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By Tuscaloosa Family Dental
April 07, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Do you avoid smiling in public because of a missing tooth? It may feel very stressful to deal with social situations when you aren’t fully confident with your smile. Luckily, there’s a long-lasting, durable, and natural solution. Dental implants are an amazing tooth replacement option that can help restore confidence in your smile. Dr. Kimberly Parker at Tuscaloosa Family Dental in Tuscaloosa, AL, can help you determine if dental implants are the right solution for you.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a tooth replacement option that consists of a titanium post and a dental crown. The post is implanted into the gums and fused into the jawbone. Once your gums heal, the post is covered by a dental crown,  replacing your missing tooth. Dental implants from your Tuscaloosa, AL, dentist are completely natural-looking and blend in with the rest of your teeth. They can also be used to replace more than one missing tooth.

Dental implants not only replace missing teeth and help restore your confidence but can also help in a variety of ways. When you’re missing one or more teeth, your gums begin lacking the stimulation needed to support your jawbone. When a dental implant is inserted, it once again adds stimulation to the gums and can help prevent facial sagging in the future.

Dental implants function just like a normal tooth. You can eat your favorite foods without difficulty. They’re also easy to care for as long as you are doing your normal routine of daily brushing and flossing. With the proper care, your dental implants can last a lifetime.

Contact Your Dentist Today!

If you fear smiling in pictures because of a missing tooth, contact Dr. Parker at Tuscaloosa Family Dental in Tuscaloosa, AL, as soon as possible to learn more about dental implants and discover if these are the right replacement option for you! Call (205) 722-7550 today!

By Tuscaloosa Family Dental
November 24, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental implants  

Dental implants are teeth replacement solutions that can give you the ability to smile brightly, speak more properly, and eat more pleasurably. Besides these, however, they help preserve your facial structure, enabling you to hold on to that youthful look for as long as possible.

Likewise, they’re the only tooth replacement solutions that can provide the function and appearance of real teeth. Here at Tuscaloosa Family Dental in Tuscaloosa, AL, Dr. Kimberly Parker utilizes dental implants for giving patients back their smiles.

How Do Dental Implants Restore Lost Teeth?

Dental implants offer a way of restoring lost teeth right down to the roots. Essentially, they replace or restore the missing tooth roots that were lost, along with your natural tooth. They provide a very stable foundation for the actual tooth restoration, which could be a dental crown or an implant-supported denture. The implant itself is a medical-grade titanium post that’s inserted surgically into the jawbone to serve as the replacement tooth’s roots.

Once your body accepts the dental implant and combines with your jawbone, the abutment will be connected to it, which in turn, will connect to the dental crown. And because the implant is crafted from titanium, you’re assured of a stable base for your dental crown.

How Do Dental Implants Benefit You?

  • Implants feel and look just like your natural teeth. Likewise, since they’re developed to gradually fuse with your bone, they help preserve your bone structure and prevent your face from sinking in and making you look years older than you really are. In turn, this will help boost your self-esteem.
  • Other tooth replacement options could make eating difficult and come with certain food restrictions. But because implants work like natural teeth, you can eat virtually anything without any discomfort and worry that you’ll damage the implants.
  • Aside from food restrictions, other tooth restorations can also make speaking more difficult and cause you to slur or mumble when talking. Since implants are permanently fused to your jawbone, they won’t affect your speech at all.
  • A dental implant does not require a reduction of the adjacent teeth, which means that your real teeth will be left untouched.
  • With proper care and maintenance, which must include an effective oral care routine and regular visits to your dentist in Tuscaloosa, AL, your dental implants can even last your entire life.

Contact Us To Find Out More About Dental Implants

Set a consultation with your dentist in Tuscaloosa, AL, Dr. Kimberly Parker here at Tuscaloosa Family Dental by calling (205) 722-7550.

By Tuscaloosa Family Dental
August 20, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants   dentures  

Even in the 21st Century, losing most or all of your teeth is still an unfortunate possibility. Many in this circumstance turn to dentures, as their great-grandparents did, to restore their teeth. But today's dentures are much different from those of past generations—and dental implants are a big reason why.

The basic denture is made of a gum-colored, acrylic base with artificial teeth attached. The base is precisely made to fit snugly and comfortably on the patient's individual gum and jaw structure, as the bony ridges of the gums provide the overall support for the denture.

Implants improve on this through two possible approaches. A removable denture can be fitted with a metal frame that firmly connects with implants embedded in the jaw. Alternatively, a denture can be permanently attached to implants with screws. Each way has its pros and cons, but both have two decided advantages over traditional dentures.

First, because implants rather than the gums provide their main support, implant-denture hybrids are often more secure and comfortable than traditional dentures. As a result, patients may enjoy greater confidence while eating or speaking wearing an implant-based denture.

They may also improve bone health rather than diminish it like standard dentures. This is because the forces generated when chewing and eating travel from the teeth to the jawbone and stimulate new bone cell growth to replace older cells. We lose this stimulation when we lose teeth, leading to slower bone cell replacement and eventually less overall bone volume.

Traditional dentures not only don't restore this stimulation, they can also accelerate bone loss as they rub against the bony ridges of the gums. Implants, on the other hand, can help slow or stop bone loss. The titanium in the imbedded post attracts bone cells, which then grow and adhere to the implant surface. Over time, this can increase the amount of bone attachment and help stymie any further loss.

An implant-supported denture is more expensive than a standard denture, but far less than replacing each individual tooth with an implant. If you want the affordability of dentures with the added benefits of implants, this option may be worth your consideration.

If you would like more information on implant-supported restorations, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Overdentures & Fixed Dentures.”

By Tuscaloosa Family Dental
July 01, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Dental implants are among the most popular tooth replacements with their high success rate, durability and life-like beauty. But obtaining them is a process that requires commitment, planning, and coordination — it takes a team.

Your general dentist is often the first team member you’ll encounter: because they’re most familiar with your mouth’s condition the implant discussion naturally begins here. They can help you determine if you’re a good candidate for implants, such as if you have sufficient bone mass at the intended site or if you have dental disease that must be treated first. They’ll also continue monitoring your general dental health throughout the process.

Your general dentist may also have the special training for surgically placing implants. If not, he or she may refer you to your next team member: an oral surgeon or periodontist skilled in implantation procedures. This step first requires careful planning, including developing a surgical guide for precise placement of the implant. These specialists may also contribute to other aspects of the implant process such as tooth extraction or bone grafting.

A few weeks after surgery bone will have grown and adhered to the implant to form a solid bond. It’s time for you to go back to your dentist who will work in conjunction with another member of your team, a dental lab technician. Together, your dentist and laboratory technician will guide the development, manufacture and placement of the implant’s life-like porcelain crown. The technician will take their specifications from the surgeon and your general dentist and, with his or her skill and artistry, form a crown that will blend well in color and shape with the rest of your teeth.

We also can’t forget another important team member: you. Without your input, especially in the early planning stages, your expectations for a more attractive smile might not be met. The rest of your implant team depends on you communicating your desires and wishes to balance with the technical requirements they must achieve.

The process for dental implants can take months. But with the coordinated efforts of your implant team you’ll be able to enjoy results — renewed function and a more attractive smile — that could last for decades.

If you would like more information on dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implants.”

By Tuscaloosa Family Dental
May 22, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental implants are considered the best tooth replacement option available. An implant replaces the root of a tooth and allows for the replacement of the crown via attachments or abutments. They not only look like a real tooth, they function like one too.

Implants, though, for some are a significant investment and may be well beyond a person's financial means if they've experienced a sudden tooth loss. For that reason, many opt for a less expensive tooth replacement option like a removable partial denture.

Later when they can afford it, a person might consider an implant. But this could pose a complication. When a tooth is missing for some time, the underlying bone doesn't rejuvenate normally because it no longer receives stimulation from the tooth. Over time, the amount of bone may diminish. Restorations like dentures can't stop this bone loss and actually aggravates it.

For proper positioning, an implant requires a certain amount of bone volume. So, it's quite possible when the time comes to replace the old restoration with an implant that there may not be enough bone available.

We may be able to overcome this bone loss with bone grafting and regeneration. A specialist such as a periodontist or oral surgeon accesses the area surgically and inserts bone graft material, usually processed material that's completely safe. Properly placed, the bone graft serves as a scaffold that, along with growth stimulators, encourages bone cells to grow.

When the bone grafting has healed enough, we're then able to place the implant. Once imbedded in the bone, one of the implant's unique qualities comes into play. The imbedded post is made of the metal titanium, which is not only bio-compatible with body tissues, it also has an affinity with bone. Bone cells will easily grow and adhere to the implant surface. This further boosts bone growth in the area and strengthens the implant's hold.

These extra procedures to build back lost bone do add to the cost and time for installing an implant. But if you're ready for a more permanent restoration for a missing tooth — not to mention better bone health — the extra time and money will be well worth it.

If you would like more information on dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.