Missing teeth are not only detrimental to your oral health but can leave gaps in your smile, causing you to feel self-conscious and uncomfortable. Fortunately, dental implant-supported restorations can reestablish natural function and improve the appearance of your smile. At Heathman Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Little Rock, AR, Dr. Montgomery Heathman provides patients with customized dentures, crowns, and bridges created at a leading dental lab. For over 18 years, he has continuously refined his skills to offer patients unmatched quality and beautiful-looking, lasting results.
Dental implants are small titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone. Once they fuse with the surrounding tissue, implants act just like natural tooth roots. Implants provide support to restorations which then replace the portion of the missing tooth or teeth above the gumline.
Depending on the extent of your tooth loss, Dr. Heathman will recommend one of three restoration options:
Regardless of which restoration you require, our team will work carefully to create a customized prosthetic that looks and functions like your real teeth.
Anchoring your restoration with dental implants can protect your oral health as well as provide you with peace of mind. When you replace the entire structure of a missing tooth, the dental implant will continue to stimulate the jawbone, preventing it from receding. This natural effect of tooth loss can weaken the jaw, leading to an aged appearance, and even threaten the health of surrounding teeth. Additionally, dental implants provide your denture, crown, or bridge with added stability and security. This allows you to enjoy all your favorite foods, and chew, speak, and smile confidently without worrying about whether your restoration is going to shift out of place.
Dr. Heathman has developed a reputation for excellence, which directly applies to his implant restoration process. He values providing his patients with the best possible solutions by staying abreast of emerging techniques and exclusively working with a trusted dental lab that utilizes high-quality materials.
Anchoring your restoration with dental implants can protect your oral health as well as provide you with peace of mind.
To ensure that his patients undergo safe, accurate dental implant placement, you will be referred to a skilled specialist for the surgical portion of your procedure. Typically, the healing process will take between three to six months after the implants have been inserted into the jaw. In some cases, patients may be fitted for a temporary restoration during this time.
Once your implant has fully fused with the bone, you will return to our practice. We will take an impression of your bite which will be used in the fabrication of your restoration. In order to place your denture, crown, or bridge, small incisions may need to be made in the gum tissue above the implant post. One or more abutments, or connector pieces, will be attached and you will need to heal for roughly two weeks. During a final appointment, Dr. Healthman will secure your prosthetic in place, allowing you to enjoy fully restored form and function.
As a master clinician, Dr. Heathman is proud to offer his patients tooth replacement solutions that they can rely on. While dental implants are an investment, with proper care, they can last a lifetime. We accept CareCaredit® financing to help manage out-of-pocket costs. To get started and learn more, contact us online or call us at (501) 223-3838.
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