If you are missing one or more teeth, you may find it difficult to speak and having a hard time chewing chew like you normally would. When you lose teeth, your jawbone will shrink, and the remaining teeth in your mouth will shift around as the jawbone adjusts. This shifting can cause your teeth to feel out of place and may make it more difficult for you to feel comfortable behind your smile.
If you are having a difficult time chewing, you also may not be able to enjoy some of your favorite foods. While everyone else is biting into that juicy ribeye, you have to settle for mashed potatoes or soup – again. When you begin to have trouble chewing and speaking due to tooth loss, call the professionals at Brandon Family Dental for a solution. We offer many tooth replacement options to help you chew again, including dental implants.
Types of Implants Offered
- Mini implants
- All on 4 implants
- All on 6 implants
- Single-tooth and multiple-tooth replacements
- Implant-retained and implant-supported dentures
Your Consultation and the Procedure
When you come in for your dental implant consultation, Dr. Harrell will take X-rays and carefully examine your teeth, gums, and jaw to determine whether you are a good candidate for the procedure. If you are a good candidate, then Dr. Harrell can discuss the best implant options for you; if you are not, however, she will suggest another type of procedure for you.
A good candidate is typically someone who has enough bone in their jaw to support the implants and also someone in good health. Sometimes, you may be a good candidate but need to have additional work performed first to prepare your mouth for implants, such as bone grafting.
During the dental implant procedure, we will place small titanium posts into your jaw. These implants will act as permanent anchors for restorations after your jawbone has healed. Depending on how many teeth need to be replaced, we’ll secure crowns, bridges, or dentures on top of the implant posts to provide you with a natural, functional smile.
If you are missing all of your teeth in your lower or upper jaw, you can have dentures attached to the implants to secure them in place. Implant-retained and implant-supported dentures are ideal for people who want dentures without the slipping.
Sedation Dentistry to Relieve Your Anxiety
If you are ready to undergo a dental implant procedure but are avoiding it out of fear, Brandon Family Dental is proud to offer sedation dentistry. We will decide the best type of sedation for you based on your medical history, the complexity of the procedure, and your level of fear.
We offer free oral sedation, which involves you taking an oral sedative to relax you. You will be awake during the procedure, but you will be relaxed and unable to feel anything.
Schedule an Appointment Now
If you are interested in dental implants, call our office today at 248-469-0218 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Harrell. Eating does not have to be a difficult task. We are here to help you enjoy your favorite foods without pain when you chew!