Dr. Michael Mulkey offers effective and permanent tooth replacement solutions with dental implants. Dr. Mulkey will perform a thorough examination to determine if you are a candidate for implants. We offer alternative treatment options for those patients not considered to be a viable candidate, including cosmetic dentures and bridges.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a titanium post designed to fuse with the jawbone – replacing the root of a missing tooth. The implant can support a dental crown (for a single missing tooth), bridge (for several missing teeth), or a denture (to replace all missing teeth).
Benefits of Dental Implants
- 98% success rate (highest rate compared to other dental procedures)
- Prevents bone loss and gum recession
- Promotes a healthier diet with fresh foods
- Unlike bridgework, requires no preparation to neighboring teeth
- Improves speech
- Improves comfort in denture-wearing patients
How Do Dental Implants Work?
Dental implants provide a more natural tooth replacement than dentures because they’re artificial teeth that attach directly to the jawbone. To benefit from dental implants, you must be in good health (aside from missing teeth) and have a fully developed and healthy jawbone. You need healthy gums and jawbone to support the implants.
What is the Role of Dental Implants in Oral Health?
Dental implants that are capped with a crown are very low maintenance, requiring only a good oral hygiene routine to ensure that they last as long as possible. This means brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing, and using mouthwash at least once a day. You should also visit your dentist for a regular preventative cleaning at least every six months.
Implants that are capped with bridges require only one extra step: cleaning under the false tooth to keep gums healthy. Although receiving a dental implant may sound invasive and intimidating, many dentists consider implants to be a more conservative treatment for missing teeth. This is because implants don’t negatively impact your remaining teeth.
To see if Dr. Mulkey and Lost Mountain Dental would be a good fit to perform your dental implant procedure, schedule a consultation online or call today.