Dental implants are used to fill in the spaces where teeth are missing. Titanium posts are implanted in the jawbone to serve as the "tooth root" for the artificial tooth that will be screwed into the base. Why do all this? Many people simply want to restore their smile, but it also has practical value. Missing teeth can make chewing harder and affect digestion and nutrition intake. It can also lead to bone deterioration.
Dental implant surgery is a delicate procedure, but one we have performed countless times. Our expert skills allow us to perform these procedures quickly, efficiently and without pain through the use of sedation. Let us show you how we can create a strong foundation for your new teeth.
Dental implants serve as a foundation for new, artificial teeth to fill in spaces where other teeth have fallen out or been removed. Replacing missing teeth can improve your smile and your ability to chew properly.
Dental implants lay a foundation for new, artificial teeth that can restore your smile.
Dental implants act as the roots of a tooth, which encourages the jaw to build new bone around them.
The jaw can deteriorate if a space is left from a missing tooth. Dental implants can maintain the jaw's integrity.
Missing teeth make chewing difficult. Dental implants pave the way to restore teeth and improve chewing.
The entire process will take two or three phases, depending on how strong your jaw is and whether you will need bone grafts. Implanting the titanium screw that will serve as the tooth root takes 1-2 hours, with healing taking about 3-6 months. If bone grafting is needed, it will be done first and allowed to heal. After the first phase heals, the second (or third, if bone grafting is done first) phase involves fitting the new artificial tooth, which takes about two weeks while the tooth is custom-made and fitted.
We will provide sedation to keep you from feeling any pain during the procedure. You may have some discomfort afterward as the incision and bone heal, but only for a week or so. We will provide a prescription if necessary or will recommend over-the-counter painkillers.
The success of dental implants depends on the strength of your jawbone, which is why we carefully evaluate you before recommending the implants. With the proper care, your dental implants should work well and provide a strong foundation for your new tooth or teeth.
If proper oral hygiene is maintained, your dental implants could last a lifetime, though the crowns (tooth) screwed into them may need to be replaced every 15-20 years, depending on how fast they may wear down.
We will give you specific instructions prior to your procedure. You will need to clean your teeth and gums thoroughly before arrival. If you are getting anesthesia, it is recommended you do not have any food or drink at least six hours prior to arrival.
Every patient we see and every tooth we touch is being reviewed and judged by one of our peers in the dental field. As endodontists, if we weren't good at our jobs, we could never hide it. That’s why we desire to be exceptional in all of our work. Doing great work not only helps our patients heal, but it’s also a challenge that we welcome.
Three doctors, one goal: Getting you back to a pain-free life. See what our patients say about treatment at Northwest Arkansas Endodontic Specialists!
"Dr. Katherine was amazing. She explained everything and was very kind and gentle, as gentle as one can be with a root canal. I certainly wouldn’t hope for an opportunity to revisit, but if it comes I know I’ll be in good hands. Thank you."
"It was completely painfree - to the point where I almost fell asleep. What must have been a routine procedure for Dr. Behrents has been a life changer for me, and they took my insurance no problem. I'm forever grateful and so appreciative of the work they did!"
"What an amazing place - what an amazing doctor. Thank you so much for an enjoyable visit! Dr. Townsend and team, thank you so much for all you do. while I hope I don’t have to come see you again soon, if I do - I know you’ll take amazing care of me."
"Katherine is very patient, positive, and very responsive. She was able to get me in first thing Monday morning after an incident happened to me. Would recommend everyone to book an appointment with her. Trust me! Get your root canal done by her. Katherine is SO sweet and will definitely help you feel tremendously better."
"Honestly the best dental experience I’ve ever had. I was in and out for a root canal in under an hour and didn’t feel a thing. Pretty sure I fell asleep during the procedure."
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