Dental Implants

Root Form Dental Implants

Dental implants are essentially replacement teeth made of porcelain attached to an implant body. After numbing and usually with the use of a drill guide, a titanium post is implanted into the jawbone that mimics the form of the root. Since bone has no feeling, the procedure feels not too much different than having a filling done. Very little if any discomfort follows the procedure. As nature takes over, the bone will mechanically fuse to the newly implanted post to create a solid foundation. Once the implant has had time to properly heal and become secure, Dr. Jenkins will attach a permanent, handcrafted porcelain crown to the post.

How can dental implants benefit you? The implant will look, feel, and function like your natural teeth, as well as:

  • Minimize bone loss that occurs over time with missing teeth. The implant “acts” like a tooth as far as the bone is concerned.
  • Since it acts like a natural tooth, it stops the shifting of adjacent teeth
  • Speech is often improved.
  • The ability to consume harder-to-chew food
  • This also aides in digestion.
  • Return structure to facial features for a more youthful appearance

Not to mention the added concern over the possibility of your remaining teeth shifting. But you don’t have to suffer through the discomfort or embarrassment of missing teeth. Dental implants provide these patients an option for a full, natural smile.

Implant Information

Teeth in a Day

This type of teeth replacement is called a Hybrid Denture. This prosthesis can be used whether or not there are remaining teeth that need to be extracted. Depending on the quantity of bone, four to six implants are placed per dental arch. There is also the patented All-on-4® concept where as few as four titanium posts are implanted in strategic positions within the jaw. Because of their unique angled placement, the implants do not interfere with the sinus cavities on the upper or the major nerve on the lower; this positioning has been shown to result in improved patient comfort and general health of the jaws and face.

In either case, a provisional all acrylic prosthesis is retrofitted and attached with screws the same day as the surgery. Instructions are given as to follow-up care and eating. After a period of four to six months, a permanent, titanium bar reinforced prosthesis is constructed. This provides the long lasting strength and beauty of a healthy, functional smile.

Mini-Dental Implants

As the name suggests, this type implant is usually used in areas where a lot of bone loss has occurred already due to long standing missing teeth. They can be used to replace just a few missing teeth or to help stabilize loose dentures where all the teeth are missing.

Advantages are: A fraction of the cost of root form implants. May be the only solution in situations with much less bone. Minimally invasive surgery means less time to heal. They are easier and safer on elderly patients or those with multiple medical problems. They can be used for support right away without the typical stabilization time needed for larger root form implants.

3D Imaging for Implant Placement
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Bluffton Dental Care staff photography by Hilton Head Island photographer 33 Park Photography.

Oral surgery requires precision. Using the most advanced 3D technology available, i-CAT and Cone Beam imaging, Dr. Jenkins has the ability to view important internal structures beneath the teeth and gums including teeth roots, internal canals, and bone structure. This capability allows Dr. Jenkins to very precisely plan and perform implant surgery, making it more targeted, more effective and less invasive.

Non Removable Dentures With Implants

This type of teeth replacement is called a Hybrid Denture. This prosthesis can be used whether or not there are remaining teeth that need to be extracted. Depending on the quantity of bone, four to six implants are placed per dental arch. There is also the patented All-on-4® concept where as few as four titanium posts are implanted in strategic positions within the jaw. Because of their unique angled placement, the implants do not interfere with the sinus cavities on the upper or the major nerve on the lower; this positioning has been shown to result in improved patient comfort and general health of the jaws and face.

In either case, a provisional all acrylic prosthesis is retrofitted and attached with screws the same day as the surgery. Instructions are given as to follow-up care and eating. After a period of four to six months, a permanent, titanium bar reinforced prosthesis is constructed. This provides the long lasting strength and beauty of a healthy, functional smile.

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Bluffton, South Carolina 29910

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Thu: 8:00am – 4pm
Fri: Closed

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