be used to replace one missing tooth, several missing teeth, or all of the teeth. The dental implant post, which is a screw made of titanium, is surgically placed in the jawbone at the site of the missing tooth. This replaces the missing tooth root and ensures that your dental restoration is stable. A period of healing is then often required to allow the bone to begin to bond with the biocompatible post. Following this healing period, our dentist will place the dental implant restoration, or replacement tooth, which fits on top of the implant post. Depending on which teeth are missing and your personal dental needs, your implant restoration might be a dental crown, dental bridge, complete denture, or partial denture. Each dental implant restoration is custom made to fit your smile comfortably and aesthetically.
Replacing a missing tooth can restore your smile to optimal health, function, and appearance. A dental implant is a great option for restoring your smile because the implant is designed to look, function, and feel just like your natural teeth, and with proper care, it can last a lifetime. For more information about the benefits of implant dentistry, and to schedule your implant consultation, please call or visit us soon.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Long-lasting and durable.
A permanent solution to missing teeth.
Eat all your favorite foods with confidence.
Improve your oral health.
Feel proud to show off your smile.
Alternatives to Dental Implants
Non-Implant Options for Replacing a Single Tooth
Non-Implant Options for Replacing Multiple Teeth
Tooth-Supported Fixed Bridge: This is the most common alternative to dental implant restoration for a single tooth. This treatment includes grinding away adjacent teeth, which will be attached to and used as support for the bridge. This treatment option may deteriorate over time, which could change the appearance of your face and smile. This option may also not last as long as an implant-support bridge and there are more care and maintenance required.
Removable Partial Dentures: This option doesn’t require adjacent teeth to be ground down, but they may not feel as stable or as comfortable as dental implants. This option can be less expensive but the look and functionality is of lower quality than an implant-supported crown. Partial dentures may impact your speech and eating and it may also lead to the bone underneath deteriorating overtime, changing the appearance of your smile or face.
Removable Partial Denture: This is an alternative to replacing multiple teeth but is not as stable as dental implant restored teeth. The removable partial denture can impact speech and eating, as it can slip as you speak, eat or laugh. This option is less expensive than dental implants, however, the look and functionality is not as natural. Like partial dentures for a single-tooth replacement, partial dentures for multiple teeth replacement can cause the bone underneath to deteriorate over time, which may cause the appearance of your natural smile and face.
Removable Complete Denture: With this option, an appliance sits on top of the gums where the missing teeth were. It is a low-cost alternative to dental implants but can be uncomfortable as it may impact the way your taste food, cause sore gums, or it may shift when you speak, eat, smile, yawn or a cough. Just like partial dentures, complete dentures can cause the bone underneath to deteriorate causing the natural appearance of your smile and face to change with time.