Guided Dental Implants FAQ

 

You may have heard of dental implants--the tooth replacements that look, feel and act like real teeth. Are you interested because you are missing one or more teeth, but don't know a lot about these prosthetics? Dr. J. David Fowler of Franklin Family Dentistry precisely places implant devices in the patient's jaw bone for excellent fit and oral function. Here are some details on the implant process and on guided dental implants--the most accurately placed tooth replacements available today. Guided Dental Implants

Exactly what is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a true artificial tooth from crown to root. It occupies the empty socket when a tooth is lost to decay, infection or oral injury. Multiple implants may be used to support bridgework or partial or full dentures as well.

A single-tooth implant has three parts: a titanium metal screw which is surgically placed in the jaw, a metal alloy extension post and a custom-crafted porcelain crown. Through a wonderful natural process called osseointegration, the titanium implant screw melds to the jaw bone, creating the sturdy bond dental implants are known for.

Amazingly, dental implants improve the density of a patient's jaw bone. They avoid the bone and gum recession that occurs due to tooth loss.

To receive a dental implant, the patient should have a sufficiently-sized jaw bone and be in good oral and overall health. Additionally, people who do not smoke and who are conscientious about oral hygiene (brushing, flossing and routine check-ups at Franklin Family Dentistry) make the best implant candidates.

How can you receive an implant?

To determine if you can receive a dental implant, Dr. Fowler performs a complete oral examination, including digital X-rays. Because he uses guided dental implant technology, he also takes a special Cone Beam Scan of your mouth. This low-radiation, three-dimensional image allows the dentist to accurately understand your dental bite and the exact location for your new tooth. This methodology is especially helpful for inserting multiple implants in the case of implant-supported bridgework or dentures.

You should also know that once implants are placed, healing and osseointegration take several weeks to months. This healing time ensures a secure bond and implant longevity. In fact. most dental implants last a lifetime says the American Academy of Implant Dentistry.

Would you like to know more?

Why not learn all you can about guided dental implants from the expert--J. David Fowler DMD at Franklin Family Dentistry? He'll evaluate your oral health and show you your options for tooth replacement. You can look forward to a complete and beautiful smile that lasts. Contact the office for an appointment today--(270) 586-0606.

Are you interested in guided dental implants? Call Franklin Fmily Dentistry in Franklin, KY at (270) 586-0606 to learn more!