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Dental Implant Restoration

Dental implants are small, cylinder-shaped devices that are inserted in the place of one or more missing teeth, then restored with a crown, bridge or implant-stabilized denture.

Working closely with dental surgical specialists such as periodontists and oral surgeons, we help our patients regain lost chewing function and smile confidence with dental implants.

Tooth Replacement

Losing teeth to disease or trauma continues to affect your oral health over time. If missing teeth are not replaced, surrounding teeth will shift and move into the open spaces. This not only affects the appearance of your smile, but also your bite. Teeth that are out of position don’t come together properly when you chew. This can lead to tooth fracture or further tooth loss.

Single tooth: Dental Implants are often the preferred approach to replace a single missing tooth rather than a traditional dental bridge, which involves drilling of surrounding teeth that may not need treatment otherwise. A single tooth implant can be restored with a porcelain crown to create a natural-looking result without disturbing adjacent teeth.

Multiple teeth: In the case of multiple missing teeth when a bridge is necessary, one or more dental implants can create support where none exists, such as in missing back teeth or multiple front teeth. Implants extend the coverage area of the bridge, thus providing greater biting and chewing function for the patient.

Denture stabilization: For a patient struggling with loose dentures, dental implants can be used as anchors to secure a complete or partial denture. Implant-supported dentures can eliminate slipping so you can eat, talk and laugh again with confidence.

If you are struggling with missing teeth or have loose dentures, you may be a candidate for dental implants. Schedule a personal consultation with Tuscaloosa dentist Dr. Brett Whitaker to explore solutions for restoring your smile.