Missing or damaged teeth can alter the function of your smile and lower your self-confidence. Gulf Coast Periodontics & Implants offers safe and effective placement of dental implants. The state-of-the-art facility in Gulfport, Mississippi, offers patients the highest quality of care in a comfortable, welcoming environment. If you’re interested in restoring your smile with dental implants, book an appointment at the office by phone today.
Dental implants are a common and effective way to restore missing or damaged teeth. Dental implants consist of three parts: the artificial root, abutment, and crown.
The artificial root (implant) is a small titanium post designed to replace the root of your missing tooth. The abutment is placed on top of the artificial root, allowing attachment of the crown or artificial replacement tooth.
The team offers both single implants to replace individual teeth and implant-supported bridges to replace multiple missing teeth. Dental implants are placed inside the jawbone and provide results that function and appear just like your natural teeth.
The process of getting dental implants requires several appointments before the final placement of your crown. The first step begins with a thorough examination, including a CT scan, to check if you have enough jawbone to support the implant.
If your jaw bone has receded or isn't strong enough to support your new dental restoration, the team uses a bone graft to improve the quality and quantity of bone in your jaw. The next step is tooth extraction.
Once your provider extracts your damaged tooth (or teeth), they place the artificial root in your jaw. This surgical procedure typically takes one to two hours and will require some time to heal (3-6 months) before moving on to the next step.
The following procedure involves the placement of the abutment. The abutment is placed on top of the metal tooth root and is given one to two weeks to heal.
The final step in the process is the construction and placement of your custom ceramic crown. The color, size, and shape of the crown blend seamlessly with the rest of your teeth.
One of the most significant benefits of dental implants is that they look like natural teeth and function like natural teeth.
Dental implants require the same oral hygiene practices, including brushing, flossing, and avoiding damaging habits. With proper oral hygiene and regular dental checkups, your dental implants can last a lifetime.
To find out if dental implants are right for you, call Gulf Coast Periodontics & Implants today.