Dental Implants Overview
For long-lasting restorations for a missing tooth or teeth, our highly skilled dentists Dr. Richard Caron and Dr. John Kenney are delighted to offer dental implants to patients in Tupelo, MS. Implant dentistry uses titanium posts surgically placed in the jawbone to simulate the missing tooth root. The post(s) can then support a single crown, denture, or bridge for a restoration that looks beautiful, functions naturally, and offers the confidence of having real teeth. To fix a gap left by a missing tooth or teeth, reserve a consultation at Tupelo Smiles Family and Cosmetic Dentistry to get more information on dental implants. As a comprehensive practice, we can complete the entire implant procedure from the comfort of our state-of-the-art facility. Talk to our experienced and knowledgeable team to gain valuable insight into your tooth replacement options and decide if implants are a good choice for your lifestyle.
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Implant dentistry can replace a single missing tooth, several teeth, or all of your teeth by connecting a life-like crown, denture, or bridge to implant posts positioned within the jaw. You may also prefer a dental implant if you have a removable or traditional tooth replacement but are unhappy with the appearance, fit, or comfort level of your current restoration. At your consultation, doctors Caron and Kenney will assess the health of your jawbone and gums to determine if a dental implant is a sound option. In some cases, a bone grafting procedure may be needed before the implant is placed to ensure you have a strong enough foundation to support your tooth replacement. Dental implant surgery may not be a suitable choice if you use tobacco products, are pregnant, or are being treated for another issue, including periodontal disease.
What To Expect with Dental Implants
To prepare for your dental implants, you may first need to have damaged teeth extracted or the bone in your jaw augmented for proper implant support. Once you are ready for the dental implant, the area will be numbed with local anesthesia. Sedation dentistry may also be used to help you enjoy a relaxed and stress-free treatment process. Doctors Caron or Kenney will make an incision in your gum tissue and precisely insert the titanium post in the jawbone using a highly precise 3D guided implant surgery technique. The incision will be closed with a part of the post left exposed above the gumline. This surgical process will be repeated if multiple posts are required. While the dental implant integrates with the jawbone over the next few months, a temporary restoration may be used to protect the post and maintain function and aesthetics. As soon as doctors Caron or Kenney decide that the implant is fused securely into your jaw, our team will take a digital impression of your implant post with our iTero scanner to create your implant restoration. Your custom restoration (crown, bridge, or denture) will then be connected securely to your post(s) and adjusted for a comfortable fit.
Dental Implants Recovery
There may be some short-term swelling in your gums and lower face along with tenderness, bruising, and minor bleeding following your implant surgery. Our team will let you know what to expect and when to contact our office with any concerns. Doctors Caron or Kenney may give you a prescription for pain medication or recommend taking over-the-counter pain relievers to minimize any discomfort in the wake of your implant procedure. Once your implant sites are healed and your new custom restoration is connected, you should maintain a good home oral care routine with daily flossing, brushing, and mouthwash, just like you do with your natural teeth. You should continue to schedule annual exams and biannual professional cleanings at Tupelo Smiles Family and Cosmetic Dentistry so that we can assess the health of your implants and restorations and help you enjoy a healthy, confident smile for many years to come.
Dental implants from our Tupelo, MS team can be a great choice if you are looking for a lasting tooth replacement option that affords the appearance, function, and confidence of having real teeth. Doctors Caron and Kenney offer the skills, precision, and expertise needed to complete the entire implant process, from surgery to custom implant restoration, within our comfortable, well-equipped practice. To get more information on implant dentistry, schedule a consultation at Tupelo Smiles Family and Cosmetic Dentistry today.