Restore Your Smile with
Missing teeth can impact your ability to chew comfortably and speak properly, significantly affecting your overall quality of life. For Little Rock, AR, patients suffering from tooth loss, Dr. Steven Ray, can place dental implants and provide high quality, lasting restorations. Dental implants are considered the best solution to tooth loss, creating a strong and permanent foundation for crowns, bridges, and dentures. In addition, implant posts can improve your oral health, promoting jawbone regrowth at the site of a missing tooth.
At our practice, we place traditional Nobel Biocare dental implants to rebuild your smile. If you need more substantial care to replace multiple lost teeth, we also design and restore All-on-4® implants. For patients who need an extra boost to improve their candidacy, we provide Nobel Biocare regeneratives for bone grafting procedures.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a small titanium post, which is inserted into jawbone tissue to replace missing tooth roots. After placement, the implant fuses with your natural bone, creating a solid base for a dental crown, bridge, or denture.
Types of Implants We Offer
We can place single implants to support a dental crown, or multiple to support a full arch denture. We can also help patients who already have removable dentures transition to implant-supported dentures. In addition to traditional dental implants, we also design and restore All-on-4 implants, which reduce the number of total implants a patient needs while replacing a full arch of teeth. During your private consultation, Dr. Ray can evaluate your smile to determine which option would be best for you. You can also discuss treatment costs at this visit.
To establish candidacy, Dr. Ray may request digital x-rays or other advanced images to evaluate the underlying structure of your jaw. Dental implants are an effective option for patients missing one or more teeth and who are in good oral and overall health. Some conditions may impact your eligibility for treatment, including:
- Uncontrolled heart problems or diabetes
- Gum disease
- Untreated dental decay or infection
- Blood or immunodeficiency disorders
In addition, it is vital that you have sufficient jawbone density and strength to support implant posts. If you have suffered extensive bone deterioration after tooth loss, we may recommend a bone graft or sinus lift to strengthen compromised tissue and make room for dental implants. In addition, we can perform tooth extraction for patients with severely compromised teeth.
The Dental Implants Process
The implants treatment process consists of several steps, beginning with a surgical procedure. To ensure your comfort during the procedure, Dr. Ray can administer a combination of anesthesia and sedation. He can then make a small incision in the gum line and embed the implant post in the jawbone. Once secured in place, Dr. Ray can close the incision with sutures.
When you trust your smile to Ray Dental, you can feel confident that we will do everything in our power to ensure your comfort, safety, and satisfaction.
Over a three to six month healing period, the implant post can fuse with your jawbone during a process called osseointegration. Once your gums have fully healed, Dr. Ray can take impressions of your smile, which will be used to fabricate your custom crown, bridge, or denture at our trusted dental laboratory.
After two weeks, you can return to our office for placement. At this time, Dr. Ray can ensure your prosthetic fits comfortably and securely in your smile, revealing improved dental function and aesthetics.
In addition to providing a permanent, lifelike base for restorations, dental implants:
- Preserve and promote jawbone health and density
- Increase comfort when eating and speaking
- Increase security that eliminates the risk of restorations shifting out of place
- Improve overall oral health
Dental implants can help to preserve your facial contours and structure, helping you to avoid the telltale signs of tooth loss, including sunken cheeks and puckered lips.
Preserve Your Oral Health
When you trust your smile to Ray Dental, you can feel confident that we will do everything in our power to ensure your comfort, safety, and satisfaction. To learn more about dental implants or to schedule an appointment, contact us online or call us today at (501) 312-1127.