Did you know that dental implants are frequently the best treatment option for replacing missing teeth? A beautiful smile is something we all hope to achieve, and many men and women throughout Prestonsburg, Kentucky are finding that dental implants at Michael K. McKinney, DMD Dentistry are just the solution for broken, damaged and missing teeth.
Statistics show that 69% of adults ages 35 to 44 have lost at least one permanent tooth to tooth decay, gum disease, a failed root canal or simply by accident, and by age 74, 26% of adults have lost all of their permanent teeth. If you are facing the prospect of dental implants, feel confident that Dr. McKinney can help you achieve a naturally beautiful smile.
Advances in dentistry and dental technology have enabled dentists to replace missing teeth with more stable, long-lasting results. How? With dental implants. Unlike dentures, this tooth replacement method isn’t removable, therefore implants never move or cause patients discomfort. They also continue to stimulate the jawbone like a natural tooth root, promoting good oral health and preventing bone loss over time.
Before undergoing a dental implant procedure at Michael K. McKinney, DMD Dentistry, it is first important to be aware of the different types of dental implants and how each can benefit you:
Traditional Implants. When traditional or standard implants are placed, they are implanted directly into the jawbone. Patients with thin jawbones may require bone grafting prior to treatment in order to successfully bond the implant. After a healing period of a few weeks to a few months, the implant bonds to the bone. Once bonded, the tooth restoration (crown, bridge, denture) can then be placed, giving patients the look of a naturally growing tooth.
Mini Dental Implants. When compared to traditional implants, the mini dental implant procedure at Dr. McKinney’s office in Prestonsburg, KY is faster, less invasive and provides immediate results. No incisions in the gums are necessary, nor are there any stitches to be removed later. Because of the smaller implant size, bone grafting is rarely needed. The mini implants are placed in the jawbone and fixed with a special attachment that makes it easy to attach any number of tooth restorations.
Mini dental implants are similar to traditional implants, but can be placed in a single procedure. Traditional implants, by contrast, require a two-part procedure and a significant healing interval before results can be seen.
Whether you choose traditional implants or mini dental implants, the result will be a long-term replacement for missing teeth. Rather than resting on the gum line like removable dentures, or using adjacent teeth as anchors like fixed bridges, dental implants are long-term replacements for broken, damaged and missing teeth.
If you are in the Prestonsburg, KY area and need to replace one tooth, several teeth, or all of your teeth, there is a dental implant solution at Michael K. McKinney, DMD Dentistry for you. Call us today to set up a consultation and see how easy it can be to restore your naturally beautiful smile.