Dental Implants in Huntsville, AL

Are you living with a missing tooth? If you are, you can understand how challenging it is on a daily basis. Chewing and eating can be difficult and even painful, which can affect your diet and nutrition.

Having a gap in your smile can also be embarrassing, which can affect your self-esteem and ability to engage in a social or professional setting fully. Tooth loss leads to a deteriorated jawbone and can even affect your remaining teeth, leading to further tooth loss.

Dental implants are a popular tooth replacement option, and you may have heard or researched them, but you may not be sure if they are right for you. You're in luck! Implant dentist Dr. Brian Cook is here to guide you through your smile makeover. We can help you determine what tooth replacement option is ideal for you, your lifestyle, and your budget. We make the entire process stress-free, you'll be able to feel comfortable working with our dental team at Twickenham Family Dentistry.

Tooth loss interferes with your diet, your speaking voice, your emotional well-being, and can even lead to further oral health issues down the line. At Twickenham Family Dentistry, we offer quality dental implants in Huntsville, AL to help you live your best life. Give us a call today to learn more about dental implants.

Dental Implant Tooth Restorations diagram of how a dental implant restoration works

With dental implants, you can enjoy permanent new teeth that have the potential to last for the rest of your life. Each prosthetic tooth root is made from titanium, a material that has been used for decades in surgical joint replacement and is highly biocompatible. This artificial root encourages new bone growth throughout the jaw, anchoring it more firmly into place than even the healthiest of teeth. This means you don't have to worry about an aged or sunken appearance in your lower face.

The process starts with your implant post—a thin screw made of durable titanium. This post is implanted in your jawbone and integrates over a period of months to replace your missing tooth root. When bonding is complete, you're ready for your quality tooth replacement. Additionally, a few strategically placed implant posts are strong enough to support an entire arch of restoration teeth on a denture or a bridge!

Dental Implant Options We Offer in Huntsville, AL

There are multiple variations and functions of dental implants, including:

Full Overdentures

If wearing a traditional removable denture isn't for you, then you'll love the idea of one that is retained by dental implants! These full mouth prostheses can be screwed directly to the abutment so that they never slip out of place. Plus, they're slim in size and shape, making it easier for you to talk and chew your favorite foods.

The benefits of implant-supported dentures in Huntsville include not worrying about denture slippage, no denture adhesives, reduced bone loss, and no denture realigns—making this a very popular option for Huntsville patients.

Dental Bridges

If you want to replace several teeth at one time, an extended dental bridge can be supported on each end by a strong implant root. It's not uncommon for us to replace up to four teeth in a row at one time.

Single Crowns

An independent implant with a porcelain crown is the closest thing to replacing a single missing tooth. It looks and feels just like the real thing! 

Although Dr. Cook does not surgically place the implants in our Huntsville dental office, we work closely with an oral surgeon who does. Once your implants are placed, you return to our office to have the fixed restoration secured on top.

Benefits of Dental ImplantsMan who replaced missing teeth with dental implants in Huntsville

There are many advantages to dental implants, including:

  • Dental implants retain your jaw bone and gum, which you lose when you are missing one or more teeth
  • No other tooth-replacement option preserves and stimulates your bone and gum tissues
  • Dental implants protect your existing healthy teeth; they distribute the biting pressure and force evenly and prevent neighboring teeth from shifting
  • Your bite and appearance are protected from collapse
  • Implants will not decay nor can they get cavities
  • Implants will never need a root canal procedure
  • With proper care and maintenance, dental implants can last a lifetime
  • The success rate is exceptionally high, making them very reliable 
  • Your quality of life is improved along with your ability to speak clearly and eat your favorite foods
  • Implants are a popular replacement for dentures, which some Huntsville patients may not feel comfortable wearing
  • Implants are more reliable than other popular tooth restorations

Patients at Twickenham Family Dentistry have fallen in love with the way dental implants restore their smile and appearance. The benefits of dental implants are plentiful and life-changing.

Who Are Good Candidates for Implants?

If you are missing one or multiple teeth, or have infected or broken teeth that might be past repair, dental implants are a great solution. Many people have a hard time wearing full dentures, partial dentures, or bridges, making implants that much more appealing.

It used to be that in the past, patients with bone density that was lacking or with certain health conditions could not be candidates for the procedure. Modern dental technology in bone grafting and sinus lifts has allowed almost any patient to able to receive dental implants.

How Do I Take Care of My New Dental Implant?Woman smiling after visit to Huntsville dentist

Dental implant care isn't much different than caring for your natural, existing teeth. Your restorative dentist in Huntsville, AL urges that you brush and floss daily at least twice along with visit Twickenham Family Dentistry twice yearly for dental cleanings and exams. These recommendations are straightforward but vital for ensuring that your investment lasts for a lifetime. 

Your dental exam with Dr. Cook is beneficial to your oral and general health; we take digital x-rays and check for oral cancer. During your teeth cleaning, we remove plaque and debris that leads to tooth decay, infection, and gum disease. 

You don't need to have dental implants to see us regularly; we encourage visiting us to seek treatment for bruxism (clenching and grinding teeth). Bruxism can lead to enamel erosion, which can result in tooth decay and fractures, along with implant breakage. 

Patients who are active in sports should wear sports-guard to protect their teeth and implant. 

Using your implant to chew ice or hard candy, or to remove a bottle cap, can easily damage the dental crown, which will need to be replaced. 

With proper care and maintenance, your new dental implants can last for many years or even a lifetime.

We Offer Free Dental Implant Consultations in Huntsville, AL

Curious to find out if a dental implant is right for you? Dr. Cook provides complimentary 15-minute evaluations to discuss specific concerns or questions that his new or existing patients may have about the dental implant process in Huntsville, AL.

Call our Huntsville office to schedule an appointment. We serve patients in Huntsville, Madison, Meridianville, Moores Mill, New Market, New Hope, Lacey's Spring, Arab, Hazel Green, Gurly, and all surrounding locations.