Arkansas Dental Implants - Hot Springs Implant Dentist
Dr. Atkinson is a proud Arkansas provider of Nobel Dental Implants
Having established his dental practice in Hot Springs, AR back in 1982, Dr. Atkinson continues to be a premier provider of Arkansas Implant dentistry. Patients state-wide have come to recognize Dr. Atkinson as a top Arkansas Dental Implant Specialist. It's important to remember that implant-supported replacement teeth, sometimes referred to as "fake teeth" or "false teeth", look, feel and function just like natural teeth. Visit Dr. Atkinson to review your options for possible dental implant placement.
Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth and also provide a fixed solution to having removable partial or complete dentures. Implants provide excellent support and stability for these dental appliances.
Dental implants are artificial roots and teeth (usually titanium) that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone by a dentist or Periodontist - a specialist of the gums and supporting bone. The teeth attached to implants are very natural looking and often enhance or restore a patient’s smile!
Besides featuring 'The Original' dental implant system, the Brånemark® System, which has provided us and our customers with outstanding knowledge and understanding, we also offer the Nobel Biocare's implant solution as well as the brands NobelPerfect™, NobelDirect™ and Replace® Select to cater to all levels of experience and all indications.
Reasons for dental implants:
Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.
Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space.
Restore a patient’s confident smile.
Restore chewing, speech, and digestion.
Restore or enhance facial tissues.
Support a bridge or denture, making them more secure and comfortable.
What does getting dental implants involve?
The process of getting implants requires a number of visits over several months.
X-rays and impressions (molds) are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for an implant. While the area is numb, the implant will be surgically placed into the bone and allowed to heal and integrate itself onto the bone for up to six months. Depending on the type of implant, a second surgery may be required in order to place the “post” that will hold the artificial tooth in place. With other implants the post and anchor are already attached and placed at the same time.
After several weeks of healing the artificial teeth are made and fitted to the post portion of the anchor. Because several fittings may be required, this step may take one to two months to complete. After a healing period, the artificial teeth are securely attached to the implant, providing excellent stability and comfort to the patient.
You will receive care instructions when your treatment is completed. Good oral hygiene, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new implant.