Restore your Smile
For patients who are missing one or more teeth, dental implants are an ideal solution. About 178 million Americans are missing at least a single tooth. Dr. Luker at Luker Dental knows dental implant placement procedures. He offers both traditional and mini dental implants, in-office, to cater to his patient’s needs.
Traditional Dental Implants
The most common type of dental implant is a traditional dental implant. Traditional implants contain 3 pieces. The pieces include: an implant body or the screw, the abutment, and the dental prosthetic.
Through an oral procedure, Dr. Luker places the implant body into the jaw bone. This piece will act as the new tooth root for the artificial tooth, providing it with a stable foundation. To attach the abutment and crown, the surgical site must heal for 6 months.
Dr. Luker uses traditional dental implants when the patient has a enough bone density. For poor bone density, a smaller mouth, or those unable to undergo surgery, mini implants are an option.
Mini Dental Implants
This is a less invasive, cheaper, and quicker implant option. As their name states, mini implants are smaller than traditional implants. These implants consist of only 2 pieces. First, there is a one-piece titanium screw that includes a ball-shaped end. Second, an artificial tooth that will receive the post, in a ball and socket type fashion.
Placing the mini implant is a less-invasive procedure compared to the traditional implant. Dr. Luker places implants over the surface of the gums and into jaw bone. This is where traditional implant screws sit beneath the surface of the gums. The procedure uses a local anesthetic. This reduces the need for sutures and extensive healing time.
Both implant types can provide you with a beautiful and strong tooth. Working with Dr. Luker, you will be able to decide which type of implant is best for you. At Luker Dental, we only offer and provide exceptional dental care that, if taken care of, can last a lifetime.
If you have one or more missing teeth, call us today. We want to help you achieve your perfect smile!