Dental Implants in Fayetteville, AR
Dental implants have changed the way we do dentistry. In their current form, dental implants have been around for over 30 years. They have gained wide acceptance over the last 20 years, and most doctors would consider them the standard of care. The success rates for dental implants are well over 90%.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
Dental implants replace both the root and the crown of the affected tooth. This replacement of the root of the tooth helps to hold your bone so that you don't get that sunken-in face look after losing teeth.
Another big advantage to implants is that we get to replace the missing tooth without having to place crowns on the teeth on either side of the missing tooth. We like to say that there is no dentistry better than no dentistry! Dental implants give us the ability to do minimal dentistry to your adjacent teeth while still giving you a great result.
Is a Dental Implant the Right Choice?
If you have a missing tooth, then a dental implant may be the best solution for you. When we look at the cost and/or consequences of saving a tooth, it is sometimes a better solution to extract the tooth and replace it with an implant.
This decision often comes down to the long-term predictability of the two options. When a tooth is too far compromised, saving it may not be predictable or give you a good long-term prognosis. When this happens, we will tell you all your options and come up with a new plan.
What Are My Implant Options?
When you are going to lose a tooth that will be replaced with an implant, you have a few different options. Sometimes, we do what we call an immediate implant. An immediate implant is where we take out the tooth and put in the implant on the same day. This gives you the option of never being without a tooth, and many of our patients prefer this option.
Another option is to take out the tooth and let the area heal before we go in and place an implant. In this case, we sometimes have to make you a temporary replacement during this healing period.
Dental implants are also used to stabilize a denture or partial. If you have loose partials or dentures, we can use implants to help keep them stable so that they don't move around when you chew or talk. Can you imagine not having to worry about your dentures or partials falling out while you are eating or talking? With implant-supported dentures and partials, you can have the confidence to eat and speak in public without the constant worry of your teeth falling out.
How Can I Find Out More?
Every patient’s situation is different, so your best option is to call our office and schedule an appointment with Fayetteville dentist Dr. Kifer. He’ll perform an examination and then sit down with you and talk about your needs and your goals. At that point, you will be able to examine all your options and pick the one that works best for you.