& Implant Dentistry
Have you lost one or more of your natural teeth? Do you regularly wear dentures and struggle with your prosthetic wobbling and slipping out of place? Here at Gary Pointer, DDS, our team wants to give you back a confident and strong smile with the state-of-the-art power of dental implants. This modern service rebuilds the entire structure of the natural tooth, creating an enduring foundation that not only benefits your appearance, but your health and quality of life as well.
Dr. Pointer has decades of time-tested experience in dentistry, and he uses revolutionary technology in order to ensure a smooth and successful process for your dental implant procedure. Once we’re finished, your new “teeth” will be virtually indistinguishable from the rest of the smile in look and feel. To get started with a consultation, contact us today.
Dental implants stand above other, more traditional tooth replacement procedures because of their overall structure. Your natural tooth has two important components – the white, attractive crown and the root that’s well-hidden under the gum tissue. Regular dentures and bridges are built to only replace the crown, which benefits your aesthetic appearance but not your ongoing oral health. Without a functioning tooth root in place, the jawbone has no stimulation and will start to deteriorate. Thankfully, implants are designed to replace this root in full for maximized health and aesthetic improvements.
The dental implant procedure comes in several stages, starting with the surgical placement of the implant itself into the jaw. This sets the stage for your “tooth’s” new life by starting with a strong base at the ground floor.
After the implants have been successfully seated in the jaw, patients will typically need to undergo a healing process that lasts for several months. This time gives your implant(s) the opportunity to gradually bond with the oral tissue. Once your mouth has fully healed, it will be time to visit Dr. Pointer once more so that he can design and craft beautifully lifelike restorations for the implants.
Several restorative options are available for dental implants, and our recommendation will depend on the number of teeth to be restored, as well as the patient’s personal preferences. We strive to create strong, long-lasting results of the highest quality for smiles in need. Possible choices include:
Even patients who have lost a significant amount of natural teeth can regain them with the help of implants. An implant-retained denture is designed to attach over a small number of placed implants, recreating several teeth at once or even an entire arch. This option is more cost-effective because it does not require a single implant for each individual tooth, and patients who have struggled with traditional dentures will appreciate the added permanence. This type of prosthetic can come in the following forms:
All-on-4 is a specific type of implant procedure that can be completed in just one day, and it’s an excellent choice for patients who are struggling without a full arch of teeth. Like the name suggests, as little as four implants will be placed within the jaw at strategic angles so that they’re capable of supporting a full, custom-made prosthetic. This permanent setting will not move, slip, or cause uncomfortable friction over time. They’ll simply feel like your natural teeth, allowing patients to eat their favorite foods, laugh with friends, and live their life to the fullest once more.