Missing, broken and malformed teeth can have a huge impact on someone’s quality of life. Often, patients live with pain and difficulty eating certain foods, thinking there is no solution to their missing teeth. Beyond physical difficulties, the lack of confidence that missing or failing teeth can cause affects social interaction with others, causing us to hold back our smiles and shy away from socializing. Missing teeth can also change our facial structure and over time, lead to greater problems. While people of all ages deal with this issue, the groundbreaking technology of dental implants can bring your beautiful smile back! Whether you are looking to replace a few missing teeth or need full mouth dental implants, your smile makeover is right at your fingertips with just a quick phone call to our office.
Patients looking to restore missing teeth often struggle with choosing between dentures and dental implants. For decades, dentures have been the go-to solution, but the groundbreaking technology of dental implants is changing the way people rejuvenate their smile. Both options have the similar benefits of smile rejuvenation, helping with chewing foods, improving speech, and even supporting facial muscles. Dentures are removable prosthetics that are created to fit your mouth structure and held in place against your gums with an adhesive. Even though dentures are made to fit as closely as possible to your gums, they may slip and feel uncomfortable due to their removable nature. Over time, dentures may need to be refitted or completely replaced due to wear on the dentures, as well as change in your mouth structure. Therefore, while they may immediately present themselves as the more affordable option, dentures may end up causing more of a struggle and financial burden in the long run.
Dental implants offer a permanent solution to tooth loss without the inconveniences of adhesives, ill-fitting prosthetics or slippage. Implants mimic the structure and look of natural teeth, while providing support to the surrounding bone. Whether you have few or no natural teeth, implants can be applied in a variety of combinations. Dental implants are cared for much like your natural teeth, and don’t require adhesives or special cleaning methods. Customized to match your facial structure, skin tone, and natural teeth, implants provide a better overall level of comfort and function compared to dentures, plus they last 30 years or more!
For decades, patients from all over the Jackson, MS area have entrusted our practice to guide them through the process of dental implant surgery. Dr. Tharp, Dr. Klaus, and Dr. Kelly strive to provide each patient with the care and attention they deserve. Expertly trained in implant dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, prosthodontics and endodontics, both Dr. Tharp, Dr. Klaus, and Dr. Kelly are qualified to design the right dental implants for you, whether they are full mouth dental implants or implant supported dentures. Implant supported dentures allow patients the ease of replacing teeth with the same permanence and comfort as individual implants, but provide a less invasive approach thanks to the process of simply inserting a few implants to support a larger prosthodontic. Our specially trained dentists and their amazing staff are here to provide you the knowledge and support you need to help you tackle your dental implant surgery with confidence. We strive to create a long-lasting relationship with each patient by taking the time to listen to their questions and concerns. Don’t hesitate to contact us and schedule your consultation today!
Begin your dental implant journey by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Tharp, Dr. Klaus, and Dr. Kelly. Your consultation is the key to the success of your implant construction and surgery. During your consultation, our dentist will take the opportunity to discuss your dental health goals and any concerns and questions you may have about the process. This is the time for you our team to learn about your dental history and dental implants will fit your lifestyle. Diagnostics will be taken during this stage to properly create a treatment plan and your oral health needs. Factors such as what you need to do before and after surgery, as well as sedation, will also be discussed. Upon finalization of your treatment plan, your surgery will be scheduled by our team.
The day of your surgery is an exciting one, and we aim to make it as anxiety-free as possible. Patients who are candidates for sedation choose between the following options based on the recommendations of their dentist:
• Oral Sedation
• Nitrous Oxide
• IV Sedation
Prior to your surgery, you dentist will prepare your titanium posts and 3D printed items, such as your prosthesis and supportive elements. Your surgery may take up to four hours, depending on the specifics of your treatment. Implants are strategically placed into your jawbone by the dentist. These posts bind with your bone and aid in supporting the surrounding structure. Implants are then topped with your preliminary restoration, giving you the look, feel and function of real teeth. After surgery, you may experience pain and swelling around the implant sites. Your dentist will recommend the best way to care for your new implants.
Dental implants are more affordable than you might think, thanks to the amazing financing options available through our office. Our finance staff would be happy to guide you through the process and answer any questions you may have. Implants and prostheses are guaranteed under warranty, provided proper care standards are met.
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