Dental Implants in Mobile, AL.
Are you missing teeth? Missing teeth can undermine a person’s self confidence and quality of life. Not only can missing teeth compromise eating habits, speech and appearance, the condition can also lead to bone loss in the jaw and the abnormal shifting of the other teeth as well as bite problems.
A missing tooth is the most obvious dental malformity, and often presents the dentist’s biggest technical challenge. Dr. O'Donnell is your go to for all things implant related. He has been placing implants since 2007 so you can rest assured that you are in great hands!
Dental implants give us choices that we didn’t have until a few years ago. We now can successfully replace missing or lost teeth with implants and porcelain teeth that are natural looking, solid, and predictable. We are thrilled to be offering dental implant technology and treatment that is cutting edge and are dedicated to providing superior implant dentistry. We are the only office in the Mobile, AL. area to be using in office 3D printed guides for our dental implant surgeries.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a new tooth made of metal and porcelain that looks just like your natural tooth. It is a permanent way to replace a missing tooth, multiple missing teeth, and an incredibly successful addition to treatment that involves the entire mouth. A dental implant is composed of two main parts: One part is the surgical grade, titanium body that is shaped like a tooth root. It is placed under the gums where the natural tooth was originally and then allowed to integrate into the patient’s jaw before being used to replace teeth or anchor dentures. The second part of a dental implant is the tooth-colored crown that is cemented on the top of the implant. This ooccurs after healing has completed and can be designed in house using CEREC technology.
Who Needs Dental Implants?
An implant can be placed in many of the situations where a tooth or teeth have been lost, so the indications for dental implants are numerous. Many dentists and patients prefer dental implants because they offer the same function as natural teeth. A majority of the problems experienced with other tooth replacement therapies have been answered with the invention of dental implants. Unlike partial dentures or bridges, dental implants do not require an anchor from neighboring teeth. It can truly be a single tooth solution to a single tooth problem. Also, a patients age is no barrier to the success of implants so it is never too late to have a tooth or teeth replaced.
Is the Procedure Painful...Will it Hurt?
The dental implant placement is usually simply done with local anesthetic and the procedure is often described as being less traumatic than a tooth extraction. There is seldom much pain or discomfort involved especially in the experienced hands of Dr. O'Donnell.
What are the Benefits of 3D Printing for Implant Placement?
- Convenience - all aspects from the CBCT scan to implant surgery are conducted in office at Mobile Comprehensive Dentistry
- Guide carefully controls how deep the drill goes
- No need for repeated drilling
- Implants last as long as those placed the traditional way
- Faster, more comfortable surgery with better, more efficient dental implant placement
At Mobile Comprehensive Dentistry, we have successfully utilized implant dentistry to help restore the smiles of hundreds of patients. Whether you are missing a single tooth or all of your teeth, dental implants provide a proven solution. We would be glad to see you in our office for a complete evaluation. Please give us a call!
For more information, including videos about dental implants, please visit the ICOI website.