Introduction

Dental implants are changing the way people live. Implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth which look, feel and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost their teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence knowing that their new teeth now appear natural and that facial contours may be preserved.

It is important for individuals who are missing one or more teeth to consider getting dental implants. Leaving gaps in the teeth will, over time, result in medical problems on top of the obvious cosmetic diminishment of one’s appearance. Missing teeth may cause a person to neglect certain aspects of a healthy diet. Several missing teeth create the equivalent of a vacuum in the side of the mouth, or behind the lips, causing the skin to draw inward, prematurely wrinkle, and collapse over time. Worse than all of these negatives, is the deterioration of bone mass in the jaws. Without the presence of a tooth root, or a dental implant, the jaw bone structure will gradually atrophy, or "shrink." This atrophy can result in a permanent, irreversible bone loss if left for many years.

What are dental implants?

The implants themselves are small titanium screws, which are inserted into the jawbone where teeth are missing. These titanium anchors act as tooth root substitutes. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Small connection posts (abutments) are then attached to the implant to provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth. With dental implants people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh, and enjoy life!

What types of prostheses are available?

Dental implants are an excellent method to replace missing teeth with a variety of prosthetic options. Implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth or can be used to provide support for a fixed bridge that replaces several missing teeth. Dental implants can provide support for loose partials and dentures. Many patients have decided to replace their removable prosthesis entirely with a fixed bridge completely supported by dental implants.

Do implants need special care?

Once the implants are in place, they may serve you well for many years if you take care of them and keep your mouth healthy. This means taking the time for good oral hygiene (brushing and flossing) and keeping regular appointments for check-up exams, x-rays and hygiene maintenance.

How successful are dental implants?

Success rates vary, depending on several factors. In general, dental implants may have success rates above 98% and with proper care, may last a lifetime.

Can anyone get dental implants?

In most cases, anyone healthy enough to undergo routine dental procedures is a candidate for dental implants. Patients should have healthy gums and enough bone to hold the implant. Patients must be committed to good oral hygiene and regular dental visits. Heavy smokers, people suffering from uncontrolled chronic disorders – such as diabetes or heart disease – or patients who have had radiation therapy to the head/neck area will need to be evaluated on an individual basis

Are dental implants affordable?

First ask yourself, can I afford not to get Dental Implants? With missing teeth, loose-fitting dentures or bone loss your quality of life is greatly affected. Inability to chew food properly or eat the foods you enjoy, premature aging, unstable denture clatter and worrying about your appearance shouldn't hold you back from enjoying life. All these problems can be improved with Dental Implants.  Dental Implant costs vary from individual to individual and are based on different conditions. After your first examination, we'll accurately assess your dental health and can better answer your questions.  Drs Limbaugh and Stephenson will tailor your treatment plan to fit your needs and your budget.  So yes, they are affordable.

Drs. Limbaugh and Stephenson are dentists providing dental procedures such as cleanings, fillings, crowns, teeth whitening, dental implants, and porcelain veneers in Huntsville.
Dr. Limbaugh and Dr. Stephenson are licensed as general dentists in the State of Alabama.